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Spring Valley goes after junk violations

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Junk Ordinance violations, again an issue of controversy at the August 27 Spring Valley City Council meeting, were given a second public hearing. Fillmore County Deputy Kevin Beck reviewed updated photos of the properties from two weeks ago that had been given notice including Chris Schmoll's property, Lyle Grabau's property and Joe Mehling's Pleasant Valley Trailer Park on the west side of Kwik Trip.

The Schmoll property pictures revealed a much improved look and members agreed it was in compliance.

Mayor Jim Struzyk noted that the Grabau property was much improved, but still had more work to do. It was decided to get a crew together to finish the clean-up. Grabau was not present. A letter will be sent to inform him. If the property is not cleaned up before the crew is assembled to do the work in about one week, Grabau will be billed for the work.

Joe Mehling was present and said that he would clean up the rest of the demolished trailer this weekend if the weather allowed. He said that it was too wet to get a skid loader in there last weekend. He stated that garbage that was outside of the containers was just placed there. He said that he would need to yell at his tenants about that. The council members voted to send a notifying letter and put together a crew to do the work. If Mehling cleaned the junk up before they got there, that would be fine. Otherwise, they would bill him for the work. There was considerable tension between Mehling and several property owners that lived near the trailer park.

Gladys Davidson stood and listed several concerns and grievances about the trailer park compiled by the group of citizens who live near the park. Mehling had left the meeting. She said that it wasn't private property when it was being rented to people. Davidson said that it is a business with two driveways. One of the group wanted to know where Mehling was taking the garbage as they didn't think he was hauling to the county recovery center in Preston. Many in the group were complaining of mouse and rat infestations and mice in their homes for the first time.

The mayor noted that state statute regulates trailer parks. Davidson said that the traffic coming out of the park was a hazard. She said that it used to be a dead end street. Beck offered to talk to Mehling about putting a gate back on one of the driveways to close that access.

Kasten Property

City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that family members have agreed to sell all of the Kasten property to the city including 149 acres and the home site. The council approved a motion to go ahead with the purchase agreement. Struzyk felt that this would be good for the city. Some will be rented out for agriculture use at this time and some will be available for development.

Other Business

• The council agreed to donate the use of an ambulance for one night this week in the city of Rushford.

• Brian Holtz discussed the Hudson Avenue Project costs for 2008. He recognized that costs have gone up. The council again agreed to go ahead with the feasibility study. Holtz suggested it be done in two portions. He said that both portions could be bid and then decide if it is cost effective to go ahead on both portions.

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