City council notes: July 15, 2019

City council notes: July 15, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following items of note at its July 15 meeting.

Garbage, recycling intake totals exceed 2018 midyear levels

Spencer is throwing away more garbage and is recycling more this year compared to 2018 midyear numbers.

Al Phillips, the city’s environmental education coordinator, told the Spencer City Council on Monday that the city’s garbage tonnage is up 15% compared to last year at this point.

Phillips called that fact a “double-edged sword.”

“Economically, it’s a good thing,” he said. “People are buying stuff. But solid waste is being generated, as well.”

Co-mingled recycling is up 2.9% and cardboard intake is up 8%.

SMU south water tower property rezoning passes second filing

The city council approved the second filing of an ordinance that will rezone the property where Spencer Municipal Utilities’ south water tower sits.

SMU needs the zoning change so it can build a separate communications tower on that property rather than install one on a new water tower that also will be constructed.

The current water tower was damaged in March 2018.

The council approved the second filing 6-0. A third and final reading will need to take place before the ordinance goes into effect.

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