City council notes: September 3, 2019

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The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Tuesday, September 3.

Pedestrian crossing grant agreement approved

The council voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with The Wellmark Foundation for a 50/50 match grant that will help fund the installation of five pedestrian crossings as part of the city’s Safe Routes To School program.

“Those will be the rectangular rapid flash beacons with the pedestrian crossing signs,” Public Works Director Mark White said. “Hopefully that will help some of the other operations in the other areas where we have these.”

The city currently has two of the pedestrian crossings in place, one on the north end of Grand Avenue and another on the south end.

New crossings will be installed at:

  • West Ninth Street, west of Eighth Avenue West
  • Fourth Avenue East, north side of East 14th Street
  • 10th Avenue East, north side of East 14th Street
  • Fourth Avenue SW, north of Eighth Street SW
  • 13th Street SW, east of Eighth Avenue West

The project cost estimate is $44,925.

Ward 3 vacancy officially declared

With former Ward 3 City Councilman Steve Bomgaars announcing his resignation last month, the council voted 5-0 to declare the seat vacant and call for a special election.

“I’d like to thank Steve for his many, many years of service and dedication to the city of Spencer,” Mayor Kevin Robinson said. “I know he’ll continue to serve. It’s in his heart, his passion, and so we thank him for that.”

The election will be held in conjunction with the regular city election on Nov. 5.

The winner of the special election will complete the last two years of Bomgaars’s term and then be up for reelection.

The filing deadline is September 19.

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