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City Council meeting notes: June 15, 2020

City Council meeting notes: June 15, 2020

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its regular meeting on June 15, 2020.

Council approves sale of former railroad right-of-way property to Iowa DOT for $225K

The Spencer City Council held a public hearing and then approved, 7-0, the sale of 9.66 acres of former railroad right-of-way property to the Iowa Department of Transportation for $225,000.

The property is located on north U.S. Highway 71.

Ward 5 Councilman Ron Hanson asked whether those funds were earmarked for any project or specific fund.

City Finance Director Brian Weuve said the funds would likely go back to the street fund.

“We didn’t have any projects or anything earmarked for these revenues,” Weuve said.

Landfill service contracts approved for FY 2020-2023

The council approved, 7-0, sanitary landfill service contracts for FY 2020 through 2023 with the City of Bode, the City of Whittemore, Emmet County and Palo Alto County.

Those entities will pay $54.74 per ton of solid waste delivered to the landfill. The charge increases to $55.83 per ton in July 2021 and increases again to $56.95 in July 2022.

Weuve said Pocahontas County has not gotten back to the city.

“I’ve heard no response from them either way,” Weuve said, adding he “would hope” the city would have that agreement soon.

Hanson asked Public Works Director Mark White whether the landfill has seen less activity this year due to COVID-19 slowdowns.

“Volume is down right now, kind of reflecting the economy,” Public Works Director Mark White said. “And Shine’s is down a bit also. The metal price is down quite a bit, so those loads have been significantly reduced.”

Boards and commissions appointments approved

The council voted to approve the following appointment to city boards and commissions

  • Don Schoorman, Airport Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Dawn Dahm, Collection Rate Review Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Randy Wiemers, Collection Rate Review Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Jason Remillard, Electrical Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Warren Meier, Electrical Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Eric Stuckey, Golf Course Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Sarah Smith, Golf Course Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Larry Slota, Golf Course Board, term expires June 30, 2024
  • Dave Schaeffer, Historic Preservation Commission, term expires June 30, 2023
  • Justin Thomas, Historic Preservation Commission, term expires June 30, 2023  
  • Tom Howe, Historic Preservation Commission, term expires June 30, 2023
  • Ryan Dotson, Library Board, term expires June 30, 2026
  • Elissa Berrick, Library Board, term expires June 30, 2026
  • Mark Lawson, Park Board, term expires June 30, 2026
  • Dave Soucek, Park Board, term expires June 30, 2026
  • Angela McCaulley, Planning & Zoning Commission, term expires June 30, 2025
  • Christy Jones, Renaissance Initiative Committee, term expires June 30, 2023
  • Clinton Jones, Renaissance Initiative Committee, term expires June 30, 2023
  • Jill Barr, Renaissance Initiative Committee, term expires June 30, 2023
  • Duane Barber, Spencer Municipal Utilities Board, term expires June 30, 2026

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