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Spring Valley board votes to close vacant building

By Sari Gordon

SPRING VALLEY—The fate of the vacant senior building was discussed by the Spring Valley Village Board last month.

Options included taking over operation of the building or putting it up for sale. The biggest concern was the lack of use for the cost of maintaining the building. Most of the use comes from senior meals, the Stagehands and occasional family gatherings.

Diane Gavic has contacted different organizations about their interest in using the building and got a very positive response. Trustee Andy Vorlicek suggested the senior meals be moved to the vacant room in the village hall and the building be sold. The building is in dire need of décor upgrade and regular janitorial service.

The seniors would still use the building for meals, but would be a renter just like everyone else and all functions run through the village office. Changing the name from Senior Center to SV Community Center would change the perception of the building.

Having the village take over the operations of the senior center building for one year, and develop the necessary policies, procedures and rent fees needed, was unanimously approved.

Meantime, the party showing interest in the vacated nursing home building has notified the village he is no longer interested. The village will not incur any more expenses for the building and has instructed Clerk-Administrator Rita Goveronski to contact the utility companies to disconnect all services. The street superintendent was instructed drain the water and to put RV anti-freeze in all the toilets and drain traps.

The cost and timeline of demolition will be discussed at a later time.

For more please read the Dec. 18 print version of the Herald. 


Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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