Ida Grove Library Hosts Author Cullen Vane

The Ida Grove Library will host author Cullen Vane on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Heritage Room at the library. Vane will provide a short presentation on his writings and experience as a missionary in Haiti, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Books will be available for sale after the presentation.

A native of New York City, Cullen has lived on the East coast, the Midwest (Illinois and Wisconsin), and resides in California where he draws on the vast American landscape and personal experiences to write works of fiction that involve normal people in unusual circumstances. His novels and short story collections often have a quirkiness that his fans have come to enjoy, but always at the heart are core moral values and the constant reminder of what is most important in life, namely, the love of family. He does not limit himself to fiction and has written several sportsbooks, a book on parenting, three memoirs, several screenplays, a few plays, and even a rock opera.

In 2016, as he was approaching his sixtieth year, Cullen went to Haiti as a missionary for six months but stayed for three years. He has written seven books, including the acclaimed ‘An Unexpected Missionary,’ about his adopted little country.

Amazingly, Cullen has spent a total of four days in Iowa but has somehow managed to work the Hawkeye State, and Ida Grove in particular, into several of the 60 books he’s written. Although he has never stepped foot in Ida Grove and knows of it only through the magic of the internet, more than two decades ago he adopted it as his “go-to” town and it has become the primary setting in several of his stories. He comes to Ida Grove to see for himself what the town is and hopes that being here will allow him to continue writing about the town for years to come.

Cullen currently lives at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Roseville, CA, and his two sons, Tyler and Zachary, live nearby.

Community Watch

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The Blocks for our Community have been established. There are 5 blocks. We have a volunteer for Block 4. We are in need of captains for Blocks 1, 2, 3, & 5. If you are willing to visit your neighbors and share information with them, please consider being a Block Captain. The map is attached for you to review. The next meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at the Ida Grove Public Library.

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Closed 7-5-21

City Hall will be closed

Monday, July 5th 

In observance of Independence Day.

We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, July 6th. 

Fireworks Permitted Hours

With the 4th of July only being a couple weeks away, 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

Fireworks Ordinance

Heritage Days ~Honoring Our Hometown Heroes~ Schedule of Events

Heritage Days will officially kick off this Thursday, June 24th! Come on out to enjoy the events that are taking place for this years celebration!

Click here for the schedule of events

 

 

Home Pride Contractors

Three employees with Home Pride Contractors will be in the area. All paperwork has been filed and approved with City Hall.

Missing Dog

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost female blue heeler dog. If anyone has any information regarding her, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

Trailer Removal

Good news! The dilapidated trailers located at the 700 Block of Elm Street are being removed this week! Please be cautious in that area while work is going on. 

Face Mask Policy and Council Meetings

The mask mandate has now been lifted effective today, 6/8/2021. Citizens and employees are no longer required to wear masks upon entry to a City building.

 

City Council meetings may now be attended either in person (temporary City Office located at 311 Barnes Street) or electronically via our GoToMeeting link.

You may join and participate in the electronic meeting via the following options:
https://www.gotomeet.me/CityofIdaGrove on your tablet, computer, smartphone or dial in at (872) 240-3212 using the access code: 240-180-549

However, please advise, that space is limited for attending in-person.

City Hall Closed Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, our office will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021.

The office will be open on Tuesday, June 1st and will operate at normal business hours for the remainder of the week.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

LED LIGHTS, BASKETBALL COURTS

  • The new LED lights are up and running at City Park. One switch runs the lights for the tennis/pickleball courts and one switch runs the lights for sand volleyball. The crew will be working to get the volleyball nets up soon.

  • While we are all excited for the new basketball courts, we ask people to please refrain from walking and drawing on the courts at this time. We need to keep them as clean and clear as possible while we wait for them to get their coating. We appreciate it!

Pleasant Valley Trail

The Pleasant Valley Trail repairs have been completed. The trail is now open for the public to use and enjoy.

New Welcome Signs!

The City of Ida Grove signs are officially up!  We were awarded $9,000 from the Siouxland Community Foundation and also MidAmerican for $500.00. They look amazing! Be sure to check them out as you travel from the east and west! 

Welcome Signs

If you have been on the east or west side of town, you will notice that we have begun placing new welcome signs! Keep an eye out for the finished product!

Trailer Bids Due Today

Just a reminder, that the trailer bids are due at 2 p.m. today! Get your bids in!

