Braving the blowing snow and frigid temperatures, the Spring Valley City Council made quick work of their agenda on Monday, Jan. 27.

The Main Street and County 1 improvement project took another step forward as the council approved the county project within the municipal corporate limits. The joint project between the city of Spring Valley and Fillmore County is slated to begin later this year.

The project has been under discussion for well over a year with different options considered, including having the county turn ownership over to the city. The stretch of road from Section Avenue east to Highway 16 will remain a county road, but the joint project will bring some much sought after improvements to the street located within the city of Spring Valley.

The council approved the South Broadway Avenue pay estimate of $24,362.96 pending the completion of a camera inspection to confirm all the connections working properly.

As they have in previous years the council voted to not waive liability coverage from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT).

After a two-year hiatus, representatives of KING 11 will be attending the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas as the council approved the trip.

According to City Administrator Deb Zimmer there is enough money in the station's budget to afford the travel costs of two to three people.

Department head reports

After recapping the last library board meeting, Dianne Sikkink announced she would be retiring from the library, effective April 30.

"I'm not going very far. I've been here for 62 years and I'm here to help to keep the library a strong structure in our community. It's meant a lot to me ever since I was a little girl, so I'll be there to assist in any way I can to help that tradition continue," Sikkink said of her willingness to support the library even after her retirement.

Speaking for the council, Mayor Jim Struzyk voiced his sadness, but also expressed gratitude for her hard work throughout the years.

Maintenance superintendent Chad Hindt reported that he and his crew have been busy dealing with the snow.

"One day it blows from the south the next day it blows from the north and we move that same inch of snow," he said of the havoc wind is playing on keeping the streets clear.

Luckily, the city has the new snow blower, which, other than a few minor electrical glitches, has been working well.

Despite a small flooding incident involving a running toilet, Parks and Rec director John Fenske informed the council the community center is doing well.

Now that the playground equipment, approved during the last meeting, has been ordered, Fenske jokingly asked Hindt if he would be able to put it up by next month. The conclusion was an outstanding no.

New Fire Chief Troy Lange reported a quiet month for the department, thankfully, with the extreme cold.

Zimmer revealed the bid for the city's former snow blower. It was approved at $1,350 without the control box.

Hindt confirmed that bid was more than they could get for the machine with iron prices.

Before concluding the meeting Struzyk thanked the maintenance crew for the good work on keeping the streets clear this winter.

The next council meeting will be held Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.