Board of Adjustments Opening


Current seat on the Ely Board of Adjustments:

Have you been thinking you might like getting involved in City Government? The City of Ely currently has an open seat on the Board of Adjustments. The representative would serve a five year term; their meetings are held periodically as needed. If you think think might be a good fit for you, please fill out an application in person or download the form below. Let your voice be heard and help to shape the future of our community!

Forms can be submitted electronically via email to or can be dropped off at 1570 Rowley Street, Ely IA 52227.

If you have questions, or need help with your application, contact City Hall at 319-848-4103 or email

Ely Road Closure


The City of Ely has been notified about an upcoming road closure outside of City limits. Residents are being notified because of a nearby road closure that may affect your daily commute. This project is taking place outside of City limits and is not being conducted by the City of Ely.

Ely Road will be closed between Wright Bros Blvd and 76th Ave SW for autonomous vehicle testing. The start date is March 11 and is expected to last 6 to 7 weeks. Ely Road will be closed to traffic from 9am – 4pm. 

For questions, comments or concerns; contact:

Linn County Road Department

Holiday Recycling Tips



More more information, contact the solid waste agency at 319-337-5290 or visit To download a printable version, click here.

Compost Pile Moved


Compost Bunker Policy

Effective 10/29/18: The compost pile is no longer at the Public Works Sewer Plant off of Vista Road. It has permanently moved to 370 Jappa Road (the water tower site).

  1. Yard and garden waste may be taken to the compost bunker all year round
  2. NO sticks, twigs or branches are permitted in the compost pile (please see curbside limb pickup below)
  3. When dropping off load, dump waste as far back into the bunker as you can get
  4. Use caution when entering and exiting the water tower site off of Jappa Road
  5. Questions can be directed to 319-848-4103


Ely City Council Special Meeting October 29th 6:00 pm


The Ely City Council Special Meeting has been set for Monday October 29, 2018, 6:00 pm at Ely City Hall 1570 Rowley Street, Ely.  This meeting is to discuss the three Capital Projects: Hoosier Creek Trunk Sewer, Northern Water Main Extension and State Street Resurfacing Project.


2017 Water Quality Report


2017 Water Quality Report for Ely, Iowa

Ely’s water quality report for the year of 2017 is now available. Please view the image below or to download in pdf form, click here.


Curbside Limb Pickup Policy



Curbside Limb Pickup Policy

Effective 05/21/2018


  1. Brush and limbs will be picked up at your curb by the City of Ely Public Works Department every Monday starting at 8 AM during the months of April – October at no charge.
  2. All limbs must be cut to a length not to exceed 8 foot and must be less than 6 inches in diameter.
  3. All limbs must be trimmed of smaller branches.
  4. All limbs and brush shall be placed by the curb in a neat pile. Please avoid one large pile but rather put in a couple smaller piles for easy hand pickup.
  5. DO NOT TIE OR BUNDLE BRUSH TOGETHER. Simply place them at the curbside.
  6. All brush and limbs will be chipped on sight and may leave a small amount of debris, the home owner will be responsible to “sweep” this up occasionally.
  7. PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES, GARDEN WASTE, WEEDS OR GRASS CLIPPINGS CURB SIDE THEY WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. These items can be taken to the compost bunker outside of the fence at the sewer plant.
  8. This service is not intended for the removal of an entire tree but is for trimmings only. If you are removing an entire tree you should arrange to have it removed and hauled away.
  9. In the case of a wind storm, or an emergency event, this policy may be changed to accommodate the extra material.
  10. Questions can be directed to city hall at 319-848-4103.

City of Ely Goal Setting Review


Every two years, the City of Ely staff and Council complete a goal setting session where they reflect on the previous 24 months as a whole, as well as set goals and priorities for the next two years. To view a summary of the 2018 session, click here.