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Spring Valley sewer project moves ahead

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley's 2007 Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Project moved another step forward at the Council meeting Monday night, May 14. The Council passed a resolution to sell General Obligation Utility Revenue Bonds in the amount of $930,000.00 to finance the project. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. addressed the Council and explained the process of selling bonds and how they will be paid. In this case annual payments of $83,000.00 will be made with those funds coming from the City's Stormwater Utility and Sewer user charges. Bond bids will be opened June 25. A pre construction on the project is set for Monday, May 21 with construction starting Wednesday, May 23.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that she is working with the State Auditor's Office on some new processes. One is a written policy that authorizes moving funds into the Capital Improvement fund. The recent Stormwater and sanitary sewer project pointed out that this would be a good policy to have in writing. The Council also passed a resolution that the city general fund should maintain an undesignated reserve of between 35% and 50% of total General Fund expenditures. City employees will have a couple of extra steps to follow when filling out their time cards. The State Auditor wants to see the employees include sick time and vacations.

Zimmer said that the recent city wide cleanup day was good, but not as successful as in the past. She indicated that an inspection of problem areas will now be completed with the assistance of the Sheriff's Department.

Cell phones are almost a necessity of life for many people, and employees of the city are no exception. The question arising is if city cell phones should be used for personal calls. Many of the city employees have private cell phones that they also use for city business and there was discussion if these employees should be reimbursed and how it would be calculated. The Council will study the issue and make a decision at a future meeting.

Some lively discussion regarding the use of golf carts on city streets. Mayor Struzyk said that one permit was issued last year and none have been issued so far, but he has had inquiries. Struzyk stated that he doesn't think golf carts should be used on the streets because they don't have headlights, tail lights or turn signals. Council member Bill Bires said that he believes each case needs to be looked at and if warranted should be given a permit.

In other Council business:

• The Spring Valley Ambulance Association donated $3,917.89 towards the cost of vacuum splints and other ambulance equipment.

• A dance permit was approved for Carl Mergen of the Old Tyme Saloon. And the VFW was given approval for a temporary liquor license at a wedding on June 16.

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