City Hall Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Join us on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 3:00pm for the newly constructed City Hall ribbon cutting!

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be an open house until 5:00pm for the public.

We look forward to seeing you!




Lead & Copper Sampling

Last year a new well was added to the water system. The City of Ida Grove is required to increase monitoring of Lead and Copper to assess how the new water may affect the metal pipes in the distribution system. To help locate qualifying sites to monitor the water we have provided a short survey to see if your home meets the DNR’s monitoring criteria. These sample sites are needed this month because samples are due back to the DNR in June and a follow up round of samples are due by December.

Please fill out the form even if your home doesn’t qualify. The EPA has implemented new Lead service line inventory monitoring. This form will also help the city update our records for the lead service inventory in October.

The sampling process is simple for the lead and copper testing. A labeled bottle will be filled with a cold-water kitchen or bath faucet in the morning after at least 6 hours without flow. This sample would be picked up by city staff that morning.

Click Here To View Form

FY25 Proposed Budget Adoption

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed FY25 budget at City Hall, located at 403 3rd Street, at 5:30 p.m. on April 15, 2024.

Click Here To View Proposed FY25 Budget Adoption

2024 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.

2024 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 or contact City Hall if you are unsure if a permit is required in order to avoid penalties.


Water Discoloration

Many of the changes in the water you’re seeing lately are due to introducing the new well into the City water system. As with any change, it takes some time to work out all the kinks. We are aware of and working to address the color in the water. The discoloration is produced by iron presence in the water being oxidized by the chlorine that is used to disinfect the system. The colored water is not harmful for human consumption and will settle out. The well output has been reduced from the new well to reduce the amount of iron moving in the system. This is similar to the effects of hydrant flushing.

We assure you regular tests are being performed and passed per Iowa DNR requirements.


FY25 Proposed Property Tax Public Hearing Notice

A public hearing will be held at Ida Grove City Hall on 4/01/2024 at 5:00 PM on the proposed property tax levy. The attached notice has been published in the Ida County Courier (3/20/2024), and on the City of Ida Grove, Recreation Center, Library, and the Fire Department Facebook pages in addition to the website.


Click Here To View Proposed Property Tax Levy



Lost Dog 3/6/2024

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a male dog found along 7th Street. If anyone has any information on this dog’s owner, please contact City Hall at 364-2428. If outside of normal business hours (8 am to 4 pm), contact the Ida County Sheriffs Office at 364-3146.



City Hall Moving Time!


We are excited to announce the construction completion of City Hall! We will be closed on Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 while we transition into the new building. All City Hall business will be conducted at our new location, 403 3rd Street effective March 13. Also effective March 13, the payment drop box will be relocated from the Rec Center to the east side of the new building. The drop-box will be drive-through accessible by entering the parking lot from Main Street & following through to the exit on 3rd Street. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we transition. Be on the lookout for publication of our open house date!


Cat & Dog License Discount Rate Ends Tomorrow!

Stop into City Hall and get your pet registered at the discounted rate!

Discount rate ends TOMORROW!

All dogs & cats over SIX months old must be licensed. 

January 1 – February 29  $10.00 altered    $15.00 not altered

March 1 – December 31    $15.00 altered    $20.00 not altered


City Hall Closed Monday 2-19-24

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024, in observance of President’s Day.

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.






2024 Dog & Cat License Reminder

Reminder that all dogs & cats over SIX months old MUST be licensed.

Proof of vaccination is required at time of licensing. 

City Code 6.10.020 – License Required

Fees: January 1 – February 29, (leap year) $10 if spayed or neutered.

$15 if not spayed or neutered.

For the remainder of the year (March 1 – December 31)

$20 if spayed or neutered, $25 if not spayed or neutered.

Dogs & Cats need to have their license tags on their collar for identification purposes; this allows the City to assist in reuniting a lost dog or cat with its owner.

By order of the City Council of Ida Grove. 


Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program Application

Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program Application Now Available

Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) has announced that the application portal for the Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program (HRPP) is now OPEN.  The application portal will remain open for applications through January 31, 2024, at 4:30 p.m., subject to available funding.

The primary goal of the HRPP is to prevent homeowner displacement by assisting with home repairs to maintain the habitability of the home.  Up to $35,000 to assist with repairs including but not limited to: drainage, septic, wells, electrical or plumbing systems, foundation repair, asbestos removal, HVAC repair or replacement, lead hazard reduction, mold remediation, radon mitigation, widening of doorways/hallways, installation of non-portable ramp(s) or lift(s), window replacement, siding, roofing, soffit, fascia, gutters and/or ventilation, if necessary.

