Spencer, IA (KICD)–The Spencer City Council breezed through their agenda in a timely manner last evening.
Renewal of the city’s Group Insurance came in well below original estimates at approximately 1.39 percent over last year’s agreement. City Manager Bob Fagen says for years they have budgeted for annual increases of 10 percent.
The appointment of Interim Police Chief Mark Warburton to the full time post effective July 1st was approved.
Warburton’s starting salary is roughly $72,500.
An amendment to the 2013-14 budget passed unanimously for over $1.72 million. The bulk of the increase comes from the Fairway Woods Project, Economic Development Grants and a loan to the 911 Board. It is not uncommon for the City do this as they adopt the budget 15 months in advance.
It was also noted last evening that a decision on whether to appoint or hold a special election to fill the Ward 2 City Council position previously held by Ed Krebs must occur soon. If the council does appoint a new Councilmember, Citizens have the right to petition for a special election if they so choose.
The meeting ended in closed session to discuss the potential sale of real estate. Details from that session will be released once a sale is consummated or is off the table.