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Despite the heat, Summerfest a big hit

Mayor says thanks to event organizers

SPRING VALLEY — Mayor Walt Marini reported during the July 2 Spring Valley City Council meeting that the Summerfest celebration that was held at the end of June was a success, even with the hot weather.

Marini said: “I  hope each year it will continue to get bigger and better. Thank you to the Spring Valley Park Board and all the volunteers involved with the celebration.”

Alderman Dave Pellegrini also said the weekend was a great success even with the heat. Pellegrini thanked everyone who helped, including the mayor and his wife, the city council members, the park board members, Superintendent Jeff Norton, Police Chief Kevin Sangston, the Spring Valley Fire Department and Fire Chief Todd Bogatitus, park employees, local businesses,  and the neighbors of Kirby Park.

Chief Sangston added that there were no issues, and communication was good between all.

In other news:

• Economic Director Debb Ladgenski reminded the council of an Economic Development Summit at Hall High School July 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• A finance committee was held on June 26. Alderman Michael Herrmann said that Dan McFadden addressed the council about damage to his property that occurred while the city was flushing the wells. The claim will be resubmitted to the insurance company.

• The finance committee also reviewed the proposed appropriations, discussed the police pension funding, discussed offers for renewable energy, and discussed the flood insurance coverage on the filter and blower buildings.

• A legislative committee meeting was also held on the same night. Alderwoman Deb Baltikauski reported that the committee discussed a permit from Flo’s to operate a food truck and a possible food truck on private property to sell snow cones.

• The committee also reviewed a request for proposal for the city comprehensive plan and having Sterling Codifiers review the land development code for an amount of $750.

• The board approved Chamlin and Associates to perform an IDNR dam inspection for the wastewater treatment plant lagoon levy for an amount not to exceed $1,650.

• The board approved an electrical aggregation agreement with Homefield Energy. Spring Valley has been with Homefield since they decided to opt into Illinois’ municipal aggregation program.

• The IV Dolphin Swim Team Tag Day was approved for Sept. 22-23.

• The board accepted the low bid from Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $117,472.80 for the Motor Fuel Tax Program work. The streets to be resurfaced include parts of Old North Road, Second Street and Seventh Street. Alderman Fred West said the city will be in contact with the contractor to set a start date for the work.

• The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

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