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New ordinance that targets inoperable vehicles approved

Police chief may order removal; fines established

SPRING VALLEY — An ordinance was passed concerning inoperable and abandoned vehicles during Monday night’s Spring Valley City Council meeting.

The ordinance defines an abandoned vehicle as any vehicle in a state of disrepair rendering the vehicle incapable of being driven in its condition, or any motor vehicle that has not been moved for seven consecutive days.

The ordinance states that it is unlawful and subject to penalties to abandon a vehicle on any highway in the city or on private or public property, in the view of the general public, except on property that is zoned and used for the repair and/or storage of abandoned vehicles.

A motor vehicle or other vehicle, which includes automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and tractors, or any part thereof, so abandoned on private property may be authorized for removal by or upon the order of the chief of police after a waiting period of seven days or immediately if determined to be a hazardous dilapidated motor vehicle.

Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of the ordinance shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $750 each day.

In other news:

• Mayor Walt Marini discussed the recent television event on Discovery’s “Shadows of Death” that featured the homicide of Spring Valley’s Diamond Bradley.

Marini commended Police Chief Kevin Sangston and the entire production staff on a job well done.

Sangston said, “It was a testament to all local law enforcement, including ours, coming together and working together to solve the crime.”

• Marini also congratulated the police and fire departments, as well as 10-33 Ambulance, on a successful National Night Out. There was a large turnout.

• Superintendent of Streets Jeff Norton reported there was a lightning strike at the water treatment plant and that they will need to make some repairs.

• There were many committee meetings that took place on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Alderman Jeff Janusick said that the Water and Sewer Committee met to discuss aerators but they had no information on what needed to be done. The committee now has a meeting set up with a contractor. He will report back after that.

Alderman Debra Baltikauski explained that the Legislative Committee met to review the Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance, and Alderman Michael Herrmann said the Finance Committee discussed some property they may want to purchase behind Lincoln School if it is determined that the east interceptor is located on that property.

The Streets and Alleys Committee, led by Alderman Fred West, discussed the STU (Surface Transportation Urban) Funding from the state. City Engineer Mike Richetta of Chamlin and Associates explained that they will use the funding to fix Ladd Road from Route 89 to West Dakota in 2020. The project would be 80 percent paid for through the grant and 20 percent from the city. Spring Valley’s portion would be about $60,000.

Alderman Dave Pellegrini said that the Public Health and Safety Committee met to discuss three properties and the monthly reports.

• The council accepted the low bid from Universal Asphalt in the amount of $163,920.79 pending the eight-day waiting period and IDOT concurrence of the bid for the 2019 MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) Program.

• A Legislative Committee Meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, to discuss the comprehensive plan.

The next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Council Chambers.

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