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.

Notice of Public Hearing & Letting for 2018 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 10, 2018, 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 2018 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project for said City. Sealed proposals will be received by the Spirit Lake City Administrator for the 2018 City of Spirit Lake Seal Coat Project until 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 9, 2018, 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.

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Automated Trash Pickup FAQs

Who will receive the new trash containers?

Residential garbage customers of the City of Spirit Lake, in residential areas.  If a multi-family complex is using a dumpster, it will continue to use a dumpster.

When will I receive my trash container and how much will it cost?

Containers are being delivered during the week of May 29 and are free of charge, but are the property of the City of Spirit Lake.

When may I start using my new trash container?

Commencing the week of June 4, on your regular garbage pickup day. Carts need to be out no later than 7 a.m. on your regular garbage pickup day, and may be placed out the night before.

Where do I place my container?

At the curb or the end of the driveway, but not in the street.  The automated arm on the new truck needs room to “grab” the container, so the container must not be placed adjacent to or behind a parked car, or next to a utility pole or sign.

Will the sanitation department follow the same routes?

Although your pickup day is the same, the truck picks up one side of a street at a time and will travel a route that minimizes the number of times it has to turn around.  As a result, you may see your neighbor’s trash across the street collected and it could be an hour or two before you see the truck come back down your side of the street and collect yours.  Again, your pickup day is the same, but the time of collection will vary, so it is essential your cart be out no later than 7:00 a.m.

What may be placed in the container?

Any garbage that you would have been able to place in your green bag, those rules have not changed.  A list of instructions and suggestions is included with the hard card from Schaefer that will be delivered with your container.

What if I did not receive a container?

Container delivery will be completed by Friday, June 1.  If you have not received a container by then and feel you should have received one, please call City Hall at 336-1871.

City Automated Waste Collection System Ready to Launch

On Friday, May 18 the City of Spirit Lake received delivery of its new automated sanitation truck from Elliott Equipment Co. of Grimes, Iowa.  The truck will be put into use commencing the week of June 4 as the City transitions to residential automated garbage pickup.  The City Council has been studying the benefits of moving to an automated system of garbage collection since the summer of 2016, and since last summer has been working towards implementing the system in June of 2018.  The new system will involve the use of 65 gallon containers (“carts”).  The cart manufacturer, SSI Schaefer, will be delivering the carts to Spirit Lake on Tuesday, May 29 and start delivering the carts to residential solid waste customers and that process may take as little as two to three days.  Schaefer will have instructions for the use of the carts included with the cart upon delivery.  Residents will see the carts appear in front of their residence in the right of way adjacent to the curb as they are delivered, during the week they are delivered residents will still need to use their green bags.

One cart will be provided free of charge to each residential solid waste customer who presently uses the City’s green bags, which will no longer be required of customers who receive carts.  Initially, there will be no change to the days on which residential, or other, customer’s solid waste is collected.  

The City will start using the new truck for collection commencing the week of June 4.  Although the days of collection will remain the same, to use the truck efficiently the City Sanitation Department may follow different routes.  To ensure pickup of garbage, carts will need to be out and ready for collection no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup, and may be put out the night before.

Carts may be placed at the end of the resident’s driveway adjacent to the street, or in the yard adjacent to the curb. Residents should take care to make sure no vehicles or other obstructions interfere with the ability of the truck to reach the cart.

The Sanitation Department will be studying routes, time saved in collection and feedback from residents over the course of the summer months.  It will also be evaluating the preferences and needs of commercial customers and individuals who live in dwellings or apartments in the downtown commercial district who presently use green bags for solid waste collection and the system will likely be expanded later in the summer, once actual data about how the system works in practice can be evaluated.  Initially, the new system will be implemented only for the approximately 1800-1900 residential customers in residential areas of the City of Spirit Lake.

Green Waste Site will open May 5

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, May 5. 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. For the first two Sundays only, the site will have extended hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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 but not necessary, 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. 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. There is nothing to be gained by arriving early and lining up on the road when the site is open for several hours at a time.

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 May 18.

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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.

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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.

Advertisement for Bids

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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 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

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 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

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