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Spring Valley discusses liquor license change

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

By Gary Peterson

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night, April 18, and spent a good portion of the evening listening to citizen input on several matters.

The first was a Public Hearing on an Ordinance Change which would allow two Off-Sale licenses in a separate building from an on-sale establishment. Currently combined licenses are prohibited and state that no combination of on-sale liquor license and off-sale-liquor licenses shall be issued to a person or persons operating within the same premises. Apparently the key phrase is which two establishments connected by a door way would qualify. The current ordinance proposal is not to exceed one. There was citizen input and testimony on both sides. Don Lanning stated that “Spring Valley is and always should be a one license town and that there’s a reason for that.” The reason for it was not made clear, but there was discussion of the city’s owning and operation of the municipal liquor store. The Council will take the proposal for the ordinance change under advisement.

The S. Broadway improvemnt assessment drew several residents. Everyone had seen the plans and had just a few questions regarding the project. The project will begin on May 14 and will affect S. Broadway Park to Spring Street. Officials believe that the project will last all summer, into the fall and probably carry over into 2013. The assessments shall be payable in equal annual installments extending over a period of ten years, the first of said installments to be payable with general taxes for the year 2012 collectible with such taxes during the year 2013. The first installment shall be added interest at the rate of four percent per annum on the entire principal amount of the assessment from the date of the resolution until December 31, of the year shall be added interest for one year at said rate on the unpaid principal amount of the assessment. A couple of side issues. Someone asked about the sidewalk on Gideon and they were told it will be four feet and that the city will not go outside the project to do driveways, etc. The hearing concluded after approval from the Council.

Approval was given to accept the low bid on the South Broadway project. That bid is Elcor Construction of Rochester. It is $1,923,463.41.

Council also approved the bid of Pearson Brothers, Inc of Hanover, MN for the black top projects that the city will be doing this year. The bid is @$1.48 per sq. yard. The total price will be $65,000.

On May 22, the Council will consider the vacation of Parsons Street north of West High Street. The action is necessary because of the sale of the home of Bryce Green. Part of his property is on the public street and the action by the council will permit Green to obtain clear title to his property.

Jake Breaking: The Council is taking action to prohibit the use of dynamic brakes. The council further restricts excessive exhaust noised produced by poorly muffled or un-muffled exhaust.

Just in time for the weekend fire at Kappers Fabricating, the council approved a policy for use and deployment of the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Rehab Unit. “The rehab unit shall respond to an incident where needed at the request of area fire departments and/or ambulance. The use of the rehab unit shall be restricted to the communities of Spring Valley, Wykoff, Ostrander, LeRoy (north of the Iowa border, Grand Meadow, Stewartville (within the city limits or south of higway 30 and east of 63, Chatfield, Preston and Harmony (within the city limits or north of the Iowa border and west of highway 52 and 139.” The rehab unit shall be transported by any city vehicle so equipped to transport the trailer or any private vehicles also so equipped. A minimum of one person familiar with setting up the shelter and equipment shall accompany that unit. When the unit arrives at the incident, it shall be the responsibility of the requesting agency to assist in setting up and tearing down the unit. When the unit is deployed outside of the primary service area of Spring Valley area ambulance shervice the ambulance service is responsible for providing service at the scene shall provide necessary rehab units.

Ambulance Director James Cooper has submitted a formal request from South Central EMS to provide rehab services during the Manakato Airshow on June 9 and 10 at the Mankato Regional Airport.

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