The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 27. All members were present: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jessy Betts, Mike Hadland and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. No visitors had signed up to address the council. The council OK’d the Sportsmen’s Club raffle permit.
After approving the previous minutes, agenda and bills, the main item on the agenda was a request by the “Community Pride Project” proposal by the Bloomfield Cloverleaf 4-H group. They explained that they’d like to put up a small structure in each of the two city parks. The structures would look like a mailbox, and would contain books that people could borrow. The books will be provided by the 4-H group, and they will maintain the boxes. A picture of the proposed boxes was shared with council members. The council unanimously approved this project, with Mayor Struzyk adding, “Go for it, good work!”
Deputy Tim Rasmussen submitted a written report. The monthly police report for Spring Valley showed a total of 72 calls for service in the month, including calls involving armed robbery, cattle in the roadway, ambulance assist, welfare checks, and a snowmobile fire. Deputy Rasmussen added, “The squad car was ordered last month, and the equipment’s on the way.”
The council then discussed the situation in which a back wall of a downtown building recently collapsed. The city’s building inspector had deemed it unsteady and unsafe, and the repair work was to have been completed by February 27. Mike Hadland said, “I’m just a little frustrated,…I understand the snow day, but… There were several times I didn’t see anybody there.” Other council members shared his frustration. Mayor Struzyk added, “I think the people are back in their apartments, though.” The city will check to see when the repairs will be finished, and will consider further action as necessary.
Mayor Struzyk praised the streets crew, saying, “I think the boys did a heck of a good job in plowing the heavy snow!” The meeting adjourned about 6:10. The next regular meeting of the city council will be Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m.