Hay Bid

City of Ida Grove

Bid Request on Hay Cutting

 

Hay cutting on City of Ida Grove property is now open for bid. Areas for cutting are located at the Airport (20 acres), City Well site (2+ acres), and flood control areas (43 acres) for a total of 66 acres. Call City Hall, 364-2428, for information on hay location. All areas to be mowed twice. The second mowing is required even if no hay is made and must be completed by September 7, 2021. All bales must be removed after each cutting. Sealed bids are due on or before May 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., and can be mailed or delivered. Bids must be addressed and include 2021 Hay Bid on the envelope:

City of Ida Grove

2021 Hay Bid

PO Box 236

311 Barnes St

Ida Grove, IA 51445

The City of Ida Grove has the right to refuse any, any part, or all bids. Bid opening will be on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. during the City Council meeting held at the Rec Center, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove.  

Lost Dog

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost dog. We are looking for the owner. The dog has no collar or tags. May be part border collie. Gender is unknown. Picked up near Kid Zone. Please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428 with any information regarding this. 

FY22 Street Repair Bids

The City of Ida Grove invites you to bid on the attached list of street repairs, using the attached sheet to submit your bid.  Bid sheets may also be obtained at City Hall, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove or by request at [email protected]

Each bid must be in ink or typed and mailed or delivered sealed to the following address no later than May 3, 2021 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 May 3, 2021 City Council meeting at 6:00 pm.  Due to COVID-19, all City Council meetings are being held electronically via GoToMeeting.  You are invited to join the meeting one of the following ways:

https://www.gotomeet.me/CityofIdaGrove on your tablet, computer, smartphone OR dial in at (872) 240-3212 using the access code:  240-180-549

The successful bidder must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance.

Any questions can be directed to Gerrod Sholty, City Crew Foreman/Street Superintendent, by calling City Hall at 712-364-2428 or the Maintenance Shop at 712-364-2989.

The City of Ida Grove has the right to refuse any, any part, or all bids.  We appreciate your consideration for bidding on our project.

Street Repair Bid Sheet

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.

Pleasant Valley Trail

With warmer weather just around the corner, everyone will be itching to get outdoors.  The trail will be undergoing some maintenance for repair and improvements. Reminder to citizens that under the mayor’s proclamation, the trail is currently closed until May 1st.

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. 

 

 

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.

City Hall Closing Early 4/2/2021

In respects to Good Friday, our office will be closing at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 2nd. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 5th. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Easter!

CITY OF IDA GROVE BURNING REGULATIONS

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.

Mobile Home Public Notice

SEALED BID AUCTION

On March 24, 2021, The City of Ida Grove, Iowa will be offering for sale the listed mobile homes in this brochure. Pictures will be posted on https://idagroveia.com, for your convenience.

Sealed bids may be submitted to the office of the City Clerk, PO Box 236 Ida Grove Iowa 51445, no later than 2:00 pm on Monday, April 19, 2021. Sealed bids will be opened at the Rec Center on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The Ida Grove City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids. If there are two or more people bidding on the same mobile home for the same dollar amount and have the highest bid for a property, the City of Ida Grove will allow the parties to re-bid that same day until a final highest bidder has won.

All envelopes must be sealed and marked “Sealed bid for Structure # (Attention: City Clerk)”, you are bidding on and your contact information, including phone number. We accept, cash, cashier checks and money orders. Cashier checks and money orders should be made payable to The City of Ida Grove.

INFORMATION NEEDED FOR PROCESSING

Please include your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the address of the property of interest. You must deliver your sealed bid to Ida Grove City Hall before the deadline.

There will be a start bid for each property in this brochure. Information regarding the auction will be posted on our web page, (https://idagroveia.com) and is available at City Hall.

The City of Ida Grove, Iowa reserves the right to waive informalities and reject any or all bids.

If your bid is awarded, payment will be due no later than the following business day by 3:00 pm. after the bid opening. If the property is not paid for by the deadline, the runner up will be offered the property and your bid will be disqualified.

Method of payment shall be cash, cashier check or money order made payable to City of Ida Grove, Iowa. (Do not combine payments for more than one mobile home).

The purchaser will be responsible for all fees necessary for the transfer of ownership.

After purchase, the purchaser will be given a receipt for your purchase. The City of Ida Grove will provide a title for each mobile home as described by Iowa Code. The mobile homes must be removed from the lot within forty-five (45) days of the Notice of Bid Award to the buyer and must be removed out of Ida Grove city limits.

These mobile homes are sold As-Is. For your safety, do not attempt to enter any of these properties. The City of Ida Grove, Iowa takes no responsibility for any outstanding liens and/or title actions against the property. YOU are responsible for confirming the title status of the mobile homes.

We encourage you to take the time to view these properties from the outside (ONLY) before you make an offer.

For additional information, you may contact by email at [email protected]

Click Here To View Mobile Homes 

 

Click Here For Bid Form For City Property Auction (Mobile Homes)

 

PUBLIC NOTICE-Sale by Sealed Bids

PUBLIC NOTICE

Sale by Sealed Bids

The City Council of the City of Ida Grove, Iowa will accept sealed bids for the purchase of the following personal property:

Mobile home structures only, located at 702 Elm Street, 706 Elm Street, 708 Elm Street, 710 Elm Street and 712 Elm Street, Ida Grove, Iowa 51445.

