City council notes: June 1, 2020

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The Spencer City Council discussed the following during its regular meeting on June 1.

First filing of ordinance concerning planned unit residential development approved

The Spencer City Council held a public hearing on and then voted 7-0 to approve the first filing of an ordinance that makes a number of changes to city code regarding planned unit residential development (PURD).

Changes to that code, according to an agenda item memo from staff, will allow for smaller lot sizes in new developments, which helps the city in creating more workforce housing.

The recommendations were included in the city’s economic development strategic plan that was completed by David Toyer.

The amendments are:

  • Reducing the required PURD common open area from 10% to 5%
  • Reducing the required PURD minimum site size from 5 acres to 1 acre
  • Establishing the following minimum standards:
    • Minimum lot area: 4,000 square feet
    • Minimum lot width: 40 feet
    • Maximum height: 45 feet
    • Front yard setback: 20 feet
    • Side yard setback: 5 feet
    • Rear yard setback: 15 feet
    • Maximum lot coverage: 80%

Final filing of solid waste rates and charges increase approved

The council voted 7-0 to approve the third and final filing of an ordinance that increases solid waste rates and charges effective July 1.

The residential rates for solid waste charges will increase by $0.73 per month. Commercial rates will increase between $1.75 and $31.25 per month depending on container size and collection frequency. 

The rate increase is for one year as city staff looks to bring a new rate schedule to the council next year that incorporates the waste disposal by weight, according to an agenda memo.

Council approves engineering agreement, amendment with McClure Engineering

The council unanimously approved an agreement with McClure Engineering Company to conduct a wastewater treatment plant nutrient reduction evaluation for $24,500.

Next, the council voted unanimously to approve entering into an agreement with McClure for the final design of phase two of the wastewater treatment plant improvements project for $152,000.

Both issues were discussed at the public works committee on April 30.

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