Complaints force SV council
to reconsider a rental ordinance
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:07 AM
The Spring Valley City Council met for its first regular meeting of the month last Monday with the discussion focusing on continuing rental issues.
"We've had several complaints about rentals and public health. There are pictures circulating of the rental conditions," city administrator Deb Zimmer explained.
Zimmer made the council aware of an issue concerning several complaints made to the Minnesota Public Health Department in regards to rental conditions during the council's Oct. 2 budget meeting. These include Spring Valley residences in a mobile home park, an apartment building on Farmer Street and another apartment on Tracy Road.
Due to the complaints and the conditions of the handful of rentals, the council has decided to once again assess the need for a rental ordinance in Spring Valley. The last time the council discussed the ordinance was in June of 2012. Ultimately, that ordinance was rejected.
"We need to make sure people are living in safe conditions, that is the objective, and when pictures look this unsafe I don't know if these would qualify," Zimmer told the council.
Council member Bill Bires and Mayor Jim Struzyk agreed, saying the council has to step in and do something about this continuing issue.
The council will work on reviewing and revamping the previously debated ordinance, as will city attorney Kelly Wagner. Once this is completed, the council will hold a public hearing to allow the community to weigh in.
In other business:
The council approved the Spring Valley Economic Development Authority's request to move $30,000 to the special 1 percent revolving loan fund for downtown renovations from the EDA's 3 percent revolving loan fund to join the previously transferred $35,000.
A bid of $4,865 was approved for the sale of a former police squad car. This was one of three bids received; the other bids came in at $2,057.50 and $1,800, respectively.
The council voted to increase the sewer rate for the city by 25 cents to the base rate and 8 cents per 1,000 gallons. The last sewer rate increase was approved on April 11, 2011.
Zimmer announced the truth and taxation hearing is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:01 p.m.
The next city council meeting will be held on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.