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Spring Valley raises sewer rates by $2.00

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Residents will be paying more for sewer service as a result of City Council action on March 12. With three members of the Council at the meeting, it was decided to increase the base rate by $2.00. This will mean that the average residential bill will increase by $2.80 bringing the average monthly bill to $29.95. Currently there are 870 residential and 105 commercial hookups.

Council member Bill Biers said he had received only a couple of calls from residents asking about the increase. Mayor Jim Struzyk and council member Jason Holland indicated they had not received any inquiries, good or bad. The Council will look at the increase in a year and see how it's going.

Pawn Shop Ordinance

At the next City Council meeting there will be a public hearing on the proposed Pawn Shop Ordinance. It is scheduled for March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council chambers.

The proposed ordinance would license operators of pawn shops in the city and spell out processes for the reporting of daily sales to an agency, which could be the Fillmore County Sheriff. The purpose of the ordinance is the monitoring of pawned items on both sold and received articles.

The intention of the ordinance is perhaps summed up in the PURPOSE Subdivision: "To help the City of Spring Valley better regulate current and future pawn businesses, decrease and stabilize costs associated with the regulation of the pawn industry, and increase identification of criminal activities in the pawn industry through the timely collection and sharing of pawn transaction information, this section also implements and establishes the required use of the Automated Pawn System (APS)."

The City of Austin currently has a Pawn Shop Ordinance which has been in effect for several months. The proposed ordinance for Spring Valley could undergo several changes before it's passed. According to City Administrator Deb Zimmer, a decision will need to be made on who the pawn shops report their daily sales to.

House Burn

Rich Whipple appeared before the council with some concerns about a proposed house burn next to his property at 215 Huron. The Fire Department is planning to burn the house at 209 Huron Avenue and Mr. Whipple is concerned that his property will suffer damage from the burn.

Mayor Struzyk assured Whipple that all precautions will be taken to protect his property. He said that the Fire Department will spray a layer of protective foam on Whipple's house to prevent any damage. The Spring Valley Fire Department regularly does training burns on old houses. They will start a fire in one part of the structure, extinguish it, then relight it until the entire structure is gone. Whipple apparently felt relieved when he left the podium and found out that the City does carry insurance.

Other Business

• The Council accepted a donation from the Spring Valley Ambulance Association for Vacuum Mattress/Splint kits. The $2,185 gift for the items was made through the Ambulance Association's Charitable Gambling.

The next City Council meeting is March 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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