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Road repairs expected to begin next month

Members discuss bills for sidewalks and truck repairs

SPRING VALLEY — Road work will start around Sept. 12 in Spring Valley, as discussed during Monday night’s city council meeting.

City Engineer Mike Richetta of Chamlin and Associates said, “This is a little later than we would like, but it will be fine.”

During its meeting on July 2, the council accepted the low bid from Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $117,472.80 to be paid for with motor fuel tax money. The streets to be resurfaced include parts of Old North Road, Second Street and Seventh Street.

Three committee meetings took place on Aug. 22.

Alderman Dave Pellegrini, who acted as mayor pro tem in Mayor Walt Marini’s absence, discussed the Public Health and Safety Committee meeting.

Pellegrini said that Building Inspector Mike Argubright update the committee on interior inspections that he completed in the 100 block of East St. Paul Street.

Also discussed was what would happen in the event that a property owner would either not respond to the inspection requests or would not allow entrance into their building.

Pellegrini said, “If property owners refuse after receiving our letter, then we will contact our lawyer and proceed with legal action.”

City Attorney Jim Andreoni said, “We will fine them, and we will get an administrative search warrant.”

Alderwoman Deb Baltikauski reported on the Legislative Committee meeting. The committee discussed a request for a snow-cone truck to be parked on private property just off of St. Paul Street.

Baltikauski explained that this truck is not covered under the food truck ordinance since it is parked on private property.

The committee agreed to allow this.

The final committee meeting last Wednesday was held by the Finance Committee. Alderman Michael Herrmann said the committee discussed the feedback from Mark Pruitt concerning renewable energy.

In other news:

• In the first motion to pay the bills, there were 4 aye votes and 2 nay votes. Attorney Andreoni explained that 5 aye votes are needed in order to pay the bills. A discussion followed as to why Alderman Fred West and Alderman Ken Bogacz voted nay.

West explained that he was concerned with one bill in the amount of $4,000 for truck repairs.

Street Superintendent Jeff Norton said: “The repairs were on a 1996 truck. The issues had to be addressed. It’s the truck that sludge is hauled in.”

Alderman Ken Bogacz was concerned with the cost of the sidewalk repair program.

Bogacz said, “It should have been published and put out for more than local contractors since it was such a large amount.”

Norton explained that it was bid last year, and there was only one bid received.

There was a second motion to approve the bills, and all voted in favor of paying the bills as presented.

• The council approved the high school’s request to hold its homecoming parade on Sept. 20.

• A $175 donation was approved for Spring Valley Flag Football.

• The council approved an extended warranty agreement with Micro-Comm in the amount of $3,575.

• The council authorized an invitation to bid for decorative landscaping and related items on St. Paul Street.

• The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 in the council chambers.

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