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Spring Valley City Council notified of unsanitary properties

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

For several weeks the Spring Valley City Council has been discussing a proposed ordinance that would address dangerous living conditions in rental properties. Lately there has been an appearance by citizens who believe they either live in unsanitary conditions or there are unsanitary properties nearby. The citizens are using the public comment segment on the agenda and usually they come prepared with pictures of dilapidated, unsafe or unclean locations. The citizens are asking for help in ridding these neighborhoods of the filth and to enact the ordinance that would permit some control over these properties. Up to this point the council has been saying they would like to study the ordinance before they do anything. Councilman Todd Jones said that he is in favor of taking some action to get these sites cleaned up.

There were two people that took the stand and commented about property they feel are not safe to live in or nearby.

One resident says he is complaining about a vacant piece of property at 301 N. Huron. He says the building is dilapidated and needs to be torn down. He says there are raccoons and squirrels living in the structure and it needs to be taken care of.

Another resident who lives on South Broadway has found it difficult to find property to live in because he claims the conditions he is living in are unhealthy. According to the renter there is fecal matter on the floor of his apartment because the toilet only works part of the time and there are tobacco smells from the business below that are very strong.

These types of complaints will undoubtedly continue as residents wait for the rental ordinance to be heard and passed.

The public comment had one more visitor. Pastor Dennis Timmerman of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church thanked the council for the community garden area, but he said there is a problem. He said that he believes someone took advantage of the tomato crop in the garden and stole many of the mature crop. Most of the tomatoes were stolen and everyone agreed that this type of conduct is uncalled for as well as being illegal. There appears to be some new regulations that will be put into effect for next year including the installation of cameras.

the council also approved a resolution which authorizes the Executive Of a Development Agreement be entered into with Kappers Fabricating. Kappers had requested the City to assist with the financing of certain costs incurred in connection with the construction an approximately 12,000 square foot expansion to the developer (Kappers).

Also approved was an agreement between Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service and Information Systems Sciences. The agreement will ensure that health information will be protected as contained in HIPAA.

The City of Spring Valley is encouraging all property owners to ensure their house number is properly displayed. There are some homes that do not have numbers and this presents problems when ambulance or fire is trying to find your house. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact City Hall at (507)346-7367.

Winter is just around the corner and Chad Hindt reported to the council that they are getting all services ready to go. The lawn mowers have been taken off the equipment and it’s been replaced with snow blowers and blades.

Fire Chief Chris Czapiewski reported that the Fire Department had a total of 30 runs last month, most of which were assisting the ambulance on runs.

A final reminder of winter on its way is the announcement that you will no longer be permitted to park on the street.

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