Category: Government

City council meeting, committee notes: Aug. 6, 2018
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City council meeting, committee notes: Aug. 6, 2018

People for Pets more than doubles funding request; committee tables decision The Spencer Finance and Personnel Committee tabled a discussion last week about a request from People for Pets to increase its city funding to $1,000 per month. That’s more than double the current amount of $400 per month that the Spencer organization receives from...

J.D. Scholten campaigns in Spencer on inclusiveness, creating opportunities
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J.D. Scholten campaigns in Spencer on inclusiveness, creating opportunities

J.D. Scholten wants young people to give small towns a chance again. But before that can happen, Scholten, the Democratic candidate from Sioux City running against Republican Rep. Steve King of Kiron in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, says something has to change. Scholten calls this change “a new rural economy.” It’s just one part of...

City manager sees arts and culture facility plan as possible economic driver, downtown spark
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City manager sees arts and culture facility plan as possible economic driver, downtown spark

City manager Amanda Mack was visiting a Spencer farmers market last Saturday where she met an artist selling the paintings she creates out of her home’s side bedroom. The woman told Mack she heard about the farmers market and thought it would be a great place to start selling her paintings. Mack asked her whether...

Spencer City Council July 16 meeting notes
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Spencer City Council July 16 meeting notes

Two residences to be rehabbed under city program The Spencer City Council on Monday approved awarding bids for contractors for two properties as part of the Spencer Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program. Under the program, property owners who may not have the financial resources to rehabilitate their homes are able to do so. The city is...

Police chief clears confusion about fireworks use in Spencer
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Police chief clears confusion about fireworks use in Spencer

Fireworks sales in Spencer are causing confusion about whether it’s legal to discharge fireworks in the city, Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton told the city council at Monday’s meeting. Warburton reiterated that the use of first class consumer fireworks is illegal within the Spencer city limits even though it’s not illegal to sell or purchase...

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