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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The property will be the site of multi use which will include industrial, commercial, and residential zoning. The expansion situated on the land recently purchased by the City: The Kasten Farm.

Tennis Court Bill

There was considerable discussion regarding the re-building of the tennis courts at the south park. Council members questioned the bill from Mcgill Construction Company. The original bid was $33,176.00 and the final bill was $42,100.00. When Park Director John Fenske arrived at the meeting he explained the increase. He said that his understanding was that the City would remove the dirt from the present site and that did not occur. Fenske said; "I made a mistake thinking it was the City's job." As a result the contractor had to remove the dirt and that resulted in a $2,500.00 extra charge. Also, it wasn't known at the time that the courts would have to be seal coated when finished. The Council accepted Fenske's explanation and approved the bill of $42,100.00.

On a note concerning the swimming pool. John Fenske said that at the end of this year the Baby Pool will not be able to be used. This is due to new regulations that have to be met.

Approval was also given providing for the redemption & prepayment 2001B Bonds. The bonds will be prepaid on September 1, 2008 in the amount of $730,000.00 and are General Obligation Permanent Improvement Revolving Fund Bonds.

Need for a Spring Valley Foodshelf

A recent study by Channel One shows that there are 100 families in the Spring Valley area that have needs for food shelf items and the Council has been approached to provide a facility so people don't need to drive to Preston. It was decided that the City will explore the Kasten Farm milkhouse to see if it would be suitable for the food shelf.

Junk Ordinance Update

"What do we want to do?" This was the comment from Mayor Struzyk when the subject of violations of the junk ordinance came up again, again. Seems the extensions given past property owners some leeway to clean up their yards continues to drag on. The familiar names of Chris Schmoll, Mike Shaw, Jeff Sveen and Jeremy Larson are items of discussion. The Mayor said that there appears to be some progress in working with the property owners but some have a ways to go. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that she has been having trouble putting clean up crews together and then many of the deputies are on vacation. They normally accompany the workers. As a result, "we'll take a look at it for the next meeting," said Mayor Struzyk.


Budget time is rapidly approaching and Administrator Zimmer said she would like to have a draft of the 2009 Budget by the end of July and then inquired if a night meeting would work best or a special meeting. Councilmen agreed that they would schedule time at the 1st meeting in August to discuss the budget. In the meantime members will meet with their various commissions to make any adjustments.

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