CCPHC PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER - Released March 22, 2020 by Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health for the Clay County Public Health Center and Health Officer for the County of Clay. This Order will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, unless and until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing. (Current Emergency Order released March 18 is still in effect. See below for details.)


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Pursuant to the Order, Kearney Parks will be open; however, all playgrounds are closed.
We apologize for any inconvenience! City of Kearney Parks & Recreation

Republic Trash Service advises for driver safety, all trash must be placed within the trash container and the lid must be closed.
Additional trash left on the side will NOT be picked up.
We appreciate everyone's cooperation during these unprecedented times.

The Clay County Board of Election Commissioners has notified us the Municipal election has been moved to Jun 2nd.
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Building Code

Building Code Update

On August 18, 2014, the Board of Aldermen approved Ordinance 1262-2014, updating the City's Building Codes.  This ordinance became effective on January 1, 2014.  Attached below is a copy of the ordinance, including a list of amendments.  A copy of the Building Code is available for review by contacting the Building Inspector's Office at 903-4736.

The Building Code includes the following sections, with amendments as identified in the ordinance:

  • 2012 Edition of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Building Code;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Plumbing Code;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Mechanical Code;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Fuel Gas Code;
  • 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Fire Code;
  • 2012 Edition of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code;
  • 2008 Edition of the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) (voluntary section); and
  • 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code;

Safe Rooms

Kearney is located in a part of the country susceptible to tornadoes. Storm shelters/safe rooms provide protection during a tornado event. Storm shelters are to be constructed in accordance with ICC/NSSA-500 standards. These standards are available for reviewed at City Hall by contacting Colton Michael, Building Inspector, at 903-4736. Additional storm shelter information can be found on the FEMA website at

Lead Paint

When disturbing/remodeling painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires contractors follow specific practices to reduce lead exposure.  Below are informational brochures for consumers and contractors.  Additional information can be found on the EPA website at

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