Spencer Library open to public

The Spencer Public Library reopened to patrons this week. However, there are now new restrictions in place that library visitors must follow:

· The public must make an appointment to enter. · Only 10 visitors will be allowed in the building at any one time. · A temperature check and masks are required to enter. Please practice social distancing.

Mainstreet Market cancelled for 2020

The 2020 season for Mainstreet Market has been cancelled. Originally set to be five Thursday nights this summer beginning July 16, the Mainstreet Market had already been scaled back to only three nights. 

Following the cancellation of the Clay County Fair the Spencer Alliance for a Creative Economy (SPACE) Board decided to cancel the remain three nights, Spencer Main Street Executive Director Nancy Naeve told the Signal.  

In its place, SPACE will offer two events at Arts on Grand. On August 6 and August 13 artists will be selling items, with five artists selling at a time. 

The hope is that it will be easier to social distance. 

On August 6, The Iowa Project Brewing Company will have drinks available. Guests are asked to enter Arts on Grand through the back door and exit out the front.  

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Robinson says Clay County, Spencer residents have taken COVID-19 seriously

Anyone watching Monday’s Spencer City Council meeting online or in person would have noticed a couple of social distancing-inspired seating changes. Council members and city staff were more spread out, with each of the council members sitting at individual tables. Mayor Kevin Robinson, city staff and Ward 1 City Councilman Tom Nelson also wore masks inside during the meeting. “We’re trying to spread out,” Robinson said during the meeting. “We’re trying to keep everybody safe and that’s why you’ll see people spread out all over the council room here tonight.”

At the end of the meeting, Robinson closed by praising the community on how it has handled COVID-19.

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City to purchase new mosquito sprayer, apply for traffic light grant

Spencer’s getting a new piece of equipment for its annual mosquito battle. On Monday, the Spencer City Council approved the purchase of a London Foggers Model 18-20/GPS Mosquito Sprayer for $15,940. The purchase was identified in this year’s capital improvement plan, but only for $14,500. The rest of the money will be covered through the public works equipment reserve. According to an agenda memo, because the project is over budget, a budget amendment will likely be needed.

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Rollover on U.S. 71 sends two to hospital

Two people were transported to Spencer Hospital Thursday night after the vehicle the pickup truck they were in entered a ditch and rolled on U.S. 71. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies were dispatched to the 4600 mile of U.S. 71 at 7:17 p.m. Thursday. Deputies determined Rosa Guadiana Escalmilla, 27, of Storm Lake, was driving a 2005 Dodge Dakota south when she lost control of the truck due to too much weight in the truck bed. The pickup lost traction, entered the east ditch, rolled and landed on its tires facing northwest. Escamilla and a passenger were evaluated and transported to the hospital with suspected head and neck injuries.

U.S. Sen Joni Ernst tours the free medical clinic area at Grand Avenue Community Outreach in Spencer.

Sen. Joni Ernst makes stops at GACO, The Iowa Project

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst visited Spencer on Tuesday, making stops at Grand Avenue Community Outreach and The Iowa Project Brewing Company. During her visit, Ernst praised the outreach (GACO) for its approach to helping people in the community. “You do want to make sure you are finding solutions and an avenue for someone if they can’t find what they need here, finding it somewhere else or giving them advice on where they can go to get assistance,” Ernst said. “That’s exactly what you have developed here in your own community. It’s basically a one-stop shop for the folks that need it the most.”

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City council meeting notes: July 6, 2020

The Spencer City Council discussed the following items at its regular meeting on Monday. Planned Unit Residential Development, development ordinances clear final filings

The Spencer City Council approved, 7-0, the third and final filings of two separate ordinances, one amending parts of the city code pertaining to Planned Unit Residential Developments (PURDs) and the other pertaining to subdivision definitions. Both ordinances seek to make city code less restrictive for future housing developments. Mayor Kevin Robinson thanked city staff and others involved in the effort to get the code changed. “This is a culmination of about a year-long process of cleaning up planning development, those kinds of things,” he said.

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Council clears purchase of AC units and ductwork for city hall second floor

Spencer’s new city hall needs new rooftop air conditioning units and ductwork for the building’s second floor. 

On Monday, the Spencer City Council approved, with a 7-0 vote, the purchase of four units and the ductwork from Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating for $28,200. It’s not clear what happened to the current units, City Manager Amanda Mack told the council, but all need to be replaced. “I don’t think we’ve come to any resolution other than it was an electrical event,” Mack said. Those AC units were working when the city took over the building. Mack said Northwest Bank, the building’s previous owner before the city purchased the building and began renovations, has said the units were working when the sale closed.