Category: City Council

City council notes: May 20
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City council notes: May 20

Drivers traveling north on Grand Avenue will eventually see new street signs and light poles thanks to private fundraising by the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation. At Monday’s city council meeting, the council to approve a memo of agreement with the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation (GAIC) on the installation of “historic street poles and street signage,”...

City partnering with county to collect delinquent parking ticket fines
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City partnering with county to collect delinquent parking ticket fines

People late to pay fines from parking tickets from the Spencer Police Department may have to pay up before they can register vehicles. That’s under a new cooperative agreement with Clay County approved Monday night by the Spencer City Council. “It’s similar to how we handle nuisance issues, as well as snow and grass,” City...

City council approves two road work contracts, reviews manhole rehab bid
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City council approves two road work contracts, reviews manhole rehab bid

It’s that time of year again – construction and road work season. On Monday, the Spencer City Council approved contracts for two upcoming street projects and reviewed a bid for a manhole rehabilitation project. The latter was the first discussed at the council’s meeting. Council members approved a $61,300 contract with Dependable Drain and Plumbing...

Spencer City Council notes: May 6
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Spencer City Council notes: May 6

Flood plain map update discussions ongoing Discussions continue on flood plain map updates that could affect parts of Spencer. Planning Director Kirby Schmidt said he and department staff met over the phone with engineers advising staff on the updates. He said he also met with a flood insurance representative a couple weeks ago. “The council...

Homeowner facing demolition speaks out
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Homeowner facing demolition speaks out

Steve Knittel wants two things. “One is to be left alone and the other is justice,” he said as he stood inside the mudroom of his home at 100 East First Street. For Knittel, those two wants are related. The city has sought a court order that would deem his home a substandard and unsafe...

Spencer City Council notes: April 15
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Spencer City Council notes: April 15

Spencer City Council members on Monday filed for the second time an ordinance that would allow restaurants to set up sidewalk cafés on public sidewalks outside their establishments. If the ordinance is filed a third and final time, establishments where at least 50% of revenue comes from food sales can apply for permits to operate...

Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation
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Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation

The Spencer City Council approved a resolution Monday stating the city’s opposition to proposed state legislation that would limit cities’ and counties’ increase in property tax revenue to 2% per year. At the Eggs and Issues form Sunday, area state legislators defended their support of the legislation. Many Republican state representatives, including Megan Jones of...

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