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First filing of IGL Construction property rezoning approved
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First filing of IGL Construction property rezoning approved

The Spencer City Council may fast-track a request from IGL Construction that its property at 221 32nd Avenue West be rezoned from mobile home to A residential district. Council members approved the first of three filings of an ordinance approved the rezoning with a 7-0 vote. Ron Hanson, Ward 5 council member, asked City Attorney...

City council meeting notes: July 6, 2020
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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...

City council notes: June 1, 2020
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City council notes: June 1, 2020

The Spencer City Council discussed the following during its regular meeting on June 1. First filing of ordinance concerning planned unit residential development approved The Spencer City Council held a public hearing on and then voted 7-0 to approve the first filing of an ordinance that makes a number of changes to city code regarding...

Residential tax abatements approved for 10 properties
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Residential tax abatements approved for 10 properties

The Spencer City Council approved residential tax abatements for 10 properties Monday night. The abatements are part of a program that allows property owners to apply for and potentially receive tax abatements for five years following remodeling or new construction of residential properties. Ward 5 Council member Ron Hanson wanted to make note of the...

5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program
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5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program

Five properties in town will receive funding for home repairs thanks to Spencer’s new Substandard Housing Rehabilitation Program. The Spencer City Council last week approved 5-0 a resolution authorizing the acceptance of bids from contractors for work on the five properties. The combined amount awarded for the five bids is $122,475. Under the program, the...

City council notes: October 7, 2019
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City council notes: October 7, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on October 7. Council approves recommended zoning code changes The Spencer City Council approved a list of zoning code changes as recommended in the economic development strategic plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting in January.  The council held a public hearing and followed that...

City council notes: August 19, 2019
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City council notes: August 19, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday, August 19. City council election papers now available Spencer residents interested in running for mayor or one of three city council seats up on the November 5 ballot can file nomination papers as of Monday, August 26. Offices on the ballot are...

Homeowner facing demolition speaks out
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Homeowner facing demolition speaks out

Steve Knittel wants two things. “One is to be left alone and the other is justice,” he said as he stood inside the mudroom of his home at 100 East First Street. For Knittel, those two wants are related. The city has sought a court order that would deem his home a substandard and unsafe...

Iowa Finance Authority and Farmers Trust & Savings Bank announce preferred loan officers
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Iowa Finance Authority and Farmers Trust & Savings Bank announce preferred loan officers

Submitted press release The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) announced that both Farmers Bank real estate lenders, Rita Hoffman and Ryan Davelaar, were among a total of 42 lenders and Realtors to earn IFA’s 2018 Preferred Partner designation. IFA Preferred Partners are experts for Iowa home buyers seeking assistance with the homeownership process and are expertly...

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