Spring Cleanup Days – guidelines for residents

The City of Spirit Lake has designated May 7-10 as Cleanup Days within the City when residential customers may dispose of items not normally picked up by the sanitation department.

Spring clean up days will coincide with resident’s normal day of garbage pickup.

TAGS will be required for all white goods, electronic items, car and truck tires (no rims), mattress and box springs, day beds and futons with mattresses. Tags may be purchased at City Hall. A tag will not be required on couches and chairs on clean-up days only. Carpet and pad will be picked up as long as rolls are cut to 4 foot lengths and tied with string, wire or duct tape. Lumber will also be picked up as long as all nails are pulled or bent over and the lumber is cut and bound tightly with wire or string with bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. This Clean-Up will not include construction, debris, paint, toxic or flammable chemicals, nor material from construction or commercial establishments.

Items for Clean up Days may be placed at curb no earlier than May 5 out of respect for neighbors and to avoid conflict with City Ordinances.

Watch our Facebook page for city updates – https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Spirit-Lake-Iowa-229215453768348/ 

Holiday Trash Pickup

Just a reminder about residential trash pickup – if your regular day is Thanksgiving (Thursday), it will be picked up on Monday. Monday pickup will be as usual! Commercial Friday pickups will be Monday as well. City offices are closed on Thursday and Friday.

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The City of Spirit Lake will receive bids for Spirt Lake Police Department Improvements subject to terms and conditions contained in Bidding Documents prepared by SEH. Bids will be on Lump Sum basis.

Owner will receive, by mail or personal delivery at address below, sealed bids from qualified bidders until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at which time bids will be opened and tabulated according to law.

A Pre-bid Conference will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Bidders shall meet at the project site.

Enclose bids in sealed envelope, addressed to:

Honorable Mayor and City Counsel
City of Spirit Lake
1803 Hill Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Clearly mark envelope in lower right hand corner as follows:

PROJECT NAME: Spirit Lake Police Department Improvements
OWNER NAME: City of Spirit Lake, IA
PROJECT LOCATION: 1607 Ithaca Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Digital image copies of the Bidding Documents are available at http://www.sehinc.com. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the PROJECT BID INFORMATION link and by entering eBidDocTM Number 5345310 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952.233.1632 or info@questcdn.com.

Paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from Docunet Corp. located at 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763.475.9600).

The Bidding Documents may be viewed for no cost at http://www.sehinc.com by selecting the Project Bid Information link at the bottom of the page and the View Plans option from the menu at the top of the selected project page.

Bidders will be required to provide a bid bond or certified check in the amount of five percent (5%) of bid amount.

The successful Bidder will be required to provide Performance and Payment Bonds of 100 percent of bid amount.

Contractors may be requested to submit “Contractor’s Qualification Statement”.

Owner reserves right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities or informalities in bids or bidding.

City of Spirit Lake, IA

Dickinson County News


2017 Seal Coat Project Map

Here is the 2017 Seal Coat Project Map.  The streets highlighted in red are the streets that will be receiving seal coating.  That is expected to start on Thursday, August 24, and residents have already received a preliminary notification and should have received further information in the mail over the weekend.  If you haven’t received a letter, it may arrive today, Monday, August 21.  If there are any questions, please call City Hall at 712-336-1871. Thank you!


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City of Spirit Lake and City of Orleans residents (those who live within the City limits and/or are residential water customers) will be able to use the green waste site commencing Saturday, April 8, 2017. The site will be open the following hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. The green waste site will be closed Easter Sunday and July 4th.

The site will be staffed by an attendant and residents will need to present their drivers’ license to the attendant to verify identity and residence. A copy of the resident’s water bill would be helpful as well, but subject to verification with drivers’ license. The attendant will have a list of city residents and water customers of the cities of Orleans and Spirit Lake.

The City asks the cooperation of residents in not arriving before the gates open to avoid a line of vehicles on the county road for the safety of all concerned. The City has requested this several times in the past and this request seems to be ignored most of the time. Please demonstrate concern for the safety of other individuals using that road by not arriving until the site is actually open, or arrive a few minutes after it opens – there is always ample time for access.

Residents may bring their yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, twigs, brush). Tree trunks, limbs and branches over 6” in diameter will not be accepted, but may be taken to the Dickinson County Recycling Center.

Use of the green waste site is free of charge. The site is located east of Orleans on 140th Avenue.

The City of Spirit Lake will continue to provide residential curbside pickup of yard waste on a weekly basis, every Friday commencing April 21, 2017.

Watch our Facebook page for other announcements. 

Public Bidding Notice



2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project


Public notice is hereby given that the City of Spirit Lake, in Dickinson County, Iowa, will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 5:30 P.M., at which time and place a public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Spirit Lake City Hall located at 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360 on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project for said City. Sealed proposals will be received by the Spirit Lake City Administrator for the 2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project until 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Spirit Lake City Hall, located at 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360; at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. Proposals will be acted on by the Spirit Lake City Council at the aforementioned public hearing or at such later time and place as may then be fixed.


