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Clay County Fair Solicitor Notice

As we approach the Clay County Fair, please be reminded of Chapter 3-1 of the Spencer, Iowa, City Code, regarding Registration of Peddlers, Solicitors & Transient Merchants.

This ordinance pertains to the licensing and registration of “transient merchants” (persons who bring into the City any goods or merchandise for sale); “solicitors” (persons who solicit from house-to-house or place to place or upon the public streets or other public property); and “peddlers” (persons carrying goods or merchandise for sale from house to house or place to place or upon public streets or other public property).

The confines of the Clay County Fairgrounds are exempt from these regulations.

Persons wishing to register under this ordinance must apply at the City Clerk’s Office, 418 2nd Avenue West, at least 24 hours before they intend to begin operations.  The process includes an application form, $25 application fee and $5 per day of registration.  A cash or equivalent bond of $500 is also required.  The bond shall not be cancelled or refunded until 30 days after the expiration of the registration.  A police check will be done on each applicant.

 For registration information or a complete copy of Chapter 3-1 of the City of Spencer Code, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer, Iowa 51301 or call (712) 580-7200, FAX # (712) 580-7236.

Theresa E. Reardon, City Clerk

City of Spencer

2017-2018 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.


Trees located in a street right-of-way, or privately owned trees that contain branches that extend out over a public right-of-way, need to be trimmed so that the lowest branches are at least ten feet above a public sidewalk, (or the street parking if a sidewalk does not exist), and at least fourteen feet above the traveled portion of a street or alley. This does not require a permit.  The City will be inspecting trees starting approximately June 1st in the West Forestry District; the area of town that is on the west side of Grand Avenue and north of the railroad tracks, to determine which properties have trees that need to be trimmed.  

The City of Spencer is requesting that you undertake a visual inspection of your own property to see if there are branches over the street, sidewalk, alley and public right-of-way that need to be trimmed. If you have any questions regarding the administration and enforcement of these and other city ordinances, please contact City Hall at 580-7200 or check out our website at

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.

Online Cemetery Database NOW Available

The City of Spencer is pleased to annouce that the public has access to the City's cemetery records through an online database.  The City contracted with Ramaker and Assocaites in 2014 to develop the databse and amek it availbe to the genral public.  The database that is availbae is the same infromaiton that is availabe to city staff when you call City Hall.  People may search recrds by the name of the deceased or the owner of the burial plot.  To access the database, visit the Cemetery page of the City's webiste, listed under Deartments.

If you have any questions or need some assistance in navigating the program, please call City Hall at (712) 5800-7200.