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City council notes: September 3, 2019
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City council notes: September 3, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Tuesday, September 3. Pedestrian crossing grant agreement approved The council voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with The Wellmark Foundation for a 50/50 match grant that will help fund the installation of five pedestrian crossings as part of the city’s Safe Routes To...

Microbreweries one step closer to being permitted use in downtown
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Microbreweries one step closer to being permitted use in downtown

Microbreweries are one step closer to being a permitted use in Spencer’s downtown area. Last week, the Spencer City Council voted 5-0 to approve the first filing of an ordinance that would make microbreweries a permitted use in the central business district zone, which encompasses downtown Spencer. City staff has fielded inquiries from “business owners”...

Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case
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Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Southside Grill may soon learn whether or not its liquor license will be renewed. City Attorney Don Hemphill told the Spencer City Council last week that he expects a decision from the state soon on the gentlemen’s steakhouse’s license. “I expect a decision probably before your next meeting,” Hemphill said. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s...

City to emphasize front yard parking rules after fair
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City to emphasize front yard parking rules after fair

Spencer officials will place a greater emphasis on new front yard parking restrictions once the Clay County Fair is over. Speaking at last week’s Spencer City Council meeting, Planning Director Steve Hallgren said the ramp-up to enforcement will being with “an educational component” first from planning department staff. “We’re going to be reaching out to...

Bomgaars resigning from city council
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Bomgaars resigning from city council

Spencer City Councilman Steve Bomgaars is resigning his Ward 3 seat effective August 30 because he is moving out of the ward. “We are moving out of Ward 3 and we have lived there for 39 years,” Bomgaars said at the council’s August 19 meeting. “And, gosh, and then I grew up there as a...

City council notes: August 19, 2019
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City council notes: August 19, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday, August 19. City council election papers now available Spencer residents interested in running for mayor or one of three city council seats up on the November 5 ballot can file nomination papers as of Monday, August 26. Offices on the ballot are...

New company purchases Simonsen facility
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New company purchases Simonsen facility

The former Simonsen Iron Works facility has been purchased by Godbersen Metal Works, a startup manufacturing company with Ida Grove connections. At last week’s meeting, the Spencer City Council approved its $37,500 portion of a $75,000 Spencer Area Jobs Trust forgivable loan to the company. To have the loan amount forgiven, Godbersen Metal Works (GMW)...

City council notes: August 5, 2019
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City council notes: August 5, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday. Spencer residents likely to see lower wastewater bills Spencer residents and other wastewater customers will likely see lower bills in the future. On Monday, the Spencer City Council voted 6-0 to approve the first filing that changes how the city bills for...

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