Conditions to the Sale:

  • Only the mobile home(s), on this property, are being offered for sale through sealed bids; other structures on the property are not eligible to be included in the buyers’ bid.
  • Sale of these mobile home(s) does not include the real property on which the house is situated. The buyer must move and/or disassemble the mobile home(s) for the purpose of relocating the structure from the lot.
  • The mobile homes must be removed from the lot within forty-five (45) days of the Notice of Bid Award to the buyer.
  • The mobile homes must be removed from Ida Grove city limits.
  • The buyer is responsible for obtaining all necessary permits needed to move or disassemble the mobile home(s) for their relocation.
  • The buyer is responsible for complete removal of purchased mobile home(s)
  • The buyer or their agent must exercise due care in removal of purchased mobile home(s) and will assume responsibility for damages to property or streets.
  • The buyer is not responsible for clearing the lot after removing the mobile home(s) other than debris and rubbish they created in the process of removal.
  • A bid deposit is not required.
  • Mobile home(s) are being sold in “as is” condition and without warranty.

We encourage you to take the time to view these properties from the outside (ONLY) before you make an offer. Sealed bids may be submitted to the office of the City Clerk, PO Box 236 Ida Grove Iowa 51445, no later than 2:00 pm on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The Ida Grove City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Inquiries regarding the sale may be directed to the City Clerk at (712) 364-2428. Inquiries regarding permits or to view/inspect the mobile home(s) may be directed to the city clerk as well.

This notice is published in accordance with Iowa Code Section 362.3.

Heather Sweeden, City Clerk

 

Part-Time Seasonal Help Wanted

The City of Ida Grove is currently seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to join our team for a seasonal, part-time mowing position. Working hours will be determined by the Park’s Superintendent, up to 30 hours/week, with all equipment provided by the City. Current driver’s license is required. Experience in mowing, lawn clean-up and trimming is preferred, but willing to train the right person. Season work will run from approximately April through September. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Application and job description may be obtained by clicking link below, or from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at City Hall, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove. Position is open until filled. E.O.E.

Click here for job description and application

 

City Of Ida Grove Drop Box Has Been Placed!

Our drop box has officially been placed outside of the rec center on Barnes St.! We encourage citizens to please utilize the drop box due to COVID-19 restrictions. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation! 

City Hall Relocation Update

City Hall is now officially set up in the community room at the rec center and phone lines are running accordingly. We are working to get a drop box placed outside next to the rec center mailbox; however, due to unforeseen circumstances, placement will be early next week. Please continue to use the drop box located at the “old” city hall in the meantime. It will be checked regularly throughout the day. If you need to come into City Hall, please use the main entrance at the rec center. We appreciate everyone’s patience with our transition, especially our Public Works Crew for all their help.

PLANNING AND ZONING MEMBERS NEEDED

Are you looking to join a group to help in your community? Our Planning and Zoning Commission is looking for 3 new members! This commission is an advisory commission that recommends information to City Council. Meetings are typically held once a month and this can be an effective force in shaping the future of your community! If you have any questions, or would like to join, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

City Hall is Temporarily Moving!

As City Hall begins to undergo renovations, our office will temporarily be relocated to the community room at the Rec Center beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021. We appreciate the patience of our citizens, as we may experience intermittent phone service delays as our phone lines and internet are being transferred starting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Our telephone number, 364-2428 and our mailing address, PO Box 236 will remain the same. Due to COVID-19 we strongly encourage citizens to utilize the drop box that we will have located outside of the Rec Center. If you need to enter our offices, please use the main entrance at the Rec Center; masks will be required upon entrance of the Rec Center and community room.

CLOSED MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2021

In observance of Presidents’ Day, City Hall will be closed Monday February 15, 2021.

Resolution 2021-7 Approving the Maximum Property Tax Dollars Requested for FY22

Resolution 2021-7 Approving the Maximum Property Tax Dollars Requested for Fiscal Year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Please see attachment for resolution.

Click here for Resolution 2021-7

HELP OUT YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT AND KEEP FIRE HYDRANTS CLEAR

Every second counts in an emergency. As the snow depth continues to increase, so do the seconds it takes for a firefighter to clear away the snow and ice from a fire hydrant. The City and our local Fire Department ask everyone who has a fire hydrant located on their property, to clear it from any snow and ice. Our volunteer firemen will appreciate it when an emergency comes to light. Lets all do our part to keep everyone safe!

