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Drinking water advisory issued for addresses in northeast Spencer after water main break

Spencer Municipal Utilities is shutting off water Wednesday for addresses in northeast Spencer and has issued a drinking water advisory for those homes while its crews fix a water main break. Water will be shut off at the affected addresses until the maintenance is finished. An advisory from SMU states the work will be conducted form 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Addresses affected are on portions of East 16th Street, Elmwood Drive, East 17th Street, East 18th Street and Ninth Ave. East.

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Diversity delivers for Demco

Diversity has helped a Spencer manufacturer succeed in more ways than one. Demco, which has had a facility located in Spencer since 1995, has been able to lean on its many products that are manufactured for several different industries and has also taken innovative hiring approaches. Although some industries, especially agriculture, have seen better days economically, Demco has relied on its diversification to ensure its success. The company builds a variety of equipment and trailers for the agriculture, RV and rental industries. “The ag economy’s been down, but trailer sales have been very busy for us,” said John Tatman, plant manager for Demco in Spencer.

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City council notes: August 5, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday. Spencer residents likely to see lower wastewater bills

Spencer residents and other wastewater customers will likely see lower bills in the future. On Monday, the Spencer City Council voted 6-0 to approve the first filing that changes how the city bills for its wastewater service charges. A software update at Spencer Municipal Utilities now allows the city to see water usage by customers to the gallon. That wasn’t possible in the past, so the city rounded up to the next 1,000 gallons in determining the wastewater service charge.

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City park rules updates approved

Ice fishing will be allowed on ponds in Spencer this winter, including at Stolley’s. The Spencer City Council approved that and other rule changes at its July 15 meeting as it reviewed revisions to park system rules proposed by the park board. The changes address many new rules and some updates for city parks, including the new DeWolf Dog Park, the East Leach Park campground and the Spencer Aquatic Center. Parks Director Delray Bredehoeft many of the rules still will remain as they have for years, though. “Most of these rules have been in place for many years,” Bredehoeft said.

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City council notes: July 15, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following items of note at its July 15 meeting. Garbage, recycling intake totals exceed 2018 midyear levels

Spencer is throwing away more garbage and is recycling more this year compared to 2018 midyear numbers. Al Phillips, the city’s environmental education coordinator, told the Spencer City Council on Monday that the city’s garbage tonnage is up 15% compared to last year at this point. Phillips called that fact a “double-edged sword.” “Economically, it’s a good thing,” he said.

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Council approves 1st filing of zoning change for new SMU water, communications towers

Spencer Municipal Utilities plans to build a new water tower to replace the current damaged one on the south end of town. Going up near it would be a separate communications tower. The current water tower, 1310 Second Avenue SE, has a communications antenna on top of it. For that to happen, though, SMU needs a zoning district change from A Residential to C2 Highway Commercial. The Spencer City Council started that process Monday night by approving the first of three filings of the zoning change.

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ANP finds niche in serving businesses, schools at affordable price

From the get-go, ANP has focused on providing quality IT services as rates that won’t break the bank. Almost two years after it started, Advanced Network Professionals, also known as ANP, has continued to established itself, serving a range of businesses from small to large and helping them handle their IT needs. ANP provides technology consulting, managed IT services and cloud-based solutions. “Quality service at an affordable price is where we thought there would be a niche for us,” said Logan Wood, one of six co-founders of the Spencer-based tech services provider. “We price ourselves so the small businesses can afford us and the large ones enjoy our rate.”