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.

Golf Cart Registration/Renewal


 2018-2019 Golf Cart Registration


This is your annual Golf Cart/ATV Permit Registration Reminder!

If your golf cart is already registered, your current permit will expire on March 31, 2018.



Annual registrations are valid April 1 through March 31.

Registration/Renewal Fee $25. City Clerk/City Administrator must inspect the vehicle before issuing or renewing.


To view the City ordinance on Golf Carts, click here.
To download the fillable registration form, click here.

Ely Finds New City Administrator

Ely Finds New City Administrator

The City of Ely has hired a new city administrator. Here is a brief background of the city’s newest hire:

Denise Hoy will be welcomed as City Administrator for the City of Ely starting January 1, 2017.

Denise has over 29 years of experience working in local government including City Administrator for the City of Conrad, Iowa. She has served on the Executive Board for the Iowa League of Cities and currently serves on the Governor-appointed State of Iowa City Finance Committee.