City of Ely, Iowa

Your Information Gateway for Ely, Iowa

September 16-18, 2016


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Ely Community Center


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

319-848-4103 (8 am – 5 pm, M-F)

319-848-7603 (after hours)


Mail: 1570 Rowley St, PO Box 248

Ely, IA 52227



Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

New & Improved Website *NEW


The City of Ely’s website will be getting a makeover! Come January 2017, a new and improved website will be launched. The site will feature a host of updates and added features, as well as greater accessibility and a cosmetic overhaul.


Be on the lookout for the new site at the turn of the new year. The site will be featured at the same address of




Fire Department*

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances


Contact Information

City Finance

Email Ely City Clerk

City Hall Hours of Operation Temporary Change *NEW


The City of Ely is temporarily changing its hours at City Hall starting Monday, Oct. 17. This new schedule does not affect the library or public works.


Hours of operation will be 8:00am-11:00am, 1:30pm-5:00pm, M-F.  City Hall will be closed and phone service turned on from 11:00am-1:30pm daily.  In case of emergency please contact 319-848-7603 during those hours.


This new schedule will be temporary until a new City Administrator is hired.  The city will notify the public when regular hours are resumed.

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application


Commission Application


Public Works Maintenance & Water/Sewer Operator Position *NEW


Duties include: second operator for the city’s water and wastewater systems (can work towards certification), park and sports field maintenance & prep, street maintenance and snow removal, building repair and maintenance; and other similar duties.


Minimum qualifications:

-     High school diploma or GED, and CDL

-     IDNR Grade 1 certifications for water treatment, water distribution and wastewater treatment preferred, with requirement of employee to work towards certification if not currently certified.

-     Employee must be able to work well independently, with other city employees and with the public

-     Residence in Ely or surrounding area required after hire.


Position posting closes 12/16/2016.


Job Details

Employment Application (Word)

Employment Application (PDF)


Holiday Dinner


Join us for a festive homemade meal at the Ely Community Center at 1570 Rowley Street on December 20, 2016 at 11:45 AM.


The cost is $5.00 for those under age 60, $3.50 for adults 60+.


Please RSVP by Friday, December 16 to Luanne Miller at (319) 848-4103



Youth Flag Football League – Fall 2016

Flag football begins October 8!


Accepting applications for flag football referees!

$15/game, Saturday mornings in October

Contact if interested


Location: Ely City Park, 1635 Hillcrest St.

Practice: Tuesday & Thursday evenings @ 5:30 PM

Games: Saturday mornings @ 9:00 & 10:00 AM

Southbrook Street Construction Update

The projected completion date of the Southbrook street repairs, fresh dirt, and grass seeding is Wed. Oct 5, 2016.




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.


Ely’s American Legion Post

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