City Council notes: Nov. 19 meeting

City Council notes: Nov. 19 meeting

The Spencer City Council took action on the following items at its Nov. 19 meeting.

City contribution for Jobs Trust loans approved

The Spencer City Council approved the a $9,000 contribution from the city for two loans approved last month by the Spencer Area Jobs Trust Board for two growing Spencer businesses, Midwest Woodworks and Custom Design Coatings.

The total jobs created for both companies is expected to be at least six new employees, according to council agenda item notes.

Midwest Woodworks is a cabinetry business started in 2008 that specializes in high-end custom cabinetry. It is expanding to include commercial markets along with residential. The business purchased a new facility to make room for growth.

Custom Design Coatings purchased land from SMU and currently is constructing a new facility.

The Spencer Area Jobs Trust organization is comprised of representatives from Spencer area business and the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.


Ambulance service agreement approved

A Spencer Hospital ambulance will be housed at the Spencer Fire Department after the city council approved an agreement for the arrangement.

Spencer Fire Chief John said the purpose is to have another ambulance on hand to respond to emergencies.

“It’s the idea of staffing an ambulance when there is only a single ambulance at the hospital,” Conyn said. “If that ambulance is out and in service in our community and there’s a secondary call, we as a fire department would staff that ambulance and answer that call.”

The ambulance will be staffed by fire department EMTs, but the hospital will reimburse the city for staffing costs.


Public hearing set to allow indoor entertainment as special exception in heavy industrial district

A public hearing was set for Dec. 3 concerning a proposed amendment to Spencer Zoning Code that would allow indoor entertainment as a special exception in the “E” Heavy Industrial Zoning District.


Work accepted on West Fourth Street sewer, airport terminal apron projects

City council members accepted work on two completed projects:

  • 2018 West Fourth Street sewer replacement project
  • 2017 airport terminal apron rehabilitation project

The sewer replacement project came in at an estimated 87 percent of budget, while the airport project came in just over budget.

Part of the airport project was paid for by FAA funds.





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