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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

Cemetery Spring Clean Up

City Personnel are in the process of cleaning the grounds at RIVERSIDE CEMETERY AND NORTH LAWN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.  Cemetery regulations require that any and all arrangements, winter wreaths and grave blankets are to be removed by April 1, 2018. 

If interested parties do not remove them by April 1, 2018, any and all arrangements, winter wreaths and grave blankets will be removed and disposed of by City Personnel.  Any questions should be directed to Tim Hamrick, Cemetery Superintendent at or 712-580-7250.

“Solar Lights Are NOT Allowed Any Time Of The Year”

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.

Grow Spencer Applications

The City is now accepting applications for individuals wanting to serve on the Grow Spencer Commission.  Applications are due by March 26, 2018 and can be emailed to or dropped off at City Hall at 418 2nd Ave W.  If you have questions please contact City Manager Amanda MAck at 712-580-7200, ext. 210.  Download the application here.

Renaissance Grant Applications Available

The Renaissance Initiative Grant applications are now available.  The application can be found on the Renaissance Grant page of the City's website.  Applications are due by Friday, MArch 30th at 4:00 PM.  

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.

2017-2018 Solid Waste / Recycling Collection Schedule

The 2017-2018 Solid Waste / Recycling Collection schedule is now available.  You can download your new schedule here.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (712) 580-7200.