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Starved Rock Country Alliance takes over SBDC

Spring Valley Council hears presentation

Tours of Spring Valley's wastewater treatment plant, its new maintenance garage and the water treatment plant were held Saturday, giving the public an opportunity to see where their tax dollars had been spent.
Tours of Spring Valley's wastewater treatment plant, its new maintenance garage and the water treatment plant were held Saturday, giving the public an opportunity to see where their tax dollars had been spent.

SPRING VALLEY — Scot Wrighton from Starved Rock Country Alliance addressed the Spring Valley City Council Monday evening.

Wrighton explained they are taking over the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which used to be housed at IVCC. The SBDC closed at the end of 2016 when IVCC could no longer provide offices and funding due to the state of Illinois budget crisis.

Wrighton explained the SBDC provides one-on-one coaching for small businesses, and even though they receive funding from federal grants and the state of Illinois, it’s still necessary to receive financial support from the different towns that would be participating.

Wrighton said, “There are two major benefits of combining the organizations. The services can be spread out to offices across the entire area covered instead of just centralized at IVCC and more training can be made available.”

Alderman Dave Pellegrini supports the SBDC. He said, “Twelve years ago I utilized the Small Business Development Center. They helped me start up my new business by helping with advertising and with my business plan. Everyone should utilize the services that are available.”

Mayor Walt Marini also supports the concept.

“It’s something the area needs. Economic Director Debb Ladgenski sent many people there when it was at the college,” Marini said.

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, July 24, to discuss the SBDC. The committee will report at the next full council meeting.

The Streets and Alleys Committee met on July 10. Alderman Fred West said the roads that will be blacktopped this summer were further discussed. West also said the Dakota Street project is back on track since the state passed the budget. Another streets and alleys meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. to finalize the summer road projects.

The Legislative Committee also met to discuss drafting an ordinance about unhitched trailers. The committee will follow up with the police to see how many instances there are of unhitched trailer complaints.

The Public Health and Safety Committee also met and discussed the possible purchase of the downtown hotel as was presented at the prior council meeting. There are still many questions that need to be answered before a decision can be made. The Dave Johnson building was also discussed. The council is wanting to paint the wall that was exposed following the demolition of the neighboring building.

In other business:

• Marini said the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the new wastewater treatment plant went well. “I would have hoped that more people came to see where their tax dollars were going, but we gave them a chance to see,” Marini said. Resident Don Harden addressed the council and thanked them for the opportunity to attend the open house and commended the council on the great facilities.

• The council approved the purchase of a replacement truck bed body for the 2001 International Tandem from Dierzen for a cost of $10,000.

• The board approved the petition from the Spring Valley Fire Department for its Music on Main event.

• The council approved a $100 donation to the Aden Lamps Foundation and to the Walleye Club.

• The council approved an ordinance authorizing the execution of a lease agreement between the city of Spring Valley and National Cooperation leasing for an asphalt recycler and hot box.

• The board accepted the resignation of Tim Samolinski as building inspector effectively immediately.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, in the council chambers.

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