It has been brought to our attention that someone has lost a piece of artwork at our City Compost pile. If this piece of artwork happens to be yours, please come pick it up at the City Maintenance shop. We would like to see this get back to its rightful owner.
Final Reminder for City Council Opportunities!
Deadline to file forms is Thursday, September 16, 2021 by 5 p.m.
4 year terms for Mayor, Ward 2, and 1 At-Large
Forms can be picked up and filed at City Hall
City Council Opportunities!
4 Year Terms for: Mayor, Ward 2, And 1 At-Large
Forms can be picked up and filed at City Hall!
Deadline to file completed forms is Thursday, September 16, 2021 by 5 p.m.
The photo shown below is a perfect example of why there are rules and regulations for the city compost pile. This is an amenity offered to the citizens of Ida Grove, and if illegal deposits of trash and other prohibited debris continue to be dumped at this site, we will no longer have it open. The only items allowed to be dumped is yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, flowers, etc.. Please DO NOT deposit trash, plastic bags, building materials, or other containers into the compost pile. This area is under surveillance, and fines will be issued.
Thank you to those that do use the compost pile correctly.
Just a reminder when setting out garbage cans to please place them back 1-2 feet from the curb/street. Ida County Sanitation’s truck has the capability of extending the arm to reach garbage cans if they are set back a little further from the street. This will help prevent them from being struck by a vehicle or plow truck. The City and Ida County Sanitation are not responsible for damaged garbage cans.
Reminder when setting out recycling bins with the garbage cans, please do not set the bins too close together. Ida County Sanitation requests that when setting these out, to keep some space between the two, approximately 3-4 feet. This will help in preventing recycling bins from being tipped over when the garbage truck sets the cans back down.
The city compost and brush pile are special amenities to those within city limits of Ida Grove. Unfortunately, we have been seeing a lot of illegal dumping at these piles. There are rules and regulations to keep this open for the citizens of our community. If the piles continue to be filled with prohibited debris, the city will no longer be able to offer this to the community. We would like to continue to have this open for our residents, but we are asking you to help do your part and keep the compost and brush pile free and clear of any illegal deposits. Our compost and brush pile are under surveillance, and anyone violating the rules will be subject to a fine.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
A public hearing will be held via electronic meeting on 3-15-2021 at 6:15 PM on the proposed fiscal year 2021-2022 City Budget. 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 to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget. The attached notice has been published in the Ida County Courier (3-3-2021) and on the City of Ida Grove Facebook page in addition to the website.
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.
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!
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.
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)
The City of Ida Grove is currently looking to lease office space in Ida Grove for 12 months while City Hall is being renovated. We would like the space big enough to staff three employees and would also like it to be ADA compliant. We would like to be moved in sometime in February and lease for at least one year. We plan to make a decision by the first week of January on an office space. Please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428 if you have any office space for rent.
The City of Ida Grove (population 2,142) has an immediate opening for a full-time Water Operator/Superintendent. This person will be part of a team-oriented City Crew with primary responsibility over the water department. Candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, an Iowa DNR Grade 2 water treatment/Grade 2 water distribution license (or be able to acquire both, following IDNR guidelines). The position is responsible for maintaining all aspects of the water distribution system including, but not limited to: water mains, wells, pumps, hydrants, testing, meter reading. Candidate must be able to fill out associated paperwork and maintain logs/reports to stay in compliance with IDNR and federal regulations. Candidate must have a class B CDL or be able to obtain one within six months of hire. Weekend work on a rotating basis is required. Other job responsibilities may include additional public works duties such as street maintenance, outdoor pool maintenance, general maintenance and snow removal. Organizational skills are a must. Position requires interaction with the public. Position open until filled. Job applications may be obtained at City Hall, 403 3rd Street, by visiting www.idagroveia.com or by emailing [email protected]
The City of Ida Grove is an E.O.E.
Send application, resume and cover letter to: City of Ida Grove, Water Operator, PO Box 236, Ida Grove, IA 51445. You may also email application, resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
For anyone who would like to view the power point presentation that was provided on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. during a special council meeting, you may click the attachment. Moorehead Ave Bridge PPP
Citizens of Ida Grove,
The last legal day to shoot off any fireworks within City limits was Sunday, July 5, 2020. There have been numerous reports of fireworks continuing even through last night. Anyone who continues to violate the City Code may be subject to a simple misdemeanor and charged a fine of $250 per occurrence. Please respect the ordinance and your neighbors and refrain from shooting off anymore fireworks. For a full copy of the ordinance you may visit https://idagrove.municipal.codes/IGCC/8.40
The City of Ida Grove Youth Ball Fields will be open on June 2nd for use of our Rec Center Summer League softball and baseball teams to practice only if they meet the following guidelines:
- The coach of the team needs to submit a plan and get it approved by our Rec Center Director, Chelsea Gross, to start practicing. The below guidelines must be met to get your plan approved.
