The proposal was from Mark and Sherri White for a purchase price of $5,250. They have indicated intent to repair the roof, add awnings, put a new garage door on the rear, paint the building, and provide for tuck pointing if needed. The building would be used for a special interest storage facility and would put the building back on the city tax rolls. The use conforms to the current zoning classification.
During the course of determining the best use for this building, City Manager Bob Fagen was made aware by a group of downtown business owners that were under the understanding that private money was raised to help purchase the building and promises were made that if and when the City was no longer utilizing the building it would be torn down and used as a parking lot. After research City Attorney Don Hemphill found no record of any money being contributed to the City or any language about the building being turned into a parking lot. The only thing that can be confirmed is that the City took out the parking meters from the down town area. During the meeting with those downtown businesses owners clarification was made that pledges were made by some individuals; however, no money was ever brought forward for the building. A total of 103 parking stalls will have been added to the area since the city's purchase of the Freeman building once Police Department moves to their new building, There is no official action listed on the regular council agenda on this item.
Agenda items for the regular session include a public hearing on the next year's city budget; A number of items related to the 2012 Spencer School Sidewalk Improvement Project. This project part calls for constructing of a portland cement concrete sidewalk along 4th Street SW from Grand Ave. to 4th Ave. SW and along 4th Ave. SW from Southmoor Drive to 11th Street SW/Highway 71.; and approval of a Storm Sewer, Sanitary Sewer and Trail Easement Agreement on the north side of West 18th Street with the Clay County Fair Association.
Tonight's regular meeting starts at 6:30 in the Council Chambers of Spencer City Hall and will be preceded by a Progress & Development Committee meeting at 5:45.