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8/6/2013 11:30:00 AM
SV council to share cost of moving water line for grocery store

Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter

The Spring Valley City Council agreed to pay half of the cost to move a water line at the property where Sullivan’s Foods wants to develop.
Earlier this year the chain supermarket entered an agreement to purchase the old Bassick property in Spring Valley and develop it. Recently the development team has been reaching out to the city in efforts to move forward with the development.
At Monday’s council meeting, city attorney Jim Andreoni said one of the things that needed to be done was to rezone the area. It is currently zoned as M1 or light industrial and it needs to be changed to a commercial classification. He said Sullivan’s also wants to move the water line and asked the city to pay for half of the cost.
Sullivan’s wants to move the line in order to build the new building farther back, allowing for two more developments to be created on the property. Sullivan’s is planning to develop those areas and lease them to other companies. City economic director Debb Ladgenski said this would allow more business to come to Spring Valley.
“Based on how they configure the property the line may or may not have to be moved,” Andreoni said.
He said Sullivan’s only wanted a confirmation that in case they moved the line the city would pay half. City engineer said the city’s cost would be around $50,000 to move the line.
Aldermen then suggested city workers do the job instead of having another company do it. Superintendent of public works John Schultz hesitated.
“I could do it provided I didn’t have anything else to do,” Schultz said.
Alderman Dan McFadden said the city moved the water line for the recent school construction at Spring Valley Elementary and was doing the work on the sewer lines to save money for the city. “While we are waiting on Larry and the boys down at the railroad to get the parts all centered then maybe we can do the water line,” McFadden said.
“We gotta start cutting costs,” said alderman Jim Taliano.
Alderman Chuck Hansen suggested the city ask if its half be paid in labor and Sullivan’s half in parts. Ladgenski said they would have to set up a meeting with Sullivan’s to find out. Andreoni said it was the city’s water line so they could dictate how it was moved. The council unanimously agreed to pay 50 percent of the costs to move the line.

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