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SV in need of safety upgrades

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:42 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:44 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY —The city of Spring Valley is due for an upgrade in its safety and health program.

On Monday, Mayor Walt Marini explained a representative from the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) conducted an inspection of the city’s departments and found areas in need of updating.

Upon discovering this, Marini sought out Mark Fiorentini, a program administrator of Illinois Valley Safety Services, who offered a proposal to the city. The proposal agrees to provide program material to the city, which will assist with employer mandates set forth by Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and IDOL.

“I want to get this going because the representative from IDOL will return, and I want to show him that we have things in place and are working on updating the programs,” Marini said.

Before the council unanimously approved the proposal from IVSS, aldermen further discussed the need for the updates and talked about the costs for IVSS’ services.

Marini couldn’t provide specific details on how much work it would entail to make the updates but said he will be meeting with Fiorentini and street Superintendent Jeff Norton to get a better idea of what’s needed for the city.

The proposal fee for the city is based on hours, at $100-per-hour for consulting and program assistance.

Alderman Chuck Hansen suggested the council cap the price at $4,000, which would account for 40 hours of work. It was agreed on that if the services ran over 40 hours, they council would further discuss the price for services.

Alderman Dan McFadden expressed how important it was to move forward with the updates, as new workers were just hired by the city and need proper safety training.

“None of these guys have had any confined space training or none of that. It’s very essential these guys get that right now … It’s a new work force; they’ve never been in a ditch or a hole or anything. You can set the policy, but they need that training on safety,” he said.

Marini also mentioned the city’s insurance company will be coming at the end of August to do a 10-hour mandatory OSHA class with the employees.

In other news:

• Marini announced the Spring Valley Walleye Club has discontinued its relationship with the Master Walleye Circuit (MWC) and Cabela’s. Marini has met with Frank Hyla, owner of Time on the Water Outdoors, who is interested in hosting a fishing tournament and keeping up the cooperation with MWC and Cabela’s. Marini said Hyla has also been approached by a couple of national tournaments who are looking into coming to Spring Valley. Marini said the city is prepared to assist in any way they can to keep the tournament going.

• Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston reported the department is in need of a crossing guard. The right candidate will need to be available before and after school hours throughout the school year. Those interested are encouraged to pick up an application at the police station.

• City Engineer Larry Good reported the three buildings located on Saint Paul Street, which the city recently purchased, have been inspected of asbestos. He said there were small amounts found in each building. He said prior to next meeting, he will have a recommendation for the council to proceed with the asbestos abatement, and subsequently the demolition of the buildings.

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