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6/7/2014 6:34:00 AM
LED sign rules, moving water main concern Valley

Lauren Blough
NewsTribune Reporter

Additional LED signs in Spring Valley have city council members concerned. 

During Thursday night’s finance and legislative committee meeting, council members and city attorney Jim Andreoni discussed implementing an ordinance establishing guidelines for current and any future LED signs.

Andreoni used the city of Chicago’s current “bright sign ordinance” as an example of what criteria will be put into effect in Spring Valley.

Some possible implementations of the ordinance will include: limits on the amount of light signs will put off, what hours of the day the signs can be on, whether signs’ brightness will need to be turned down and where these lights can be put up without adversely affecting residencies.  

“That issue seems to have died down; I haven’t heard much about those signs,” said alderman Jack Narczewki.

“There’s going to be more though,” added Alderman Dave Pellegrini.

Andreoni suggested sending a draft of an ordinance to businesses and organizations that already have signs in place and invite those people who are unhappy with the ordinance to come to a future committee meeting and let the council know so the ordinance can be redrafted if concerns are legitimate.

Sidewalk safety
In the midst of street and sewer repairs in Spring Valley, Mayor Walt Marini also is looking for council members to specify sidewalks in need of repairs in their wards. 

“We are limited on funds. We only have around $10,000,” Marini said. “When you have a list, prioritize them,” he told the council members. 

Marini also said if the aldermen choose sidewalks the city can’t fix this year, the city should try to do those projects next year.

Next up
The next regular city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday. Items on Monday night’s agenda will include: the purchase of a new park lawnmower, Power Street sewer replacements and asbestos inspection bids for three buildings that the city has taken ownership of. 

Lauren Blough can be reached at (815)223-3206 or

City could need to move water main before bridge job
Relocation of a water line to make way for the new Route 89 Illinois river bridge in Spring Valley is not going to be covered by the state. Relocation of that line will need to be handled by the city at a cost of approximately $45,000, Spring Valley aldermen heard at a committee meeting this week.

Currently, there are only four known users of that water main: the Rice River Boys club, city of Spring Valley, Cargill and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

Larry Good, city engineer, said he hopes the other three organizations will agree to pay a portion of the costs of that water main use which total nearly $55,000.

Another option Good suggested was to abandon the line. The city could continue to use the line until something happened to it, and then not consider repairs after that point.

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