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Mayor lauds lighted parade as ‘huge success’

Event attracts bigger crowd

SPRING VALLEY — Mayor Walt Marini spoke high praise for the annual lighted Santa parade during Monday night’s Spring Valley City Council meeting.

“I’d like to thank Debb Ladgenski on her work on the lighted Santa parade,” Marini said.

“It was a huge success. There were many people along the route and more entries than in other years.  It’s a great thing for Spring Valley,” Marini said.

Marini also advised the council that he sent a letter to the Illinois EPA for its help in the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant.

“We can’t thank them enough,” he said.

Marini explained that when the project first began, the wastewater treatment plant was under water due to flooding, and now Spring Valley has a state-of-the-art plant that should last for decades to come.

Mike Richetta of Chamlin and Associates told the council that work will start next week on the reverse osmosis system. There should be no loss of services during the upgrade.

Superintendent of Streets Jeff Norton said that Friday will be the last day for this year’s leaf program.

The Legislative Committee met on Nov. 29. Alderwoman Debra Baltikauski said the committee discussed the Public Safety Employees Benefit Act, which was later approved, and the request for  a mobile car detailing business. These types of businesses are acceptable but need to be registered, insured and bonded with the city, she said.

The Public Health and Safety Committee also met on Nov. 29.  Building Inspector Mike Argubright attended and told the committee that he is having success contacting businesses and having repairs being completed.

The old hotel building was also discussed. Alderman Jeff Janusick said that the committee feels that they need to have a second look at the old hotel property before deciding what to do with it.

Alderman Fred West said that the Streets and Alleys Committee also met to discuss the need to file paperwork by Dec. 21 to get in on the next three-year cycle for road repairs.

The committee will meet on Dec. 14 to discuss what streets will be included.

Marini said, “A lot of work has been done in Spring Valley through grants, and we have had to pay very little for the work.”

In other news:

• The council approved the annual tax levy ordinance. City Attorney Jim Andreoni said that since the levy increase is under 5 percent, there does not need to be a hearing.

• A change order for the 2017 street maintenance project was approved. The change order reduced the total cost by $1,677.65 for the Wolfer Drive improvements.

• The council approved the ICRMT insurance program annual renewal in the amount of $121,273 from Dimond Brothers Insurance.

• The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the council chambers.

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