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Spencer Council Preview

Spencer Council Preview

Spencer, IA (KICD)–The Spencer City Council gathers this evening with a full plate of agenda items.

A resolution to extend the option to purchase land for a proposed 30 unit apartment building in southwest Spencer is on the docket. The original plan called for the option to be held open until September 15th, but some infrastructure improvements are needed for Community Housing Initiatives to secure their financing. If approved the option to purchase the land would be extended to December 15th.

A resolution to enter into a development agreement and provide economic development support to Quality Refrigerated Services is up for a vote. The total project costs are estimated to be over $4 million.

Action cancelling a development agreement with Noteboom Implement is needed as they have decided to postpone their project until sometime in the near future.

A resolution proposing the sale of the former Soo Line Railroad Right-of-Way is on the agenda. A public hearing will be set for September 21st on this sale.

The council will take up adding a Tier 2 employee for the Parks Department. A Tier 2 position, for the most part, is a part-time employee that works in excess of the Affordable Care Act threshold of 29 hours per week and is eligible for city health insurance. This position is needed as many new amenities have been added over the years with no additional staff added.

A resolution of committment to the Clay County Regional Events Center for the next four fiscal years at a rate of $40,000 annually will also be discussed. This amount is down from $85,000 and can only be used for capital improvements to the Events Center.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 in the Council Chambers of Spencer City Hall.

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