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New faces on SV Council

Spring Valley City Clerk Rebecca Hanson swears in new Mayor Walt Marini at Monday's Spring Valley City Council meeting.
Spring Valley City Clerk Rebecca Hanson swears in new Mayor Walt Marini at Monday's Spring Valley City Council meeting.

SPRING VALLEY — It was a changing of the guard in Spring Valley Monday as the outgoing mayor and city aldermen welcomed and swore in the new generation.
“I would like to thank everyone in the city of Spring Valley for having me the last four years,” former Mayor Cliff Banks said.
Banks was replaced with former alderman Walt Marini, and aldermen Rick Fusinatto, Mike Richetta and Marini were replaced with Dave Pellegrini, Michael Herrmann and Mark Actis respectively. Alderman Chuck Hansen was re-elected to his seat.  
Marini then brought some familiar faces back to the council with his appointments of Jim Andreoni as city attorney, replacing Tom Tonozzi, and engineering firm Chamlin and Associates as city engineering firm, replacing Jack Kusek of McClure and Associates.
Andreoni and Chamlin last filled their respective roles under former Mayor Jim Narczewski, who appointed them after he was sworn in May 2,2005. Both had previously served under Narczewski, but were replaced by former Mayor Joe Taliano when he defeated Narczewski in 2001. Taliano appointed McClure and Associates as city engineer and Ray Nolasco as city attorney..
Tonozzi swore in Spring Valley City Clerk Rebecca Hansen who then swore in the aldermen and city treasurer Jack Boroski. She then swore in Marini as mayor. Marini thanked Banks for his service and gave him, Fusinatto and Richetta plaques to commemorate their service.
Marini also thanked his wife and the residents of the city for electing him mayor.
“I believe this is an indication of what people can accomplish when they work together,” Marini said.
In other business:
• The council approved two special use permits for allowing the operation of a shooting range at 221 W. Dakota St. and 122 E. St. Paul St.
• Street Superintendent John Schultz said the city received around 20 calls about water back-up following the recent rain and flooding. He said about three or four of them were the city’s problem, and he also found a few sewer lines that needed to be televised.
• Banks wanted everyone to remember to keep all paperwork and documents pertaining to flooding for state and federal flood and disaster relief programs.
• Kusek said there were rumors that people worried about losing water because of the flooding, but that isn’t the case. It’s the wastewater treatment plant with flooding problems, not the water treatment plant.
• May 4 will be the city’s annual spring clean-up, and the city is looking for volunteers.
• Alderman Tom Nesti asked people not deposit grass clippings into the street where they can flow into the sewers and cause damage and clogging.
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