City of Ely, Iowa

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September 16 & 17, 2016

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Ely is a progressive community located in the thriving Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. We have a diverse cultural and ethnic background. We have been welcoming new citizens to our neighborhoods in record numbers. Our city has undergone tremendous growth over the last ten years. Even with the influx of new residents, the community has not forgotten its past. Many of the historical buildings from our past are still standing in our historic business district.


We hope you enjoy browsing this site for information about the Mayor and City Council, businesses, living in Ely, and much more.  We invite you to visit Ely soon, and experience our historic and forward thinking community. 


Ely is the gateway to a progressive yet historic community, your gateway to Lake McBride and lots of other recreation, and your gateway to prosperity. Our gate is always open for you!

Mayor and City Council Members

Eldy Miller – Mayor

Teri Billick – City Council member

Kay Hale – City Council member

Stephanie Mehmen – City Council member

Elizabeth Rohner – City Council member

Judy Wery – City Council member

Hazardous Weather.  Please check various local TV and radio stations and other media for weather warnings and advisories; hazardous weather watches and warnings, notices, cancellations, forecasts, warnings and advisories regarding storms and severe weather.  Here are links to the Cedar Rapids area media outlets and TV stations: KCRG TV, KGAN TV, KWWL TV, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and the National Weather Service.


Click here for the most recent weather forecast for Ely from the National Weather Service.



Emergency Sirens & Severe Weather

Take shelter immediately when the Fire/Emergency sirens sound continuously for three minutes!

Ely’s Fire/Emergency sirens sound for three continuous minutes when there is a severe weather event like a tornado or severe thunderstorm with dangerous winds in the area.  Go to shelter in a windowless room in your basement or the lowest level of your house immediately when the siren sounds for 3-minutes. Take shelter in the innermost room of the lowest level of your home if you do not have a basement. After you are safely in shelter check local radio, TV or other local media for more information on the weather emergency. 

Linn County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA), in partnership with our trained weather spotters, will closely monitor the weather conditions and activate the sirens from the Ely Fire Department when dangerous high winds or tornados become a threat to the area. During radar indicated weather situations, LCEMA directs our weather spotters to activate the sirens when needed.  An “All-Clear” siren will sound for 1 continuous minute once the severe weather event has passed.

The Ely Volunteer Fire Department tests the sirens the last Monday of the month.  During the test you will hear one short buzz for sound, followed by a voice warning that will cycle 3 times - once for each siren in Ely. 



Contacting Us After Hours.  Please call (319) 848-7603 if you have water, sewer or other City related emergencies after regular office hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday).  Please call 911 for all fire, ambulance, safety and law enforcement emergencies.

































Contact Ely City Hall


319-848-7603 (after hours)


Mail: 1570 Rowley St, PO Box 248

Ely, IA 52227

New & Happening!

Boards & Commissions

Ely’s 4th of July “Stand Still” Parade

Please join our community in celebrating our annual parade just a little bit differently this year!  In the spirit of promoting community involvement and family fun, Ely will be hosting a “Stand Still Parade” at the Ely Community Center at 6:00PM on July 4th!   Floats are encouraged to line up behind the Community Center and pass out items to the walking parade goers.  The Parade will stand still for one hour giving everyone an opportunity to view floats and visit with community members!  Please support this event and our local participants and remember the spirit of celebrating together!


Click here for event details.

Click here for  the “Stand Still Parade” map,

Please contact City Hall at 319-848-4103; or by email for additional information.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely

Ely Road Resurfacing - Status.  Linn County Secondary Roads reports as of June 30, 2016:  “This mornings rain forced the contractor to cancel paving for the day. They will start paving tomorrow morning at Wright Brothers Blvd and Ely Road. As paving progress next week the contractor still plans to pave south to north. Once paving starts I will be able to provide a better estimate of when residents lose access. The road will be closed over the holiday. The posted detour uses Highway 30 and Jappa Road to direct Traffic directly to Ely. This detour is only 2.5 miles longer that using Ely Road.”

