Council approves contract renewal with Sunshine Sanitation

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Topping the Oct. 22 agenda for the Spring Valley City Council was the city's contract with Sunshine Sanitation, which took over the sanitation duties for the city in 2016.

“I haven't had a complaint in over a I think we should just renew the contract the way it is,” Mayor Jim Struzyk said. “I haven't had near the complaints that I had with Waste Management.”

According to city administrator Deb Zimmer, there will be no price changes for services in 2019.

The council voted to renew the contract and will review the terms after further discussions with Sunshine Sanitation.


The council approved a resolution accepting a donation in memory of Doris Henderson.

The generous donation of $30,000 gives $10,000 each to the Spring Valley Ambulance donation fund, the Spring Valley Fire Department donation fund and the Spring Valley Community Center fund.

The council members expressed their thanks as they accepted the donation.

“That is huge for all three departments,” council member Todd Jones commented.

Department head reports

Parks and Recreation director John Fenske thanked Dan Howard who volunteered much of his time to run the football program, which just recently ended.

Fenske said the work has begun on the pool repairs and if all goes smoothly it would be done by the end of the week.

Zimmer, on behalf of city maintenance supervisor Chad Hindt, shared that he and his crew have been busy putting rock on roads and alleyways, hauling out the compost pile at the dump, mowing and sweeping the streets.

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) director Aaron Hamersma reported everything at the plant is going well and he recently gave local high school students a tour of the WWTP.

According to ambulance co-director Sue Puffer, the service is now 86 calls ahead of last year. She noted many of these calls are lift assists and no hauls, which are done at no charge.

The new ambulance was to arrive by the end of the week.

Fillmore County deputy Tim Rasmussen reminded the public and the council that the city's winter parking ordinance will be going into effect on Nov. 1.

The Spring Valley Fire Department pancake breakfast was once again a success, according to Fire Chief Troy Lange.

Lange also took a moment to share his appreciation for the Doris Henderson donation.

Council member Jessy Betts, on behalf on library director Jenny Simon, shared that the library is still in talks with the county for future funding.

Other business

• The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., two days later than normal because of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12.


Council member resigns due to move

Due to a move outside the city limits, Spring Valley City Council member Jessy Betts will be resigning from the council, he announced during the Oct. 22 meeting.

Betts and his wife, Heather, a Kingsland School Board member who also announced her resignation earlier this month, are moving to a rural address just outside the school district. Betts was elected to a four-year term on the council two years ago.

City administrator Deb Zimmer told the Tribune that due to the timing of the resignation, which occurred after the time of filing for office earlier this year, a special election is not needed. Instead, the council will appoint someone to fill out the remaining two years of his term.

The council will declare a vacancy at the next meeting on Nov. 14. In the past, the council has asked for letters of interest from residents to fill the vacancy.

The loss of Betts will leave Mike Hadland, who was also elected two years ago, as the council member with the most seniority in 2019. Todd Jones didn’t file for re-election and Tony Archer, whose council term also expires at the end of 2018, filed for mayor.

Voters will choose two new council members next Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the general election. Four people filed for the open seats of Jones and Archer on the council.