What's On Mayor Marini's Mind for 2014

The Bureau County Republican recently sat down with Mayor Walt Marini to have a discussion about what his agenda for 2014 will look like.  You can read the full story here.

It is a long list.  Included projects are:

  • wastewater treatment plant and sewer repairs
  • revitalize downtown
  • work on the Honeywell Hobbs property
  • March sales tax referendum
  • expand tourism
  • and even more...

Some of the priorities are laid out in the story:
From its growing relationship with its Italian Sister City to signing paperwork for the start of a new wastewater treatment plant — 2014 is already shaping up to be a productive one for Spring Valley.

With a new slate, Spring Valley Walt Marini has several goals he’s looking to get accomplished this year. His list contains 14 goals for 2014, but the top five are the ones he’s got his eye on already.
At the very top, he plans to move forward with the planning and design of the new wastewater treatment plant and inspect and televise the east and west sewer interceptors and make necessary repairs. 
Spring Valley is now sitting on a $9.6 million grant from Gov. Pat Quinn to construct a new wastewater treatment plant, which has not seen any major upgrades since 1985. While construction is not expected to begin until next year, there’s plenty of designing and planning to get through this year in the prepping stages. 
Next on the list, is to revitalize the downtown district and work to bring buildings up to code where needed. 
“An inspections program needs to be developed to help keep our buildings from getting to the point where they are no longer worthwhile to put back into a viable business venture,” he said. “We will also move ahead with the demolition of the buildings that are no longer structurally sound to improve the appearance and safety of our commercial district.” 
Third on Marini’s list, is to help market the Honeywell Hobb’s building in hopes that a new manufacturer will occupy the facility and create jobs for the area.