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Professional Engineering Services changes in Spring Valley

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night and spent a short amount of time discussing the proposal for Professional Engineering Services from Yaggy Colby Associates. There was a letter from Yaggy Colby to City Administrator Deb Zimmer in regards to the city hiring another engineering firm replacing Yaggy Colby. The letter was signed by David Strauss, Project Engineer and voiced disappointment. “Yaggy Colby Associates was obviously disappointed to received your letter dated January 7, 2014 that disclosed the City of Spring Valley will be making a change in engineering services. We have enjoyed serving the City of Spring Valley and have considered the City a valued client.”

The letter from Yaggy Colby proposes to provide the following services.

Complete record drawings for South Broadway project (R11404) and to charge the City $3,200 for this service.

The second service is to gather and transmit requested information to the City. The cost for having the information transmitted to the City at a charge of $600. Deb Zimmer said that she had sent Yaggy Colby a flash drive that the information could be placed on and returned to the City.

There is some question by members of the city council if these items aren’t already owned by the City and they should not be paid again. A little history on fees paid to Yaggy Colby for the past seven years. The total so far is $1,072,872.04 and Mayor Struzyk said, “This leaves the council with a bad taste in its mouth.”

On a much more positive note, the Street Department received a big Thank You from everyone for the good work during and after the blizzard last week. After the meeting Chad Hindt was asked how the sand and salt is holding up and he said that they are keeping the joint city, county and state building ready to go for the next storm.

Department Head reports starting sounding like warmer weather. Librarian Diane Swenson-Sikkink that a library inventory was held on February 11 and they have identified 24,000 items done. Also, adult readers will be scheduled for March 28.

John Fenske reported that May 21 will be registration for summer recreation programs.

Tim Rasmussen submitted a written report on law enforcement and in addition mentioned the next time the City buys a vehicle that perhaps they should look at All Wheel Drive or Four Wheel Drive to enable moving about the City during snow storms like we had last week. Troy Lange of the Fire Department reported a normal month.

Deb Zimmer reported that the Almanzo 100 needs more homes to house participants. So far 1,700 bikes are registered.

Some dates to write down

•SV Area Community Foundation Banquet on April 26.

•Board of Revue April 14 at 5:30 p.m.

•Rental Ordinance Public Hearing is March10 at 6.

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