City council notes: November 4, 2019

City council notes: November 4, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on November 4.

Council approves funding for 4 Renaissance Initiative grant applicants

The council approved funding for four Renaissance Initiative fall grant applications.

The organizations that received funding are:

  • Grand Avenue Community Outreach, for community kitchen – $2,500 awarded ($2,500 requested)
  • NW Iowa Soccer, for goal replacement – $9,000 awarded ($18,000 requested)
  • TechKnow, for technology classes – $4,923.73 awarded ($4,923.73 requested)
  • Veterans Memorial, for memorial repairs – $3,580 awarded ($3,580 requested)

The Renaissance Committee met in October to review five applications. A $2,000 request for a public mural at the Spencer Fire Department was the only project application that the committee did not recommend for funding.

The vote was approved 5-0 as part of the consent agenda.

City sells $2.7 million in general obligation corporate purpose bonds

The council approved by a 5-0 vote the sale of just over $2.7 million in general obligation corporate purpose bonds with a 10-year term.

The sale will fund the city hall project and the sewer infrastructure project along West Fourth Street.

“The winning bid was received from Country Club Bank out of Prairie Village, Kansas, with a true interest cost of just over 1.68%,” Deputy City Manager and Finance Director Brian Weuve told the council. “It’s a very competitive pricing.”

An agenda memo states the bond sale won’t impact the city’s overall debt service levy.

New park signs approved

The council approved the purchase of new ID signs for city parks at a cost expected to be “within $10,000” that has already been outlined in the par capital improvement plan, according to an agenda memo.

Amy’s Sign Design of Arnolds Park created the sign design for $250.

Remillard Signs of Spencer will furnish the signs at a cost of $225 for one-sided signs and $325 for two-sided signs.

The total number of signs the city expects to need is 18 to 20, according to the memo.

The vote was approved 5-0 as part of the consent agenda.

Council agrees to Spencer Main Street funding

The council approved a resolution of support and financial commitment for Spencer Main Street. The support and program agreement approved is with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and will cover Spencer Main Street for January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021.

City funding is provided through the Supported Municipal Improvement District revenues that are turned over to Main Street and $15,000 also coming through local option sales tax and hotel/motel receipts.

The vote was approved 5-0 as part of the consent agenda.

Recycling container agreement with Hy-Vee approved

Spencer residents will soon have another place to take their glass and co-mingled recyclables.

The council approved an agreement with Hy-Vee to place roll-off recycling containers in the grocery store’s parking lot.

The containers will be similar to those in the Walmart parking lot.

The council approved the purchase of the containers at its October 7 meeting.

Final filings of zoning code changes, microbrewery ordinances approved

The council also approved the third and final filings of ordinances that changed numerous portions of Spencer zoning code per recommendations by Toyer Strategic Consulting and an ordinance that makes it easier for microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries to open downtown and in other areas of Spencer.

The zoning code changes were approved 5-0, while the microbrewery ordinance was approved 4-1 with council member Ron Hanson voting no.

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