Spring Valley aldermen by a narrow margin approved a grant from Tax Increment Financing funds to a local resident.
Marco Diaz, who owns properties at 100 and 102 W. Paul St., will get funds from the city to repair roofs, remediate mold, repair floor joists and supports, report soffit and fascia, flashing, gutter and downspouts, replace windows and doors, update electrical and bathrooms along with other interior renovations, and update exterior paint and signage. Upon receipt of proof the work was completed and a satisfactory inspection is completed by the city, Diaz will receive up to $15,000 (reimbursement of 25 percent of the costs of the project). Aldermen Ed Jauch and Ken Bogacz voted against the request. A vote by Mayor Walt Marini approved the project.
Also Aldermen approved the purchase of property owned by M Buckman & Son for $17,500. The property has a sanitary sewer line running through it, and the council has deemed it in the best interests of the city to purchase the vacant property. It’s on the south end of town east of Route 89 and north of the Illinois River.
The council approved project for expansion of water and sewer lines north at Route 89 near the U.S. 6 intersection south of Interstate 80. Four contractors bid on the project — it was awarded to low bidder Universal Asphalt of La Salle for $174,370.
The council is researching whether updates to its employee handbook will be necessary with the legalization of recreational marijuana. Currently, there is a zero-tolerance policy for any employee with a commercial driver’s license which is a federal requirement, but the city may need to update its code for others.