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Spring Valley welcomes ideas for senior center

SPRING VALLEY—The future of the senior citizen building was discussed by the Spring Valley Village Board early this month.

The board will explore options for the building. After several groups voiced interest in the space, Diane Gavic spoke with them about their interests. Gavic plans to coordinate the informal project of filling the large building.

The village is currently heating and cooling the building, and the costs are not being recouped. No more than a dozen seniors are currently receiving meals in the center and there is no discussion about ending that arrangement.

Community ed classes were suggested, but ideas are being solicited and researched. The result may be a three- or five-year plan and some financial objectives, but the village is currently in the exploration phase and there are no plans to sell or make money from the facility.

In other business:

The question of two uninhabitable houses was put before the board. One is on Emerson and another on Cleveland Street. The board reviewed the ordinances for "unfit" or "unsanitary" homes. The ownership of each home was also discussed.

Trustees decided to dispatch Police Chief Dubois, Street Superintendent Tim Howe and Fire Chief Terry Shafer to go through the homes and list the potential hazards and remedies. Dubois expected to have a report at the next meeting.

Two parties have voiced interest in mowing hay on village land. After discussing current market values, the board agreed to set the price at $25 a bale and accept better offers if they come in.

Scott Bolstad, the Wisconsin Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), made an appearance before the board. The visit was unannounced, but Bolstad was able to hear the board's concern over the unfunded federal mandate about the dam certification. Bolstad said he will raise the issue with Johnson. He noted he makes regular visits to Wisconsin communities and residents should watch the paper for future dates.

The board approved a pay request by Schlosser Excavating, as well as other unrelated pay requests, such as the HRA accounts, radar certification for the police vehicle, the mower, fire extinguishers, donation to the ambulance, police shirts and lab supplies.

The June police report included 34 incidents, with nothing out of the ordinary except a sex crime. There were 35 children at the bike rodeo and the car show was a success. Organizers are hoping for 500 cars next year.

Dubois attended a domestic violence conference, and reported incidents are increasing and becoming more violent. Investigating and charging practices were presented. The police car graphics have been picked out and some more used equipment was purchased for a savings of $500.

Jeff Nussbaum, the engineer from Cedar Corporation, village engineering firm from Menomonie, gave updates on summer projects. Utilities have been installed and tested on Herb Street, storm sewer access will be added and a 40- to 50-foot stretch of soil is being improved on the east end. Additional rock bed demolition costs are estimated to be around $1,000.

Trustee Rich O'Connell gave a report on library activities, including an open house and some new carpeting, painting and shelving.

The emergency services committee addressed the possibility of forwarding calls when no one is in the office.

Public works talked about dredging Mine's Creek, as well as future projects like the road in front of the fire hall or finishing the one in front of the village hall across from Main Street.

Rita Goveronski's administrator’s report included news Bill Warner is resigning from the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation and Syverson Pool is having an anniversary celebration. Goveronski inquired about the ordinance regarding blacktopping on a recently purchased property. New homes are required to have blacktopped driveways in place within six months and the board agreed the ordinance was applicable, despite the size of the drive.

The village hall will have an extra room available now that the 4-K kids have moved to the elementary school. The room will be available for library and other public use.

Operator’s licenses were approved for Sneakers and the golf course.