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.

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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