Two residences to be rehabbed under city program
The Spencer City Council on Monday approved awarding bids for contractors for two properties as part of the Spencer Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.
Under the program, property owners who may not have the financial resources to rehabilitate their homes are able to do so. The city is responsible for a percentage of each project. Funds come from economic development reserves.
“I’m just happy to see this program working and happy to see somebody utilizing it,” city council member Ron Hanson said at Monday’s meeting.
Northwest Iowa Planning and Development is administering the grant.
Nuisance removal, disposal approved for two properties
Two Spencer properties tagged as nuisances will be cleaned up after the city council approved addressing the various violations.
The properties in question are located at 810 East 11th Street and 702 6th Avenue West.
Council member Bill Orrison said he’s been asked about the latter property for quite some time.
“I’ve gotten phone calls on this particular property since the first month I was voted to council,” he said.
Contract and performance bond for trail project approved
The city council on Monday approved a contract and performance bond for the second phase of the Iowa Great Lakes Trail Project with Howrey Construction for $1,692,190.
The project is for a bike and walking trail from West 18th Street and Fourth Avenue West north a mile into Clay County. The trail, when complete, will run through Dickinson County to the lakes area.
McClure Engineering will now schedule a meeting and determine a project timeline.
Project funding will come from grant funds, future issuance of general obligation bonds backed by TIF and Clay County. A public hearing will be held at the council’s first August meeting for a maximum of $2 million in bonds, although city staff expects the bond issuance to be much lower than $2 million.