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Spencer Odor Ordinance Passes 3rd Reading

Spencer, IA (KICD)–The Spencer City Council passed the final filing of an ordinance concerning odor control at their meeting Monday night.

According to the ordinance if an odor rises to where the City would need to get involved, this would allow a process for the City to sit down with a business to help find a solution. If however the City is not successful in finding an acceptable solution, then the item can be referred on to the court system that could result in a fine. This ordinance is for those that are above what would ordinarily be expected and would also apply to any new business that might want to come into the City. It also sets out that if it could be anticipated that a potential odor problem could happen from the potential new industry, then they would be required to submit a plan on how they would keep it in compliance.

Councilmember Steve Bomgaars was the lone Councilmember to vote against the ordinance and shared his reasoning.

There was talk of the city purchasing an odor meter. Mayor Reynold Peterson expressed that is something the Council may have to take up in the future.

Under the ordinance a violator may be assessed a penalty of $750 for a first violation and $1,000 for a repeat violation. An odor alert is triggered when there are three or more unrelated complaint calls to the city within a six hour period, and is confirmed by the city building and zoning officer and one other city employee.