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FY23 Street Repair Bids

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

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

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

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

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

The successful bidder must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance.

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

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

Heather Sweeden, City Clerk.

Click Here For Bid Sheets

Relay Iowa

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

Disaster Proclamation

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Federal Poverty Level x 200%

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

                                               2          $18,310           $36,620

                                               3          $23,030           $46,060

                                               4          $27,750           $55,500

                                               5          $32,470           $64,940

City Hall Closed Memorial Day

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!

Ida Grove Outdoor Pool

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

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

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

Sunday 1PM – 6PM

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

Lost Dog

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

City Hall Closing Early 4/15/2022

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!

3rd Street Temporary Street Closure

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

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Main Street Is Open

The 400 block of Main Street is opened back up.

No Water At Ballfields

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

                                                                                                            

Community Informational Meeting

Mark your calendars:

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

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

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

Business Spotlight~ Midwest Industries, Inc.

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.

Click Here To View Midwest Industries, Inc.

 

 

 

Office Closed Monday, 2/21/2022

In honor of Presidents’ Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022.

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

 

Greetings From Iowa

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

City of Ida Grove Clip PBS

Simpco Housing Updates

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

Click Here to View Simpco Housing Updates January 2022

Lost Dog

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

Reminder~ City Hall Holiday Hours

City Hall

Thursday, 12-30-2021  8 a.m. – Noon

Friday, 12-31-2021 Closed

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

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

BOIL ADVISORY

DRINKING WATER ADVISORY

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

PWSID#: 4728067

Date distributed:  December 16, 2021

 

City Hall Holiday Hours

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.

Moorehead Avenue Bridge

Attention citizens of Ida Grove! As you may know, the Moorehead Avenue bridge will be under going construction for the reconstruction of a new bridge. We want to keep all of our residents up to date on the timeline of the bridge closing. As of now, the proposed timeline for the closure is set for the week of December 20, 2021. We will continue to keep everyone posted.

 

Tis The Season

With the warm weather we have had the last couple of days, the Ida Grove Public Works Crew took advantage and started to hang the holiday lights. May the beauty of the holidays warm your spirit!

Please remember to join us on Sunday, November 21st, as the Ida Grove Chamber of Commerce presents a Christmas Holiday Open House!

 

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ~IDA GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY~

 

Can you believe that our Ida Grove Public Library has been in business since 1908!? That is an amazing 113 years of service to our citizens!

The library offers a variety of amenities for the citizens of Ida Grove. There are designated areas for children to do activities and read. The Children’s Library was a recent add to the library as of May 30, 2009. There is plenty of space for teenagers/adults as well to enjoy.

A grant was received from the ICCBF (Ida County Community Betterment Foundation) along with generous local donations to update the Heritage room (meeting room). Iversen TV installed a brand new ceiling mounted projector, new motorized projection screen, and audio system with microphones for the library. Included in the funding was to replace all current lights and fixtures with LED bulbs to help reduce energy costs.

Library Board of Trustees:

Larry Albrecht President

Jackie Netherton Vice President

Shirley Hayes, Secretary

Tom Grell, Trustee

Dave Larson, Trustee

Luann Benge, Trustee

Roger Rector, Trustee

Library Staff:

Angela Scales, Director

Lisa Hopkins, Assistant

Jane Petersen, Assistant

The library continues to offer no contact pick up during library open hours. To see all services offered by the library, please click the link below to “check out” the new website.

Click Here To View Website

 

 

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.

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!

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

 

Ida Grove Economic Development Corporation

Ida Grove aspires to be a community defined by the creativity, diversity and innovation of its citizens and businesses. So if you or anyone you know enjoy economic development, have an undiscovered creative streak, love working with and interacting with equally committed people………  being on the Ida Grove Economic Development Corporation is definitely for YOU!

The Economic Development Corporation is created to advise the City of Ida Grove regarding local business retention and recruitment. The corporation is responsible for developing and recommending policies, procedures, organizations, and ordinances to the City Council for adoption that best suit the community for a healthy and diversified economy. The corporation provides businesses with an atmosphere to locate, innovate, grow, and prosper within our community.

The Economic Development Corporation’s areas of interest include developing plans and programs for the following:

  • Planning and Development
  • Support of projects and procedures that are in accordance with the purpose, spirit, and intent of the City Comprehensive Plan.
  • Promote redevelopment of business.
  • Take advantage of different local, state, and federal grant programs.
  • Work in conjunction with the Ida Grove Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ida Grove and Ida County Economic Development in the recruitment of new businesses to the area, as well as retaining established businesses.

Mayor and Business Leaders Meet with Governor

 

Mayor Whiteing recently met with Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg in Ida Grove to discuss current and future employer needs as well as economic development. This event was coordinated by Ida County Economic Development.  The meeting included representatives from GOMACO, Midwest Industries, United Bank of Iowa, First State Bank, Horn Memorial Hospital, OABCIG Schools, and other professional organizations.  “It was great to have the Governor Reynold’s attention locally,” said Whiteing.  “Both the governor and lieutenant governor gave us examples of similar sized towns that are working with their schools and industry to keep their youth workforce local.  It is also nice to see that some of her suggestions, like applying for DNR grants and tourism awards, are things we are already doing to keep our community a great place to live.”  “It was a great experience for all involved.  It is not everyday that we have our governor in our own backyard.”

