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Control of Vegetation – Public Service Announcement

The City of Spencer has adopted an ordinance that requires our citizens to maintain grass and weeds to a height of no more than eight inches (8”) on private property and on the public right-of-ways adjacent to their land. An exception to this restriction may be granted for certain areas within the community such as natural or wooded areas, native prairies, or land used for agricultural purposes. If a portion or all of your land is being used for one or more of these uses, you can contact Recreation Director Jared Elbert (580-7260) and he will assist you through the application process.

When a tract of land or street right of way is found to have vegetation in excess of eight inches in height, a sign will be posted on the property by the City giving notice of the violation. If after seven (7) days the property has not been brought into compliance, the City will hire a contractor to mow the property and a statement of charges will be sent to the owner. If the charges are not paid within thirty (30) days, the charges will be certified with the county and collected with and in the same manner as general taxes.

Mowing is the only allowed method of maintaining the street right-of-ways in Spencer. The use of fire or herbicides that are formulated to destroy grasses is not to be used within the street right-of-ways. The use of herbicides to control plant growth on private property is not prohibited. Controlling vegetation on private property with fire is allowed only by permit by the Spencer Fire Department (580-7240).

If you have any questions regarding the maintenance and control of plant growth within Spencer, please contact City Hall during regular business hours by calling 580-7200 x 217, or by email at aschulz@spenceriowacity.com .

For more information, check out Title 4 –Chapter 2; Control of Vegetation in the City Code.

  • Mowing Contractors Needed

    March 31, 2021

    The City of Spencer is now accepting applications for a Mowing Contractor for the 2021 season. This contractor would provide mowing and trimming services on properties that have not been mowed within 7 days of posted notification by the City. Application deadline is April 16, 2021. Questions may be referred to Robyn Larsen, at (712)…

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  • Public Hearing on Proposed Maximum Property Tax Levy

    February 19, 2021

    The Spencer City Council will be holding a public hearing on Monday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. to consider the maximum property tax levy for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2021.  The hearing will take place in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall at 101 W 5th Street.  A copy of the…

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  • Household Hazardous Materials Facility Closed beginning 11/17/2020

    November 17, 2020

    The Household Hazardous Materials facility at the Spencer Transfer Station will be closed beginning today, November 17, until further notice.  We ask that residents and businesses store their bulbs and other materials in a safe place until the facility reopens.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please feel free to call the transfer station if you…

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  • New Flood Plain Maps Coming in 2021

    November 13, 2020

    Revised flood maps for Clay County, including properties within the city of Spencer, will become effective July 2021. Flood regulatory maps are managed by FEMA with partners: Iowa Flood Center, DNR, and US Army Corps of Engineers. The City of Spencer is a delegated flood management community. Please be advised that the boundaries of the…

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  • Winter Weather Reminders

    October 21, 2020

    Snow Parking Ordinance City of Spencer prohibits street parking during snow events.   No parking on city streets or alleys from midnight to 7:00 am. This ordinance goes into effect if the National Weather Service predicts a snow accumulation of 2 or more inches or if new snow accumulation has reached 2 or more inches as…

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