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



Starting Monday October 5 Ely Road from Wright Brothers Blvd. south to Ely will be closed for seven to ten days.  Linn County Secondary Roads reports this section of Ely Road will be closed to replace a culvert for 7-10 days starting Monday October 5.  Linn County reports “The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last 7-10 days.  Ely Road will be closed to through traffic but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.”


Check back for updates. Also contact Linn County Secondary Roads at (319)892-6400 for updates; or click here to subscribe Linn County Secondary Road’s Ely Road email updates.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Mayor and City Council Elections

November 3, 2015.

Here are the candidates for election for the November 3, 2015 city election.


For Mayor:

·         Eldy Miller, 1995 Rock Island Dr,



For City Council – 3 seats up for election:

·         Kathleen Banowetz, 2105 Dows St.

Phone: (319)848-5774

·         Teri Billick, 230 Jappa Rd

Phone: (319)389-6808

·         Marilyn Grover, 1837 Wrigley St.


·         James D. Higdon, 1165 Glendale Ln


·         Elizabeth Rohner, 235 Jappa Rd


·         William Tuthill, 1890 Dows St


·         Judy Wery, 1195 Glendale Ln (incumbent)


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

October 2nd & 3rd.  Fall Fest ’15 starts Friday evening October 2 with the Fall Fest 5K and 1-mile events; with fun Fall Fest activities all day Saturday October 3. Contact the P&R Crew at 319-848-4103 or by email at if you or your organization want to help with Fall Fest. Go to the Fall Fest section for updates and more information on all things Fall Fest!

Commission Application

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 Come to the Ely Farmer’s Market at 1570 Rowley St. for the best local food Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - noon.  Contact Ali if you want to be a farmer’s market vendor. 

Highland Rd Resurfacing & Garbage/Recycling Collection- Update

LL PElling started installing the top lift of asphalt on Highland Rd Monday, September 28.  Please remember not to drive on the street for three to four hours immediately after the new asphalt for the final lift is placed.


Waste Management will collect garbage and recycling on Highland Rd and North Drive east of Plainview Tuesday, September 29.  Thank you for your consideration.






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