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Spring Valley looks at options for sewer rates

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Could Spring Valley residents and businesses be looking at a sewer rate increase? At the meeting of the City Council on Monday, February 26, Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking at a rate increase that could come in three options. The first would be a percentage increase on the per 1,000 rate. That could range from 5.6 to 10 percent. The second would be a flat increase of the base rate for commercial and residential. The third would be a two tier rate or a combination of other options. The proposal will be discussed at the next council meeting on March 4th.

Stormwater Project

On the agenda was a review of the Stormwater Project. At six o'clock the council and interested members of the public saw the maps of the proposed project and were given a time line of how it will be accomplished. The project will result in storm water pipes being replaced by larger pipes with increased capacity to handle the increased volumes from the north end of Spring Valley. The project consists of removing the old pipes in three stages starting at Highway 63 and 16 and extending northwest to Tracy Road on the north. The work is expected to be finished late summer and it will result in some disruption to homeowners along the route but access will be maintained to property, according to Zimmer.

Emergency Management

Jim Cooper, Ambulance Director told the Council that Emergency Management worked with City Utilities, the Fire Dept., and the Sheriff's Department in dealing with power outages and communications difficulties during the recent snowstorm. Cooper said that he, along with Director Jeff Kappers, attended a meeting with the County Emergency Management Director the previous week. They are working on a document that would authorize mutual aid and to work on all levels during an emergency or disaster. He also said that he has received two applications for EMT's and that an interview has been accomplished with one person and another has been scheduled. Cooper also announced that the new ambulance should be arriving from St. Paul in the next few days as soon as the radio equipment is installed.

Leonard Leutink reported on the recent snow storms and the problems encountered with clearing the streets. He was complimented by the Council on the fine job that the Street Department did in making the streets passable.

Learn and Earn

They say recycling pays, and the Youth Tackle Football members can attest to that. At the Council meeting Dan Goodsell of Waste Management presented the Mayor with a check for $540.00. Team members recycled 720 pounds of aluminum cans during 4 months this winter. The purpose of the Youth Recycling Project is to engage youth organizations in a hands-on "Learn and earn" recycling project. The next recycling team will be the Kingsland High School Music Department.

Pawn Shop Ordinance

• The Council will also be looking at a Pawn Shop Ordinance and will be holding a public hearing on March 26th.

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