City Council meeting notes: September 9, 2020

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The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics Tuesday at its regular meeting. 

Planning director interviews begin

The city has started the interview process for its open planning director position.

City Manager Amanda Mack told the council that interviews will finish Friday.

Applicants will be reviewed next week to determine a recommendation to the council.

City to purchase two new police cars for $69,885

The City of Spencer will purchase two 2021 Ford Utility Police Interceptors for the Spencer Police Department from Don Pierson Ford for $69,885. 

City council members approved the purchase as part of the consent agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. The vote for the consent agenda was 7-0.

The purchase of the two patrol vehicles was identified in the city’s capital improvement plan, according to an agenda item memo. The budget for fiscal year 2021 included $75,000 for the purchase. 

Funding will come from police reserves.

Parking lot to be closed for Unfair Fair Event

Spencer Main Street will be holding the Unfair Fair Days September 17-19 with food trucks in the public parking lot No. 4, which is north of East Fifth Street and West of First Avenue East.

The city council approved temporarily closing the lot during the consent agenda vote.

Unfair Fair Days will promote “local shops offering Clay County Fair deals” and specials at downtown area restaurants and bars. 

City to apply for CARES Act relief funds

The City of Spencer will apply to the state for local government relief funds through the CARES Act for reimbursement of a portion of public safety employee salaries.

The city is eligible to apply for reimbursement for costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public safety employee salaries are an eligible expense.

The city estimates that 25% of salaries paid for hours worked March 1 to September 30 are related to the pandemic. 

According to the state’s formula, the city could be eligible for up to $260,291.42.

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