King Theatre Renovation Board’s 2nd Annual Garden Party & Art Walk

Enjoy a walk through the Harskamps’ Oasis…

Come walk the gardens and enjoy artwork by local artist Ken Harskamp – treats provided by Darts Harskamp! The weather is looking PERFECT for our second annual garden party and art walk hosted by the Harskamps. Enjoy a leisurely garden tour – self-guided or with our hosts – and then take a walk through Ken’s art gallery.

$15 per person or $25 for two – all proceeds go to our King Theatre Renovation. See you tomorrow, Saturday, July 8th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Harskamp residence, 609 Moorehead Street in Ida Grove.

Handicap accessibility at the alley behind the residence.

Complete Heritage Days Schedule

Our Heritage Days schedule for Friday, June 23rd, Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th. Enjoy!

 

Relay Iowa Is Coming to Ida Grove!

Relay Iowa Comes through Ida Grove

Runners and support staff participating in Relay Iowa will be in Ida Grove on Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Relay Iowa is the World’s Longest Relay Run! Teams of up to 12 participants run 339 miles to cross Iowa over a long weekend. Runners build their own team and then work together to break down the distance into segments of their choice.

There will be many people and extra vehicles in and around Ida Grove for this event. The route from Anthon to Ida Grove can be seen at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/859820157. The route from Ida Grove to Lake City is shown at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/859995567. Please watch for the runners and their support on your way to and from work to help keep them and yourselves safe.

Keep your eyes peeled for runners during this special event

Meet Ida Grove’s New City Administrator

Marc Dennison of Waunakee, WI has accepted the position of Ida Grove City Administrator.

Marc Dennison of Waunakee, WI, has accepted the position of Ida Grove City Administrator. Dennison will start no later than May 1st. The City Council approved a $65,000/year salary, 3 weeks a year in vacation and $3,000 in net moving expenses. Dennison has previously been Economic Development Director and Village Administrator in two Villages in Wisconsin. He has Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. City Councilmen Scott Tomlinson and Doug Clough abstained from the vote. Councilman Clough was a candidate for the position who withdrew from consideration last week. Clough commented that it would be in the best interest of the City if he remain with Midwest Industries and stay on the Council and work with an experienced City Administrator. The City Council would like to thank the members of the Ida Grove public who took part in the meet and greet of the candidates and provided public feedback. Citizens are encouraged to introduce themselves to Dennison and make him feel welcome in Ida Grove.

 

Meet the Five Finalists for City Administrator

Five finalist have been chosen for the city administrator position

This Saturday, March 25th, citizens have the opportunity to meet our five finalists for Ida Grove City Administrator. This event will be held at Ida Grove City Hall from 1 pm to 4 pm. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the five candidates and to provide feedback to the council’s personnel subcommittee on the merits of each.

The personnel subcommittee includes Mayor Devlun Whiteing, Ward 1 representative Jeff Buehler, and At-large representative Ryan Goodman. Ward 1 councilman Doug Clough and Ward 3 councilman Scott Tomlinson have abstained from all personnel committee involvement and their right to vote on this hiring.

Here is a brief overview of each of the finalists:

Marc Dennison – Marc was born, raised and currently lives in Wisconsin. Marc is a small town, community driven person. He has a BS and a MA in Public Administration. He started his municipal career as an Economic Development Director, working with attaining funding and TIF districts to drive economic development. He has served as a Village Administrator for two different municipalities in Wisconsin, one half the size of Ida Grove and one almost the same size. He understands the dynamics of a small, Midwestern Community and how to get projects moving with the funding constraints that they have.

Kandice Tomlinson – Kandice has been the Ida County Program and Outreach Coordinator for the ISU Extension office since 2013. She provides programming at the extension and externally for various organizations, all within the framework of a county-funded budget. One of the main responsibilities of her current role is public outreach and interaction, with her clients ranging from children to adults. She has experience with fundraising through various community organizations and is a member of several community Boards and a member of several more community organizations. Kandice is from the area and moved away, moving back to make Ida Grove her home with her husband Scott.

Gerald Smith- Gerald comes to us from Kansas City, MO. He is a seasoned municipal professional with a Masters in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University who started his career as an Assistant Village Manager in Deerfield, IL. Over the years he has been a Village Administrator, a Municipal Management Consultant, an Assistant City Manager, a Director of General Services and a City Manager. He has worked with communities from 15,000 in population to 450,000 and understands finance and budgeting, city management, community service and strategic visioning and planning.

Doug Clough – Doug is currently the City Councilman for Ward 2 in Ida Grove and Customer Service Manager at Midwest Industries, Inc. Doug is a public facing, customer service driven person who strives to create success and, in the event of a problem, equitable solutions. These skills have played an integral part in the success of his 20-year career at Midwest Industries, eight-year stint as an English teacher in Ida Grove, and as a six-year council member. Doug came to Ida Grove 28 years ago and has made Ida Grove his home and eventual retirement community. He understands the issues that the city currently faces and has a strength in pulling people together to get things done. Doug lives in Ida Grove with his wife Mary; the couple have five children, two currently attending OABCIG High School.

Tracy Luke – Tracy has been the Civil Deputy at the Ida County Sheriff’s office since 2006. She has experience working with the public (often in difficult circumstances), working with tight budget constraints with unexpected funding challenges and being part of a collaborative environment where things need to be dealt with in a timely fashion and often under pressure. Tracy and her husband Charlie chose Ida Grove as their home 20 years ago when Charlie joined the Iowa State Patrol.