Offices closed Monday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day – City offices are closed Monday, November 11. As always, if Monday is your usual trash pickup day, it will be picked up on Tuesday along with the regular Tuesday routes. Curbside pickup of yard waste will be on Tuesday as well.

Charles Schulz always had a nod to veterans over the years and always celebrated the famous Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and correspondent Ernie Pyle and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Bill Maldin (“Willie and Joe” characters). Take some time to look these guys up if their names are not familiar to your generation and for kids of all ages, Snoopy will help us remember all who have served this great nation.

Green Waste Hours Update

Green Waste Site Hours Update – Tuesday and Thursday hours at the green waste site will be from 2 pm to 5 pm starting next Tuesday, November 12 because of darkness. We are hopeful of keeping the site open until November 24, but that depends on the weather, so hopefully the snow will melt and the last bunches of leaves will fall pretty soon. The last planned Monday curbside pickup for yard waste is Monday, November 25, but again, this depends upon the weather. If extremely cold conditions persist and/or we receive more snowfall and it remains the above dates would likely be moved up accordingly. Thanks!

Road Work near Green Waste Site

The county has begun blacktop work on 140th east of Orleans. Although the County has indicated people should be able to get to the green waste site, the blacktop work will continue into mid-week. Residents are strongly encouraged to postpone any trips to the green waste site until at least Thursday and even better, Saturday, to allow work to proceed quickly and efficiently (and avoid fresh blacktop material on your tires, etc.).

Green Waste Site Announcement

The County has begun work on 140th east of Orleans. The section of 140th between Orleans and the green waste site is CLOSED for now during construction work. Access to the green waste site will have to be from the east, the easiest way to get there is to go north on 270th from Highway 9 to 140th and back to the west. The green waste site is open, but residents may want to consider strongly delaying trips for the next few days until things open up a bit more. Paving activity will take place in September and as the City is provided information/updates it will be passed along.

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Fireworks Regulation

40.08 FIREWORKS.  The use of any fireworks as defined in the Iowa Code, section 727.2 within the corporate limits of the City of Spirit Lake, Iowa, except as otherwise provided in this Article, is prohibited. A violation of this section is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $250.00.

Consumer fireworks as defined by Iowa Code 727.1(a) may be used or exploded between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 3 and July 4, and at no other time. The use of consumer fireworks is allowed only on private property and with the permission of the private property owner.

Use of consumer fireworks on public property, including streets, parks and rights of way, is expressly prohibited and use of consumer fireworks on public property is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $500.00.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND LETTING for 2019 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project

Public notice is hereby given that the City of Spirit Lake, in Dickinson County, Iowa, will meet on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., at which time and place a hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Spirit Lake City Hall located at 1803 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2019 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project for said City. Sealed proposals will be received by the Spirit Lake City Administrator for the 2019 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Spirit Lake City Hall, located at 1803 Hill Avenue, 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: Work generally consists of approximately: 30,000 S.Y. of Bituminous Seal Coat; 1 LS Temporary Traffic Control; 1 LS Mobilization 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 Gregg Owens, City Administrator, City of Spirit Lake, 1803 Hill Avenue, 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 You may download the digital plan documents at no charge on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or 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:

All work shall be completed by August 30, 2019.

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/ Bruce Keenan, Mayor
By: /s/ Gregg Owens, City Administrator

Light pole corrosion, inspections scheduled

The City of Spirit Lake has discovered that some of the 30 foot street lighting poles in the City are experiencing issues with corrosion. Two poles came down in windy weather, and the City has an engineering firm involved to analyze the situation. As a precaution, a testing company will be in town on Wednesday, April 17 to begin testing on all of 30 foot poles in Spirit Lake (approximately 280). In the meantime, the City has already started examining other poles in the area where the poles that came down were standing and there will be some light poles removed from that area within the next few days. That area extends from just west of the Walmart intersection on Highway 9 on the south side of the road. Poles on the north side of the road are also being examined. Based on the information known at this time, and pending further evaluation, that is the area that appears to have the most significant issue. The 30 foot poles are generally found on Highway 9, on Highway 71 and there are some in other areas of the community. When the City is provided with more definite information it will be updating the community on the status of the poles.