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Bid for Freeman Building, new solid waste program moving forward

Monday, February 4, 2013

On Monday one bid was received for the purchase of the Freeman Building on 418 1st Ave. West in Spencer, but it is unknown whom the bid was from. The proposal will be reviewed at the Progress and Development committee meeting on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

According to City Manager Bob Fagen, it is unclear as to whether the owners of Goal Kick put in a bid for the building.

Proposals for the building were accepted until 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Though a group of citizens voiced their opinions against selling the building and were in support of demolishing the building to make room for more downtown parking, no objections were made Monday night.

The council "reserves the right to reject any proposal and select the proposal which...is in the best interests of the city."

City Council also approved the purchase of both an automated solid waste truck and new solid waste containers.

The truck is a 2013 Peterbilt from Elliott Equipment, of Grimes, and cost $219,865. The city received three bids for the truck, and Elliott was selected "as the lowest responsible bidder." The Elliott bid included a five-year extended warranty, and was under the budgeted amount by $30,000.

The new garbage and recycling containers are from Mid-Iowa Solid Waste, representing Cascade in Michigan, and will cost $388,436. The cost includes assembly of the containers and delivery from Michigan. The winning bid was $100,000 under the original plan.

"This is not a new thing," Fagen said. "This has been in the works for years. We've been on the radio and TV and I think we have educated the community."

To help pay for the truck and new containers, the city received two grants. One grant was for $20,000 and another $50,000. One other grant is in the works but according to Fagen, he can't disclose the amount.

The new solid waste collection program will start in April with a pilot program in southwest Spencer. The program will eventually move to the whole city. It is an automated program that puts less wear and tear on the collection employees, because they won't be lifting and emptying collection containers into the back of the truck.

"The pilot program is just to work out all of the kinks first," Fagen said.

There will be no additional fees once the program is in place.

For anyone interested in learning more about the program or learning about the benefits of recycling, there will be a meeting Feb. 6 in the Senior Activities Center at 9 a.m. A public works representative will be there to answer questions and to talk about recycling.

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I'd rather see Goal Kick buy this and run/operate a business that could grow and employ people rather than pave it and put some flowers there.

Parking isn't a problem. I've never had a problem parking downtown to go eat, shop, or whatever.

-- Posted by financeman on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 8:58 AM

I agree with financeman. Parking lots don't generate much for tax revenue nor do they employ anyone.

-- Posted by Culture Warrior on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 12:15 PM

I have no problem with someone buying the building and fixing it up. If this person who put a bid in, doesn't plan on doing work to the building I would rather not have them sell it to them and make it a parking lot. If they just want to use it for storage, that is not the place for it.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 8:27 AM

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