Work to Be Done: The work to be completed generally consists of approximately: 1 LS Traffic Control; 114 S.Y. Subgrade Preparation; 582 S.Y. 2” Modified Subbase; 114 S.Y. 6” Modified Subbase; 2 EA Concrete Sign Footing Removal; 1 EA Fire Hydrant Removal; 24 L.F. 18” RCP Storm Sewer Remove and Replace; 508 L.F. 8” D.I.P. Water Main, Trenched; 1 EA 8” Fitting, Tee D.I.P.; 6 EA Water Service Stub; 6 EA Water Service Corporation; 3 EA Water Service Curb Stop and Box; 1 EA 8” Gate Valve; 1 EA Fire Hydrant Assembly; 82 S.Y. 6” PCC Pavement; 53 L.F. 30”, 6” Curb and Gutter; 582 S.Y. Driveway Removal; 582 S.Y. Concrete Driveway; 195 S.Y. 6” Granular Driveway; 97 S.Y. Pavement Removal; 0.1 Acre Conventional Seeding, Seeding, Fertilizing, and Hydro-Mulching; 30 L.F. Filter Sock; 1 LS Mobilization; 2 EA Reinforced Concrete Footing and other related items of work.


See Bid Form for exact quantities.


Proposals: All proposals shall be made on official proposal forms furnished by the Engineer and shall contain worded and figured prices for the work bid on. All proposals shall be plainly legible, sealed, and addressed to the City of Spirit Lake, Attn: Greg Owens, City Administrator, City of Spirit Lake, 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360. Bidder shall submit a Bidder Status Form with their bid. Failure to submit a fully completed Bidder Status Form with the bid may result in the bid being deemed unresponsive and rejected. A certified check or a bid bond of a reputable bonding company authorized to do business in the State of Iowa in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the bid shall be included in a separate sealed envelope, plainly marked “bid bond”. The bid guarantee shall be forfeited as liquidated damages if the successful bidder fails proper execution.

The checks or bid bonds of the lowest two or more bidders may be held for the earlier of 7 days after the effective date of the agreement or 61 days after the bid opening, whereupon Bid Security furnished by such bidders will be returned. Other checks or bid bonds will be returned after the tabulation of bids is completed.


Performance and Payment Bonds:  The successful bidder must execute performance and payment bonds, each in an amount equal to one hundred (100%) percent of the contract amount to ensure a timely, efficient, and complete performance. The bonds shall be issued from a reputable bonding company authorized to do business in the State of Iowa.


Liquidated Damages:  Liquidated damages will be assessed the contractor in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00) per working day that the work remains uncompleted after the end of the contract period with due allowances for extensions due to conditions beyond the control of the contractor.


Withdrawal of Bids:  No submitted bids may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days from the scheduled closing time for the receipt of bids.


Payment:  The Contractor will be paid monthly in an amount equal to ninety-five percent (95%) of the Work completed during the previous month according to the Engineer’s estimate. The final payment will be made not less than thirty (30) days after completion of the Work and acceptance by the City. No final payment will be due until the Contractor has certified that the materials, labor, and services have been paid for in accordance with the Project Manual.



Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents:  Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.questcdn.com. You may download the digital plan documents at no charge by inputting Quest project #5177713 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of the proposal forms and specifications for individual use may be obtained from the office of the Engineer, Beck Engineering Inc., 3301 Zenith Ave, PO Box 238, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360.  A refundable deposit of $100.00 is required for the documents. Deposit will be returned if plans and project manual are returned in good condition within 14 days after public hearing date.


Acceptance or Rejection of Bids:  The right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities is reserved.


Time Frame:


Final Completion shall be October 20, 2017.


By virtue of statutory authority, preference will be given to products and provisions grown and coal produced within the State of Iowa and to Iowa domestic labor to the extent lawfully required under Iowa statutes, providing that the award of the contract will be made to the lowest responsible bidder submitting the lowest acceptable bid, which shall be given without regard to state or local law whereby preference is given on factors other than the amount of the bid.

City of Spirit Lake


By: /s/        Blain Andera            .      





By: /s/           Gregg Owens                .

City Administrator

Public Bidding Notice

Public notice is hereby given that the City of Spirit Lake, in Dickinson County, Iowa, will meet on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 5:30 P.M., at which time and place a public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Spirit Lake City Hall located at 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360 on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2017 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project for said City.

Click here to view full notice.

Splash Pad Open May 27/Spring Cleanup Days Reminder and Rules

The Splash Pad at Memorial Park will be officially open for the season on May 27.

As promised in notices with water bills, in the Lakes News Shopper, on the radio and on Facebook, Spring Cleanup Days are underway.

Please follow the link to the City’s Facebook page for another source of the complete list of rules previously published!


