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Spring Valley City Council monitors junk on property

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

The clean up of garbage and junk outside this trailer in Pleasant Valley Trailer Park in northeast Spring Valley is being closely monitored by the Spring Valley City Council.

SPRING VALLEY - A couple of items on the agenda of the Spring Valley City Council meeting held Aug. 13, consumed time and had to be dealt with.

Several weeks ago the Council announced that an inspection of junk on homeowners property would be investigated and owners would be given notice that unless they cleaned up their property they will be issued a summons.

Kevin Beck of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office made the rounds of property recently and announced his findings to the Council. One property in particular was pointed out, that being the Pleasant Valley Trailer Park in Northeast Spring Valley.

Deputy Beck presented a slide show that pointed out the weeds and junk that was scattered about near many of the trailers. Joe Mehling is the owner of the park and explained that he has been working fulltime and just hasn't had time to get it all cleaned up but he has hired workers to come in over the weekend to cleanup a demolished trailer. He said that he currently has 12 trailers rented out and four that need to be demolished and hauled out. Mehling said he did not deny it needs to be cleaned up but he just hasn't had the time. After the Council saw the pictures and obtained further information from Mehling and Beck, they decided to take the matter up in two weeks and see how successful the efforts have been to clean up the trailer park.

Another piece of property that had the spotlight turned on it was a residence owned by Chris Schmoll. Beck pointed out the large number of old vehicles and dog pens on the property. One vehicle did not have a valid license and the others were kept there because Beck said "the owner likes to collect old cars and fixes them up". This property will also be given a two week reprieve to continue the efforts that Beck says have started.

Assessment Ordinance

The Council has also approved an "Assessment Ordinance" that spells out who pays for what on street and utility improvements. The newly passed ordinance establishes that the City will pay 75% of improvements and the property owner will pay 25%. For corner lots or lots bordered by more than one street the assessment footage equals 50% of the length of the lot abutting the improvement. The City will also pay 100% of the costs for overlay and seal coat.

EMT On-call Pay Policy

The Council also established a ambulance weekend on-call pay policy. EMT's will be paid the on-call rate of $1.00 per hour of call time signed up for on the weekends. The weekend on-call rate will be effective from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight on Sunday. Holiday on-call pay will be paid the rate of $2.00 per hour for Holidays from 12:01 a.m. to midnight on the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Consideration of time off for the Ambulance Director resulted in some changes to the Director On-Call Policy. When the Director is on vacation there will be a signup for coverage during that time. Volunteers will be paid an on-call rate of $6.00 per hour to ensure the service has adequate coverage during the absence of the Director.

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