Please note that applicants must have had someone in the household experience a financial hardship after January 21, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This could be reduction in income or increase in living expenses due to job loss, fewer work hours, paying more in childcare, illness, or being unable to work because you had to care for a family member.

Homeowners are encouraged to take the precheck to determine preliminary eligibility.  Once determined eligible to apply, homeowners are then encouraged to submit an application online.  Both precheck and application can be found at

Once the case review team reviews the application to ensure all documentation is complete and verifies eligibility, eligible household applications will be referred to SIMPCO’s Housing Division to oversee the repair process on a first come, first ready basis.

Please contact SIMPCO Housing Manager, Jenny Anderson, if you have any questions regarding the program process at [email protected] or by calling 712-279-6286.  

Iowa Homeowner Assistance Fund Team Contact:

*Funding assistance subject to income eligibility 

City Hall Closing Early

City Hall Holiday Hours

Friday, 12/29/2023      8a.m. to Noon

Monday, 1/1/2024             Closed

Tuesday, 1/2/24 we will resume normal business hours .

Lost Dog

The City of Ida Grove just picked up a black lab with no collar that was running near Brownies. If anyone has any information on this dog’s owner, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428.


City Hall Holiday Hours

City Hall Holiday Hours 

Friday, December 22     8 am – Noon

Monday, December 25             Closed

Friday, December 29     8 am – Noon

Monday, January 1                    Closed


City Council Chambers Memorial Donation

The Robert and Kathryn Spotts family presented a generous donation in the amount of $25,000.00 to furnish the newly constructed City Council Chambers. The donation is in honor of the late Robert Spotts, who served on City Council from 1972-1979. His wife Kathryn, also assisted in many elections. The  Council Chambers will be completed with a plaque in honor of Robert and Kathryn.

  Back row left to right: Councilman Jared Bogue, Mayor Nathan Weitl, Councilman Jeff Miesner, Councilman Gregor Ernst, Stacy Ernst, and Julie Mauer.

Front row left to right: City Clerk Heather Sweeden, Teresa Lansink, Kathryn Spotts, Janna Thompson, and Councilwoman Angela Johnson.



Notice of Scheduled Repair/Maintenance 11-29-23


Notice of Scheduled Repair/Maintenance

The City of Ida Grove will be removing a broken water main valve and a small section of water main in the 700 block of South main street on Wednesday, November 29.

This work will require a Boil advisory for a section of South Main Street, from the 300 block to the 700 block. You may use the water, but do not drink, cook or consume the water without boiling.

The advisory will be in effect from:

 8am November 29th until noon November 30th.

Click Here To View Area On Map 

City Hall Closed 11/23 & 11/24

City Hall will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 23, and also on Friday, November 24. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 27, 2023. City staff would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Day.


Burning Regulations

13.25.150 (8) 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 1st to November 30th 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.

Click Here To View Burning Regulations


Snowmobile Routes & Regulations

10.60.020 – 10.60.030  The City of Ida Grove reminds residents that snowmobiles may be operated upon streets that have not been plowed during the snow season. Also, snowmobiles may be driven in alleys to and from Fifth Street. Remember to keep to the right-hand curb when operating snowmobiles on Fifth and Rohwer Streets.

NO snowmobiles are allowed in the city park, playground, Pleasant Valley Trail, city levees or upon any other publicly owned property.

Please NEVER operate snowmobiles on private property without permission from the owner. Fines for traveling in prohibited places could be up to $100.

No one under 16 years of age shall operate a snowmobile on or across a public street.

Snowmobiles cannot be operated between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. except for emergency situations or for loading and unloading from a trailer.

Click Here To View Snowmobile Routes & Regulations 

City Plow Trucks

City Plow Truck for Sale

The City of Ida Grove is seeking sealed bids for a 1993 International Single Axle Truck, Manual Transmission, with a 10’ Dump Box with attached 11’ Reversable Plow. Has 119,074 Miles.

City Plow Truck for Sale

The City of Ida Grove is seeking sealed bids for a 1994 Ford L8000 Single Axle Truck, Automatic Transmission, with a 10’ Dump Box with attached 11’ Reversable Plow. Has 44,740 Miles.


