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Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizing advertisement for bids. The storm sewer running from Tracy Road to the intersection of Hwy 16 and 63 and Section Avenue is in need of upgrading. The plans were prepared by Yaggy Colby Associates of Rochester. Holtz suggested that the construction market is somewhat weaker now and may allow for a more favorable bid.

Holtz stated that bids will be taken on April 23, the project will start around May 14, and the expected completion date would be about October 8, 2007.

Gail Bundy was concerned about the larger pipe causing water damage to his home on Section Avenue in the event of an extreme rain storm. Holtz noted that Bundy could have a problem since his property is very low. He suggested that a berm could be built along the front of his yard with small drain pipes to allow water to escape from his yard. The berm would be located on MnDot's right-of-way. Holtz insisted that no more water will be coming through the system because the same amount of land surface will be drained by the upgraded pipe. However, he did admit that because of the larger size of the pipe, the water would get to the Bundy property faster.

Holtz told Bundy that the culvert at Hwy 16 is MnDot's and he agreed that it would be better if it were larger. Council member Jason Holland suggested that their state legislators should be contacted to get enlargement of that culvert in the Transportation Bill. Mayor Jim Struzyk felt that it may help if the city were to send a letter to MnDot about the size of the culvert.

Bundy wanted to know who was responsible if the water runs into his basement. He admitted that it has come close before. Bundy said that his homeowner's insurance would not cover what the insurance company terms 'seepage.' Bundy insisted that if the water comes quicker, the relatively small culvert under Hwy 16 will not allow it to get away fast enough. Struzyk suggested that they wait and see if they get a response from MnDot. Council member Bill Bires encouraged Holtz to work with MnDot to protect Bundy's property.

Pawn Shop Ordinance

No citizens were present for the public hearing on the Pawn Shop Ordinance. City Administrator Deb Zimmer related that she had received no calls about the ordinance. She noted that no one has applied to open a pawn shop at this time. The council unanimously adopted the ordinance.

Three Code Modifications Adopted

The council repealed Ordinance 2.52 of the Spring Valley Code and adopted a new code for the Park and Recreation Advisory Commission. The commission will consist of three members appointed by the Mayor. Meetings will be held four times per year. The commission will act as an advisory board to the city council about matters related to parks, recreation facilities and related programs.

Subd. 8 of city code 2.33 for personal complaints and grievances states that grievances will be heard by the grievance board. The board will be made up of one council person, the ambulance director, medical advisor/director and the City Administrator.

Subd. 1B.2 of city code 9.09 states that signs placed on any street designating parking restrictions take precedence and will prevail for the area.

Abatement Proceedings

Deb Zimmer stated that the Sprick property (Lobdill historic home) is considered unsafe by the building inspector since the roof collapsed under heavy snow. She said that there have been numerous e-mails, letters, and phone calls with no response lately from the owner. The abatement process to have the building removed would require court proceedings. Struzyk said that the building is a safety hazard and needs to come down as soon as possible.

Zimmer noted that it would cost about $15,000 to have it torn down and those expenses would be assessed against the property. The council voted to start the abatement process.

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