DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
TD Fetterly Building Company took down the former Tamarack Cafe building Tuesday, Feb. 28. It took about a week to shore up the building so adjoining buildings weren’t damaged.
DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE TD Fetterly Building Company took down the former Tamarack Cafe building Tuesday, Feb. 28. It took about a week to shore up the building so adjoining buildings weren’t damaged.
Heather Apenhorst and Noah Broadwater of the Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-H Club addressed the Spring Valley City Council during its Feb. 27 meeting to propose a new addition to two parks in the city.

“For our community project we want to put up library boxes in the parks, one in south park and one in the water tower park,” Apenhorst explained.

The undertaking is part of the club’s community pride project, so the group will build the little libraries, stock them and make any necessary repairs.

The council approved the project with Mayor Jim Stuzyk saying, “Go for it; good work.”

Building demo

On Feb. 20 the council held an emergency meeting due to the partial collapse of the former Tamarack Cafe building on Broadway Avenue.

During that meeting the city approved hiring TD Fetterly Building Company to demolish the building in hopes the structure would be down within a week.

Members of the council voiced their concern that the structure was still standing.

“I’m a little frustrated. I know Terry (Fetterly) said it would be done by Monday and I know there was a snow day, but there were a couple of days during the weekend that nobody touched it,” council member Mike Hadland commented. “ I thought it would be down by now.”

In a later interview, Commercial House Apartment owner Jeff Allman expressed his frustration that the building’s structural issue was not dealt with sooner.

“I’m just so glad no one got hurt,” Allman said.

Residents of the Commercial House were displaced from Sunday night, Feb. 19, until they were let back in at 5 p.m. Thursday evening.

City administrator Deb Zimmer noted she had been in contact with city attorney Shawn Vogt Sween regarding the building and hoped to have more information at the next council meeting.

The building was taken down Tuesday with the remains still on the lot as the owner had indicated he would take care of disposal.

Other business

• The council approved the Sportsmen’s Club raffle permit for April 28.

• Council member Jessy Betts reported the Spring Valley Public Library had new snow stops installed on the roof. The contractor recommended that the roof be repainted to prevent rusting where the previous stops fell off.

• The next council meeting will be held on March 13 at 6 p.m.