Luann Emerson, Spring Valley Village Clerk, said recently the village has sent out a notice that residents must keep one faucet running at a pencil-width amount to prevent laterals from freezing when the temperature drops.

At a Jan. 30 village board meeting, public works discussed issues residents had experienced with freezing laterals during the extreme temperatures.

Village Board President Marsha Brunkhorst said at the meeting that residents should be responsible for upkeep and damage prevention at their own household. This includes running 1,000 or 2,000 gallons of water in a faucet during cold winter months when necessary, she said.

Emerson added the village will not pay to have laterals thawed.

Other news

• Dan Connors Dandy Properties were approved to be rezoned from business/commercial to R3 for residential multi-family at W124 S. Second St. instead of R1.

• Discussion about the Handy Andy playground plans are still being established by Aarynn Bosshart and will be addressed in April.

• The village tabled a decision on identifying land at W335 Oak St. before someone may claim the land and pay taxes. The land will be discussed in conjunction with plans for the Reservoir, a project which will be nearby.

• A building inspector contract renewal was postponed until the village can do more research. The current contract for building inspector Todd Dolan expires on March 31, 2019.

• A $500 electric bill for Handy Andy holiday lights display was approved for payment by the village.

• NEO Electric bill for well No. 4 was approved for payment, as well as payments No. 3 and 4 for Springlake Contracting. Springlake is on budget and does not have any recent change orders.

• Three operator permits were approved for Sneakers, Rusty Horse and Spillway.

• The next Village Board meeting will take place on Feb. 27 at 6:15 p.m.