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Spring Valley discusses CR 1

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson

Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud appeared before the City Council with a proposed agreement between the County and the City which outlines a cooperative effort to re-route and upgrade CR 1 in Spring Valley. Amunrud said that the County is willing to rebuild CSAH 1 and maintain the upgraded highway for ten years, at which time it will be turned over to the City. At this point the City would agree to maintain from that point forward.

The City is concerned that after year 10 they might be inheriting a road that needs an overhaul and the City would the have to “foot the bill.” Amunrud pointed out to the Council that CR 1 would have a roadway similar to highway 44 which has required very little maintenance. Mayor Struzyk said that he “doesn’t want to take action now when that action might affect decisions of the Council ten years from now.” When asked about the project, Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said that there really aren’t any other options but indicated that the County would be willing to study a sample agreement by the City’s attorney and then discuss it at a future date.

The City Council has approved the 2012 Final Property Tax Levy and adopted the 2013 Budget. The total Tax Levy has been set at $914,632. The General Levy will be $370,000, the Library $109,736, EDA $20,000, and Parks $120,000. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated, “We kind of cut things down to bare bones.”

Todd Jones brought forward the name of Mike Zimmer to be appointed to the Spring Valley Fire Department. Jones said that Mike’s background in several areas will be an asset to the Department. The Council approved the appointment.

The next meeting of the Council will be on December 26 when payroll checks will approved.

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