Homecoming Parade

OABCIG’s Homecoming Parade is tonight at 6 p.m. with a pre-parade grill out starting at 5 p.m. Come on down and help cheer on our Falcons! Coronation begins at 7 p.m., followed by the Pep Rally and Super Class Night at 8 p.m. at the OABCIG High School.

New Water Meters

Approximately half of the residents of Ida Grove should have received letters regarding the replacement and installation of new water meters and the other half will be receiving these letters soon. This is part of our water improvement project and there is no cost for the replacement, but all residents are required to have water meters replaced. To schedule, please contact UMS at (844) 741-6248. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.
Click Here To View Letter

Noon Siren

Due to the Labor Day holiday, Emergency Management will be testing the sirens at noon today, September 12, 2022.

City Park Playground

IT’S OFFICIAL!

We have just received confirmation from Public Works that the new playground equipment at City Park is set up and ready to use!

   

 

City Park Playground Update

We know everyone is excited about the installation of the new playground equipment at City Park. Installation crews will be pouring concrete this afternoon and requires time to cure. Our public works crew will be putting the finishing touches on throughout the remainder of the week. It is important that children refrain from playing on the equipment until further notice.

City Park Playground Equipment

We are excited to announce that the new playground equipment for City Park is scheduled to arrive and be installed next week!

  

City Hall Closed on Monday, September 5, 2022

City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022.

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

We wish everyone a safe and fun holiday.

Lost Dog

The city has picked up a lost male, black lab mix dog. He was found on Circle Drive yesterday. If you have any information regarding this friendly guy, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428. 

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Governor Kim Reynolds Broadband Map

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Governor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Governor Reynolds announces new statewide broadband map, requests public input

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds and the Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) announced the release of a new broadband map of Iowa, reporting the conditions of broadband availability in accordance with federal grant guidelines at over 1 million locations throughout the state. The public can view the map here [lnks.gd].

The new map provides a more detailed view than prior maps, identifying the broadband service available at homes and businesses across Iowa as reported by broadband providers. Locations with slower broadband speeds – defined by relevant federal guidelines to be slower than 100 upload/20 download – may be eligible for future grant funding opportunities issued by Governor Reynolds’ Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Program.

“We are making important progress to connect all Iowans to high-speed broadband, but many communities remain unserved,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Today, I’m asking all Iowans to visit the broadband map and let us know if the broadband service reported at their location is inaccurate. This feedback will help us to direct resources to areas with the greatest need for broadband investment in the future.”

The publication of the map commences a 30-day challenge process where the public, broadband providers, and communities throughout Iowa can submit information to the OCIO wherever they believe the map incorrectly reports broadband service data.
Instructions for challenging the map are available here [lnks.gd], including videos, guides, and templates to assist members of the public, broadband providers, and communities who wish to submit a challenge. Challengers may also e-mail [email protected] for assistance and questions.

Lost Dog

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost male dog found in old town. If you have any information please contact City Hall at 364-2428 as soon as possible.

Precautionary Health Advisory

In the early hours Monday, July 18, 2022 the City will obtain a manganese sample from our wells while they’re blending.  In an effort to reduce interruption to daily activities, the city will perform the tests at approximately 3:00 am. We will update as soon as we have results. The attached health advisory is for precautionary measures only.

Click Here To View Precautionary Health Advisory

Ida Grove RAGBRAI

T-MINUS 10 DAYS UNTIL RAGBRAI!

Click Here To View Restaurants, Vendors, and Entertainment Information

Click Here To View Camping And Charter Map

Click Here To View Bike And Support Vehicle Routes In And Out Of Town

Click Here To View Parking And Street Closures 

View Detailed Parking And Street Closures

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Heritage Days festivities this year contributing to its huge success. If you see a committee member thank them for their countless hours of planning.

Volunteers left to right: Jess Bluml, Steph Mulstay, Amy Forbes, Heather Bogue, Geneva Miesner, Kelsey Brosius.

Not pictured: Sheila Redenius and Julie Schiernbeck.

Let Freedom Ring!

City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5th. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!

Fireworks Reminder

With the 4th of July just around the corner, we want to remind citizens of Ida Grove that certain fireworks are permitted only during the following times, and to please be cautious and courteous of neighboring property owners.

(1) From the Saturday before July 4th until the Sunday after July 4th.

(2) Between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. with the exception of July 4th or any Saturday within the permitted days, the hours are expanded to be between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

(3) Noon on December 31st until 1:00 a.m. on January 1st.

