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Progress continues on Venegas property

SPRING VALLEY — Repairs to the former The Little Pinto Bean building are underway, and city officials were happy with the progress made by the Venegas family.

“They’re doing what they said they would,” Mayor Cliff Banks said.

The building in the 200 block of St. Paul Street is owned by Mickey Venegas’ father, and the sons have been working with the city to repair the roof and remove junk and scrap from inside the building.

They worked through the Thanksgiving holiday to remove and replace most of the roof and support beams, but they are waiting on exact dimensions from the roofing company before ordering rubber roofing material.

There is a 10- to 15-day wait on the material because the warm weather has led to a greater demand later in the year. The city agreed to hold off on court proceedings against him another three weeks to allow him time to complete the repairs.

City attorney Tom Tonozzi asked Venegas if he had ordered the roofing yet, and he said no. He then asked when he planned to order the roofing, and Venegas replied likely this weekend, if the roofer gets him the dimensions.

Alderman Jim Taliano asked why Tonozzi was going after Venegas so hard when there were other buildings that need work as well. Tonozzi replied that he does what the city wants and said he has been working since December 2011 to get the building fixed.

“It was a mess,” Tonozzi said.

Banks stood up for Tonozzi saying officials shouldn’t go after the city attorney for doing what they told him to do.

“He’s doing his job for us,” Banks said.

The Venegas family owes the city more than $1,000 in fines from The Little Pinto Bean building, but the council voted to waive the fees once the roof is fixed.

In other business:

• City engineer Jack Kusek said there was a positive bacteria test on Well 10 again, but a follow-up test was negative. He said it was likely that the test was bad.

• The bacterial treatment of the sludge in the wastewater treatment lagoon is finished. Kusek said he was waiting on the results from samples taken at the lagoon and expected them Tuesday or Wednesday. Banks asked if once the weather warms up, if the bacteria will continue working on the sludge. Kusek said there is residual bacteria in the water that will continue to go after the sludge, but no new bacteria will be introduced.

• The Spring Valley Police Department received a $5,000 grant to install a camera in one of the squad cars.

• There will be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the city’s levy. There will be a Public Health and Safety Committee meeting to follow.

• The first city council meeting of 2013 will be Jan. 7. Meetings will continue every two weeks following for the remainder of the year.

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