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SPRING VALLEY – Water and sewer issues continue to dominate the discussion at Spring Valley’s city council meetings.

But at least there was some good news at Monday’s meeting.

City engineer Jack Kusek said he received a response from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regarding a violation notice the city had previously received. Kusek said the response was basically a sign-off on the items the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had previously been concerned about, such as permit issues and submission of monthly reports.

However, the city will need to get an operating permit for the water main that was installed for the second phase of the senior citizen housing project. Kusek said the permit application is underway, and when the permit arrives, the council will need to execute the compliance commitment agreement.

Regarding the wastewater treatment facility, Kusek said he met with the Army Corps of Engineers about flood-plain issues at the west interceptor site and was told the Corps will not require a permit for the proposed cleaning work.

In addition, work is progressing on the facility plan, which the IEPA needs to provide any funding. Kusek said an application for a $15,000 energy grant was submitted.

The council also heard from engineer Larry Good of Chamlin and Associates, Peru. Good said the council needs to approve a long-term control plan for reaching compliance by June 8. Alderman Tom Nesti scheduled a Water and Sewer Committee meeting for 6:30 p.m. April 30.

Aldermen approved a request from Good for an extension to be filed, so the city can use the federal IKE grant funds for two additional improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.

At the previous meeting April 1, Good said the IKE grant managers had approved the cost of removing trees and brush, and stone capping the top of the berm, as long as the work was sent out for bids.

In other business, the council:

• Approved plans submitted by Paul Yerly, owner of the former Circus Bar, for putting a handicapped ramp in front of the building. The approval was subject to an inspection by the city’s building inspector.

• Heard spring hydrant flushing will take place from 10 p.m. April 28 through 5 a.m. May 10.

• Heard city cleanup week will be June 3-7, and a electronic recycling day will be held at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11.

• Approved appropriating $35,000 from state Motor Fuel Tax funds for day labor.

• Approved a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

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