They were scheduled to sell it to the lone bidder last night, but Councilman Ron Hanson suggested the item be tabled and returned to committee for further discussion. Hanson said he's not necessarily against selling the building to someone who will use it, but has second thoughts about downtown parking needs. When the issue of tearing the building down to create more parking at four-eighteen 1st Avenue West first arose Hanson thought there was adequate parking for downtown business, but says he now wonders if more spaces will be needed in the future if downtown apartments are ever refurbished and occupied. He convinced another three councilmembers the issue is worth discussing more and the sale was delayed.
Two contracts were approved last night with the architect drawing up plan for the renovation of the Spencer Municipal Utilities building when it becomes the new police department. Services on the administration building are not to exceed 5 thousand dollars and fees on the back building are not to exceed 15 thousand. Councilmembers were happy to hear Police Chief Mark Lawson's latest estimates on the renovation prices. He says both projects are expected to run half of what was originally penciled in, and there should be enough money in the reserve fund to pay for both. The largest expense will be creating a second locker room so men and women will have their own facilities.