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Board and Commission Openings


The City of Spencer has numerous Boards and Commissions that serve the citizens of Spencer.  The Mayor would like to keep on file a list of persons who would be interested in serving on a City Board or Commission.  From time to time positions become vacant and are filled by appointment of the Mayor, with Council approval.  The State Legislature is requesting gender balance on City Boards and Commissions.

The following are some of the Boards and Commissions of the City of Spencer that may need positions filled by July 1, 2019:

  • Airport Board of Trustees - Four year term to expire on 6-30-2023
  • Compensation Advisory Board – Six year term to expire on 6-30-2025
  • Golf Course Board of Trustees – Four year term to expire on 6-30-2023
  • Historical Preservation Commission - Three year term to expire on 6-30-2022
  • Planning & Zoning Commission – Five year term to expire on 6-30-2024
  • Plumbing  Board of Examiners – Four year term to expire on 06-30-2023
  • Renaissance Initiative Committee - Three year term to expire on 6-30-2022
  • Utilities Board of Trustees - Six year term to expire on 6-30-2025
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment - Five year term to expire on 6-30-2024


In light of the request from the State Legislature, the Mayor is encouraging both female and male candidates to apply for these positions.
If you are interested in serving on any of these boards and commissions, please send a brief introduction or letter to Mayor Kevin Robinson at Spencer City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer, Iowa or call 580-7200 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday by June 10, 2019. You may also write to the Mayor or call City Hall if you are interested in having your name placed on file in the Mayor's office to serve on one of the other City Board or Commissions.

Sidewalk Cafe Application Now Available

Recently, the Spencer City Council approved an ordinance regulating the operation and location of Sidewalk Cafes.  The Ordinance requires the submittal of an application from anyone that wants to encroach on the public right-of-way to operate a sidewalk cafe.  The application form is now available and can be found on the City's Online Form Center underneath the Administration Tab.

Control of Vegetation

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 City Hall (580-7200) and city staff 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, or by email at .  


For more information, check out Title 4 –Chapter 2; Control of Vegetation in the City Code under Public Notices on the City of Spencer website.

Mowing Notice

Beginning in May, the City of Spencer will be surveying properties for grass and weeds that exceed the 8” height rule. Properties with grass/weeds that exceed 8” in height will be posted and property owners given 7 days to mow.  After 7 days, non-compliant properties will be mowed by the city, with associated costs billed to the property owner.  If you would like to apply for an “Exemption” for haying, please contact Delray Bredehoeft at 580-7260 for an application. 

Recreational Season Passes on Sale NOW

Both the Spencer Municipal Golf Course and Spencer Family Aquatic Center are selling season passes for 2019.  You may purchase passes for both facilites online today.  The links to the order forms are below:

Municipal Golf Course
Aquatic Center

FY 18 Annual Financial Report Released

The City has released its internal Annual Financial Summary for Fiscal Year 2018.  The report contains detailed financial reports and summaries for the city's operations.  Any questions may be directed to Brian Weuve, Deputy City Manger/Finance Director at  The report can be found on the Finance Department page, under the Administration section of the Departments Tab above.  

2018-2019 Solid Waste / Recycling Collection Schedule

The new recycling calendar is now available.  The calendar show pickup dates for July 2018 - June 2019.  The calendar can be downloaded here.  If you have any questions please contact the Spencer Transfer Station at (712) 580-7270.

Residential Sharps Disposal

Sharps/Syringe disposal containers are available at no cost the residents of Spencer and Rural Clay County. These are available at the Transfer Station at 3101 W 18th St, Monday-Saturday between the hours of 8 A.M. and 5 P.M..

Return full containers to the transfer station for proper disposal. PLEASE DO NOT DISPOSE OF THEM IN YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE. This program is in effect to protect the employees of the solid waste division and the landfill. Please call 712-580-7270 with any questions.