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Council hears request for new police car

Vote on purchase expected soon

SPRING VALLEY — Police Chief Kevin Sangston requested a new police car during the Spring Valley City Council meeting held on Dec. 3.  Sangston explained that three of the five police cars have more than 100,000 miles on them and the other two will be at 100,000 by next summer.

Sangston is requesting to purchase one car at this time for the amount of $29,226.

Superintendent of Streets Jeff Norton noted that in-town driving is very bad on city vehicles, and Sangston reminded the council that these vehicles are the only city vehicles in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The council will vote on the purchase at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Mayor Walter Marini thanked Economic Director Debb Ladgenski for all the work she did on the lighted parade. He also noted it was a huge success with more entries than last year.

Marini said that he heard good comments from all who enjoyed the parade, and his hope is that it gets bigger and better every year for everyone to enjoy.

Superintendent Norton reported several issues during the last storm. The first issue was a a  power problem at the lift station and a pump that was taken out of service. Norton is looking into getting a backup pump.

Another issue is that during the last several months, the operator of the water plant has been noticing something not sealing when using Well No. 11. They would like to replace the check valve for a cost of about $4,000. Norton was told to purchase the check valve for Well No. 11.

Norton also heard complaints about snow removal on downtown sidewalks due to unoccupied buildings and some businesses that just do not shovel the sidewalk.

Superintendent Norton noted with the weather, it has been hard to send someone out to do the sidewalk. There is only one tractor with a plow and a snow blower. Norton is looking for ideas to solve this issue.

Mayor Marini expressed his opinion that  the sidewalks need to be cleaned even if it has to be done with breaks in between. Attorney Michael Andreoni noted that the city cannot force a property owner to shovel city sidewalks.

A Spring Valley Business Revitalization Grant application from the Ice Shack was presented for approval. Alderman Fred West asked if the sign for the Ice Shack is going to be attached to the building and if they are, are they going to be selling advertisement on it? It was noted that the sign is not going to be attached to the building and it will be used for advertisement. The council approved the grant for an amount up to $5,000.

The council also authorized the purchase of a storage cover from Big Top Manufacturing in the amount of $4,500 for auxiliary salt.

An ordinance levying taxes for all corporate purposes for the city of Spring Valley for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2018 and ending April 30, 2019 was presented and approved.

The 2019 calendar of meetings was presented and accepted. Meetings will be held every other Monday except for the first meeting of the year, which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

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