(4) The mayor, in consultation with the fire chief or any other persons, has the authority to suspend the use of fireworks during the above hours, when the mayor determines it is in the public interest to suspend the use of fireworks. A person shall not be convicted of a violation, for use during such suspension, unless it is proven that such person had actual knowledge of the suspension. Actual knowledge may be proven by testimony that the person was given a verbal warning. City Code 8.40.030

Click Here To View The Fireworks Ordinance

Ribbon Cutting

The City of Ida Grove is excited to announce the opening of the Heffron-Dankert Bridge (also known as the Moorehead Avenue Bridge) on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 11:00 am. We would like to thank J.E.O. for their engineering services and Godbersen-Smith Construction Co. for the great work on the project and finishing 90+ days ahead of the deadline. This is a bridge that the community can be proud of for many years.

  

Boil Advisory Lifted

We have just received notification that the boil advisory that had been issued for the City of Ida Grove is now lifted. The equipment malfunction that caused the boil advisory, is in the process of being fixed with our water improvement project. If you would like to receive instant notifications, please subscribe to our website. Please visit our website at www.idagroveia.com and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and enter your email address to subscribe. You will receive notifications via email when posts are made by the city.

DRINKING WATER ADVISORY

DRINKING WATER ADVISORY

 

The Ida Grove Water Supply is recommending to boil the water before using for drinking or to use an alternative source

 

The Ida Grove Water Supply had an equipment failure, and was unable to disinfect the water supply for a period of time. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.  Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

 

For more information, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

 

Disinfection is occurring now. Hydrants will be flushed to rid the system of unchlorinated water, and once the system is stable, bacteria samples will be collected. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. You will be notified when the results are available and the advisory is lifted.

 

The system is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation.

 

This notice is being sent to you by the Ida Grove Water Supply.

PWSID#: 4728067

Date distributed:  June 19, 2022

FY23 Street Repair Bids

The City of Ida Grove invites you to bid on FY23 street repairs. Bid sheets may be obtained at City Hall (311 Barnes Street), on our website at www.idagroveia.com or by email request at [email protected].

Each bid must be in ink or typed and mailed or delivered sealed to the following address no later than July 5, 2022 at 4:00 pm:

City of Ida Grove
Attn:  Street Repair Bid
311 Barnes Street
PO Box 236
Ida Grove, IA  51445

The envelope must have the following notation on the outside: SEALED BID ENCLOSED 

Bids will be opened during the July 5, 2022 City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The successful bidder must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance.

Any questions can be directed to Gerrod Sholty, City Foreman/Street Superintendent, by calling the Maintenance Shop at 712-364-2989.

The City of Ida Grove has the right to refuse any, any part, or all bids.

Heather Sweeden, City Clerk.

Click Here For Bid Sheets

Relay Iowa

The 12th Annual Relay Iowa is coming through Ida Grove today and into this evening. They will be along Hwy 175 during this time. Please be aware of runners and support vehicles parked along the highway. 

Disaster Proclamation

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Governor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam Gregg
Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for six counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for six counties in response to recent severe weather. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of this severe weather in Boone, Des Moines, Hamilton, Ida, Lyon and Webster counties.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for the six counties. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

The Disaster Case Management Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

 

There is an application for the grant that needs to be submitted to our local community action agency, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, located in Remsen. Applications must be submitted by 7/15.

There is an income qualification piece to this process as well. The grant maximum is $5,000.

Federal Poverty Level x 200%

Persons in Household :        1          $13,590           $27,180

                                               2          $18,310           $36,620

                                               3          $23,030           $46,060

                                               4          $27,750           $55,500

                                               5          $32,470           $64,940

Ida Grove Outdoor Pool

T-minus 10 days until good times, sunshine and tan lines!

Opening day is Memorial Day, May 30th! Hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Saturday 1PM – 5PM and 7PM – 8:30PM

Sunday 1PM – 6PM

Shout out to the Ida Grove Public Works Department for their hard work in getting the pool this cool!

City Park

The City of Ida Grove would like to thank Gary & Sharon Godbersen, the Harold and Leone Godbersen Family Foundation, and Godbersen-Smith Construction Company for their amazing contributions to City Park. When visiting the park you will see improved parking, sidewalks, and a patio in between the courts for your enjoyment. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we encourage you to do so. We hope everyone has a ball ya’ll!

Lost Dog

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost male lab. He was found in the 400 block of Zobel Lane. If you have any information, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 as soon as possible. We would like to see him returned to his rightful owner.

3rd Street Temporary Street Closure

A concrete patch is being poured from a sewer line repair from earlier this spring. A portion of 3rd Street is closed due to this, and should be reopened in a couple of days.

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Main Street Is Open

The 400 block of Main Street is opened back up.

Portable Pickleball Nets

Spring has finally arrived!

Public Works crew members, Bob Lorenzen and Kris Taylor, set up the pickleball nets today. With the warmer weather ahead, get out there and utilize the courts!

