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Architecture firm to prepare design guidelines for Grand Avenue Historic Commercial District
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Architecture firm to prepare design guidelines for Grand Avenue Historic Commercial District

A Mason City architecture firm will begin preparing design guidelines for the Grand Avenue Historic Commercial District. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved with a 7-0 vote an agreement with Bergland and Cram to create the guidelines. The discussion about the need for guidelines began, City Manager Amanda Mack told the council, after a...

Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance
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Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance

Like a bad batch of beer, some ordinances apparently are best dumped and brewed fresh. The Spencer City Council did just that last week when it voted 5-1 to approve the first filing of a clarified ordinance that would allow microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries downtown and other areas as a permitted use. The council flushed...

Community Insurance puts emphasis on giving back
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Community Insurance puts emphasis on giving back

Scott Simpson’s favorite part of working in the insurance industry is being there for people. “I love helping people and working with people,” said Simpson, owner and president of Community Insurance. “My slogan has always been ‘Insurance stinks until you need it.’ It’s great when you can work with people and when something does go...

City council notes: September 16, 2019
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City council notes: September 16, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday, September 16. $47,500 in downtown planter box, bench, waste receptacle restoration work approved Planter boxes, benches and waste receptacles along Grand Avenue in downtown Spencer will be getting a makeover. In total, the cost of the restoration work is expected to cost...

Grand Avenue Community Outreach forges a focused future
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Grand Avenue Community Outreach forges a focused future

A lot has changed at Grand Avenue Community Outreach since Kevin Brown became the faith-based organization’s executive director. Brown transitioned from board member to director around the beginning of the year. He has since found himself handling many different duties that could be expected of a director: fundraising, public relations, strategic planning, among others. “The...

City council notes: May 20
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City council notes: May 20

Drivers traveling north on Grand Avenue will eventually see new street signs and light poles thanks to private fundraising by the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation. At Monday’s city council meeting, the council to approve a memo of agreement with the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation (GAIC) on the installation of “historic street poles and street signage,”...

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