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

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


New Mayor and City Council Members

Eldy Miller was elected Mayor; Teri Billick and Elizabeth Rohner were elected to City Council, and Judy Wery returns to the City Council after being elected on November 3, 2015.  The newly elected and reelected officials will begin their time in office January 1, 2016. 

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Breaking News - Ely Road Construction.  Linn County Secondary Roads reports the full length of Ely road is open to regular traffic.  Grading and similar work that remains to be done will be performed in spring, 2016.

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Get Your Annual Garbage Tag.

Ely’s voluntary annual garbage collection tag allows you to place one container (33-gallons weighing up to 40 pounds) of residential waste at the curb for pickup every week.  Just slap the tag on the body of the container and you’re set through December 31.  You can purchase your voluntary annual garbage tag at Ely City Hall during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  The annual tag can only be purchased at City Hall.  If you signed up for automatic renewal the annual fee will show up on your December city utility bill; and your new annual 2015 garbage tag will be mailed promptly after the bill has been paid. You can pick up a 2016 Annual Garbage Collection tag at Ely City Hall in December. You can also buy regular $1.00 tags at City Hall, Casey’s General Store and Cleppe’s 66 Service in Ely.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Ely City Hall and Public Works will be closed Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27.  We reopen at 8:00 a.m. Monday November 30.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

  The Ely Fire Department Makes Our Holidays Bright.  Ely’s bright, sparkling holiday lights are a tradition that expresses the “team energy and power” of the Ely Volunteer Fire Department and the entire Ely community. Please give a huge Ely Holiday Thank You to the folks from the Ely Volunteer Fire Department who hung the holiday lights over Thanksgiving weekend,

Commission Application

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Winter Farmer’s Market Stop by the Ely Public Library Meeting Rom for Ely’s Winter Farmers Market and a great variety of locally produced food and goodies the third Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Don’t miss your chance to get awesome local product Saturday December 19, January 16, February 20, March 19 and April 16.  Make sure to check out the December 19 Winter Farmers Market for locally produced presents for everyone on your holiday list.

. 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.






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!



·         2014 Water Quality Report -Annual report prepared in 2015 on the quality and contents of Ely’s drinking water during 2014.


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