City Plow Trucks can be seen during normal business hours.

Contact Gerrod at 712-364-2989.

Sealed bids are due November 20, 2023, by 4 p.m.

Sealed bids will be opened at the City Council Meeting November 20, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.

The trucks are sold “NO RETURNS”, “AS IS”, and “NO WARRANTY” condition, with no express or implied warranties or guarantees of any kind.

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

Tree Removal Bid Invitation

Invitation to Bid Announcement

The City of Ida Grove invites the submission of sealed bids from qualified contractors for tree removal from city right-of-way.  The job entails removing 13 marked trees in various locations in the city.  Bid specifications can be obtained at City Hall, temporarily located at the Rec Center, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove, IA, or by request through the mail or email by calling

City Hall at 712-364-2428.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023.

City Hall Closed 11/10/23 For Veterans Day

City Hall will be closed this Friday, November 10, 2023 in observance of Veterans Day.

We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 13, 2023.

Thank you to all of our Veterans for your service.

Election Day 2023!

Just a reminder that today, November 7, 2023, is Election Day for City Council, School Board, and EMS support.

Stop into the Ida Grove Recreation Center to vote! The polls are open until 8 p.m.

Water Tower Update

Sandblasting for the water tower has been completed. The first of 3 coats have been applied. This is a corrosion barrier coat to protect the tank from rust. Unfortunately, due to the forecasted drop in temperatures, crews are unable to finish with painting for the year. The paint crew has Ida Grove listed as top priority as soon as temperatures allow in the spring of 2024.






Thunder From the Prairie: The Life of Harold Hughes

Jerry Harrington, the author of Thunder from the Prairie: The Life of Harold Hughes, will speak at the Ida Grove Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7.

A native of Ida Grove, Harold Hughes overcame severe alcoholism to become governor of Iowa from 1963 to 1968 and Iowa’s US senator from 1969 to 1974. He then stunned the political world by leaving office to enter the lay ministry and counsel alcoholics and drug addicts.

Hughes was known as a forceful, charismatic leader who renovated Iowa government during his time in Des Moines. The Iowa community college system was created during his administration. Hughes led a bipartisan effort to reorganize and equalize primary and secondary school funding and to modernize Iowa social services and revenue systems.

As senator, Hughes led the first national effort to aid alcoholics. He was also a national leader against the Vietnam War and American military deception. His office uncovered the secret bombing of North Vietnam in 1972.

More importantly, Hughes was a courageous leader unafraid to face difficult and controversial issues. Gifted with rugged good looks and a deep bass voice, his compelling intensity during speeches often brought people to tears when he talked of the downtrodden.

“Harold Hughes’ life story is one of ardent commitment to justice, compassion and sympathy for the underdog,” says Harrington. “I wrote this book to bring his vast accomplishments to the present day.”

Harrington will have copies of his book for sale and signing at the library.

City Amenities Closed For Season

With colder temperatures in the upcoming forecast, please note the following closures for City amenities.

City Park: Restrooms are closed and the tennis & pickleball nets are being taken down.

Kiwanis Ballfields: Restrooms and drinking fountains are closed.

Public Works will reopen these amenities in the spring of 2024.

Milling & Overlaying

Blacktop Service Company will be in town today to begin milling streets. They will then begin to overlay the streets late Thursday and/or Friday. The following streets are:

  • 6th Street from Taylor to Burns
  • 2nd Street from Rohwer to Warren
  • 800 Block of Valley View Drive

Street Repairs

Beginning today, 10-2-2023, Blacktop Service Company will start crack sealing the following streets:

  • Circle Drive
  • Fairlane Street
  • Iowa Street
  • Washington Street from Highway to N. Main Street
  • Moorehead Avenue from Highway to N. Main Street
  • N. Main Street
  • Court Street from 5th to 7th
  • Moorehead Street from 5th to 7th

These repairs will continue throughout the week as weather permits.

Lost Dog 9-26-23

This dog was found at the OABCIG High School, but was also seen running around Fairlane earlier. If anyone has any information on this lost dog, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428. We would like to see this dog find it’s owner.

Water Tower Sandblasting & Painting

Within the next couple of days, Maguire Iron will begin sandblasting our water tower. The tower will be contained as much as possible to help control the noise and dust. However, residents near the tower may experience increased noise levels during this time. Crews will begin working approximately 7am to 7pm seven days a week to complete this project as quickly as possible, weather permitting. Sandblasting will take about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to complete, with painting to follow. We appreciate your patience over the next several weeks while this work is being done.

