Residents attend Spring Valley City Council meeting to discuss County Road 1 project, garbage proposals
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 4:49 AM
There were multiple visitors signed up Monday, Sept. 24, to address the Spring Valley City Council about the status of the County Road 1, or Main Street, project or discuss the selection of the garbage service provider.
First, Spring Valley resident and Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud addressed the council about the status of the reconstruction of County Road 1 from Section Avenue to Minnesota Highway 16, a half-mile stretch.
Amunrud said he was at the meeting to "clear up matters" and to update the council on Fillmore County's decision on the project. The county had discussed abandoning that portion of the street but Amunrud said that in asking residents they "would not like to lose an entrance to the city."
He said the county would still like to do the project if the city of Spring Valley would take ownership of the street after 10 years. The county would pay to pave the road with concrete and the city would be responsible for the rest of the reconstruction.
"We can do an agreement up front and turn it over after the 10th year," said Amunrud. "It would be your city street then and the county can make County Road 1 go up Highway 63 (Section)." This route, he noted, made more sense.
He added it's a decision the council needs to make and that the project could be done within the next year to two years.
"I hope we can come to an agreement that is a win for you, win for the county, and a win for the residents who want to keep the road open," he said.
The council did not make a decision but there was talk of City Administrator Deb Zimmer meeting with the Fillmore County attorney to discuss it.
Next residents shared their experiences with Waste Management as their garbage service provider.
Resident Tom Meyerhoff said he doesn't think Waste Management "qualifies as a good provider." He said he had tried to get a dumpster and was told he couldn't get one. He also found it difficult when it came to customer service over the phone because the person was in another state and not too familiar with this area's services.
Resident Lucille Daggett said she has "nothing but good to say about Waste Management." She said that when flooding impacted the community in 2000 and 2004 that the business offered free dumpsters to those affected.
She said the city council should "hold off on voting until the public gets more knowledge on the prices" discussed in the three proposals from Waste Management, Sunshine Sanitation and Wm. Hanson Waste Removal and Recycling. Daggett, after reviewing the proposals she received from Zimmer, noted she "comes out ahead" in cost with Waste Management.
The council decided to table the issue to give residents a chance to review the rates and voice their opinions. The city of Spring Valley has published the rates for residents to compare in this issue of the Spring Valley Tribune.
Waste Management representative Darrell Hoekstra addressed the council. He said for the commercial service, the rates they have been charging are "all over the board," but the company has had a drop in its fuel surcharge rate and it is eliminating its environmental fee.
He said Waste Management will still offer bags and offer a $2 discount on a cart for senior citizens.
Hoekstra said with Sunshine Sanitation basing its price on the waste weight for businesses is not that accurate because the scales on the truck can't be certified. "It's an estimation at best," he noted.
"We appreciate Spring Valley's business and hope to continue," he concluded.
Tory Keefe of Sunshine Sanitation addressed the council, simply stating, "We are hoping we can do the best we can for you."
Below is a link to a chart comparing the rates of the two companies.
The council approved narrow-banding city siren controllers to meet FCC requirements and be compatible with the 800 MHz system. According to Emergency Management Services director John Dols this requires installing one kit purchased earlier for the north site and purchasing two new controllers for the middle and south sirens. The total cost for the supplies needed, including the controllers, is $7,173.59. This is a budgeted item, Zimmer said.
The council also approved Dols upgrading and updating city radios to be compatible with the 800 MHz system. This also is a budgeted item. The total $18,167.03. Dols said most of the radio equipment was purchased when the former street department supervisor was first employed. "For safety reasons, it needs to be done," he said. Mayor Jim Struzyk said that they "knew this was coming."
Council members also approved the purchase of a narrow-bandable mobile radio for the ambulance service in the amount of $2,330.50. Director Jim Cooper added that by Jan. 1, 2013 "everyone has to have it."
The council also approved, pending the approval of the Rural Fire Board, the purchase of a new pager for the fire department in the amount of $5,937.98. The Rural Fire Association is responsible for half of the cost.
Street Department supervisor Chad Hindt said the department has started work on constructing the last leg of the bike trail to connect Spring Valley's entire trail system. Hindt said it's the section of trail that will connect Farmer Street to County Road 8, continue to go around the plant, and then to Willow Park.
Park and Rec director John Feske said the concrete has been ripped up at the pool to fix the leak but that he hasn't done anything with it because he is waiting on funding for the project.