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Mayor issues challenge to alderman, employees, residents

SPRING VALLEY — At this week's meeting of the Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini has issued a challenge to the alderman, city employees and residents to bring back the pride to the city.

“Together we can make Spring Valley a great place to live,” Marini said at Monday’s council meeting.

Recently, Marini was out and saw several small things that would be inexpensive to fix but would make a dramatic improvement to the city’s aesthetics. There was a sign in Webster Park that was bent over, and other signs that were barely readable or completely unreadable.

Marini spoke about how people coming into the city will see these small items of disrepair and can begin to form a negative opinion about the city.

“These were just little things that were not big ticket items, but if taken care of, can make a big difference in our city,” Marini said.

If anyone sees these types of things, they should contact the mayor or the city about having them fixed. The city has about $7,500 available to replace streets signs.

Alderman Chuck Hansen said it’s not just the alderman and city employees that need to keep an eye out either. It’s part of the residents’ responsibility as well.

“That really comes down to the individual,” Hansen said.

In other business:

• The city voted to pass an appropriations ordinance for the 2014 fiscal year. The estimated revenues are $2.3 million, and total expenditures are estimated at $2.7 million.

• The city passed an ordinance allowing the fire department to sell a van.

• The city will move on to the next level for coop insurance with other municipalities. There will be a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss a possible sales tax increase with streets and alleys and legislative committee meetings to follow.

• Council members passed an ordinance authorizing a maintenance agreement between the city of Spring Valley and Union Local 393 Laborers International Union of North America.

• C & H Excavating of Earlville was awarded for bid for additional work done at the wastewater treatment plant with a bid of $147,160.  

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