2021 Citizen of the Year


Jim Miller Ely Citizen of the Year

After reviewing many wonderful submissions, the Selection Committee has named Josh Entler the 2021 Jim Miller Ely Citizen of the Year! Volunteers are truly the heart and sole of every Community. We are fortunate to have someone like Josh helping make Ely a better place for us all to call home. After reading Josh’s nomination letters, it’s easy to see why:

To quote the nominations we received, “Josh is no stranger to hard work and is a neighbor that anyone would be proud to have”. Throughout the letters his neighbors spoke of how he immediately jumped into action after the Derecho and began lending a helping hand. Not only did he help cut down trees and grind stumps in the aftermath of the storm, he has also been there to help those in need with engineering/mechanical issues in their home and even with snow removal. On top of all of the hard work that he has put into his neighborhood, he has also given countless hours of his time by serving on the Planning & Zoning Committee for over 5 years.

He is a generous neighbor and a giving person. His selfless volunteer hours and drive to better the lives of his neighbors and those in our community is inspiring and exemplifies what the Jim Miller Ely Citizen of the Year stands for. 

Congratulations Josh and thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for your community!

Snow Emergency Reminder


REMINDER: A snow emergency went into effect this morning at 8am Tuesday December 29. The issuance of an early parking ban ensures that all cars will be cleared from City streets and alleys by the time the plows begin working. Vehicles found in violation of the ban will be towed at the owners expense.

The parking ban will remain in effect through 5pm Wednesday December 30 OR until the snow emergency has been lifted. For more information, contact City Hall at 319-848-4103 or Public Works at 319-848-4260.

Property owners are not permitted to push the snow from their driveways or sidewalks into the street.

Snow Emergency: 12/29/20


SNOW EMERGENCY: Effective 8am Tuesday December 29 through 5pm Wednesday December 30, OR until the snow emergency has been lifted. Parking is not allowed on City streets or alleys during this time. Cars will be marked and towed at owners expense if found violating the parking ban.

Property owners are not permitted to push snow into the street from their driveways or sidewalks.

Please, drive with caution.

For more information, contact City Hall at 319-848-4103 or Public Works at 319-848-4260.

Sidewalk Ordinance


On Thursday December 17 City staff will begin issuing notices to residents who have not yet cleared their sidewalks from the previous snow event on Friday December 11. Please clear your sidewalks as soon as you can. You can find the city ordinance in it’s entirety below.

Chapter 136.03 states: The abutting property owner shall remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice, or accumulations within 24 hours, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax. The abutting property owner may be liable for damages caused by failure to remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from the sidewalk.

Water Main Break 12/16/20


NOTICE: Residents along Hillside Dr. between Glendale and Hillside Court will be without water between 10am – 5pm today, Wednesday December 16, due to a water main break. There will be more information to come as details emerge. Door tags are being placed on impacted homes. For more information, contact Public Works at 319-848-4260.

Snow Emergency 12/11/2020


With 2-5” of snow predicted for the local area, a snow emergency has been issued for Ely, Iowa effective 4:00am Saturday December 12th through 10:00pm Saturday December 12th. Parking is not permitted on streets or alleys until the emergency has been lifted or expired. The parking ban allows City crews to safely and efficiently clear the roads. For more information, contact City Hall through 5:00pm at 319-848-4103.

Snow Reminders


Have you heard? Snow is in the forecast this weekend. Read below for helpful Ely snow related reminders:

– Sign up to receive City NIXLE notices via text message or email by texting 52227 to the number 888-777 OR find the widget at the bottom of the City website: www.elyiowa.com

– Snow Emergencies in Ely: When predictions or a snow occurrence indicates the need, typically a two-inch threshold, the Mayor shall proclaim a snow emergency. Notices will be announced via local TV news channels, on city social media sites and through the NIXLE l text/email system. A snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its proclamation through the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 48-hour period after cessation of the storm. The exception is for streets that have been fully opened on both sides. Such emergency may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.

– Vehicle Towing Policy: Our goal is to remove snow and ice from the streets safely and quickly. In order to do that, the Mayor may declare a snow emergency – at which time, vehicles must be removed from City streets, parking areas and alley ways. The Mayor, City Admin or a peace officer is authorized to remove, or cause to be removed, a vehicle from a street, public alley, public parking lot or highway when any vehicle is parked in violation of a ban. Violators of the snow parking ban will not be personally notified in advance of removal of a vehicle from a public street or alley.

– The City recommends purchasing 4’ orange snow stakes (available at home improvement stores, or similar) and mark the edge of your curb along the street. This helps our snowplow drivers push snow as far to the edge as possible without getting into your lawn and causing damage.

– Drive slow, stay safe and enjoy the snow!

Toys for Tots


Normally, the Ely Fire Department and Santa have had an opportunity for children to pick a toy during the holiday season when they visit the station each December. With that not possible this year, they have arranged, with the help of Toys-For-Tots, a Holiday Toy Giveaway for this weekend, December 11-13 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1420 Walker St here in Ely.

The church will be open for the Ely Holiday Toy Giveaway:

Friday, December 11th, 6pm – 10pm

Saturday, December 12th, 9am – 9pm

Sunday, December 13th, 1pm – 6pm (if toys are available)

If the times listed above don’t work, please call 319-848-4510 to arrange an appointment. The pick up site will remain open for as long as toys are available.

Organizers ask that those who attend follow the CDC guidelines for mask wearing (everyone above the age of 2 should wear a mask) and that everyone keeps their distance from one another while in the building. We all want to make sure this is a safe event for all involved.

The Ely Fire Department and Santa know that this has been a difficult year for many families and hope that this Holiday Toy Giveaway might be a way to ensure that everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Worley Lane – Water Main


Beginning Tuesday December 1 at 6:00am, Worley Lane residents will be without water while final repairs are made to the water main. The newly installed line will be attached the water main. Residents can expect to be without water from the time period of 6am – 12pm Tuesday Decmeber 1.

Door tags have been placed on homes in the area. As of now, there will not be a boil advisory in place.

For more information, contact City Hall at 319-848-4103.

Thank you and we appreciate your patience during this project!

Repair Update 11/30/2020


Dave Schmitt Construction Co. is on site this morning working to repair the water main break along Banner Valley Rd. Water will not be shut off completely during this repair, rather the pressure will be turned down so that the crews can safely work on the line. Residents in the Deer Valley and Southbrook area may experience lower water pressure throughout the day, more so over the next hour or two. For questions or more information, please contact City Hall at 319-848-4103. Thank you!