- No Dugouts can be used for practice. Players equipment must be lined up along the fence 6’ apart.
- Parents must remain in their cars or drop off and pick up players after practice.
- Players should use their own gloves, helmets, and bats as much as possible.
- Coaches are responsible for enduring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This means additional spacing between players while playing catch changing drills, so that players remain spaced out. No congregating of players while waiting to bat.
- Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice. No shared drinking fountains, or coolers can be used.
- Coaches must sanitize shared equipment before and after each use.
- Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not allowed to practice
- Coaches should be knowledgeable of their player with preexisting health conditions and work with health officials to take additional precautions as needed.
- Players will be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
- Coaches must ban the spitting of sunflower seeds.
- Coaches are responsible for tracking absences for the purpose of noting possible COVID-19 cases.
- Contact public health if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported.
- Signs must be posted indicating no one should participate in practice or attend games if they currently have symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days.
Right now, all leagues have cancelled their games. There are no games scheduled at this time. If we decide to do games this summer, there will be more guidelines for fans and concessions. We are hoping to possibly play some local towns or split some in town teams to play each other. Nothing is set up for games yet.
We are opening this to give the kids something to do outside and be a part of a team. This must be done safely. Teams will not be approved until they have a plan that meets the criteria above.
The Rec Center Director, Chelsea Gross, has the authority to remove individual players or teams that do not follow the COVID-19 rules set in place in this document.
This is also subject to change, depending on what happens in the future.
Ida Grove Mayor,
Please see attached pdf regarding meal information for seniors: Meal Flyer
Mayor Whiteing made an announcement via Facebook Live at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020. For a transcript of the announcement, click HERE.
City Hall has been made aware of some residents not receiving their monthly utility bill. Bills are due on the 15th of the month and balance due can be obtained by contacting City Hall at 364-2428 if you have not received your bill. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Stop into City Hall today and get your pet license at a discounted rate!
Any owner of a dog or cat within the city limits is required to license the animal the first of each year or when the animal has reached the age of six months. The owner must license the animal within 60 days of moving to town or within 60 days of obtaining a new pet at the January to February rates. The owner will need to provide the breed, sex, color, markings and name of each animal as well as the address and phone number of the owner. It is the responsibility of the owner to present proof the animal being licensed is incapable of breeding, if applicable. The owner must also provide proof of a current rabies vaccination in order to license the animal. The fees for licensing dogs and cats are as follows:
Per SF 634 – a public hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers on 2-18-2020 at 5:30 PM on the proposed maximum property tax dollars from certain levies. Residents and taxpayers of the City may 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 (2-5-2020) and on the City of Ida Grove Facebook page in addition to the website.
Due to the weather conditions, the Ida Grove Library will be closing at noon today. We will open on Saturday at 9 am, weather permitting. Stay safe and warm on this snowy day!
City Hall will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran’s Day. The elected officials and city staff would like to thank all past and current members of our armed forces for their service.
The Ida Grove Library is honored to host guest speaker, Douglas Clough, on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm. Clough, local author, and Ida Grove resident will speak about his newly published books, Colorful Characters from Our Backyard: 2009-2019 and Life, Love, and Laughter from My Backyard: 2009-2019.
Clough, a freelance writer since 2009, has been published in multiple local and regional publications, including the Ida County Courier, The Iowan, Farm News, Boating World, and Midwest Living magazine. Colorful Characters from Our Backyard is a compilation of Clough’s “From our backyard…” column, interspersed throughout with correspondences between Clough and Farm News. Life, Love, and Laughter from My Backyard is a collection of stories reflecting on his wonder years, married life, and life with his children and companion dogs.
Starting at 6:30 pm, Clough will share selections from his writing with the audience. Book sets will be available to purchase for $20; Clough will sign copies for those in attendance.
For more details, contact Angela Scales at the Ida Grove Public Library, 100 E 2nd St. (phone 712-364-2306). You can also visit Clough online at www.iowabackyard.com.
