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Council signs off on city hall roofing contract

The Spencer City Council approved a contract with H & S Roofing out of Spencer on Tuesday for the city hall roofing project at a quoted cost of $103,398.35. The council had awarded the contract on August 17. Council Member At-Large George Moriarty said he thought work was already being done on the roof, but that was for the replacement of air conditioning units. 

“Are they in place now, working?” Moriarity asked. “Yes, they are,” City Manager Amanda Mack said. “Not that you would need it this week.”

The council voted 7-0 to approve the contract.

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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.

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No Boundaries program to operate out of Spencer City Hall

A program that offers real world experience to area high school students by letting them work on projects for local businesses, nonprofits and government entities will be housed at Spencer City Hall for the upcoming school year. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved, 7-0, a resource sharing agreement with the Spencer Community School District to house the No Boundaries program at Spencer City Hall. 

Spencer Schools started the No Boundaries program this past school year. It’s a joint program between Spencer, Okoboji and Graetenger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire schools for junior and senior students. “The purpose was to give real world experience to these students,” Spencer Community Schools Director of Improvement Will Dible told the council. “To just get them both work- and college-ready, you know, give them the actual live experience.”

The program will have a space upstairs in city hall that is unoccupied right now.

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Spencer city hall project cost increase won’t affect taxpayers

Renovations on Spencer’s future city hall will cost more than the original estimates, but officials say the increase will not affect taxpayers. The city council on Monday approved a contract and performance bond on the renovation project for the new city hall, the former Northwest Bank building at 101 West Fifth Street, with Midstates Builders for $1.895 million. Bids for the project were about $200,000 more than estimates the city had received from CMBA Architects and a third party that CMBA had provide an estimate. “Where we think the challenge came from was the HVAC system, making the appropriate upgrades to that,” Mack said. “Some of it’s code-related, bringing that up to today’s code, and some of it is just efficiency-related.”

Deputy City Manager and Finance Director Brian Weuve reminded the council that it pre-approved issuing up to $2 million in debt about 1.5 years ago.

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Spencer City Council notes: February 18, 2019

Architect agreement for city hall remodeling and addition project approved

The Spencer City Council on Monday approved an agreement pushing back the city’s possession date for its new city hall building and another agreement with the project’s architect. Spencer’s new city hall will be in the Northwest Bank building at 101 West Fifth Street. Northwest Bank is building a new corporate facility just off West 18th Street near Spencer Hospital’s Warner Dialysis Center. At Monday’s city council meeting, the council approved an amended agreement between the city and Northwest Bank that changed the building possession date from March 31 to April 30. Construction is not expected to begin until June or July, so the possession date change does not affect that timeline, according to an agenda memo.