Mayor praises plow drivers, commends police

Council OKs purchase of a new plow


SPRING VALLEY — Mayor Walt Marini took time during Monday night’s Spring Valley City Council meeting to thank Street Department employees for their hard work plowing snow during the past weekend.

Street Superintendent Jeff Norton asked the council to replace one of the older plows.

“When you drop two big plows in a storm, it’s hard to keep up,” Norton said.

The council gave Norton permission to order the new plow at a cost of $7,524.

Marini also commended the various police agencies that worked on the Diamond Bradley case over the past few weeks.

Bradley, 16, of Spring Valley was found stabbed to death on a rural Putnam County road on Jan. 27. A suspect in the killing, Richard A. Henderson, 26, of Standard was arrested Feb. 5 and remains in custody in the LaSalle County Jail on a $1 million bond.

“I would like to the thank the Putnam County, LaSalle County and Bureau County sheriff departments, LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Ottawa and Streator police departments, TRIDENT, plus the Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle County state’s attorney’s offices,” Marini said.

“We, also, can be very proud of Police Chief Kevin Sangston and all of our officers,” he said.

Chief Sangston said, “Thank you to the community members and business owners that came together to help us.”

In other news:

• The Public Health and Safety Committee met on Feb. 6. Alderman Dave Pellegrini said that Building Inspector Mike Argubright gave the committee an updated building permit report.

Pellegrini said that the committee also discussed concerns regarding for properties that are in disrepair. Attorney Jim Andreoni will be sending letters to the property owners in the near future.

• The council approved the appointment of Al Stoudt as plumbing inspector. Stoudt will charge $50 per inspection and was also appointed by the city of Peru.

• Mike Richetta of Chamlin and Associates said that stump removal bids are due on Feb. 28. If any contractor needs a bid package, they may contact City Hall.

• A donation of $150 was approved for Spring Valley Girls Softball Summer League. The softball league will also host a fundraiser at Rip’s on May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 each and available at the door.

• The council also made a $500 donation for St. Margaret’s Hospital Foundation’s sixth annual “Habit for Health” 10K Race and Fun Run/Walk, which will be held on Saturday, April 28.

• The next meeting will be at
7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the City Hall council chambers.