City of Ely, Iowa

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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

Ely’s Mayor and City Council members are:

Jim Doyle – Mayor

Bob Ballantyne – City Council member

Bill Grove – City Council member

Kay Hale – City Council member

Stephanie Mehmen – City Council member

Vacant – 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 emergency sirens sound for three continuous minutes when there is a severe weather event like a tornado or thunderstorm with dangerous winds in the area.  Go to shelter in a windowless room in your basement or the lowest level of your home immediately when the sirens sound 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

City Council to Fill Mid-Term Vacancy by Appointment

The City Council intends to appoint an eligible person to fill a mid-term vacancy on City Council during a meeting at 7:00 p.m. Monday March 9, 2015, in the City Council Chambers at Ely City Hall, 1570 Rowley St., Ely, Iowa.  Anyone interested in being appointed to fill the vacancy on City Council. and eligible to vote in Ely should contact, and file a completed “Affidavit of Candidacy” with, the City Clerk/Administrator. More Information.

   Persons eligible to vote in the City of Ely may file a petition with the City Clerk calling for the vacancy to be filled by special election within fourteen (14) days of the published notice, or fourteen (14) days after the City Council making the appointment, whichever is later.   A petition calling for a special election must include the supporting signatures of at least (27) persons eligible to vote in Ely, Iowa. More Information.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

Snow Emergency 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 2/25 through noon 5:00 p.m. Monday 2/25

Vehicles may not be parked on any public street during the Snow Emergency unless snow removal operations are completed.  Vehicles parked on a street during the snow emergency may be ticketed or impounded unless snow has been cleared.

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances

Register Now for Youth Soccer and T-Ball & Baseball.

Soccer registration is open until March 13. Registration formsBaseball & T-Ball sign up is open from through March 6.  Registration forms. More information about both is available here.


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Breaking News:  Fall Fest 2015 will be Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3, 2015.  Mark your calendar now to enjoy our 8th annual celebration.

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application

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Highland Road Re-Surfacing Project Open House

The City is hosting an open house to discuss the Highland Road Street Re-Surfacing project Thursday February 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall (1570 Rowley St.) You are welcome to come in any time between 6:30 and 7:30 to discuss the upcoming project.

 Commission Application

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KGAN Talks About ElyCheck out a cool story about Ely from KGAN that aired Sunday November 20, 2011. 



“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!



2013 Water Quality Report -Annual report on the quality and contents of Ely’s drinking water.


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