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Spring Valley City Council briefed by school officials

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
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The lights were turned off in the City Council room after the regular agenda of items and For the next several minutes the Kingsland Superintendent of schools delivered a presentation regarding the mission and objectives of the school district. John McDonald had brought two school board members, with him Doug Plaehn and Kristin Beck.

McDonald talked about the need for upgrading on the Wykoff school and he presented the options that he sees in performing the necessary steps of improvement. He said that the air circulation needs upgrading and there is an asbestos problem. The gym floor also needs to be replaced. The subject of funding instantly popped to the surface and McDonald said, “ It will take approximately $7 million to bring the school in Wykoff to a minimum level without planning for the future.” Beck said that you could spend the money in Wykoff and “you wouldn’t see the difference.”

Superintendent McDonald said that there needs to be a plan and how to spend the money. Council member Tony Archer asked how this would be paid for and the replied from McDonald indicated that there would be at least two options; adding a levy or a building referendum.

McDonald said that the school board wants to open a dialog with the city in the early parts of the process and the council appeared to welcome the opportunity to be involved.

Other items that were on the agenda included approval of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund grant award documents. The project is the CORE NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZE (MAIN STREET) and the city will be funded $77,000 leveraging DEED Small Cities Development Program and local funding up to seven years. The initial funding will allow renovations of 14 residential units during the first. If interest and market conditions support. GMHF funds will be recycled through a revolving loan fund administered by the EDA to renovate up to an additional eight units over years two through four. Rents are targeted at $35 to $375 dollars per month, and will be achieved without subsidy. The interest rate is two percent. The City Council approved the actions.

One item was an FYI regarding proposals for spending of the 0.5 percent sales revenue. The new construction incentive for residential housing would be $17,500. Industrial Park Expansion would come in at $200,000. This would increase the tax base, create jobs and attract a new industry to the City of Spring Valley. There would be a Bed & Breakfast incentive to sustain and improve the former Victorian Bed and Breakfast that would be $35,000. The commercial demolition incentive would amount to $40,000.

The council will be approving the requests for temporary downtown Green Space. This would involve the use of one or two parking spaces to create a temporary park like area. The request was made from the Salsa Guy and Chateau de Chic to block off two parking places on Friday, June 28 and Saturday June 29.

A nod of approval was given to the requests from various venders in the city for Ag Days. Beer license permits were approved, along for the necessary insurance for serving beer, dance security has been planned, dance cleanup will be accomplished. There were permits for various street closures for fireworks, the parade, soapbox and the dance. The proof of insurance was obtained from the fireworks company. Last but not least was permission for the Mud Bogs and the Austin Stump Jumpers.

Some mid course corrections are being made for the bike trail. Chad Hindt expressed concern that people riding the trail are entering the sewage treatment property through the south gate and then exiting to the north. The concern is that there are many pieces of machinery moving about in addition to many open ponds. It was agreed that a (key-less) gate lock be used on the south side. The gate would cost $8,132 installed. The south and north gates would be closed during normal working hours and then closed on weekends and nights.

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