City of Ely, Iowa

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September 16 & 17, 2016

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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

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


319-848-7603 (after hours)


Mail: 1570 Rowley St, PO Box 248

Ely, IA 52227

New & Happening!

Boards & Commissions

Ely Road Resurfacing - Status.  Linn County Secondary Roads reports: “The contractor plans to open the south portion of Ely Road today (Friday 6/24/16). All of Ely Road is expected to be open over the weekend. The contractor will close the north portion of Ely Road on Monday (27th).”

”As of now, the contractor plans to pave two side roads first, Wright Brothers Blvd and 76th Ave. Once the two side roads are complete they plan to start near Ely and pave to the north. This is a change from their original plan. Paving is expected to start on the side roads on Tuesday and on Ely Road Wednesday or Thursday.” (06/24/16)


Contact Linn County Secondary Roads at (319)892-6400, or online for more information and updates.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor


Dates Have Changed on Garbage & Recycling

The new cart-based garbage/recycling service will start Monday July 25, 2016 not July 5 as originally scheduled. New carts will be delivered to you starting Monday July 18 and the first collection will be Monday July 25. The first week of the new service will be at no additional cost to you. Your Ely utility bill will be based on the new service beginning August 1, with the first billing September 1, 2016. Please note, you will still need to use the $1 garbage tags until the new service begins July 25, 2016.


We apologize for any confusion. The cart manufacturer notified Waste Management that they are unable to deliver Ely’s carts as scheduled due to a very large delivery demand from Florida and the Pacific Northwest. More information and pictures of the carts.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances

Ely Youth Baseball

Practice for Ely Youth Baseball has been going on at Ely City Park, 1635 Hillcrest St., in April.  Games start Monday May 9th and teams from Ely play in Ely and at Walford and Prairie Schools.  83 Ely area kids comprise the Ely Parks Commission T-Ball, Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A teams.  Games are evenings Monday through Thursday starting Monday May 9th.  Stop by Ely City Park to enjoy America’s pastime, and pickup a snack at the Concession stand during the game.  More information and schedules.


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map

Ely Road Resurfacing: Linn County Secondary Roads reports Ely Road will be resurfaced in two segments beginning June 13:

  • Phase 1 - Starting June 13, 2016 from Seven Sisters Road to just south of Rock Island Drive and expected to be open to traffic again in around two weeks.  This segment will be fully closed to through traffic during resurfacing, and will reopen before they start work north of Ely.
  • Phase 2 – Starting June 29, 2016, from C-Street to south of Wright Brothers Boulevard, after the segment south of Ely is reopened to through traffic.  Start date on this section depends on weather and progress on the south segment. This section will be completely closed to through traffic during resurfacing work and is expected to be open to traffic again August 8, 2016. 

More information is available here.   Contact Linn County Secondary Roads at (319)892-6400, or online for schedules, updates and more information.

Ely Zoning Map

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application

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Commission Application

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Save September 16 & 17 for Fall Fest!

 Mark September 16 & 17 on your calendar for Fall Fest ’16. Contact the P&R Crew at 319-848-4103 or by email at if you or your organization want to help with Fall Fest.







. 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.






Ely is Hiring a Rec Coordinator/ Digital Media Tech as a full-time position, applications due June 10, 2016. More information and job description.




“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!

·         2015 Water Quality Report.

This report provides information on the contents of Ely’s drinking water.  This is the annual report prepared in 2016 on the quality and contents of Ely’s drinking water during 2015.

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