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City council notes: October 7, 2019

City council notes: October 7, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on October 7.

Council approves recommended zoning code changes

The Spencer City Council approved a list of zoning code changes as recommended in the economic development strategic plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting in January. 

The council held a public hearing and followed that with a 6-0 vote to approve the first filing of an ordinance that, if approved two more times, would change Spencer’s code in select areas.


“It’s cleanup language,” City Manager Amanda Mack said during the meeting. “Planning and zoning spent quite a bit of time walking through Mr. Toyer’s recommendations.”

Some of those changes include the adoption of new zoning definitions for duplex residential and dwelling, two-family; adoption of a new industrial use classification of aquaculture; a new industrial use classification for data storage.

View other changes (PDF).


Zero lot line development ordinance approved

The council unanimously approved the third and final filing of a zero lot line development ordinance. 

Spencer city officials hope the changes create more interest in development of duplexes, triplexes, condos and townhouses.

Glass, recycling containers to be placed in Hy-Vee parking lot

The council approved the purchase of two recycling roll off containers – one for glass and the other for commingled recycling – that will be placed in the Hy-Vee parking lot. 


The containers will be purchased from Pro-Tainer of Alexandria, Minnesota, for $14,520.

Spencer Family Aquatic Center repairs approved

The council also approved repairs needed at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center. 

Go Get FRED, LLC of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was awarded the work for $24,660.


“They’ll fix the main break that we have and then they’ll pressue test the whole system and make sure we don’t have any more leaks,” said Parks Director Jared Elbert. “If we do at that time, we’ll have to go and repair those.”

The repairs are needed following water issues last spring. A leak source in the center underneath the floor of the pool was located.

The repairs must be completed before the pool can open next spring, Elbert said. 


Ward 1 Councilman Tom Nelson asked Elbert if the park board has discussed the aquatic center’s future.

Elbert said the topic is part of the master park plan discussions that will take place.


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