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SV rescinds business’ license

SPRING VALLEY — Residents won’t be lighting up anything from the Spring Valley Smoke Shop any more, after the city council rescinded its license to sell tobacco.

“It’s a threat to our community what they are selling down there,” Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston said.

The owner of the smoke shop was recently arrested after he was allegedly caught selling synthetic cannabis, an illegal substance. An undercover operation showed the shop was allegedly selling the substance at the store and recovered more than 1,700 packets, according to Sangston.

Also at this week’s meeting, city council members clashed on passing a change in the salary ordinance that includes the city’s economic development director, Debb Ladgenski.

Alderman Jim Taliano made a motion to table the change, stating he wanted to discuss it more and was concerned about a dramatic increase in the director’s pay. Taliano said the director saw an increase of more than $8,000 to about $33,000, but other aldermen were quick to point out that wasn’t because of a raise. She actually had her hours raised from 20 hours per week to 25.

“Your numbers are off,” alderman Dave Pellegrini said. “I wish you would have talked to me before the meeting.”

Several employees received a 2 percent pay increase, but Taliano was surprised by the large jump for the director. He said he only received the packet on Friday, opened it Saturday and wanted to discuss it before passing.

His motion to table was defeated with Taliano, Mike Herrmann, Jack Narczewksi and Mark Actis voting in favor, and Dan McFadden, Tom Nesti, Chuck Hansen and Pellegrini voting against it. Mayor Walt Marini voted against the motion to break the tie.
A motion was then made to accept the ordinance change and that passed 5-3 with Taliano, Narczewski and Actis voting against and McFadden, Herrmann, Nesti, Hansen and Pellegrini voting in favor.

In other business:

• The Hobbs-Honeywell property is near to getting its no remediation letter. The company is cleaning it up, so it can go on the market.

• There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 to discuss the stoplight for Spring Valley Elementary School.

• Water and sewer committee chairman Tom Nesti said the city is still working with the insurance company regarding the flood damage at the water treatment plant.

• The council approved hiring Pohar Construction for some emergency sewer repair work at Greenwood Street. The city does not have to go out for bids because of the project’s emergency nature. Pohar will also contribute to work on Cleveland Street. City employees will take care of most of the project, but Pohar has machinery that is necessary. Since Pohar’s contribution to the project is less than $20,000, it also does not have to go out for bid.

• The council approved the final plat of the St. Bede Assisted Living Center.

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