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SV OKs $300,000 loan

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Council has authorized borrowing $300,000 from Spring Valley Bank to cover needed expenses for the access road to the west sewer interceptor.

The city recently purchased a Vactor Truck, camera and backhoe at the expense of $259,612. They council also approved to spend $41,000 for Homer Tree Service to complete the tree clearing project needed to build the road.

On Monday, City Engineer Larry Good reported the tree clearing should begin today, Thursday, weather permitting. He said representatives from Homer Tree Service estimated the project should be completed within six to seven business days.

The city is building the access in order to clean out and make upgrades to the west sewer interceptor at the treatment plant. The city must complete this project in order to remain in compliance with the wastewater discharge permits issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).

Alderman Mike Herrmann reported the loan will be repaid over a period of five years. There was no discussion from aldermen before or after they approved the $300,000 loan.

In other news, Mayor Walt Marini said he, along with other representatives of the city, recently toured wastewater treatment plants in other cities including Peru, Port Byron Morris and Streator. The city took the tour looking for ideas on the type of wastewater treatment plant they hope to begin building in Spring Valley.

Marini said the plants used various technologies, however the group agreed Port Byron’s wasterwater treatment plant was closest to what might work best for Spring Valley. He said the construction of the plant was the cheapest, and operating expenses were also the lowest compared to other plants.

“But that wasn’t the only factor we looked at,” Marini said. “We all liked the simplicity of it and think it would serve the city the best.”

In other business:

• Marini reported the city has spent $33,500 from Dec. 1 to Feb. 18 on overtime hours for city employees who have worked plowing snow. He said most of the snow has come on weekends and holidays, which drives up the use of overtime hours.

• The council approved to increase the payment on the loan for the city hall building, which means the payment will increase from $1,000 to $1,400. The loan will be paid off in a year, compared to a year and one half.

• The council is planning to buy additional Christmas decorations for the streets at a cost of $16,015.

• The council hired Chris Insco for the street department, starting out at second year salary.

• The council agreed to donate $50 to the Special Olympics Starved Rock Area and $250 to Spring Valley Little League.

• The council approved extending the parking restrictions after snowfall along Dakota Street, from Cornelia to Richards streets.

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