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Spring Valley Council adjusts loan payback

Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

High on the agenda of the December 8 Spring Valley City Council was the consideration of a proposal by Jeff Allman, President of the River Valley Partners, LLC currently operating the Commercial House Apartments. In a letter to the council, Allman requested that the Small Cities Development Program Rental Rehabilitation Loan Agreement that made this venture possible be re-examined and that the grant money payback be forgiven. This is part of the agreement that requires repayment if RVP sells the property before September 2011.

Allman cited struggles for both the City and RVP. Council members discussed the proposal to allow Allman an opportunity to amend RVP's corporate structure into a housing cooperative, which would own the building. In the end, it was agreed that the Council did not want to change the agreement, but would consent to a pro-rated payback schedule.

Snow Problems

The winter weather has been creating some headaches for residents near the new construction. Marilyn Olson appeared before the council to complain about the hill on south Hudson. During the recent snow cars were unable to make the hill near her house and several of them jumped the curb and ended up in her front yard. One of the vehicles broke her mailbox off but offered to fix it. One of the cars stopped less than 10 feet from her house. Council said that extra effort will go into sanding and salting the hill and to let them know if there is any further problem.

Other Business

• Bids were opened on rebuilding the swimming pool and putting on a new roof. The low bid of Aqua Logic, Inc from Waconia, MN was accepted. It was $134,000 for the pool and $44,920 for the roof. The funding for the pool roof came from the Reserve Fund and the pool funding was from the Park Fund.

• With the New Year comes salary increases to City Personnel. City Administrator Deb Zimmer announced that Full time personnel will receive a raise of .35 cents per hour and all employees will receive a donation of $500 to the employee's HRA Health Care Account.

• Making it official now is the action by the Council setting the total levy for the city for 2009 at $888,775. This is down from the $928,275 proposed levy certified by the County Auditor.

• Discussion was also held on two pieces of property that were examined under the category of "Review of Violations," of the City Junk Abatement Ordinance. One property owned by Jeff Sween and the other owned by Chris Schmoll will be receiving a notice in the mail.

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