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Caution: Chemical Spraying 2023

Public Works crew members will be spraying for weeds over the next several weeks at City parks as well as other City property. These flags will be placed in all areas being sprayed, please refrain from walking through areas where this flag is present.

Update 9-13-23

The boil advisory that was issued yesterday morning was due to a short term outage during the City’s ongoing migration from the old water system to the new water system, which caused a loss of pressure. We understand the frustration and are doing everything we can to avoid a future disruption. Please be patient while we continue transitioning.

With that being said, due to the unfortunate mandatory boil advisories that have recently transpired for our community, we have been working diligently to bring forward a solution to better notify the public in emergent situations such as phone call and/or text message.  Current notifications are sent to the news stations, radio stations, city website, Facebook, and the local access cable channel.

We have had in place, an option to receive email notifications if at anytime our city website is updated with new information. You can subscribe to this at anytime.  Click Here To Subscribe.

We are currently subscribing users that have signed up for email billing, and any future participants, will automatically be subscribed to the website. An email will be sent to verify subscription. You may opt out if you wish.


Update ~ Boil Advisory

The current boil advisory for Badger Creek Drive and all of Zobel’s Addition is still in effect.

In order to lift the boil advisory, the city is required by the Iowa DNR to submit and pass two individual water samples. As of today, 9/7/2023, our first 18 hour test sample passed the requirements.  We will be delivering the second sample to the lab this morning.

We will post an update tomorrow morning, once the final test has been received.

2nd & Main Farmers Market 8/24/2023


We are sorry to announce that we are canceling tomorrow’s market due to the heat. This heat advisory is now continuing through tomorrow and we just want all of our vendors and grillers (and market-goers!) to be safe. PTP will potentially be grilling and serving food at a future market, more on that to come. And next week’s market will be scheduled as normal. Thank you to everyone for understanding!

City Council Opportunities

Click Here To View Mayor Description

   Click Here To View Ward Description

Click Here To View At-Large Description 




Dog At Large

**This animal is still looking for her owner***

The City of Ida Grove has picked up a lost black, female dog with a green collar. She was picked up in the Dawn and Sunset area of town. If anyone has any information, please contact City Hall at 712-364-2428. We would like to see this animal get home to his owner.


Fireworks Reminder

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, 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 Fireworks Ordinance

Ida Grove Heritage Days Schedule Of Events 2023

City Hall Closed Memorial Day

City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023, in observance of Memorial Day.

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.


Friday, May 26th, 2023, the outdoor pool will officially be open for the season!

Hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Saturday 1PM – 5PM and 7PM – 9PM

Sunday 1PM – 6PM

Lap Swim/Water Walking Monday – Friday 12pm – 1pm & 6pm – 7pm

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

Click Here For 2023 Admission Fees 

**UPDATE** Lost Dog

***UPDATE**** This dog has been reunited with his owner.

The City of Ida Grove currently has a male dog. If anyone has any information on getting this dog back to its rightful owner please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

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Pleasant Valley Trail

A portion of the Pleasant Valley Trail in front of Horn Memorial Hospital will be closed until further notice due to construction. We will keep everyone updated when that portion will reopen. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pleasant Valley Trail

As of today, May 1, 2023, the Pleasant Valley Trail is officially open for the season.

Mayor Proclaims Poppy Days



Mayor, Nathan Weitl, has proclaimed May 1st through 31st, 2023 as Poppy Days in Ida Grove according to the Poppy Chairman of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #61, which sponsors the annual observance. Legion Auxiliary Members will be distributing poppies throughout May.


WHEREAS, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the Poppy as its memorial flower which pays tribute to the war dead and aids the living veterans and their families; and
WHEREAS, the contributions are used solely for children, youth, and rehabilitation in our local community;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Nathan Weitl, Mayor of the City of Ida Grove, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2023 as Poppy Month and May 1 through the 31 as Poppy Days in our community.

/s/ Nathan Weitl, Mayor

Burning Regulations

City of Ida Grove Burning Regulations

Per City Code 13.25.150 (8) 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.



4-7-2023 Closing Early

In respects to Good Friday, our office will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 7th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 10th. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Easter!

Budget Resolution FY24

Resolution No. 2023-17 Approving the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. Please see the attachment for resolution. 

Click Here To View Resolution No. 2023-17