Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Tree Trimming Scheduled to Begin

tree trimming          The City of Oelwein Street Department has contracted with Maurer Tree Service to trim trees in the boulevard to minimum code mandated heights. This work will not include the removal of dead branches or whole trees at this time. Work is scheduled to begin October 23rd in the Southeast quadrant of town, followed by the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest. Workers will be moving quickly through an area and should be completed within four weeks.


The contractor and city equipment will need a large, clear work area. To help expedite the project we ask that residents please park away from any boulevard trees when the crew is in their area.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Residents with questions are asked to contact Utility Superintendent Vic Kane at 283 1197.

Open Burn Dates Set

leaves   Fire Chief Mike Hillman has set the Fall 2017 Open Burning dates for the City of Oelwein to begin
Saturday, October 14th and continue until Sunday, November 19th at midnight. This period is set
aside for the open burning of yard waste, limbs, leaves and garden waste, on the property in which it grew.
Care should always be taken that you have a hose set up by the fire. Windy days must be avoided.
Also remember it is never legal to burn furniture, garbage, building materials, and plastic.

Water Supply and Treatment Project

A Reaffirmation of the Categorical Exclusion has been issued for the City of Oelwein drinking water supply and treatment upgrades project.  Attached is more information.

Residential Revitalization


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That there is now on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk of Oelwein, Iowa, a Proposed Revitalization Plan for the development of a proposed revitalization area (designated the “Oelwein Residential Revitalization Area”) to include all property within the City.

The City Council will meet at 6:00 o’clock p.m., on the 25th day of September 2017, at the City Hall, Oelwein, Iowa, at which time a hearing will be held pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 404, Code of Iowa (the “Act”) on the proposal to adopt the Proposed Revitalization Plan and the proposal to establish the revitalization area. At such public hearing all owners of record of real property, tenants, and all “occupants” of city addresses within the area, and any other person having an interest in the matter may appear and be heard for or against the adoption of the Proposed Revitalization Plan or the establishment of the Oelwein Urban Revitalization Area.

Once an area has been designated as a revitalization area pursuant to the Act, residential property within the City on which certain improvements have been made will become eligible for certain property tax exemptions under the Act.


Public Notification

Facility Name: Oelwein Municipal Waterworks                           PWSID#: 3353088


Monitoring Violation of the Water Testing Schedule

Our water system violated a drinking water standard over the past year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.

We, the Oelwein Municipal Public Water Supply are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During August of 2016 we did not monitor or test one sample for (TTHM) Total Trihalomethanes and (HAA5) Haloacetic Acids and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do at this time.

What Happened? What is being done?

The required testing was inadvertently completed in July instead of the required month of August. Staff was informed to check sampling time frame requirements and not just submit samples upon arrival of the sampling containers.

Be assured that this sample and all previous samples have been well within the drinking water standards. TTHM & HAA5 are a possible byproducts of chlorination that build up over time in the water system. Even if they would be present in our system the Cities biannual flushing should remove them before they reach a level affecting public health.    

For more information, please contact Victor Kane at (319) 283-1197

City Hall Hours to Change


Effective Tuesday, August 1, 2017 City Hall will be open to the public as listed below:

               Monday         8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Tuesday        8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Wednesday    8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
               Thursday       8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Friday           8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.