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

Dave Rasmussen – 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 emergency sirens sound for three continuous minutes when there is a severe weather event like a tornado or thunderstorm with dangerous winds in the area.  Go to shelter in a windowless room in your basement or the lowest level of your home immediately when the sirens sound 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

Snow Emergency From Midnight Monday Through Midnight Tuesday 1/6/15. Vehicles may not be parked on any public street during the Snow Emergency unless snow removal operations are completed.  Vehicles parked on a street during the snow emergency may be ticketed or impounded unless snow has been cleared.

Business Listings

Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

Visit the Ely’s Winter Farmers Market  for a great variety of locally produced food and goodies in the Library Meeting room from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays: December 13 & 20, January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, MContact Ali at, if you are interested in being a vendor. Come by for the best in locally made gifts for everyone on your list.

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

Fire Department*

City Hall Holiday Hours. Ely City Hall will be closed Thursday December 25 and January 1 to celebrate Christmas and New Years Day.  We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following Fridays.

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances

Dispose of Christmas Tree at Ely Public Works Shop.  You can drop-off your once-live Christmas tree at the Ely Public Works area December 26th through January 16th for free.  Trees must be cleared of all decorations except for flocking.  Drop them off designated tree area by the Ely Public Works shop at 1124 Vista Rd.  Call City Hall (848-4103) for more details or directions to the drop-off siteWaste Management will not collect Christmas trees at the curb during routine garbage collection.


Contact Information

City Finance Stuff

Email Ely City Clerk

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Ground Breaking for Playground & Building at City Park

Mayor Doyle, Dave Schrock, Dave Rasmussen and Jeff Hilleman turn the first shovels of dirt for the this year’s Ely City Park project.  More information - Or check out the check out the story from CBS2/Fox 28.

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application

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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!



2013 Water Quality Report -Annual report on the quality and contents of Ely’s drinking water.


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