Grass Clipping Notice

Grass Clipping Notice

The City of Ida Grove reminds residents not to blow grass clippings into city streets or alleys to prevent clogging of city storm drains. Leaving grass clippings in any street or alley is considered a “nuisance” and also includes debris such as leaves, brush, nails, glass, or rubbish of any kind. The placing of debris, including grass clippings, on streets and alleys could lead to violators being charged for clean-up per City Code 12.30.030. Placing Debris on Streets, Violation and Abatement.

Mowing Notice

Mowing Notice

Warmer weather is just around the corner! The City of Ida Grove reminds residents of the requirements for mowing of their properties within the City limits under Chapter 8.30 of the City Code. It is unlawful for owners of each lot and parcel of ground within the city limits to fail, refuse, or neglect to cut or destroy all weeds, vines, brush or other growth and debris. Property owners are reminded that any vegetation which reaches a height of more than 8 inches is required to be mowed. Any property not mowed after the vegetation reaches 8 inches in height, may be mowed by the City or their agents, and a charge of $75.00 per hour plus a surcharge of $100.00 will be charged to the property owner. This publication will serve as notice to property owners.

Tree Trimming Notice

Tree Trimming Notice

Property owners are responsible for maintenance of trees on their property and on the city parking adjacent to their property as stated in City Ordinance 12.05.040. All branches are to be at least 15 feet above the street surface and 8 feet above sidewalks. Trees, bushes, shrubs, etc. are to be trimmed so they do not obstruct pedestrians, vision of traffic signs, or the view of any street or alley intersection. Alleys also need to be cleared to allow truck passage.

Permit Notice

Permit Notice

This serves as a reminder to all property owners and contractors that permits are required prior to beginning any construction or maintenance on projects such as:  water, sanitary sewer, building construction, etc.  Please visit the online city code at https://idagrove.municipal.codes/ or contact City Hall if you are unsure if a permit is required in order to avoid penalties.

 

 

Burning Regulations

City of Ida Grove Burning Regulations

The State Fire Marshal has issued a burn ban for Ida County.  Once the ban is lifted, the following regulations shall be followed for burning:

Hours and dates of burning. No person will be allowed to burn nearer than 10 feet of any building, or on any street or sidewalk at any time. Burning is only permitted between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. from April 1 to November 30 of each year. Yard waste is the only material that is allowed to be burnt. It shall be illegal for any person to burn or allow open burning on the premises except during the times and during the dates stated in this paragraph.

No Water At Ballfields

Due to the temperatures dropping below the freezing mark this weekend, the water has been shut off at the ballfields.

                                                                                                            

New Sign

The City of Ida Grove and Community Partners have purchased a new sign for any type of organization, fundraiser, or event to advertise at the center of Main and Second Street. This sign holds up to 30 x 40 inch posters or plain paper with an easy front loading snap frame. If you would like to use this sign for your upcoming event, please stop into City Hall so we can get your name and date of event on the sign out sheet. Please keep in mind that starting June 23, the sign will be unavailable every Thursday for Farmers Market and will continue through the end of September.

City Hall Demolition

The demolition of City Hall will begin on Monday, March 7, 2022.

Community Informational Meeting

Mark your calendars:

Ida Grove RAGBRAI community informational meeting will be held Sunday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. King Theatre, downtown Ida Grove.

The executive committee will be on hand to provide preliminary plans, answer questions and gather feedback about RAGBRAI’s overnight stop on July 24th.

For questions, contact committee members: Jared and Heather Bogue, Jeff and Geneva Miesner, Tonya Rehse, Kurtis Krager or Rhett and Kathy Leonard or email [email protected]

Spark Joy! Program

The Ida Grove Library is excited to announce a special Spark Joy! virtual program with Shannon Huneycutt. Shannon is the founder of Spark Joy® Charlotte and a certified Gold level KonMari® Consultant trained by tidying expert Marie Kondo. Marie is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the creator of the KonMari Method®, which is a style of tidying focusing on decluttering and organizing your space by keeping only those items you love.

The Spark Joy! program will be available to registered participants from 5pm on March 10th through 5pm on March 12th. In addition, we will be hosting a special viewing of the program at 7pm on March 10th (at the library) to kick off our tidying journey! You are invited to sign up for this fantastic opportunity to learn how to Spark Joy! in your home, life, and work.

To register or find out more information about this program, please visit: Spark Joy! Program :: Ida Grove Public Library

 

RAGBRAI 2022

RAGBRAI IS COMING! RAGBRAI IS COMING!

Excitement is buzzing in the community with the announcement of Ida Grove being the overnight host town for day 2 of RAGBRAI, which is happening Sunday, July 24, 2022. Stay tuned for announcements regarding a town hall meeting with the community. This is where we will address questions, concerns, and ACCEPT NUMEROUS VOLUNTEERS to help make this day a huge success for Ida Grove!

STAY TUNED! 

