Brian Malm, senior project manager for engineering firm Bolton & Menk, addressed the Spring Valley City Council on Monday, June 9 to discuss the downtown street project.

Two bids, one from Doyle Connor Company and the other from Komitt Concrete, Inc., were received for the proposed project, which will replace the two driving lanes and the east parking lane on the one-way section of Broadway Avenue downtown.

Malm recommended Doyle Conner Company, out of Rochester, with a bid of $222,233.94.

According to Malm, Fillmore County has agreed to participate in the cost of replacing the concrete in the intersection of South Broadway and Main Street (CSAH 1). The county's share of the construction cost is estimated at $34,906.86 leaving Spring Valley with the remaining $187,327.08.

The city will pay the costs using a combination of the main street fund, street maintenance fund and the capital fund.

The council approved the bid from Doyle Conner Company contingent on the final completion date of Aug. 14 to accommodate Ag Days.

A preconstruction meeting was held on Friday leaving the city with a good news/bad news outcome.

According to Zimmer, the good news is the project construction will begin on June 23 and, if the weather cooperates, should last only two weeks compared to the original four- to five-week estimate.

Unfortunately, the bad news is the south block, between Courtland Avenue and Main Street, will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project due to the replacement of the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Main Street.

During the construction the north block, between Jefferson Avenue and Courtland Streets will be open to traffic but parking will be restricted.

Other business

Spring Valley resident Paul Mittelstadt reported the troublesome house at 301 N. Huron Ave., which was located adjacent to his property, has been demolished, but asked council members to be vigilant on the city's ordinances as there are more properties that he believes need to be dealt with soon.

Zimmer assured Mittelstadt that numerous letters related to the city's ordinances had been sent out prior to the meeting.

The city of Spring Valley is now officially seeking a new ambulance director after the council approved the job description for the position. The closing date for applications will be July 11.

The council renewed liquor licenses for Valley Lanes, Rack's, TJ's and Johnny Ringo's. It then approved the new liquor license for Outsiders Rockabilly Saloon, formerly Old Tyme Saloon. Michelle Heaser, of St. Charles, will be taking over as the new owner of the business.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper asked the council to discuss the upgrade of the ambulance billing system to a cloud server. The switch would cost $1,495 with an annual fee of $610.

After much discussion the council members decided to table the issue until they obtain more information, especially on the safety of HIPPA information.

Administrator report

Zimmer informed the council she is still looking for volunteers from the community to help paint the Community Center on June 25, 26 and 27. Interested persons should contact city hall.

The new bathrooms in South Park should be completed this week and ready for the summer crowds.

While the blending of Spring Valley's Music in the Park kickoff and Family Fun Night on June 8 was a success, Zimmer suggested the council explore the possibility of switching Music in the Park to a different night after this year.

Finally, the city will be advertising the former elementary school and Griswold properties to sell, according Zimmer.

The next council meeting will be held on June 23 at 6 p.m.