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City Council meeting notes: September 9, 2020
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City Council meeting notes: September 9, 2020

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics Tuesday at its regular meeting.  Planning director interviews begin The city has started the interview process for its open planning director position. City Manager Amanda Mack told the council that interviews will finish Friday. Applicants will be reviewed next week to determine a recommendation to the council....

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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...

The Iowa Project Brewing Company: A big win for downtown Spencer
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The Iowa Project Brewing Company: A big win for downtown Spencer

Nick Applegate and Lucas Kline are steadily making progress on opening a business that many in Spencer had hoped would come eventually – a brewery. They’ve collected $50,000 toward their brewery, The Iowa Project Brewing Company, from the city’s Retail Kickstarter program and have soared through a crowdfunding campaign that so far has raised $12,605....

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...

2nd business approved for  Spencer Business Kickstarter funding
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2nd business approved for Spencer Business Kickstarter funding

A coffee shop coming to town will be the second recipient of Spencer Business Kickstarter Program funds. Spencer Main Street Director Nancy Naeve said DejaBrew, which plans to open next month at 24 West Park Street, will receive just over $4,400 in part forgivable loan, part revolving loan funding. The kickstarter program was announced in...

Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest
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Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest

Just two weeks after launching, Spencer’s new Retail Kickstarter Program is already generating interest. Through the program, Spencer businesses that fill retail gaps, diversify the economy or fill jobs can apply to receive forgivable loans up to $25,000 and separate zero percent interest loans up to $25,000. The program is a partnership between the City...

City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition
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City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition

Despite hearing from multiple downtown business owners and representatives of stakeholder organizations, the Spencer City Council on Monday passed a second filing of an ordinance that would allow murals. The ordinance amends city code to allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside wall of a commercial building, but not on the...

Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched
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Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched

Executive directors of Spencer Main Street and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce would become city employees so they could access city benefits under an idea that’s still being discussed and researched. At a city finance and personnel committee meeting Monday night, representatives from both organizations said the health and retirement benefits available to city employees...

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