Spencer City Council notes: May 6

Spencer City Council notes: May 6

Flood plain map update discussions ongoing

Discussions continue on flood plain map updates that could affect parts of Spencer.

Planning Director Kirby Schmidt said he and department staff met over the phone with engineers advising staff on the updates. He said he also met with a flood insurance representative a couple weeks ago.

“The council is going to probably have to make a decision if we’re going to continue to maybe hire a consulting engineer again to do some areas outside of the detailed study that we already had reviewed to see if we can try to maybe reduce or remove some large areas on the edge of town that have been identified as (in a) 100-year flood (area),” he said. “Hopefully that’s going to be on your next work session.”
McClure Engineering was hired by the city last month to take a closer look at preliminary updated floodplain maps that include parts of town not previously within flood zone boundaries.

Green Industrial Center lot sale approved

Spencer City Council members voted to approve the sale of a lot at the Green Industrial Center to T. Johnson Electric for $36,000.

T. Johnson Electric is purchasing an industrial lot on the east side of town that months ago had been part of a larger lot. The city divided that lot into smaller portions in hopes of selling the land.

“This is exactly what we had envisioned when we talked about this,” City Manager Amanda Mack said.

Mayor Kevin Robinson said the city hopes to see “lots of new structures go up out there.”

“We look forward to reading this hopefully a lot at council meetings,” he said.

New planning director’s hire approved

Steve Hallgren will become Spencer’s new planning director.

The City Council approved his hiring at last week’s meeting. It became effective May 13.

“I’d like to officially welcome Steve to our team,” City Manager Amanda Mack said following the council’s vote. “We’re very excited to have you and looking forward to working with you.”

Hallgren thanked the council at the meeting.

“I am greatly looking forward to becoming a part of the Spencer team,” he said. “I know there’s a great staff right now in place and I just look forward to jumping in feet first and making a contribution to the City of Spencer.”

Two ‘nuisance properties’ to be cleaned, owners billed

City crews will clean up two properties in town following the Spencer City Council’s approval of the proposed action.

The council gave the go-ahead for staff to pick up the backyard at 716 East Ninth Street and clean the yard at 815 West Fourth Street. Property owners will be billed for the work.

Ward 5 Councilman Ron Hanson voted against approving action by the city on the East Ninth Street property, which is a rental. He said it was because the city intended to bill the property owner, not the tenant.

“I just assume that the people that are making the mess should be paying for it, not the landlord,” he said.

The vote regarding the West Fourth Street property was unanimous.

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