The Spring Valley City Council has rescheduled its public hearing on a proposed rental ordinance to March 10.

During its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, the Spring Valley City Council agreed to postpone the rental ordinance public hearing originally scheduled for Feb. 24, due to scheduling issues.

"I want to make sure people have adequate time to make comments," explained City Administrator Deb Zimmer.

The proposition of a rental ordinance has been a bit of a battle since it was originally proposed in the spring of 2012. At that time the ordinance was rejected by the council after a public hearing.

Since then, complaints were made to the Minnesota Department of Health and pictures of the deplorable living conditions began circulating, thus council members felt the need to once again examine the need for a rental ordinance.

"This is really something, I think, we need to go through with. After going in to some of these apartments...the smell is just really bad. It's something we need to take care of," Councilmember Bill Bires said during the recent meeting.

Those who would like to give the council their statements before the hearing are asked to contact Zimmer at City Hall.

All residents, landlords and renters are encouraged to attend the hearing on March 10 at Spring Valley City Hall at 6 p.m.