Category: Government

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...

Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest
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Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest

Just two weeks after launching, Spencer’s new Retail Kickstarter Program is already generating interest. Through the program, Spencer businesses that fill retail gaps, diversify the economy or fill jobs can apply to receive forgivable loans up to $25,000 and separate zero percent interest loans up to $25,000. The program is a partnership between the City...

City hiring McClure Engineering to review preliminary floodplain maps
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City hiring McClure Engineering to review preliminary floodplain maps

Spencer is bringing in experts to take a closer look at preliminary updated floodplain maps that include parts of town not previously within flood zone boundaries. On Monday, the city council approved hiring McClure Engineering Company to review preliminary floodplain maps from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, prepare any suggested revisions and provide the...

Sidewalk café ordinance clears first filing
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Sidewalk café ordinance clears first filing

An ordinance that would allow restaurants to operate sidewalk cafés on public sidewalks was filed for the first of three times at Monday’s Spencer City Council meeting. If the ordinance is filed three times, restaurants – including those on Grand Avenue – could set up sidewalk cafés as long as 50 percent of their gross...

MWI to purchase speculative building, expand business
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MWI to purchase speculative building, expand business

MWI Components intends to purchase the speculative building at the Green Industrial Center so it can expand operations. The Spencer City Council on Monday made the announcement and approved 6-0 a memorandum of intent that states company intends to purchase the speculative building on 350th Street. MWI will purchase the building from Spencer Industries Foundation,...

Weasy’s hopes to provide outdoor dining; “sidewalk cafés” ordinance heads to council
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Weasy’s hopes to provide outdoor dining; “sidewalk cafés” ordinance heads to council

Imagine enjoying a Weaser Pleaser hamburger and sidewinder fries with a cold beverage outside on a beautiful summer evening as you take in the bustle of Grand Avenue. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? That’s what Weasy’s Lounge and Grill is hoping for. The restaurant and bar, located at 216 N Grand Avenue and expanding next door,...

Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building
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Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building

McClure representatives returned to Spencer Wednesday to deliver a framework for establishing an arts and cultural district in the downtown area. McClure was hired by the city in August for $38,000 to develop an arts and culture plan, though discussions about bringing in the group began about a year ago. On Wednesday, Mickey Davis, a...

City council approves early phase of paving project; front yard parking permit process finalized
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City council approves early phase of paving project; front yard parking permit process finalized

The Spencer City Council last week approved a preliminary resolution that starts a special assessment process of a significant paving project that includes a stretch of 10th Avenue East. Brian Schmidt of Kruse, Cate and Nelson PC told the council the project has two parts. Part A is the reconstruction of 10th Avenue East from...

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