Join the City of Ida Grove staff and officials as they serve a delicious meal at the September 5th Farmer’s Market in downtown Ida Grove! Menu will include chili, cinnamon rolls and hot dogs. Please join us from 4:30-6:30 for this fundraiser!
Ida Grove Library to host Antique Expert Mark Moran for a “What’s It Worth?” Appraisal Event
Join us for an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis., on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial
director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques &
Collectibles. Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage
folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.
Pre-registration for this antiques and collectibles appraisal event is required. Cost is $15 per item. To register, please call the Ida Grove Library at 364-2306.
Moran is available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or a lot of things). House calls are $75 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange a home visit, call 715-281-5060 or email [email protected]
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Antique and vintage lighting of all kinds.
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.
Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific
measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc).
Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.
For more information, contact:
Ida Grove Library
100 East 2nd St. Ida Grove
Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945
Visit Moran’s website at MarkFMoran.com
Attention: Godbersen-Smith is planning to close both M15 and Harold Godbersen Drive starting Monday April 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. Both roads will remain closed for the duration of the project. Thank you.
The Ida Grove Library is accepting applications for a part time Library Assistant to work eighteen hours per week; including day, evening and weekend hours. The person in this position will provide our community with outstanding patron services and be committed to promoting the services the library offers. Candidates must have knowledge of current technology, excellent customer service skills, and be willing to learn library practices and procedures. This position requires a high school diploma and is contingent upon a successful background check. Applications and job descriptions for this position may be obtained from Ida Grove City Hall, 403 Main Street, Ida Grove, IA 51445. Open until filled.
The City of Ida Grove will be starting sewer line work at the library at 7:30am on Thursday, August 23rd. Please be advised that the library will not have open public restrooms while this work is being completed. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
YOU ARE INVITED!
The City of Ida Grove is pleased to announce that we are in the beginning stages of a collaborative Source Water Protection effort between our city officials, community members, and members of our rural community. We would like to welcome you to an open planning meeting regarding Source Water, our current protection efforts and how we can move forward together in developing a long term plan for keeping our drinking water clean.
PLEASE JOIN US!
March 13, 2018
Ida Grove Community Rec Center
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS GREATLY VALUED!
For more information, contact Bridget Durst:
City of Ida Grove: 712-364-2428
Basement flooding can result in serious property damage. Be mindful of your health and safety when cleaning up your flooded basement. Floodwater may carry waterborne diseases, corrosive agents, irritants, and sharp objects. Electrical accidents are possible because of contact between appliances and water. Dress appropriately; wear overalls, gloves, protective eyewear, protective boots and a mask. Open windows and stay away from electrical equipment and outlets or shut off the electrical power.
A backwater valve is a device that prevents sewage from backing up into your basement. A valve will automatically prevent water from the sanitary sewer from coming back into your home’s plumbing system. A properly installed backwater valve must be placed so that sewage backup will be stopped and not come out through plumbing fixtures or the floor drain in your basement. A licensed plumber can look at your system and recommend the appropriate installation. If you are going to install a backwater valve, a licensed plumbing contractor must install it properly. These valves also require periodic inspection and maintenance to remove debris and reduce the risk of failure. Ask a licensed plumbing contractor how to properly inspect and maintain the backwater valve that is installed for your home.
It is important to note that a backwater valve is designed to be closed during sewer surcharge conditions to keep water from the sanitary sewer system from flowing into your home. When the backwater valve closes, water from inside of your home will not drain out. When there is a risk of sewer surcharge, such as during a heavy rain storm, you should avoid using the toilet, sink, shower, washer, dishwasher or any other appliance that releases water to the sanitary sewer system. The water will not be able to get past your backflow prevention device(s) and will have nowhere to go except back into your home.
If you are redoing the sewer line to your house, the City of Ida Grove suggests you include an extendable backwater valve. This valve will help prevent sewer line backups into your basement. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 or the WWTP Operator Shannon Hazelton at 364-3252.
In an effort to provide you with ease and flexibility for your utility bill payments, the City of Ida Grove has implemented a new online payment service through Forte. You can find the new service payment link at the bottom of the city’s main web page, or you may click on the Government dropdown box tab at the top right of the main page, click on the utilities option and click on the payment link located on this page.
- Pay your bill via Forte’s secure website
- Select payment options that work for you – credit card or debit card
- Receive an electronic confirmation of your payment
403 3rd St., Ida Grove, Iowa 51445