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Spring Valley council negotiating sale of annexed lots


Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLELY - Within days after the city of Spring Valley annexed the property on the west side of the city known as the Kasten Farm, city officials were negotiating the sale of three lots to a local storage/manufacturing company.

Mayor Jim Struzyk reported to the Council that he and Deb Zimmer and Jeff Vehrenkamp met with the potential buyers of the land to discuss timetables and terms. The Mayor told the Council that there is an urgency to wrap the deal up because the company wants to start building and have a building up in two weeks.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer cautioned the Council that there needs to be something in writing before the deal can be made and the buyer is given permission to build.

"I don't even know your terms," said Zimmer.

The Council agreed on $1.85 a square foot for the property and that assessments will be determined later. Final approval would be contingent on approval from the City Attorney. A special meeting of the City Council was scheduled for Friday, August 1, to discuss the progress made in negotiations.

In regards to the improvements on the Kasten property, the Council authorized Yaggy Colby architects to proceed with doing a feasibility study to put city sewer and water to the Industrial park area currently not in place.

Other Business

• Approval to pay another bill on the 2007 Utility Improvements was given. Invoice number 8 amounted to $28,493.53. One final bill will come before the Council when the final work is completed.

• The Council also adopted a resolution setting up a Bid/Quote policy. They agreed if the purchase was in the budget and was $2,000 to $25,000 it will be handled in a Committee with the Department Head, City Administrator and the Commissioner from that Department. Purchases that were not in the budget will go to the Council. Costs between $25,000 and $50,000, the Council will need to approve and over $50,000 sealed bids will be necessary.

• It's been a busy season for the library. Librarian Dianne Sikkink reported that since January 143 new patrons have been enrolled at the Library; 43 of those were rural and there have been over three thousand items checked out this year as compared to the same length of time in 2007.

• John Fenske reported on the parks and said that the recent renovation of the tennis courts has resulted in increased usage and everyone is extremely happy with how the project turned out. As usual, the baseball diamonds are very active.

• Ambulance Director Jim Cooper reported that the number of runs is good and that with the new requirements for reporting, additional reports are being made. He said there will be an EMT class this fall and that there will probably be two people leaving the ambulance service next year.

• The fall election is getting closer and closer and City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the Council that 6 additional Election Judges are needed. This is because Spring Valley Township will be having their returns come into the Community Center and the City will be furnishing the Judges. Payment to the Judges will come from the Townships to the City.

• The focus on the alleged violations of the junk ordinance stays on two property owners; Jeff Sween and Dave Horsman and a motion was passed to send a crew in to clean up their properties.

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