Green Waste Site/Curbside Pickup/Splash Pad

There will be an announcement in the coming weeks as to when the green waste site will open and curbside pickup will commence.  It is still winter, and these activities are dependent on weather.  Once we’ve settled into a nice Spring weather pattern an announcement will be made.

Typically, the City tries to have the splash pad at Memorial Park open around Memorial Day, so look for an announcement sometime in early May as to when the splash pad will be in operation.  Again, dependent on some solid, warm weather.

Rod Bakker Retirement Celebration – May 23rd City Hall 2-4 p.m.

Bakker to retire from Spirit Lake Police Department

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


PHOTO BY WILL MUSGROVE Rodney Bakker is retiring from the Spirit Lake Police Department after serving the community for the past 31 years. In his three decades on the force, the lieutenant hasn’t once called in sick.

During his 31 years as a Spirit Lake officer, Rodney Bakker has been deployed on countless patrols, filled out numerous reports and responded to a copious amount of calls.But soon he will turn in his badge.

The lieutenant plans to retire at the end of the week. His final day on the force is Saturday, May 21.

“I really liked the challenge of the job,” Bakker said. “Every day you come in, you have no idea what is going to happen. I really enjoyed my time here. Plus, the pay was OK.”

Bakker grew up in Hull in a family of nine. It was in that small Iowa town where he met his wife while attending Boyden-Hull High School. The two married in 1980.

Bakker and his wife traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin. There he earned his associate’s degree in police science at Fox Valley Technical College.

In 1985, Bakker enlisted into the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. He said his brother, who was also an officer, inspired him to become a cop.

Bakker worked at the Akron Police Department for seven months after graduating from the academy. He decided to join SLPD in September of 1985.

“I liked the Lakes Area,” Bakker said. “We once in a while vacationed there when I was a kid. There’s lots of hunting and fishing here, which are things I enjoy doing, so we thought it’d be a great fit.”

Bakker wanted to continue his education. He enrolled into Bellevue University while still serving on the Spirit Lake Police Department. After a year driving down to Sioux City every Thursday night, he eventually obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

“Getting your degree gives you more background and education,” the 1996 Bellevue graduate said. “It also allows you to move up in the ranks if you want.”

Not much changed in Bakker’s three decades of protecting the Spirit Lake community. He said “crime is crime” and that he is still going on calls today that he did years prior.

Despite the basics of law enforcement remaining the same, technology was constantly evolving, for better or worse.

“In some ways technology has made the job a little easier, in other ways it has made it more stressful,” Bakker said. “Everything is on computers now. When I first started, traffic tickets, accident reports, incident reports, you wrote them all out by hand, including the narrative. You rarely pick up a pen now.”

Now that he is older, Bakker finds himself serving as a role model for some of the younger officers. He often fields questions about codes and ordinances.

“I pretty much know all the codes and ordinances, the numbers and everything,” Bakker said. “A lot of times, young officers will call me or just ask me for a little advice.

“I was hired to enforce the law and that’s what I have been doing. I stay active. I say that to the younger guys all the time. If you want to fight burnout, stay active and do the job you were trained to do.”

Good attendance might be another lesson shared by the outgoing lieutenant. Bakker never called in sick during his 31 years with the Spirit Lake Police Department.

Bakker was sent on some unusual calls in his time on the force, from replacing batteries in smoke detectors to pest control.

“In a small town we do everything,” Bakker said. “There was a house I went to one night where a lady pointed to couple of closed doors. She said ‘the bat is behind that door, and my husband is hiding behind that door.’ We do all kinds of calls, good and bad.”

An officer may retire when he or she turns 55 years old. Bakker, who is 56, elected to stay on for an extra year, but he said being a cop is a “young man’s game.”

“The average age of the people that we deal with, fight with, is 25,” Bakker said. “They are strong and full of energy and probably on drugs or drunk. You can easily get hurt when you are older.”

Bakker hopes to keep working full-time. He said he will be helping in the back at Fisherman’s Factory Outlet in Spirit Lake.

“I’m too young to quit work altogether,” Bakker said. “I’ve worked hard all my life. I actually don’t have to work if I don’t want to, but I don’t know what else I would do.”

Although he is looking forward to his new job, Bakker said he will always be an officer at heart.

“There are two things I would do again in my life if I could start over,” Bakker said. “One would be marry my wife, the other would be a cop. I enjoy the camaraderie with the other officers. I’ve gotten to know officers in all different agencies around the county and some out of the county. You get to become friends because you count on each other so much each day.”

Police Chief Jeff Hanson said the department is losing one of its most valuable and experienced officers.

“When I first started here, Rodney taught me a lot,” Hanson said. “He has an abundance of knowledge about the job. We are going to be losing 31 years of experience. Doing this job for 31 years is quite an accomplishment. A person has to sacrifice a lot for this job.”

The Spirit Lake Police Department will host an event from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Spirit Lake City Hall to honor Bakker’s career.