The Spring Valley City Council has announced a public hearing will be held Feb. 24 allowing community members an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed rental ordinance.

The discussion of the rental ordinance resurfaced this year after numerous pictures showing deplorable living conditions came to light. City Administrator Deb Zimmer made the council aware of the issue, which also included many complaints made to the Minnesota Public Health Department in regard to rental conditions, leaving the council little choice but to reopen the possibility of the ordinance.

At the time Zimmer stated, "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."

The idea of a rental ordinance for Spring Valley was first approached by the council in June of 2012, but was later rejected after a public meeting was held.

Since the reappearance of the issues, the council has worked to revise the rental ordinance to correspond with the feedback it had received from community members.

All residents, landlords and renters are encouraged to attend the hearing at Spring Valley City Hall on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.