Contact Linn County Secondary Roads at (319)892-6400, or online for more information and updates.


Email the Mayor

4th of July Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast

Joins us Monday July 4th for the Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast!  All proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses. Tickets can be purchased from any Ely Firefighter or local merchants.  Adult tickets are $7.00 in advance, $7.50 at the door, $3.00 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water. Serving rain or shine from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ely Fire Department - 1300 Main Street in Ely

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances

Come to Ely for the 4th!  Don’t let a little road construction detour you from the incredible Ely Firefighters’ Annual 4th of July Breakfast or Ely’s 4th of July Parade. Linn County is resurfacing Ely Road north of Ely, and unfortunately Ely Road may be closed for construction over the 4th of July weekend.  Here is how to get to Ely while Ely Road north of town is closed for construction. 

·         From the North or East:  Take the Jappa Road exit off Highway 30, this takes you right into downtown Dows Street in Ely.

·         From the South: Ely Road is fully open; you can get to us from Solon, Lake MacBride and other locations south of Ely just by driving north on Ely Road (aka County W6E).

·         From the West:  Take the 120th St/Shueyville exit off I-380, drive east and turn north (left) at Ely Road (aka County W6E).

Click here for the full size map


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map


Dates Have Changed on Garbage & Recycling

The new cart-based garbage/recycling service will start Monday July 25, 2016 not July 5 as originally scheduled. New carts will be delivered to you starting Monday July 18 and the first collection will be Monday July 25. The first week of the new service will be at no additional cost to you. Your Ely utility bill will be based on the new service beginning August 1, with the first billing September 1, 2016. Please note, you will still need to use the $1 garbage tags until the new service begins July 25, 2016. More information and pictures of the carts.

Ely Zoning Map

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application

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Commission Application

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Save September 16 & 17 for Fall Fest!

 Mark September 16 & 17 on your calendar for Fall Fest ’16. Contact the P&R Crew at 319-848-4103 or by email at if you or your organization want to help with Fall Fest.







. Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Linn County. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, on October 19, 2015 reported: “A destructive insect of ash trees has been confirmed in southern Cedar Rapids. The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered at an Iowa interstate rest area along I-380 approximately one-half mile north of the Johnson County line. There are now twenty-nine counties in Iowa confirmed positive with this invasive pest. EAB has spread to 25 states destroying tens of millions of ash trees”.  Please visit to learn more about Emerald Ash Borer.






Ely Youth Baseball

Practice for Ely Youth Baseball has been going on at Ely City Park, 1635 Hillcrest St., in April.  Games start Monday May 9th and teams from Ely play in Ely and at Walford and Prairie Schools.  83 Ely area kids comprise the Ely Parks Commission T-Ball, Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A teams. 




“Leading Our Future” – Ely’s Strategic Plan.  Community volunteers worked together to put together a strategic plan for the Ely area.  The plan engages community groups to work together for Ely’s future. 

Ely’s American Legion Post, Post 555 invites everyone eligible to join the American Legion.  Check out the new Post 555 website at!

Hoover Nature Trail. The Hoover Trail offers a recreational connection to Cedar Rapids and other trails throughout Iowa.  The Ely trailhead is at Ely City Park.  

Linn County is considering options to extend the trail through Ely and further south.  More Information & Map.

More New and Happening!

Newsletters & Other Media

·       Ely Expression New!

·         2015 Water Quality Report.

This report provides information on the contents of Ely’s drinking water.  This is the annual report prepared in 2016 on the quality and contents of Ely’s drinking water during 2015.

Ely Community TV

Southslope cable TV subscribers can check Ely Community TV at Channel 266 to find out more of what is going on in Ely!

“NOJOCO” Ely has partnered with The Solon Economist/Hybrid Publications, Inc., to bring monthly newsletters to your mailbox.  The NOJOCO includes newsletters from Ely, North Liberty, Swisher and Solon Community Schools.  Hybrid Publications also publishes the Solon Economist.

Ely 2 & 5 Year Plan.  Click on the following link to see other projects that are on the Ely 2 & 5 Year Plan.

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map