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Budget limits Spring Valley rec improvements


Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Parks Director John Fenske reported bids for replacing the blacktop surface of the tennis courts to the Spring Valley City Council members at their May 12 meeting. The surface replacement would cost about $36,960 for asphalt and about $38,586 for concrete. Mayor Jim Struzyk commented that the concrete would be preferable with the small difference in price because it would last longer.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer warned that she would have to see if money could be found in the budget to make either improvement a possibility. Fenske said that the bids were good for 30 days. Councilman Bill Bires suggested that there would not be a better price. Zimmer insisted that with the proposed pool, funds for both improvements would be a lot to expect.

Other Business

• An estimate to paint the Incubator Building on the East side of town was approved in the amount of $1750. The estimate includes materials and labor for the outside walls. The mayor called the building an "eyesore" in its present condition. Bires asked about replacement cost or if there is even a need for the building. Zimmer said that the building provides a place for a new business to start. Struzyk agreed that the building is either rented out or used by the city and does not sit empty.

Zimmer also gave one estimate of what it will cost to put a steel roof over the existing building, between $9,000 and $10,000. She said that she would get another estimate for the roofing.

• Zimmer explained that the city has sent out letters to let people know about the city's Junk Cleanup policy. She remarked that there have been complaints about several properties. The average cleanup conducted by the city for a property owner has cost the property owner about $2,000. Ads are also being placed in the paper to make citizens more aware. Zimmer noted that on May 31, appliances and computers will be accepted for disposal for free.

• Part of the city cleanup is the mercury reduction project. Mercury thermometers will be accepted for proper disposal by the city and residents in turn will be given a new digital thermometer.

• Mayor Struzyk recently helped judge the 165 projects at the middle school Science Fair. He was one of twenty judges. Struzyk was impressed by the kids and the work they had done on their projects.

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