City Council: Nelson takes oath, murals now allowed

City Council: Nelson takes oath, murals now allowed

Newly elected Ward 1 City Councilman Tom Nelson participated in his first meeting Monday.

With fellow council member Steve Bomgaars filling in for Mayor Kevin Robinson, Nelson took the oath of office to assume the Ward 1 seat left vacant last year following the death of Frank Petska.

Murals ordinance passes third, final filing

After a lengthy process that didn’t end without some controversy, murals are now allowed on commercial buildings in Spencer.

There are some restrictions in the ordinance, which passed its third and final filing Monday with a unanimous vote.

The ordinance amends city code to allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside wall of a commercial building, but not on the front outside wall, among other restrictions.

Even at Monday’s meeting the council heard from a citizen concerned about what any future murals could mean for the downtown area’s Art Deco architecture.

Long-time Spencer resident Lou Reed spoke to the council about how he’s come to realize how the many buildings that feature the architectural style in the downtown area make Spencer special.

Reed said that, over the years, he’s traveled to places such as Miami and Napier, New Zealand, which proudly promote their Art Deco buildings.

“It made me realize Art Deco-style buildings are special,” Reed said to the council. “And we have that right here in Spencer.”

Feature image: Tom Nelson takes the oath of office and shakes hand with City Councilman Steve Bomgaars as he assumes the role of Ward 1 Spencer City Council member.

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