City of Ely, Iowa

Your Information Gateway for Ely, Iowa

September 16-18, 2016


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Ely is a progressive community located in the thriving Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. We have a diverse cultural and ethnic background. We have been welcoming new citizens to our neighborhoods in record numbers. Our city has undergone tremendous growth over the last ten years. Even with the influx of new residents, the community has not forgotten its past. Many of the historical buildings from our past are still standing in our historic business district.


We hope you enjoy browsing this site for information about the Mayor and City Council, businesses, living in Ely, and much more.  We invite you to visit Ely soon, and experience our historic and forward thinking community. 


Ely is the gateway to a progressive yet historic community, your gateway to Lake McBride and lots of other recreation, and your gateway to prosperity. Our gate is always open for you!


Mayor and City Council Members

Eldy Miller – Mayor

Teri Billick – City Council member

Kay Hale – City Council member

Stephanie Mehmen – City Council member

Elizabeth Rohner – City Council member

Judy Wery – City Council member


Hazardous Weather

Please check various local TV and radio stations and other media for weather warnings and advisories; hazardous weather watches and warnings, notices, cancellations, forecasts, warnings and advisories regarding storms and severe weather.  Here are links to the Cedar Rapids area media outlets and TV stations: KCRG TV, KGAN TV, KWWL TV, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and the National Weather Service.


Click here for the most recent weather forecast for Ely from the National Weather Service.


Emergency Sirens & Severe Weather

Take shelter immediately when the Fire/Emergency sirens sound continuously for three minutes!

Ely’s Fire/Emergency sirens sound for three continuous minutes when there is a severe weather event like a tornado or severe thunderstorm with dangerous winds in the area.  Go to shelter in a windowless room in your basement or the lowest level of your house immediately when the siren sounds for 3-minutes. Take shelter in the innermost room of the lowest level of your home if you do not have a basement. After you are safely in shelter check local radio, TV or other local media for more information on the weather emergency.


Linn County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA), in partnership with our trained weather spotters, will closely monitor the weather conditions and activate the sirens from the Ely Fire Department when dangerous high winds or tornados become a threat to the area. During radar indicated weather situations, LCEMA directs our weather spotters to activate the sirens when needed.  An “All-Clear” siren will sound for 1 continuous minute once the severe weather event has passed.


The Ely Volunteer Fire Department tests the sirens the last Monday of the month.  During the test you will hear one short buzz for sound, followed by a voice warning that will cycle 3 times - once for each siren in Ely. 


Contacting Us After Hours

Please call (319) 848-7603 if you have water, sewer or other City related emergencies after regular office hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday).  Please call 911 for all fire, ambulance, safety and law enforcement emergencies.


Contact Ely City Hall

319-848-4103 (8 am – 5 pm, M-F)

319-848-7603 (after hours)


Mail: 1570 Rowley St, PO Box 248

Ely, IA 52227



Living & Building in Ely


Email the Mayor

Public Library

Ely's Parks

Ely Recreation

Email the Park & Rec. Committee

Historic Preservation

City Hall Hours of Operation Temporary Change *NEW


The City of Ely is temporarily changing its hours at City Hall starting Monday, Oct. 17. This new schedule does not affect the library or public works.


Hours of operation will be 8:00am-11:00am, 1:30pm-5:00pm, M-F.  City Hall will be closed and phone service turned on from 11:00am-1:30pm daily.  In case of emergency please contact 319-848-7603 during those hours.


This new schedule will be temporary until a new City Administrator is hired.  The city will notify the public when regular hours are resumed.

Fire Department*

Post Office

Church Directory

Ely Municipal Code of Ordinances


Contact Information

City Finance

Email Ely City Clerk

Youth Flag Football League – Fall 2016

Flag football begins October 8!


Accepting applications for flag football referees!

$15/game, Saturday mornings in October

Contact if interested


Location: Ely City Park, 1635 Hillcrest St.

Practice: Tuesday & Thursday evenings @ 5:30 PM

Games: Saturday mornings @ 9:00 & 10:00 AM

Ely Street Map

Ely Zoning Map

Voter Registration Form

Job Opportunities

Commission Application


Commission Application



City Administrator Position


The City Administrator directly oversees all municipal departments, including City Hall, water/wastewater, streets/sanitation, parks & recreation, library, building, zoning, and finance, which includes 8 full time employees and an annual operating budget of $2.1 million. The salary ranges from $60,000 - $70,000, depending upon qualifications with full range of benefits.


Applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, salary history, five (5) work and related references, and City of Ely employment application by October 12, 2016 to Patrick Callahan at or mailed to:


Patrick Callahan

c/o Callahan Municipal Consultants, LLC

417 Kaitlynn Avenue, Anamosa, IA 52205 


Job Details

Employment Application (Word)

Employment Application (PDF)

Southbrook Street Construction Update

The projected completion date of the Southbrook street repairs, fresh dirt, and grass seeding is Wed. Oct 5, 2016.




Hoover Nature Trail - The Hoover Trail offers a recreational connection to Cedar Rapids and other trails throughout Iowa.  The Ely trailhead is at Ely City Park. Linn County is considering options to extend the trail through Ely and further south.  More Information & Map.


Ely’s American Legion Post

Post 555 invites everyone eligible to join the American Legion.  Check out the new Post 555 website at!