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Spring Valley Council hears audit findings, discusses vehicle ordinance

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met at its newly scheduled time of 6 p.m. on March 23. All council members were present and approved minutes from their March 9, 2009 meeting as well as the final accounts payable report from March.

Tom Welti, representing Smith Shafer & Associates, LTD, was on hand to present the 2008 audit findings for the City of Spring Valley. After a brief presentation and some discussion, Welti stated that the city received a clean opinion on the audit.

The council also discussed a new ordinance that would put some restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed on off street parking for residential properties. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that she had checked with several other cities and after doing so, would recommend the ordinance limit no more than four motor vehicles be allowed to park outside residential properties. She then asked the council for more discussion on the topic. Mayor Struzyk stated that a public hearing would be scheduled at the next regular council meeting to hear comments from community members. A motion was made and seconded to hold a public hearing at next month's regularly scheduled council meeting.

Other Business

During reports from city department heads, Leonard Leutink stated that clean up is nearly complete on the former lumber yard property. He also stated that he had received several calls regarding pot holes in the city and that asphalt was being purchased and the job of filling pot holes would begin within the week. Leutink also stated that spring street sweeping had begun.

Diane Sikkink reported that the Library Board had met recently to conduct brainstorming on fundraising. She also stated that their annual report was completed and sent to the State. A special thank-you was given to A & W and Subway for donating gift certificates to the library to use as prizes for various activities. Sikkink stated that people seem to be aware of budget constraints and are willing to step up and offer assistance to the library.

John Fenske, representing Park and Recreation, stated that the new wading pool was being installed at the park and ball fields were being readied for the upcoming ball season. He also stated that a new, more equitable fee structure is being put into place for groups who rent the community center.

Troy Lange, representing the Fire Department, stated that Firefighter One classes are now complete.

Kevin Beck stated that besides a few weather related issues and complaints about a stray black dog, it had been a fairly quiet and routine month for the Police Department.

Jim Cooper, representing the ambulance department was not at the meeting.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that May 16 has been slated as City Wide Clean up Day. Notes to properties that have an abundance of junk that needs to be cleaned up will be sent by May 1. For the property owners who don't comply with having their properties cleaned up, a public hearing will be scheduled at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

City Council member Tony Archer also mentioned that some sidewalks in town are in need of repair. He had received several calls from residents who are out walking.

The meeting was then adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

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