Official Notices

Municipal Election-Ward 1 Council Member

Instructions to Potential Candidates for Municipal Election for Ward 1 Council Member, January 22, 2019.  

-Candidate must be an eligible elector of Ward 1, City of Spencer--at least 18 years old when sworn into office.

-Nomination papers may be taken out beginning November 8, 2018 and returned to the City Clerk's OFfice no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018.  Candidates must sign an affidavit of canidacy.

-The City Clerk will deliver the nomination papers to the Clay County Auditor on Monday, December 31, 2018.

-Minimum of 25 signatures of eligible voters who live in Ward 1.

-Candidates are responsible for following campaign rules and regulations.  A copy of the guide can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office or from the Clay County Auditor's Office.

-The Polling Place will be the Clay County Administration Building.

-For absentee ballots, please contact the Clay County Auditor's OFfice at 712-262-1569.

-Any questions may be directed to Theresa Reardon, City Clerk (580-7200) or Marge PItts, Clay County Auditor (262-1569)

Rate Reduction Consideration for Solid Waste

Low to Moderate Income families may apply through the month of November 2018, at Spencer City Hall, 418 2nd AVe W, Spencer or by calling 712-580-7200 for a rate reduction consideration.  If you qualify, the reduction would be rebated in December on your  SMU utility bill.

To qualify, income must be equal to or below the following levels:

1 - person     $12,144
2 - people     $16,464
3 - people     $20,784
4 - people     $25,104
5 - people     $29,424
6 - people     $33,744
7 - people     $38,064

Pay My Bill Online

If you have received an invoice from the City of Spencer, you can now pay that invoice online via our online payment portal.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are all accepted.  Click HERE to pay your bill. 

4th Avenue West CDBG Project, Phase II-Clay County Fair Update

For Immediate Release: 4th Avenue West CDBG Project, Phase II-Clay County Fair Update

Contact: Brian Schmidt, Project Engineer (712) 262-3468

August 30, 2018

As the Clay County Fair rapidly approaches, it is important to keep the following items in mind as it relates to the 2018 4th Avenue West CDBG Project, Phase II. The 4th Avenue West street pavement and a majority of the driveway approaches and sidewalks have been replaced between W 12th Street and W 16th Street. The Contractors intend to have the remaining work on 4th Avenue West completed south of W 16th Street prior to the fair, weather permitting.

Once sections of 4th Avenue West are completed, they will be opened to local traffic only. 4th Avenue West will remain closed to thru traffic during the Fair to protect the new improvements and to minimize congestion.

The recent progress on the project will provide property owners the opportunity to park vehicles on their private property during the Fair if they so choose. Parking of vehicles within the public right-of-way, the area between and including the sidewalks, will not be allowed. Parking access will only be available through existing driveways or from side streets. Vehicles will not be allowed to drive over the new 4th Avenue West curbs. Any damage to the new improvements due to the property owner’s failure to comply with these guidelines shall be repaired at the property owner’s expense.

It is also important to remember that this project is NOT complete. We are working to make every accommodation we can to ensure a pleasant Fair-going experience, and work will resume once the fair is over.

We appreciate your cooperation with this important project. 


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.

Vivienda Justa Es La Ley


Fair Housing Opportunity



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

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.

Voting Information

General Information

To register to vote you must be a citizen of the United States, at least 17 1/2 years old and declare Iowa as your voting residence. You must be at least 18 years old to vote.

You can register to vote at the following locations:

  • Clay County Auditor's office, 300 West 4th Street, Spencer, Iowa
  • City Clerk's office, 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer, Iowa
  • When you renew your driver's license
For information on the nomination process for municipal elections, contact the City Clerk's office.

Voting Precinct Locations - Municipal, State and Federal Elections

If you need precinct information for voting, contact the Clay County Auditor's office at
(712) 262-4569.
All precincts vote at the Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 West 18th Street.
Click here for a map of Spencer wards