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Spring Valley City Council Council authorizes study of Hudson Avenue project

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - After a tour of the Spring Valley Library, the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Streets and Ambulance Station, the City Council took action on a couple of items at their July 23 meeting.

First of all, the Hudson Avenue Project has been on the planning books for several years now. Three years ago a study was made of the project that would totally reconstruct sewer and water on Hudson to the tune of 1.8 million dollars. The Council agreed to do a feasibility study to determine today's costs and if they want to proceed with the project. The study is expected to be in the neighborhood of $2,000.

The subject of a new contract for solid waste was discussed at the meeting. As we reported several weeks ago the Council was exploring the idea of putting the contract out on bids after calling for Requests for Proposal. Mayor Struzyk indicated that he had met with officials of Waste Management and also learned from the Utility Board that they would be willing to continue collecting the $6.25 recycling fee each month. The Mayor also indicated that the problems with the phones and Waste Management have been cleared up and everything is operating at this point. The new system even permits Waste Management to call customers when pickup is rescheduled. Council member Jeff Vehrenkamp made the motion to continue negotiations and that was seconded by Tony Archer. The current contract expires in November and will be a five year contract.

In committee reports, Jason Holland reported that the Spring Valley Library along with others in the county will be requesting additional funding from the County Commissioners in the near future. He indicated that funds from the county are not keeping up with rising costs at the library.

What could be an interesting discussion coming up concerns improvement assessments, particularly those that deal with corner lots. City Administrator Deb Zimmer says the current policy is vague and unclear. She said she needs direction from the council on what they would like to see the policy changed to. Currently on capital improvement projects bonding comes up with 20% of the cost. She proposes a 25% cost share. The proposal that is being studied would make a 100% assessment to property fronting on a city street. Those on corners would see 50% on one side and 50% on the other. This appears to be the direction the city will be taking in a new policy.

Budget time is just around the corner. The city will begin budget workshops on August 29 at 6:00 p.m.

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