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Spring Valley Council Report:CUP denied for LaPolice property

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Andre LaPolice at their January 28 meeting. The Spring Valley Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the CUP, for the property located at 612 Huron Avenue, be denied at their January 23 meeting.

LaPolice intended to use the property for the repair and reconstruction of antique cars, trucks and tractors from the 1900s up until 1985. The commission defines the purpose of this commercial district as for development of "the type of businesses that absolutely require highway access and exposure." Also, the application included "66 Motel" property which is not currently owned by the applicant. The commission felt that this inclusion made the need for possible conditions to be placed on the CUP unclear. They noted a safety concern about the location near wood structures. There was an additional concern with the compatibility of the use with the adjacent residentially zoned properties, questioning the possibility of a negative affect on home property values. The nature of the business and inventory of old vehicles already owned by the applicant raised the possibility of incurring a violation of the "Junk Ordinance."

Other Business

• A quote from Whitewater Wireless Inc. for $2,272.13 was accepted for a new siren controller for the siren on the North side behind the Ford dealer. City Administrator Deb Zimmer explained that the old, outdated controller would not be worth the expense to repair. She said that the Emergency Management budget was small and this repair was not budgeted. Mayor Jim Struzyk added that the city had no choice but to repair this radio patrol portion of the siren. The controller on the South side is also outdated and could go out at anytime.

• Leonard Leutink offered three state bids to the council for the purchase of a new mower. The low bid for a New Holland mower was accepted. Leutink said that parts from the old mower will be compatible.

• Shirley Gangstad was appointed to the Library Board. Dianne Swenson-Sikkink reported the availability of special programs on Tuesday evenings for crafts, woodworking, and more. New materials available at the library are reported monthly in the Spring Valley Tribune.

• A resolution approving write-offs of uncollectible ambulance accounts with the Spring Valley Ambulance Service was approved. The total of the write-offs was $23,524.79. Jim Cooper noted that the service has had a busy January with 38 calls. He reported that the service is looking at a couple of new EMT recruits.

• Fire Chief Troy Lange described January as a quiet month with only a couple of calls. One was for a Carbon Monoxide alarm. He suggested that the fire department encourages this kind of call to be placed to the gas company. He questioned whether this kind of call should be billed as a regular fire call. Deb Zimmer said that there is not usually a charge for a false alarm unless it is repeated. She warned that charging for a CO call could deter people from calling and that may not be a good thing.

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