The City of Ida Grove (population 2,051) has an immediate opening for Recreation Director. Responsibilities would include management of a 20,000 square foot recreation center with the following amenities: weight room, aerobic room, gymnasium/walking track, two racquetball courts, indoor pool, spa, wading pool, sauna, golf room/golf simulator, card room, and community room with full kitchen. Membership totals are over 350 and draws from surrounding communities. Additional duties would include oversight of scheduling of events and programs at the ball fields, management of an aquatic center which is located next door to the recreation center and recreational programming such as youth tackle football, volleyball, basketball, and middle school softball and baseball as well as exercise classes and special events. For more information on the Ida Grove Community Recreation Center go to www.idagroverec.org. Job applications and complete job description may be obtained at City Hall (temporarily located inside the Rec Center), 311 Barnes Street, by visiting www.idagroveia.com or by emailing [email protected].
A degree in Parks and Recreation, Leisure Services, or related field is desired, but not required. Previous professional experience in recreation centers or swimming pools is preferred. Residency requirement within six months. Starting salary is negotiable.
Send cover letter, resume, and references to:
City of Ida Grove, Attn: City Clerk, PO Box 236, Ida Grove, IA 51445
The City of Ida Grove is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Position open until filled.
On Friday, October 7, 2022, Public Works will be servicing the outdoor warning siren near 7th and Rohwer. If you hear the siren, do not be alarmed, it is only a test.
For those who pay with a debit or credit card, our 3rd party credit card provider will be increasing their customer service fees as of Saturday, October 1, 2022. The increase will be 25¢. This will be for customers who pay their utility payments online, over the phone, or in the office. We apologize for the inconvenience, but would like to remind everyone that we do offer a free automatic payment option. If you are interested in going to paperless billing, we do offer email billing as well. Please click the links below for more information. Thank you!
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.
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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.
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.
T-MINUS 10 DAYS UNTIL RAGBRAI!
(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
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.
This report contains important information regarding the water quality in our water system. The source of our water is groundwater. For questions regarding this information or how you can get involved in decisions regarding the water system, please contact IDA GROVE WATER UTILITY at 712-364-2989. Decisions regarding the water system are made at the city council meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00pm.
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
City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Our office will be open on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 and will operate normal business hours for the remainder of the week.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
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!
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!
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.
Ash Drive will be temporarily closed the morning of Tuesday, April 26th as Godbersen-Smith Construction Company will be pouring the deck to the Moorehead Avenue Bridge.
In respects to Good Friday, our office will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 18th. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Easter!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Resolution No. 2022-11 Approving the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. Please see the attachment for resolution.
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.
The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Budget at temporary City Hall, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove on 3-21-2022 at 6:00 PM. Any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget. The attached notice has been published in the Ida County Courier (3-9-2022) and on the city of Ida Grove Facebook page in addition to the website.
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]
Byron Godbersen, inventor and founder of Midwest Industries, Inc..
Founded in 1954, Midwest Industries, Inc. is leading the world to the water by building high quality, unique and innovative products using state of the art manufacturing and distribution processes. ShoreStation Waterfront Equipment products are used throughout North America and include modular dock systems, freestanding boat lifts, and piling mounted boat lifts. ShoreStation boat lifts are used for everything from a jet ski to a 30,000 lbs. off-shore cruiser.
ShoreLand’r boat trailer brands are distributed throughout the United States and Canada supporting boat brands like Lund, Crestliner, Alumacraft, Sea Ray, and Yamaha just to name a few.
Byron Select provides unique, high-quality accessories to the pool and spa markets.
All products are manufactured in Ida Grove and delivered to final assembly and distribution facilities throughout the United States. Midwest Industries, Inc. owns a retail facility in Okoboji and operates final assembly facilities in New York Mills, Minnesota and Vonore, Tennessee.
The Hangar and Chalet are facilities that host the employee recognition events, or annual meetings with distributers and U.S. dealers. More recently, the annual meetings have rotated to other venues of the United States.
Midwest Industries, Inc. has experienced great growth in recent years, challenging them to “think outside the box” to meet demands of the industry and to sustain the companies growth. The company has had to adopt new technologies and embrace more diversity in the organization. The company looks much different than it did 10 years ago, and Midwest Industries Inc. appreciates the support received from the community.
For more information, please click the link below to visit Midwest Industries, Inc. website.
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!
Resolution 2022-5 approving the Maximum Property Tax Dollars Requested for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
Please see attachment for resolution.
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.
Please click the link below to see the Greetings from Iowa shoutout on Ida Grove from Iowa PBS.
Per SF 634- a public hearing will be held at the Ida Grove Rec Center, Temporary City Hall, on 2/7/2022 at 6:00 PM on the proposed maximum property tax dollars from certain levies. Residents and taxpayers of the City may present to 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 (1-26-2022), and on the City of Ida Grove Facebook page in addition to the website.
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.
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.
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.
The Moorehead Avenue Bridge will be closed on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 to start the reconstruction of a new bridge. Please use the alternative routes; Washington Street and Harold Godbersen Drive.
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
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.
City Hall Office Holiday Hours:
Normal business hours Monday (12/20/21) – Wednesday (12/22/2021)
Thursday, December 23rd 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Friday, December 24th CLOSED
Thursday, December 30th 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Friday, December 31st CLOSED
City Hall will resume normal business hours on Monday, 1/3/22.
Ida County Sanitation will be picking up garbage on Friday, November 26, 2021.
Any resident who normally has garbage day on Thursday, will have it picked up on Friday due to Thanksgiving.
The City of Ida Grove invites the submission of sealed bids from qualified farmers for a 1-year lease on approximately 60 tillable acres located just west of Ida Grove along Hwy 175. Blank lease, fact and bid sheets can be obtained at the temporary City Hall location, 311 Barnes Street, Ida Grove, IA or by request through the mail by calling City Hall at 712-364-2428.
Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021. Bids must clearly be labeled as ‘Farm Bid’ and may be delivered to 311 Barnes Street or mailed to PO Box 236, Ida Grove, IA 51445. Bids will be opened and awarded at the regular city council meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the location listed above. The City of Ida Grove reserves the right to refuse all bids.
Notice is hereby given Chapters 10.45.080, 10.45.100 and 12.60.080 City Code of the City of Ida Grove will be in full force on and after the date of this publication and shall remain in effect until May 1st.
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.
403 3rd St., Ida Grove, Iowa 51445