Donation received, sales tax discussed during short Spring Valley council meeting
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:12 AM
The Spring Valley City Council, meeting Jan. 28, received a donation from the Tri-County Trailblazers snowmobile club.
Troy Lange, on behalf of the club, presented the council with a $500 donation, stating the money should be put toward the cost of the new trail bridge. It was noted that snowmobilers, when the weather is cooperating in the winter months, would be using the bridge.
The council then approved write-offs for the Spring Valley Ambulance Service in the amount of $14,304.61, for a total of $51,489.43 in write-offs for 2012.
Council members once again discussed the Rochester sales tax agreement. City Administrator Deb Zimmer noted that other cities might possibly be added to the agreement, which would mean the formulas used to calculate how much tax revenue the original cities will receive might change. Zimmer said the agreement, which was included in the council's packet, does not have to be approved until the summer.
Zimmer said the money (currently $265,423), which is set to be distributed in July 2013 and July 2014, is to be used for capital projects, such as infrastructure. Zimmer said the City of Rochester is "asking that we spend it wisely."
The council approved cigarette license renewals for Fowler's bp, Kwik Trip and Sunshine Foods, pending all fees are paid and paperwork received.
Library director Dianne Sikkink thanked Don Rose for his service to the library board and welcomed Bill Rowen to the board.
Street department supervisor Chad Hindt said the department had to deal with a "lot of ice" following the storm on Sunday. Mayor Jim Struzyk said the "streets look good today." Hindt added that the department has been busy cleaning the shop out and sorting through items to get it in order.
Park and Rec director John Fenske thanked volunteers who helped with the basketball programs this winter, noting the program would not be possible without the volunteers.
Deputy Sheriff/Spring Valley Policy Coordinator Tim Rasmussen said the new squad car has been ordered from Zeimetz and it "should be here in a couple of months."
Fire Chief Chris Czapiewski said the department had had one call during January at the time of the council meeting. He noted that during 2012, the department had a total of 31 calls, with 16 being in the city and 15 in the rural areas. Of these, 10 were building fires and six were accidents, among other types of calls.