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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council that the City has recently received funding for buyout of properties in the flood plain. One of those properties is the Baptist Church on Section just north of the former lumber yard. Zimmer said the price would be based on a per square foot formula with the rate at $1.02 a square foot.

Zimmer said she wanted guidance from the Council on proceeding before reaching agreement with Church officials. The Council appeared willing to proceed with a buyout of the property and then the conversation shifted to the new annexed area of the Kasten Farm on Tracy Road west.

The Council said the Church is looking for a place to rebuild and perhaps the City could help in the relocation process. The Council took action that would offer to the Church a lot of one acre or less at no cost in addition to other cost shifts with the assessments. Zimmer will be meeting with Church officials in the next few days and will brief them on the progress so far.

The property being annexed is approximately 149 acres and will consist of 1 or 2 lot homes and possibly 8 multifamily structures.

Latest Maneuvers on the

Junk Ordinance

It comes down to following the paperwork and the junk as Council members had five pieces of property that allegedly meet the criteria to be in violation of the City Junk Ordinance. Deputy Kevin Beck said that he has inspected the properties in the past and today and found that there is some, but very little progress being made on cleaning up these properties.

Chris Schmoll has erected a tent to screen his vehicles. The City had asked him to move it away from the street but Zimmer said; "we don't have an ordinance governing tents so maybe we'll have to pass one." The Council agreed that he is making progress.

Jeff Sween on Pleasant Avenue will be getting a letter from the City stating he has to clean up his property. Mike Shaw is in the process of getting his fence reduced in height. Lyle Grabau on Griswold and Center is the owner of a garage that the council thinks is a hazard.

Typically the Junk Ordinance process results in what appears to be a never ending circle of complaint, inspection from the city, a letter of violation notice by the city with time frames and then an appearance at the City Council meeting to show they are complying and making an attempt to clear it up. With another few weeks gone, the City officials take a tour, find junk moved in after the last letter and then, the process starts all over again.

It's not real clear what the next action by the City will be.

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