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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long grass, old machinery parts, etc. Five properties were discussed Monday. They are located on Anson Avenue, Warner, W. Jefferson, Park Street and Center Avenue.

Most of the property owners were present to plead their case on the problems they are having complying with the ordinance. For the most part it was a shortage of money and time to restore some of the "unlicensed classic cars" that are in various stages of being "restored". After reviewing the alleged problems, the Council decided to give four of the five a reprieve of two weeks to bring the issues up to compliance with the ordinance or the property will be cleaned up by the city and the costs put on their taxes.

This is not the first time for complaints on many of the same pieces of property and the council recognized the difficulty in even describing which pieces of alleged "Junk" were there recently or imported after they removed them a year ago. The final piece of property was given a passing grade for improvements done on his property since last year. At any rate, in two weeks at the next meeting, the council will wrestle with the issue once again.

Downtown Parking

Another issue that will be discussed again at the next meeting will be parking in the downtown area of Spring Valley. Currently the parking ordinance restricts parking during the late evening and early morning hours. Several property owners from businesses on Broadway suggested that rather than prohibiting parking every night on the street downtown to post signs saying "No Parking" on certain nights throughout the month. Some people say it is unfair that residential parking is permitted in the rest of the city and not downtown where renters in second floor apartments are forced to park behind their stores. The Council will begin their meeting an hour early in two weeks so full attention can be paid to this issue.

Firefighter Pension Increase

The only other item on the agenda was the approval to increase the Fire Fighter Pension from $1,350 per year to $1,410 per year.

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