TRASH SERVICE ONE DAY LATE: Republic Services drivers and staff will be celebrating Memorial Day with their families; therefore, the following holiday schedule will be in effect for residential routes. Monday, May 25th will be serviced on Tuesday, May 26th; Tuesday, May 26th will be serviced on Wednesday, May 27th; Wednesday, May 27th will be serviced on Thursday, May 28th; Thursday, May 28th will be serviced on Friday, May 29th; and Friday, May 29th will be serviced on Saturday, May 30th;

CCPHC PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER - Released May 27, 2020 by Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health for the Clay County Public Health Center and Health Officer for the County of Clay. The Public Health Emergency Order Amended 04292020 dated April 29th, 2020, is hereby amended and is set to begin 12:01 A.M., June 1st, 2020 and set to expire on 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, June 30, 2020., unless and until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was released to provide insight and guidance for how the county will move forward.
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Pursuant to the Order, Kearney Parks will be open; however,
Skate Parks, Pickle Ball Courts, and Basketball Courts will reopen May 4th.
Park playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed until further notice.
We apologize for any inconvenience! City of Kearney Parks & Recreation

The Recycling and Compost Center will be open; however,

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 June 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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