Category: City Council

Spencer City Council notes: January 21, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: January 21, 2019

The Spencer City Council took action on the following notable items during its January 21 meeting. City manager compensation increase approved The Spencer City Council on Monday night approved a $5,000 compensation increase for City Manager Amanda Mack. This increase brings Mack’s compensation to $120,000 per year effective January 1. According to an agenda item...

City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition
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City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition

Despite hearing from multiple downtown business owners and representatives of stakeholder organizations, the Spencer City Council on Monday passed a second filing of an ordinance that would allow murals. The ordinance amends city code to allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside wall of a commercial building, but not on the...

City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking
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City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking

Candidates for next week’s Spencer City Council Ward 1 special election participated in a forum last week, often emphasizing similar points, but also highlighting differences in other areas. Ward 1 voters will choose next Tuesday between Natasha Mohror, Tom Nelson and Michael Watland to fill the vacancy created when Frank Petska died unexpectedly in October....

Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019

Spencer City Council approves audit The Spencer City Council on Monday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 audit as prepared by Winther Stave and Co. The only expense that went over budget noted on Monday was one that had already been approved. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, disbursements for debt service exceeded...

Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer
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Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer

Spencer’s new economic development plan sets the ambitious goals of adding hundreds of new jobs and housing units. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved a resolution to implement the local economic development plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting that seeks to create new, high-quality jobs and expand the local population. The plan’s goals, determined...

Spencer City Council approves 1st filing of commercial building murals ordinance
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Spencer City Council approves 1st filing of commercial building murals ordinance

Commercial building owners in Spencer could soon be allowed to have murals commissioned for their buildings. On Monday, the Spencer City Council unanimously approved the first filing of an ordinance that would allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside walls of commercial buildings. Murals wouldn’t be allowed on the building’s primary...

City council votes against changing golf course board member residency requirement
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City council votes against changing golf course board member residency requirement

A majority of Spencer City Council members on Monday night voted against making a change to Spencer Municipal Golf Course Board member residency requirements that would have allowed some board members to serve without living in Spencer. Golf course board members must live within the city of Spencer, but the board had requested the council...

City council gives manager more power over employee salary increases
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City council gives manager more power over employee salary increases

The Spencer City Council on Monday night approved a resolution that gives the city manager more power over employee salary increases and changes vacation benefits from annual to monthly accrual. Council members voted unanimously to approve the resolution and make both changes to the city’s employee handbook to reflect the new policies. With the changes,...