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Ordinance revisions allowing ATVs, golf carts on city streets move to council

The Spencer City Council is expected to discuss and could vote on at its next meeting two revised ordinances that, if approved in three filings, would allow ATVs and golf carts to be driven on city streets. The Public Safety Committee forwarded the ordinances to the council – both with recommendations that they be approved. The public safety committee is made up of three city council members, Ward 1 City Councilman Tom Nelson, Ward 5 City Councilman Ron Hanson and Ward 3 City Councilman Tracey Larsen, who serves as committee chair. Under city code, both ATVs and golf carts are allowed now on some city streets but are restricted. “Currently they’re allowed in a very regulated and very specific manner, which has, I would say, been sort of a burden to manage,” City Manager Amanda Mack said.

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COVID-19: Updates from city, state, federal and public health officials

Here are the latest updates from local, state and federal government officials about the new coronavirus and COVID-19 disease outbreak. As of April 10, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County. There have been 1,388 confirmed cases in Iowa and 31 deaths. Read Spencer area business and organization updates here. Follow Spencer Signal on Facebook and Twitter for updates as soon as they are available.

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Council forgives $71,000 in loan to Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association for Pedersen Park lighting project

The Spencer City Council voted Monday to release the Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association from future financial obligations regarding the Pedersen Park lighting project. The project was finished in 2018. The city and the association (SYBSA) had an informal agreement that city would fund the project and be reimbursed by the SYBSA. Council members weighed in on the benefits of having the SYBSA in town, then voted 5-0 to approve forgiving the loan. “They bring a tremendous amount of people to the city , which helps the entire city,” at-large council member George Moriarty said.

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Officials: Social distancing key to preventing spread of COVID-19, not overwhelming health care system

Spencer city and health officials believe social distancing measures being taken now are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and not overwhelming the local health care system. Officials shared information on social distancing and more during a Facebook Live video Tuesday. The distancing measures are necessary, they said, to prevent the local COVID-19 situation from becoming worse. “Social distancing is really, really important,” said Dr. Amanda Young with Spencer Hospital. “I don’t think I can stress that enough.”

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2nd case of COVID-19 confirmed in Clay County

The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Clay County. The person who tested positive is an adult between 41 and 60 years old, according to the IDPH. On Thursday, the IDPH stated it had been notified of 66 more positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19. That brings the state’s positive case total to 613. The novel coronavirus has also begun to spread in other northwest Iowa counties.

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Clay County woman tests positive for COVID-19

A woman in Clay County has tested positive for COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed on Tuesday. The woman is Clay County’s first positive case. She is 18 to 40 years old, according to a press release from Spencer Hospital. The woman is recovering at home in isolation. In the press release, Dr. Amanda Young, Spencer Hospital Medical Staff President, stated “it was a matter of time” before COVID-19 reached northwest Iowa.

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Mayor stresses “stay home,” says to expect more COVID-19 cases in Iowa

Spencer officials believe that an increase in the availability of tests for COVID-19 will result in more cases being confirmed across the state. “We will no doubt see increased cases in the state of Iowa,” Mayor Kevin Robinson said Friday in a live town hall on Facebook. “This is due to, again, more testing being done, as well as potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.” Robinson added that he wanted Spencer residents to be prepared for that increase. “I want you to expect that, but at the same time, now is the time in which we need to continue to control our behavior, our interactions with people,” he said.

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Rainbow Hunts for Kids: Facebook group that started in Spencer goes viral

Rachel Meyer’s daughter was missing her friends. As with many kids staying home while schools are closed, Meyer’s daughter was feeling the effects of the social distancing requirements being put in place across the country – and the world – to slow the spread of COVID-19. So, Meyer had an idea. If it worked, then her daughter would have a fun activity to fill her time. They’d also have a reason to drive around the Spencer area and interact with her friends – from the car, of course.