FLOOD INFORMATION UPDATES
For Immediate Release: City of Spencer
Contact: Amanda Mack, City Manager (712)-580-7200
June 26, 2018
Due to recent rainfall, it is important to know that the Little Sioux River has crested at 17.39 feet and is falling. However, due to the predicted additional rainfall on Saturday, we are asking the public to remain diligent. We are not out of the woods, but are guardedly optimistic that the river level will continue to drop. We are working closely with our partners across the county and state to monitor the situation.
A sandbag station will be available at Pedersen Park (10th Ave E) after 5pm today (June 26, 2018) and flood clean-up kits are available at the Fire Station (10 Grand Ave). If you have experienced property damage, you may qualify for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, administered by Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Applications can be obtained by contacting them (712-262-7409).
Please take precautions to stay safe and secure.
The Spencer Police Department would like to remind the public that the use of “First-Class Consumer Fireworks” within the corporate city limits of Spencer is prohibited. Although you can legally purchase the fireworks in Spencer, you cannot use them within the city limits. A violation is a simple misdemeanor (ordinance 6-8-B2) punishable by a fine of not less than $250. When you include court costs and surcharge a conviction will cost a minimum of $397.50. Please celebrate responsibly!
First Class Consumer Fireworks include but are not limited to firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, aerial shell kits and reloadable tubes, chasers, helicopter and aerial spinners, mine and shell devices, and roman candles.
Second class consumer fireworks and novelties are legal to discharge within the city limits of Spencer. Second-class consumer fireworks include but are not limited to cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground and hand-held sparkling devices, ground spinners, wheels, wire or dipped sparklers and toy smoke devices that are not classified as novelties. Novelties include but are not limited to sparklers, snappers, party poppers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms.
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SPENCER SNOW ORDINANCE
As November 1 approaches, all citizens are reminded of the City's Snow Ordinance. The snow regulations are in effect from November 1 to April 1. A copy of the requirements can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 712-580-7200.
Substandard Structure Assistance Available
For those Spencer residents that have received notification from the City of substandard structure(s) on their property, the City of Spencer is offering two different programs to assist citizens in making necessary repairs.
The Paint Assistance program is available to owner occupied property owners for paint to be used on substandard structures referred to in the enclosed notice. Applications are available at City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West or by clickin on the Paint Assistance program. If approved, homeowners will be reimbursed for paint up to $100 maximum per property, based on the size of the building(s), after the work has been completed and verified by the City, and upon your submission of paint sales receipts.
The Spencer Cares program is an income based funding program that is available for painting or other repairs that are required by the city to bring the substandard structure on your property into compliance. The maximum amount of funding per request is $750. Applications are available at City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West or by clickin on the Spencer Cares link.
For questions, please call Kirby Schmidt (Ext. 217), Robyn Larsen (Ext. 225) or Theresa Reardon (Ext 213) at Spencer City Hall, (712) 580-7200.
Sidewalk Grant Program
In 2012 the Spencer City Council made it a goal to make Spencer a more walkable community. A sidewalk grant program was developed and put in place in January of 2013. The program attracted over 190 applicants for sidewalk replacement or installation of new sidewalk throughout the community.
For those residents needing sidewalk repairs or new sidewalk, a Spencer Sidewalk Grant is available again this season. This grant pays for the calculated amount of concrete required to replace or install a public sidewalk adjacent to their property.
A new feature of the program, this year, is that applicants can choose to have the cost of the sidewalk project assessed and included in their property taxes over a ten year period of time. In this case, the City will hire a contractor to complete the job.
If you were approved last year and did not get the job completed, you may re-apply and choose to have the City hire a contractor to complete the project. Applications are available at City Hall.
Feel free to call or stop in at City Hall, 580-7200 and ask for Craig or Mark for more information.
Open burning within the corporate limits of Spencer is not allowed by ordinance.
To dispose of leaves, grass clippings and other lawn waste or any household waste by burning is illegal. You may be subject to a fine.
Other means of disposal are available. You may bag and tag items, which the City will haul away or you may take your lawn waste items only to the designated tree and leaf site located 1 mile north of the intersection of West 18th Street and 18th Avenue West. Please observe all rules posted at the site. Questions may be directed to City Hall at (712) 580-7200 or the Fire Department at (712) 580-7240.