City of Ely, Iowa

Your Information Gateway for Ely, Iowa

October 2 & 3, 2015!

Main Page

 City Council

Contact Us!

City Council  Meetings & Minutes

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

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

October 2nd & 3rd - Save the Dates for Fall Fest!

 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.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

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.  Stop by for the best locally produced food in the Ely area!

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

Take the Ely Learning, Media & Rec Center Survey that was mailed out in the July Expression, or take it online hereIt is easy and your input is essential!  

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances

Ely Fall Soccer!  Registration is open for the 2015 Ely Parks and Recreation fall soccer league for 6-8 year olds.  The season runs August 24th through September 26th with teams practicing and playing Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Ely City Park.  This league is for everyone between 6 and 8 years old; and will be a great time for all involved. More information.  


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Ely Firefighters Invite You to “Party in Our Backyard” on August 15. The Ely Volunteer Fire Department invites everyone to their place - the Ely Fire Department at 1300 Main St. Saturday, August 15 for great food, company and live music by High Fever, and Slap and Tickle.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with music from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application

PDF Icon (.pdf)

Construction Season in Ely Starts after July 4th.

·         Ricklefs Excavating plans to start work to resurface Highland Road the week of July 6, 2015.  Expect Highland Road to be closed to through traffic during this project.   

·         PCI will start construction to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely City Park to the Ely Community Center at 1570 Rowley Street the week of July 6, 2015.

·         The parking area at City Park will be surfaced with asphalt.  This is the parking area at the north end of Hillcrest Street.

 Commission Application

Word Icon (Word)





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