Category: City Council

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...

City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes
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City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes

Area officials are looking into whether it’s worthwhile for Spencer to pursue scheduled commercial flights at the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport. Spencer City Manager Amanda Mack, Mayor Kevin Robinson and staff from the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will soon take a fact-finding trip to St. Louis, where they’ll speak to staff with regional airline...

City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects
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City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects

A Des Moines firm charged with further developing Spencer’s arts and culture community in hopes of becoming more attractive to potential and current residents kicked off a series of vision sessions last week. Representatives from McClure led multiple sessions last week, inviting community members and existing arts and culture organizations to the table. The city...

City council notes, actions taken – Sept. 17: Bonds sale, project updates, new business licenses
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City council notes, actions taken – Sept. 17: Bonds sale, project updates, new business licenses

Licenses approved for new Grand Avenue business The Spencer City Council on Monday approved a new Class C liquor license with Sunday sales for Pour Judgement, located at 223 and 225 Grand Avenue, which used to be Beer:30. A new cigarette license also was approved for Pour Judgement LLC listed at the same address. Sale...

Restaurant owner describes strip club idea as ‘gentlemen’s steakhouse’
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Restaurant owner describes strip club idea as ‘gentlemen’s steakhouse’

From Chris Burg’s perspective, it’s simple: Don’t like the idea of a strip club in Spencer? Fine. Don’t go. For those who haven’t heard, the Spencer businessman wants to turn his restaurant, Southside Grill, 325 11th Street SW, into a gentlemen’s club. Or, as he’s called it in a radio ad, a “gentlemen’s steakhouse.” “I...

Businessman wants to open strip club in Spencer; public hearing set for next month
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Businessman wants to open strip club in Spencer; public hearing set for next month

October’s city planning and zoning commission meeting could be standing room only. That’s what happens when a businessman requests a zoning change be made so he can open a strip club inside the building he owns at 325 11th Street SW. The businessman, Chris Burg, last week shared with the planning and zoning commission that...

Grow Spencer Commission seeks public input on economic development
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Grow Spencer Commission seeks public input on economic development

The Grow Spencer Commission is seeking public input on Spencer’s economic development vision and strategy using an online comprehensive economic development assessment that has been created for the city by Toyer Strategic Consulting. The assessment, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, asks the public for input on a wide range of topics from what...