At the start of the regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on November 26, Mayor Struzyk swore in John Dols as a new council member, filling the vacancy caused by the departure of Jessy Betts. All members of the council were present (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, John Dols, Mike Hadland, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). No citizens had signed up to address the council during the “Visitors Section” portion of the meeting.
The council discussed a request from the Chamber of Commerce. The email from Ann Keim stated, “The Chamber of Commerce is requesting that we are allowed to have the sledding hill during Christmas on Historic Broadway. Joe O’Connell is willing to bring in snow if necessary to prep the hill and do all snow removal. We will be requiring the kids to wear a helmet. The sledding will be from noon to 6 p.m. There will be bales at the end of the street to stop kids, like last year.” After brief discussion, the council approved the request.
Jenny Simon gave an update on happenings at the library, including that the recent World War I re-enactment was very well received. She stated, “We had over 80 people attend, so attendance was good, and thanks to everybody who came… And we had numerous requests to have him back, so we’re going to look into another grant to have him back to do another program.”
John Fenske gave an update on swimming pool repairs, saying, “We’ve finished up the swimming pool, all we’ve got to do is pour some concrete in the spring… No more leaks!” He went on to explain that the pool will now allow for video recording of any future problem areas underground, which was not possible before.
Deb Zimmer mentioned that auditors will be in for “pre-audit” work on December 18. She also shared data showing comparisons of the final levy amounts for each of the past three years and she highlighted budgetary comparisons for 2013 through 2019. She mentioned, “You notice the debt is up about $300,000 and that is due to Washington (Street project).”
Todd Jones voiced thanks and a “hats off” to the Utility crew for the Christmas tree they recently erected. Troy Lange reported that the fire department had “a fairly busy month” due to several house fires and calls for carbon dioxide issues. The fire department’s new fire truck has arrived, and was parked nearby for all to see. The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council will be Monday, December 10 at 6p.m. As always, the public is welcome.