City council approves contract for storm sewer extension necessary for new Northwest Bank facility

City council approves contract for storm sewer extension necessary for new Northwest Bank facility

The Spencer City Council on Tuesday approved a $572,242.50 contract for the 18th Avenue West storm sewer extension, a project made necessary by construction of a new Northwest Bank facility in that area.

At its last meeting on Aug. 20, the council awarded the project to H & W Contracting out of Sioux Falls. The contract amount is about 94 percent of the engineer’s estimate, according to a document detailing Tuesday night’s agenda item.

Those documents state finances for the project will come through assessments and from the storm sewer reserves, sewer reserves and street improvement reserves. According to the document, the city will front assessments from the capital improvement reserve.


Northwest Bank owns property on 18th Avenue West near Spencer Hospital’s Warner Dialysis Center, located at West 18th Street and 18th Avenue West. The bank purchased that property in February of this year, according to Clay County Assessor records.

On Nov. 6, 2017, the city council approved the purchase of the Northwest Bank building at 101 West Fifth Street. The intent is for that building to become the new Spencer city hall.

Northwest Bank still owns that facility, but notes regarding that agenda item stated the anticipated possession date is March 31, 2019.


The document from the November 2017 meeting also stated the purchase would “promote and facilitate the construction of a new Northwest Bank building” in Spencer and “the retention or expansion of existing Northwest Bank employment.”

Snow ordinance amendment second filing approved

The council approved the second filing of an amendment to city code regarding parking on city streets during snow events.

The amendment removes the a date range of Nov. 1 to April 1 that had been in the code and prevented snow events from being declared outside that range.

“We know we receive snow outside of those months, unfortunately,” City Manager Amanda Mack said. “So we want to make sure we’re prepared to deal with that.”


A snow event is declared in the city whenever snowfall of two inches or more is predicted or recorded.

Library director shares upcoming events

Library Director Mandie Muehlhausen updated the city council on upcoming library events and programs, including a change to Baby Story Time, which now is called Little Movers.

“We now have a balance beam and some other toys and music to get your toddlers moving,” she said. “It helps improve their cognitive development and literacy.”

Little Movers is Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Council member Steve Bomgaars asked Muehlhausen to share more about a new book she illustrated titled “Clayton Goes to the Fair.” Arla Kintigh wrote the story.


The story is about a pig, Clayton, who explores the Clay County Fair after being separated from his family.

“It’s the biggest project I’ve ever done,” Muehlhausen said, adding it took eight months to illustrate the book.

Copies will be sold for $15 at the Art Barn at the fair or on Arts on Grand. The original artwork also is exhibited currently at Arts on Grand. Some of those pieces will also be at the Art Barn during the fair.

Muehlhausen noted September is library card sign-up month, so the Spencer Public Library wants to encourage people to register for cards and has perks for current cardholders.

Those perks include:

  • One free library card replacement
  • Free cleaning of two DVDs or game discs
  • An entry into a prize drawing each time the card is used.

Fire Department raises money for MDA, announces 9/11 tribute

Spencer firefighters collected more than $5,000 donations on Labor Day as it participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot Drive, chief John Conyn told the council.

Members of the Spencer Fire Department were on Grand Avenue near the fire station Monday seeking community donations.

Conyn also noted the department will conduct a September 11 tribute next week.

“There is no greater gift than to stand in silence in honor of those who paid the supreme price,” Conyn said.

The public is welcome to gather near the station, 10 Grand Avenue.

“If you do feel like standing with us, please do,” Conyn said. “But realize your firefighters will be standing in silence, as this is a true memorial.”


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