The Spring Valley City Council, meeting with a short agenda on Oct. 22, approved extending its current agreement with Waste Management for three additional months.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer shared an email from Gary Heinzig of Waste Management, who stated the reason for the extension was because bills are already going out now for the next three months.

"After talking with our billing department, I changed the extension date so the new agreement will being Feb. 1, 2013. Bills are going out now for service in November, December and January, so the clean break would be to make the changes effective Feb. 1," stated Heinzig in the email.

He said Waste Management plans on contacting its commercial customers to make them aware that their new rates will still begin Nov. 1. Heinzig added in the email, "They will also have best-case pricing. If their current rate is lower than the new rates, that will be honored through the life of the current contract before switching to the new rate."

Waste Management will take over billing from public utilities as of Feb. 1, noted Zimmer.

Department reports

Street department supervisor Chad Hindt shared in his report that they are putting rock on part of the trail by the wastewater treatment plant and have been busy sweeping streets. Last week they were also hoping to install all of the new street signs for the South Broadway project.

Hindt said he has caught a few people going the wrong way on the new one-way street north of the pool that exits onto Highway 63. "I will make sure we have the do not enter signs up," he added.

Spring Valley Ambulance Service director Jim Cooper said the department had a busy month with 39 calls, as of the meeting.

Fire Chief Chris Czapiewski said the fire department has had a "quiet year" so far with 24 calls for the year, which is down from last year.

Spring Valley policy coordinator Tim Rasmussen shared his police report with the council, which had a total of 59 calls for the month of September.

In her administrator's report, Zimmer shared that the council's first meeting in November will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 14, due to the Veterans Day holiday.