Boil Advisory 10/28/2020

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Out of an abundance of caution, a boil advisory has been issued for Worley Lane and all of Deer Valley Development from the point that water is restored this evening, roughly between 5-6pm, for a duration of 48 hours. The boil advisory for the area will be in effect through Friday evening. Again, this is out of an abundance of caution. For any questions, contact Public Works at 319-848-4260.
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For information on boil advisories, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/…/drinking…/boil-water-advisory.html

Water Main Break

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Tuesday October 27, 2020

💧 NOTICE: Water main break on Banner Valley Road. This will impact all of Deer Valley development but does not include Worely Lane. Water will be shut off Wednesday October 28 9:00am through approximately 6:00pm. The issue may be resolved sooner than predicted however residents should expect to be without water most of the day. An update will be posted on social media when the main is repaired. It will also be sent via Nixle. Door tags are being placed on impacted homes today.


To sign up for Nixle, text our zip code to # 888-777.

Tree Donation

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Grateful. That is the word that comes to mind when reflecting on the extremely generous donation awarded to our Parks & Recreation department by FG of Cedar Rapids. In addition to the 6 trees that were donated two weeks ago, they have since donated a whopping 16 MORE trees to be planted within our parks and along the trail through town. These Iowa native trees were given as part of their Planting Forward Initiative. Together we are all working toward the goal of repairing our fragile ecosystem that was drastically impacted by the derecho storm.

These oak, birch, hackberry, sycamore and other varieties will each have a tremendous ecological impact, having the ability to support over 500 different animal species.

On behalf of our entire community, we want to thank FG of Cedar Rapids for donating 22 trees in total to be planted within Ely’s parks and recreational areas. We are fortunate for partnerships such as this!

Parks & Rec Project

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Our Parks and Recreation Department has had some extra help these past couple of months. Luke, an intern from the University of Iowa, has been assisting in everything from our youth sport leagues to planting trees. A mini project was started today where an old pipe & tires, which was an eye sore and a hazard, is being repurposed into an esthetically pleasing Wishing Well. This well will be located along the walking trail up at City Park. The next step will be to build and install the awning.

Stop out at City Park to follow the progress and help us in thanking Luke for all of his hard work this semester

Fall Fest Road Closure

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Sept. 26 Road Closure

Due to the Fall Fest activities taking place tomorrow, Saturday September 26, certain streets near the downtown area will be closed for a portion of the day. See graphic below. If traveling through, please use alternate route as traffic will not be permitted until 4:00pm.


No on street parking within the designated area beginning tonight, to ensure the streets are completely clear for the Classic Car Show & Vendor Fair first thing tomorrow morning.


We appreciate everyones cooperation!

Knoll & North Street Neighborhood Meeting

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Project: Knoll and North Street Reconstruction

Date and Time: Tuesday September 15th @ 5:30pm

Location: City Hall Council Chamber & Zoom

City Staff and City Engineer will hold a public neighborhood meeting on September 15th at 5:30pm to discuss and answer question related to the upcoming Knoll and North Street Reconstruction Project. On September 8th, Ely City Council awarded the reconstruction project to Eastern Iowa Excavation with an expected start date by the end of September. The street is expected to be closed for no more than 7 days during construction (weather permitting) to allow the contractor to work expeditiously.

The meeting will be held via zoom as well for anyone who would rather attend the meeting in that way. We will record the meeting and have it available for viewing after the meeting has ended. You can also contact City Hall at 319-848-4103 after the 15th with questions related to the project. 

To view supporting documentation or the to the read the letter sent by the City Administrator, view the document attached below.

Zoom Meeting Information:

Web: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88032698364?pwd=cW5jd0NhYVVwcVd4R0Q4Njc2S3NNZz09

Meeting ID: 880 3269 8364

Passcode: ElyIowa

By Phone:  +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 880 3269 8364

Passcode: 0651407

Ely Mask Mandate

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At the August 31 meeting, Ely City Council passed a policy that requires facial coverings or masks to be worn inside public facilities. This policy states that masks are required to be worn within City Hall, the Ely Public Library and the Public Works Facility.

Exceptions can be found by reviewing the entire policy here.

Accommodations will be made for those who choose not to wear a mask within City facilities – Staff will find way to render services virtually. Thank you for your cooperation!

The resolution is attached below:

Boil Advisory

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Boil advisory for residence on Worley Lane until further notice. The water main repair has been completed but some water may have been contaminated by surrounding soil during the repair. Water samples have been taking and tests are being run this weekend to deteremine when the boil advisory can be lifted. 

Friday August 28, 2020

Ely Community Food Drive

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Facebook Event Page Here

“The members of St. John Lutheran Church and the City of Ely invite you to participate in the Ely Community Food Drive. Particularly in these times, area food pantries need our help. Monetary donations can be extremely helpful or we would be grateful for any of the following items:

• Financial donations (see below)
• Canned foods of any kind (meats, fruit, beans, soup, veggies)
• Pastas and rice
• Toilet Paper
• Paper Towels
• Feminine hygiene products
• Toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner)
• Any other non-perishable food items (boxed meals, hamburger helper, etc.)

Church members will be distributing paper bags throughout town this Sunday. If you would like to donate, please leave the bag with your donation from the above items outside your front door next Saturday, May 16. They will pick up bags beginning at 9:30 am. If your bag is not picked up by 1:30 pm on May 16, please call 319-361-3061 to arrange for pick-up.

For financial donations, checks should be made payable directly to the Food Bank of your choice. Many of the food banks also have an option to donate online if you prefer. Checks can be dropped off in the drop box outside City Hall or the Ely Library book return slot anytime between May 10 and May 16. These will be collected and sent to the appropriate agency. Food Pantries supported by the Ely Community Food Drive Below:

North Liberty Community Pantry
89 North Jones Blvd
North Liberty, IA 52317
319-519-6165

Mission of Hope
1700 B Ave NE, Suite 101
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319.365.1782

Olivet Neighborhood Mission
230 10th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Solon Community Food Pantry
122 N West St. Solon, IA 52333
319.624.2288

Linn Community Food Bank
310 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 364-3543

Freedom Foundation (currently closed)
Specifically supports veterans
609 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-826-2010

If you have any questions about the Ely Community Food Drive, please contact the church at 319-848-4510 or pastorstjohnely@southslope.net”

To download the Food Drive letter from the Church, click here.