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City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019.  We will re-open on Monday December 2nd at 8:00 AM.  If you have an emergency, please call 911.  

Flood Hazard Information Meeting

Notice of Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) public meeting to discuss the revised flood hazard information for Spencer and Clay County, Iowa. The public meeting (open house) will take place 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in the Supervisors Room at the Clay County Administration Building, 300 West 4th Street, Spencer.
Revised floodplain maps are available for public review at City Hall. The public is welcome to view these in the Planning Department at City Hall 8am to 5pm daily. Electronic copies of the preliminary revised floodplain maps are available at the Iowa Flood Center website: Once at this web page, select “Clay” from the drop down county list, and it will automatically zoom into Clay County.
Additional questions may be directed to Steve Hallgren, Planning Director at 580-7200 x217 or

Sidewalk Snow Removal

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to remove snow and ice accumulations from the public sidewalks adjacent to their residence or place of business after a snow event. In the Spencer downtown commercial district, 12 hours is allowed from the time the snowfall ceases. In all other areas of the city, 24 hours is allowed from the time the snowfall ceases. If an abutting property owner does not remove the snow and ice within the time specified, the city may do so and assess the cost, including an administration fee.

Snow Parking Ordinance

City of Spencer Prohibits Parking during snow events.

No Parking on city streets or alleys from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 am.

This 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 measured at the KICD radio station.

The snow event shall continue so long as snow accumulation continues and for an additional 48 hours after snowfall has ended. Non-compliance will result in a $100 fine and/or towed.

City Code, Title 7-5-7 article A

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.