City News


Reminder to residents to please keep lawn waste from being deposited into the streets.   City code 4-5-10 states this type of activity is prohibited.  In addition to being a violation, the materials placed in the street cause sewer and drainage problems.  Lawn waste can be disposed of at the grass and leaf site free of charge to Spencer residents.    Quesions or concerns please contact City Hall.


Riverside and Northlawn Memorial Park Cemetery regulations require that:
"All Memorials may be placed two (2) days before Memorial Day and :  All memorials not in an "approved container" are to be removed within one week following Memorial Day.
Approved containers at RIVERSIDE CEMETERY can be either a permanent vase or a flower stand.
Approved container at NORTHLAWN MEMORIAL CEMETERY is a permanent vase only.
Solar lights are not allowed any time of the year regardless if they are placed in the ground or in an approved container.
Any items left on the ground in the way of mowers and weed eaters after June 5, 2017 will be removed and disposed of by Cemetery personnel.


Beginning May 1st the City of Spencer will be surveying properties for grass and weeds that exceed the 8" height rule.  Properties with grass/weeds that exceed 8" in height will be posted and property owners given 7 days to mow.  After 7 days, non-compliant properties will be mowed by the city, with associated costs billed to the property owner.  If you would like to apply for an "exemption" for haying, please ocntact Delray Bredehoeft at 580-7260 for an application.  For more information check out the City website at

Substandard Structure Assistance Available

April 25, 2016

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.