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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the various departments. She pointed out some line items that might be changed or lowered and explained in detail those line items that could not be changed.

Some costs like the Sheriff's contract are set by the Law Enforcement Union and will go up slightly to $249,000 and there won't be the purchase of a new squad car in 2009.

In the Fire Department it is being recommended that the firemen get an increase in hourly pay to $10.00 from the current $8.00. Half of the cost will be borne by the Rural Fire District. Also being proposed is that the overhead doors on the fire hall be replaced. They are the original doors and are not energy conserving. The cost set aside for the doors is $20,000

The Street Department has a couple of items in the proposed budget; $20,000 for a new pickup and $20,000 for a new mower. $100,000 is being set aside to pay for the Industrial Park Expansion.

The City expects to receive $222,000 from the DNR in the form of a grant which will pay for the last of the flood mitigation properties.

The proposed swimming pool has some costs that are included in the proposed budget. A transfer of $200,000. will be made to aid in paying for the pool improvements. This will include widening the pool and installing play structures and installation of a new splash pad and roof.

With new construction in the Industrial Park the City is looking at ways to lessen the impact on the sewage treatment plant from groundwater. One area that they feel might have some effect would be to put $45,000 for sump pump inspections in a fourth of the city. There is a belief that many homeowners are discharging their waters from sump pumps in basement floors into the sanitary sewer system. This results in increased flow and additional costs.

The total levy being proposed for 2009 is $928,275 and it is hoped that reductions can be made in some of the line items before final passage.

This is the first meeting discussing the preliminary budget and it is hoped it can be wrapped up at the September 15 meeting.

The City Council also approved the expenditure of $119,000 to Yaggy Colby for the design of the Industrial Park. This step is being taken to plan for the future and responding to the requests from several companies to buy land at the park and the Council stressed that this has to be done in a planned fashion.

Approval was also given by the Council to pay certificate number 2 to Road Constructors, Inc. for their work in the 2008 Capital Improvements Plan Project. The cost on this payment amounts to $115,400.47.

In Department Head reports, Leonard Leutink reported that he has acquired construction materials to be used on the building of the trail east out of Spring Valley. A bridge will need to be constructed and now with the materials Leutink hopes the progress continues so perhaps some black topping can be done on the trail yet this year.

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