Spring Valley's relationship with engineering company sours
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:39 AM
As the city of Spring Valley transitions to a new engineering firm for future projects, there are some loose ends the city needs from the current firm on past projects.
The issue was brought up at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Feb. 24 when city administrator Deb Zimmer reported the city still needs complete records and drawings for the South Broadway project along with specs and maps of the city.
According to the engineering firm, Yaggy Colby Associates, the cost of this necessary information is $3,800 with $3,200 for the South Broadway project and $600 going toward the additional maps and specs.
"What they do in a lot of projects is they will bill us as they are doing it," explained Zimmer.
She advised the council that she had sent a flash drive to the company to load some of the needed information.
"So it's $600 for them to put information on a flash drive," surmised councilmember Jeff Vehrenkamp.
It is quite important for the city to have this information since it is vital to know where such things as sewer lines are located.
Since 2007 the city has paid $1,072,872.04 to the company, making what council members called exorbitant charges more frustrating.
"I think we've been good customers of theirs. It's just ending our relationship on a sour note. It would be hard to ever consider them again," Zimmer concluded.
The council voted to pay the cost but they will first verify the fees are not included in the contract.
The city doesn't have a contract with Yaggy Colby Associates, but it has used the firm for several years and it was generally referred to as the city engineering firm.
Another engineering firm, Bolton and Menk, started working on the city's industrial park expansion at the end of 2013.
The all library inventory was a success, according to Spring Valley Library director Dianne Sikkink.
This was the first full inventory since joining with Southeast Libraries Cooperating (SELCO).
"I'd like to thank many of the library patrons that volunteered and the staffers. We had a great turnout; in fact SELCO said we were one of the best as far as the number of volunteers," Sikkink declared.
The library's hole-in-one contest is back for its second year along with the popular Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program with many local library patrons participating and having a great time.
Maintenance superintendent Chad Hindt spoke of the busy week he and his crew have had thanks to last week's blizzard.
"I think you did a heck of a job; it looks good," Mayor Jim Struzyk expressed.
With winter rec done for the season Parks and Recs director John Fenske announced the sign up for summer rec would begin on May 21.
The praise for the maintenance crew continued with Fenske saying "I think those guys need a pat on the back for all the extra hours they put in."
Fillmore County deputy Tim Rasmussen told the council they have been quite busy, much of it due in part to the recent storm noting the next vehicle purchased should have all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Fire Chief Troy Lange reported the thermal imaging cameras approved by the council have arrived and are already being utilized.
More volunteers are being sought to open their doors for riders during the Almanzo festivities Zimmer told the council. She has received some interest, but more would be welcome.
She reminded the council the rental ordinance will be held on Monday, March 10, at 6 p.m.
Struzyk concluded the meeting with a final thanks to the maintenance crew for doing a great job clearing the snow.
The next council meeting will be held after the public hearing on March 10 at 6 p.m.