SV residents voice concerns during council meeting
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 2:27 AM
The Spring Valley City Council met for the final regular meeting of the month on Monday, Oct. 28, and while the agenda was light, the visitors kept the council busy.
Paul Mittelstadt voiced his concern with the 301 North Huron Avenue property. The Mittelstadts purchased the adjacent property last year and have had increasing problems with the deteriorating condition of the house, citing it as a health and safety hazard. He explained that he has witnessed kids trying to sneak in to the house, which is a huge safety concern as the roof is collapsing into the building.
City administrator Deb Zimmer stated she is trying to work with the property owner's daughter to resolve the issues, but if they are not addressed she will send the matter to city attorney Kelly Wagner for further review.
Dennis Timmerman made the council aware of produce disappearing from the Spring Valley Food Shelf.
"I don't know what the answer is, but maybe we can be thinking about what the possibilities are to address that," Timmerman said.
Mayor Jim Struzyk and Zimmer agreed to come up with a plan for the next gardening season, listing cameras as an option.
Loel Wessel approached the council to encourage them to adopt an ordinance to protect both rental owners and the renters themselves.
The final visitor to address the council was Charles "Chu" Zahradnik. He told the group of his dismay with the conditions of the property, located at 133 South Broadway, which he rented recently. Though he no longer resides at the property, he wanted to make sure the city was aware of the pervasive mold and plumbing issues throughout the building.
After the visitors concluded, the council moved on the other business.
The council approved the resolution authorizing the development agreement with Kappers Fabricating, Inc. The business had previously addressed the city for financial assistance for the 12,000 square foot expansion onto its manufacturing facility.
Ambulance director Jim Cooper asked the council to approve the business associate agreement between the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service and Information System Sciences. He explained this agreement is due to the newer HIPPA policies.
Parks and Rec director John Fenske said that while this is their slow time of the year, the community center activity is picking up with the colder weather.
The city is getting prepared for the winter months by getting its equipment winterized, according to city maintenance superintendent Chad Hindt.
Fire Chief Chris Czapiewski talked about the success of fire prevention week within the schools this year and the recent pancake breakfast. He also spoke of the upcoming Tri-County Firefighter's Association meeting, which will be held on Nov. 13 at the Root River Country Club.
Fillmore County deputy Tim Rasmussen reminded the council the winter ordinance on Spring Valley's streets began on Nov. 1 and will continue until April 1.
Ambulance director Jim Cooper reported that several EMTs completed their certification. The first responders class began on Thursday and he is hopeful to get more people certified by early next year.
Zimmer reviewed the letters that will be sent to Spring Valley residents reminding them to make sure house numbers are clearly visible, especially at night. Todd Jones continued by explaining a recent complication while finding a home during an emergency due to the lack of visible numbers.
The next council meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.