Fall Fest Road Closure


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

Updates to 2nd Quarter Expression 2020


NOTICE: The 2nd Quarter Ely Expression that was mailed to all residents this week has a few updates that we would like to clarify. This publication is produced weeks prior to being printed and mailed as it covers a 3 months span of time into the future. Because of this, cancelations to events have occurred due to COVID-19 and a few items have been updated regarding City services.

1. The Earth Day Park & Roadside Clean Up event has been cancelled (April 25)

2. The Plant Swap event has been cancelled (April 25)

3. City-wide Garage Sales are postponed (May 2)

4. The Fishing Event at City Park has been postponed to August 2 (May 3)

5. Ely Spring Clean up Day has been cancelled (May 16)

6. Limb Chipping will now take place on Tuesday mornings rather than Monday mornings. This announcement was made several weeks ago; however the Ely Expression was printed in March stating Monday’s.

We apologize about any confusion this may cause.


Disposing Hazardous Waste





Please do not dispose household hazardous materials in your garbage or recycling. Residents are asked to take these items to the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency.

1954 County Home Road, Marion, IA 52302.

Monday – Saturday, 7:00am – 4:30pm.

NO appointment necessary

NO charge as long as the material comes from  a Linn County residence


Acceptable Materials

  • Adhesives, Glues, Resins
  • Brake Fluid
  • Bug Sprays
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Degreaser
  • Floor Care Products
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Furniture Polish
  • Gasoline (need to bring in a container you can leave with us)
  • Herbicides (Weed Killers)
  • Kerosene (need to bring in a container you can leave with us)
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaners
  • Latex Paint
  • Metal Polish
  • Oil Based Paints
  • Pesticides (Insect Killers)
  • Rechargeable Batteries (NiCad, NiMH, Lithium, Li-ion)
  • Spray Cans
  • Stain Remover
  • Stains & Thinners
  • Solvents & Varnishes
  • Used Oil & Oil Filters
  • Wood Preservative



Residents can call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 892-6100

For more information, visit www.solidwasteagency.org

Request for Demolition Bids


To better allow Council to review all options and compare pricing between demolition and moving the existing property, The City of Ely will receive bids for the demolition and removal of a 1,679 SF house located at 1600 Rowley Street in Ely until 3:00 P.M.  Friday, February 7, 2020 at Ely City Hall, 1570 Rowley Street, Ely, IA, 52227. The City of Ely is not responsible for delays in the mail.  Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. 

Ely Snowman Contest


We had 27 fantastic snowmen submissions from this past weekend! ALL of the snowmen and women were so great that we couldn’t choose our favorites so we decided to put everyone into a bucket and had staff choose out three winners. Congratulations to those who won and THANK YOU to everyone who participated, it was great to see so many families outside having a fun time working together! #beEly #beHome

Thank you to everyone who participated in the snowman building contest over the weekend. The prizes were made possible because two of our wonderful local businesses offered to donate gift cards to the contest, thank you to Odie’s Bar & Grill and My Mom’s Bakery for supporting your Community! As a recap, our lucky winners are:

– Finnley & Ally
– Mike, Bryce and Miley Murtagh
– Sydney & Chase Nelson and Henry & Luke Edwards