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Buyer beware!

Spring Valley asks residents to be cautious

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:55 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley residents who received a brochure from a company called HomeServe are advised to investigate what exactly they offer before doing business with the service.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Walt Marini advised HomeServe is not affiliated with the city of Spring Valley. The private business advertises to provide a form of water service line insurance coverage for the water line running to a consumer’s home.

“These types of agreements are uncommon and may not provide the coverage marketed by the solicitation,” Marini said. “The service offered is not necessarily a scam, but it more than likely is a service the average homeowner or business owner does not want or need.”

Marini pointed out the brochure refers to the Spring Valley water service line responsibility but has nothing to do with the city.

Residents can research businesses on the Better Business Bureau website and review any affiliations with scams.

Safe Routes to School

The council unanimously authorized to submit a revised application for the Safe Routes to School grant. The grant will fund the construction of a pedestrian walk and traffic light at the intersection of Strong Avenue and Dakota Street.

The Spring Valley Elementary School Board disagrees with the decision to place the pedestrian crossing at Strong Avenue. They have expressed their concerns with students crossing at the particular intersection and believe the crossing should be placed at either the Richards and Dakota streets intersection or the Taylor and Dakota streets intersection.

Before the council approved to submit the application, Marini referred to the BCR’s recent coverage of the Spring Valley Elementary School Board. Superintendent Jim Hermes had reported that community members have expressed concerns to him about students walking down Strong Avenue.

In regards to that report, Marini said he urges those community members to contact him, as he would be like to share the Safe Routes to School traffic study recently conducted by engineer James Clinard for the city council and school board.

“After going over the study, I believe anyone will see how the council reached their decision,” he said. “The city and Mr. Clinard have always had the safety of the children as a top priority in the study. We have done our due diligence in reaching a decision on where the pedestrian crossing and the stop light should be located.”

A copy of the Safe Routes to School traffic study can be downloaded on the city of Spring Valley’s website, under the city clerk’s tab.

In other news, the council:

• Said a legislative committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 26. The public is urged to attend and give input on the new LED advertising signs being erected at various businesses around the city. The council is currently working on an ordinance to better regulate the LED signs and is seeking input from the public on concerns with regulations.

• Approved an ordinance establishing a sidewalk repair program for the city of Spring Valley.

• Selected Chamlin & Associates, Inc. for engineering services for the design and construction phase of the new wastewater treatment plant.

• Authorized the purchase of a high service pump for WTP from General Pump and Machinery, Inc. in the amount of $9,785.

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