Category: City News

Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer
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Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer

Rain on top of snow that had nowhere to go caused flooding and sewer issues in Spencer Wednesday night into Thursday. Spencer Public Works Director Mark White said there were several severe issues with standing water in the southern part of town. “We had a lot of drainage issues in south Spencer, particularly south of...

City garbage truck involved in accident
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City garbage truck involved in accident

A City of Spencer garbage truck was involved in an accident Thursday morning at the First Avenue West and West 16th Street intersection. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8:50 a.m. a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Salvador Venegas Dicante, 43, of Spencer, struck a City of Spencer garbage truck being driven...

City council establishing process for front yard parking construction permits
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City council establishing process for front yard parking construction permits

The Spencer City Council on Monday approved the first filing of an ordinance requiring Spencer residents to apply for at least one permit if they want to install surface areas so they can continue to park in their front yards. In December, the council approved an amendment to city code that restricts front yard parking...

Spencer City Council notes: February 18, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: February 18, 2019

Architect agreement for city hall remodeling and addition project approved The Spencer City Council on Monday approved an agreement pushing back the city’s possession date for its new city hall building and another agreement with the project’s architect. Spencer’s new city hall will be in the Northwest Bank building at 101 West Fifth Street. Northwest...

Spencer commercial air discussion continues
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Spencer commercial air discussion continues

Spencer and its economic development partners continue to look into whether scheduled commercial flights could return to the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport. Last week, at a city finance and personnel committee meeting, City Manager Amanda Mack said she was looking for direction on whether the city should to continue to explore and research its options....

Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched
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Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched

Executive directors of Spencer Main Street and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce would become city employees so they could access city benefits under an idea that’s still being discussed and researched. At a city finance and personnel committee meeting Monday night, representatives from both organizations said the health and retirement benefits available to city employees...

City staff looking at complete website overhaul
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City staff looking at complete website overhaul

Spencer’s city website could soon get a fresh new look and be easier to navigate. At Monday night’s City Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Spencer City Manager shared that the website needs an update. “We would like to do an overhaul of the website,” Mack said. “It’s been about five years since we’ve done it....

Appointment or election: Committee discusses city council vacancy
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Appointment or election: Committee discusses city council vacancy

Spencer city staff and elected officials gathered at a finance and personnel committee meeting Monday evening to discuss options for filling the vacancy left by former Ward 1 City Councilman Frank Petska’s unexpected death two weeks ago. City Manager Amanda Mack told the committee it had three options to fill the vacancy: Hold a special...

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