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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove the snow so walking would be easier. The Council discussed the problems involved, such as slippery conditions from the area where snow is removed from. Other trail users have expressed an interest in leaving the snow on the trail to facilitate cross country skiing. Leonard Leutink, Street Superintendent said that if his department removed the snow it would require another snow blower and possibly a broom and an increase in staff. There are three miles of trails in town and the manpower issue would be the biggest concern. No action was taken at this time.

Dan Howard appeared before the Council and explained the archery building that he has in operation at the old Laundromat and assured members that he does have the required insurance for operation of the facility.

Dianne Swenson-Sikkink of the Library said that Loretta Hanson will be leaving the board after two terms and that a replacement needs to be found. This will be a vacancy that would represent the rural area. Anyone interested in this position plus call Dianne at the Library.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer says that the current construction on the south side of town is now encountering additional delays in the concrete work. She said that any residents that have concerns should contact the company, Road Constructors directly and voice their frustration. The number is 285-1211 and ask for Buzz. Deb said that she has been taking the calls and that it would be more expedient if citizens called the contractor directly.

Could Best Value Contracting prevent future problems similar to the ones now happening? That was the question asked by the Council and Zimmer said that the Council needs to be able to award bids using criteria other than; "low bid." It would appear that the City will be examining the issue and deciding on criteria within the next few months.

Councilman Jason Holland reported that at a recent meeting with the cable company he learned that the price of cable service will be going up $3.00.

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