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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business district from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. At an earlier meeting residents above some of the downtown businesses appeared before the Council and requested that the ban be lifted so they can park on the street in front of their stores. Council members indicated that they had received calls from various businesses that wanted the ordinance to stand as it currently is. There were concerns that if parking is permitted at all times those vehicles would end up being parked in front of stores, thus limiting parking by customers. During the regular meeting that followed the public hearing, council members voted to leave the Parking Ordinance as it is.

Costs increase on Bond Sales

Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates appeared before the City Council and announced that the recent Bond Sale for City Projects was not as favorable as hoped. He said that there were only 3 bidders and that three months ago the interest was estimated to be 4%. During the sale that number jumped up to over 4.5% so that will mean the City will be paying an additional $5,000.00 per year in interest on a $1,385.000 Capital Improvement Project. The Council accepted the bid from Northland Securities as low bidder.

Flood Mitigation Efforts Continue

Another chapter is closed in the buy out program for Spring Valley's Flood Control Project. The sale of the property of Lucille Daggett for $86,062.05 was completed and the City will take possession on October 1st. This property has been affected over the years by flash floods that have led to the purchase of similar properties in the flood plain. Administrator Deb Zimmer also accounted that the Flood Mitigation Program will continue after she was able to secure an additional $727,200.00 to be used for mitigation efforts and plans.

Junk Ordinance Violations Get Personal Visit

The Junk Ordinance continues to be an item of discussion at the City Council meetings. Previously the members had relied on the information gathered by Kevin Beck of the Sheriff's Department. Apparently the sending of notices, reminders, etc. has proven ineffective so the City Council took to the road and personally inspected the junk issues. On June 30th, next Monday night there will be a special meeting to review their impressions and suggest a course of action.

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