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Spring Valley progress

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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It's obvious that Spring Valley Mayor Jim Struzyk takes a lot of pride in the accomplishments of the city. He has represented the city as mayor and city councilman since the 1990's and says the reason he got involved was that "the City was 5 million dollars in debt and something needed to change." He speaks highly of City Administrator Deb Zimmer and her expertise in making good financial decisions. This has lowered the debt and made it more manageable during tight economic times.

His list of community accomplishments includes making the Community Center renovation a top priority, to the tune of $100,000.00 of donated labor and funds without using taxpayers' money. The new library was also a community project using no taxpayers' dollars. Much of the labor was furnished by the Sentence to Serve people through corrections on several projects in the city.

A decision was made to keep the old library a viable building, and this resulted in a renovation to move City Hall from its old location in the Fire Department. That made more room for the Fire Department and Law Enforcement on Courtland.

Other projects that have been completed include: reconstructing the downtown sidewalks, a new ambulance facility, the purchase of the Kasten farm for the Industrial Park and constructing and expanding the bike trails through the city.

"Tourism is a big part of our future," said Struzyk. "We are currently in the process of forming a five-member committee to promote tourism in our community," he continued.

In the past year at the swimming pool a new splash pool was built and the roof was replaced on the bath house. Visitors to the parks also saw a new playground at South Park and new ball field lights.

Infrastructure replacement has been a big item in the last few years. Reconstruction has been done on Hudson/Courtland and Jefferson and the city is in the progress of installing infrastructure for phase 1 of the Industrial Park expansion. The Industrial Park is full and the expansion will result in many businesses stepping up to the opportunity to grow in Spring Valley.

Two new ambulances have been purchased in recent years, along with a new fire truck-pumper and motor grader.

The mayor also pointed to the upgrade of the old hotel downtown and the housing opportunities this has provided.

When asked about his vision for the future, he responded, "keeping the budget balanced and making sure that growth is gradual." He also believes that working with the state DNR on the trout farm east of Spring Valley would be an excellent opportunity to bolster tourism.

As far as sharing services with other cities, he says that the council is always open to share in cost-saving ventures. "We would look at other possibilities and see what steps can be taken to put ideas and proposals forth," he said.

Mayor Struzyk summarized his future vision by commenting, "good growth, stable economy and living within our means."

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