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.

Weather Changes to Trash Pickup Schedule

Because of dangerous weather conditions which are going to get worse the next couple of days, the City will not be emptying/picking up/delivering commercial or residential roll-offs or dumpsters until temperatures improve on Thursday. If you have something regularly scheduled for Wednesday it will be included with Thursday’s activity and we expect to be caught up by Friday. This all assumes the forecast is accurate and expected weather conditions do not worsen.

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s residential trash pickup will still take place – again, please be sure and have containers available for pickup by 7 a.m.

Thanks and stay in touch with DickinsonAlert and local media for weather information!

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant

The City of Spirit Lake, Iowa is seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant. This is a full-time position which includes the following duties:

  • Prepare payroll and payroll reporting

  • Reconcile bank and investment statements

  • Responsible for record retention and management

  • Prepare dumpster invoices

  • Collection of delinquent non-utility accounts receivable

  • Prepares bank deposits, operate cash register, customer service


High school graduate or equivalent and 5 years working experience in office environment serving the public.


Working knowledge of computers using Microsoft Word and Excel programs and a knowledge of other related office equipment. Must be thorough, accurate and detail oriented to carry out multiple tasks.

Address all communications, including current resume, to: Gregg L. Owens, City Administrator, 1803 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360. Email address:

EOE, women, veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Green Waste Site reminder

Just a reminder, as posted previously, the green waste site will remain open until Sunday, November 18 and will be closed for the season after that. Hours remain the same as recently expanded: Sundays/Saturdays 9-5 and Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-5. The last City curbside lawn waste pickup will be Friday, November 16. Temperatures are downright frigid in the upcoming forecast, especially overnight, so thank the guys for being willing to bundle up and help us keep it open until the 18th!

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Starting Sunday, November 4 the green waste site will open on Sundays at 9 a.m. for the remainder of the season. Previously announced hours for other days will remain the same. The majority of leaves around the City are down, and with the colder and wetter weather in the forecast the remainder that “intend” to come down this fall shouldn’t be far behind! The green waste site typically closes as of the Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 18) and the last Friday curbside pickup is expected to be Friday the 16th of November. However, snowstorms have interfered with the ability to offer those services at least two out of the last 4 years, so please keep an eye on the forecast and enjoy the remainder of the fall cleanup!

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Green Waste Site Hours Changes

Weekday hours at the green waste site will be changing the next couple of weeks, due to darkness. The green waste site will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, Thursday October 25, Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 1. After that, the green waste site will close on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m.

We still have issues with people arriving early and parking/backing up traffic on the road. There is no reason to be at the green waste site any earlier than when the gate opens – please wait to go until AFTER the gate is open out of courtesy to others needing to use the road, particularly with increased agricultural activity this time of year and out of courtesy for the safety of the attendants who often have to drive around cars to try and open the gate.

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Recycling Notice!

Please note that next week’s recycling pickup will be on Thursday, July 5 instead of Wednesday, July 4. City pickup of Wednesday’s garbage will also be Thursday, July 5 along with the regular Thursday route – please remember to have containers out no later than 7:00 a.m.