 

Railroad Blockages

In an effort to raise awareness and address some concerns regarding blocked crossings due to trains, City Officials met with members of Landus last week. Attached is some information and a link where blockages may be reported to the Federal Railroad Administration. We encourage citizens to report any blockages occurring in excess of 10 minutes via the link.

Click Here For More Information On Blocked Crossings

 

Greetings From Iowa

Please click the link below to see the Greetings from Iowa shoutout on Ida Grove from Iowa PBS.

City of Ida Grove Clip PBS

City Park Basketball Court Lights

A big thank you goes out to the Harold and Leone Godbersen Family Foundation, Gary and Sharon Godbersen, and Godbersen-Smith Construction Co. for getting the lights for the basketball courts operational. The lights are on a 60 minute max timer without having to reset it. 

Simpco Housing Updates

Please use the link below to view details. If you have any questions, please contact Simpco’s Housing Manager, Amanda Harper, at 712-279-6286.

Click Here to View Simpco Housing Updates January 2022

Lost Dog

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost male dog. If you have any information, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 as soon as possible. We would like to see this playful guy get back to his owners.

Reminder~ City Hall Holiday Hours

City Hall

Thursday, 12-30-2021  8 a.m. – Noon

Friday, 12-31-2021 Closed

We will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 3, 2022

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

Business Spotlight ~Ida Grove Rec Center~

The Ida Grove Rec Center Committee was developed in 1998 after residents completed a survey expressing the need for more quality of life outlets in the community. After a lot of fund-raising, generous donations, and grants received, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in 2002. With the help of local businesses and more than 100 volunteers, the Ida Grove Community Recreation Center opened in December of 2003 to its members, and the Grand Opening was held in June of 2004.

The Ida Grove Recreation Center Team:

Director – Chancey Wilcke

Deputy Director – Melissa Ausborn

Receptionists:

Mary Clough, Kris Salmon, Holly Conover, Karen Petersen, Misty Johnson, Scott Clark, Michelle Schmidt and Seth Wheeler.

Ida Grove Recreation Board:

Kristy Gilbert – President

Dan Skirvin, Dan Remer, Denise Redenius, Kelly Krueger, and Chancey Wilcke

The rec center facility includes a weight room with cardio equipment, an aerobics room, a community room (temporarily occupied by the City Hall Office), gymnasium with a walking track, raquetball court, an interactive golf simulator and putting practice, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, children’s pool, sauna, and a children’s playroom.

         

 

Fitness classes are free with an IGRC membership, an IGRC punch card, or can be paid at the front desk as a daily admission fee. There are many fitness classes offered such as: spinning, yoga, hot yoga, step and water aerobics, pilates, aqua board yoga/pilates, and an after-school program for school aged children.

Fitness Class Instructors:

Tabitha Bockleman, Melissa Ausborn, Brooke Skirvin, and Lauri Hummelgard

        

The Ida Grove Rec Center is in charge of youth activities such as: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and teeball. Many other activities are put on by the IGRC including the annual Turkey Trot, Glow Walk/Run, Ironman Challenge, Whitewall Raquetball Tournament, potentially a Pickleball Tournament this summer, Little Bubblers, and Coffee/Hot Chocolate in the Park.

         

                              

Please use the link below to visit the IGRC website, find them on Facebook, or call 712-364-3716 for additional information.

Ida Grove Rec Center Website

Water Boil Advisory Lifted

Good morning, Ida Grove!  We have just been notified that the water results came back this morning within normal range so the boil advisory is lifted.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Deputy Clerk Awarded

Kelly Young, Deputy Clerk for the City of Ida Grove, was the project manager for a recent Land Water Conservation conversion effort that balanced a commercial expansion with improved access to public greenspace for residents. Kelly’s efforts and constant communication over what was ultimately a year and a half of data collection, submissions, and responses demonstrates commitment to her community’s overall well-being including economic development, appropriate land use, and quality of life. SIMPCO and the City of Ida Grove appreciates Kelly’s dedication and mutual support for regional growth. SIMPCO recognizes Kelly Young as a Community Leader.

Congratulations Kelly!

BOIL ADVISORY

DRINKING WATER ADVISORY

 

The Ida Grove Water Supply is recommending to boil the water before using for drinking or to use an alternative source

 

The Ida Grove Water Supply had a power outage due to storms on December 15, 2021, and was unable to disinfect the water supply for a period of time. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.  Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

 

For more information, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

 

Disinfection is occurring now. Hydrants will be flushed to rid the system of unchlorinated water, and once the system is stable, bacteria samples will be collected. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. You will be notified when the results are available and the advisory is lifted.

 

The system is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation.

 

This notice is being sent to you by the Ida Grove Water Supply.

PWSID#: 4728067

Date distributed:  December 16, 2021