International Fire Code 

Maximum Levy Hearing Notice

Per SF 634 – a public hearing will be held via electronic meeting on 2-1-2021 at 6:00 PM on the proposed maximum property tax dollars from certain levies. Residents and taxpayers of the City may join via the following options: https://www.gotomeet.me/CityofIdaGrove on your tablet, computer or smartphone or dial in at (872) 240-3212 using the access code: 240-180-549 and present to the City Council any objections or arguments in favor of the tax dollars before the budget is adopted and certified to the County Auditor. The attached notice has been published in the Ida County Courier (1-20-2021) and on the City of Ida Grove Facebook page in addition to the website.

 

Maximum Levy Hearing Notice Attachment 

Community Watch Program

The Community Watch training program will be held on Wednesday, March 17th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Training will be held in the community room located at the Ida Grove Rec Center. To register, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 and provide your name and contact information. The sponsor will then contact you to add you to the list and provide you with further information. Please bring a pen and/or pencil and something to write on to this training program. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

City Hall – Closed Today

Due to the blizzard, City Hall will be closed today Friday, January 15, 2021.  Be safe and stay home if you can!

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission is looking for 2 new members! This commission is an advisory commission that recommends information to City Council. This can be an effective force in shaping the future of your community! If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

City Council Ward II Vacancy

The City of Ida Grove, Iowa was notified of the resignation of Ward II City Council Member, Ryan Jordan, on December 16, 2020; resignation to be effective upon appointment of replacement council member.

Pursuant to Section 372.13(2) of the Code of Iowa, notice is hereby given that the City Council of Ida Grove, Iowa intends to fill this vacancy by appointment during the electronic City Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021. You may join and participate in the electronic meeting via the following options: https://www.gotomeet.me/CityofIdaGrove on your tablet, computer, smartphone or dial in at (872) 240-3212 using the access code: 240-180-549. However, the electors of the City of Ida Grove have the right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by a special election. If electors wish to require a special election, a valid petition must be filed with the City Clerk within fourteen days after publication of this notice or within fourteen days after the appointment is made. If no such petition is filed, the appointment shall be for the period until the next pending election as defined in Section 69.12 of the Code of Iowa.

Eligible electors of the City of Ida Grove, Iowa wanting to be considered for the Ward II Council Appointment should submit a request in writing to the City Clerk’s office by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Happy Retirement Lon!

We would like to wish Lon Schluter the best on his retirement from the City of Ida Grove after 34 wonderful years!

Happy New Year!

Cat and Dog Licenses

It’s that time of the year again! Don’t forget that all dogs and cats that are within the city limits are required to be licensed! Contact City Hall at 364-2428 to set up an appointment. Please have your pets updated rabies vaccination record with you at time of appointment.

(Due to COVID-19 City Hall is still closed to the public, open by appointment only)

Click here for additional details

Snow Removal on Sidewalks

Reminder that sidewalks need to be cleared of any snow or ice accumulations within 24 hours of a winter weather event.

Click here for City Code

Ward II Council Vacancy

The City of Ida Grove is looking to appoint and fill the Ward II vacancy seat. This will be a 1 year term which will end on 12-31-2021. This is an excellent opportunity to try out, as these seats are normally four year terms. It would also be a great chance to give back to your community. If anyone is interested, please contact City Hall 364-2428.

Click here for more information

 

City Hall Holiday Office Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office hours for City Hall this week, December 21st – December 25th, are as follows:

12/21/2020 MONDAY  8 AM – 4 PM

12/22/2020 TUESDAY 8 AM – 5 PM

12/23/2020 WEDNESDAY  8 AM – 4 PM

12/24/2020 THURSDAY 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM  (Closing early in observance of the holiday)

12/25/2020 FRIDAY CLOSED (In observance of Christmas)

 

Office hours for City Hall next week, December 28th – January 1st, are as follows:

12/28/2020 MONDAY 8 AM – 4 PM

12/29/2020 TUESDAY 8 AM – 5 PM

12/30/2020 WEDNESDAY 8 AM – 4 PM

12/31/2020 THURSDAY 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Closing early in observance of the holiday)

1/1/2021 FRIDAY CLOSED (In observance of the New Year)

 

Changes in Holiday Garbage Pick Up

Due to the holiday this week, there will be a slight change in garbage pick up. Thursday pick up will be early that morning, so please have your garbage out the night before or early Thursday morning. Friday pick up will be switched to Monday morning instead. This change will also be in effect for the New Years holiday as well.

Lost Dog

The City has picked up a lost dog. If you have any information please contact City Hall at 364-2428 as soon as possible. We would like to see this dog back home with its owner before the weekend!

Congratulations OABCIG Dance Team

We would like to congratulate our OABCIG Girls Dance Team on their State Championship in Class 1 Contemporary and their 4th place finish in Class IV Hip Hop! Congratulations also to the 5 soloist performers that earned the Division 1 rating in Class IV solos! Way to Go! OABCIG Proud!