Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Why is it illegal to deposit grass clippings into the street?

Grass clippings sewer

  1. It endangers motorists – particularly motorcyclists.
  2. It can clog storm drains, possibly leading to storm water backups.
  3. It can contaminate water by increasing sediments, reducing oxygen levels and creates algae blooms that adversely affects fish and plant populations in ponds and streams.

 

 

Congratulations to the Oelwein Tree Board

tree board awardThe Oelwein Tree Board was the recent recipient of the "Outstanding Group Award" from the Iowa Urban Tree Council on April 8, 2021.  The Iowa Urban Tree Council gives this award to only one organization a year in the state of Iowa.  The Tree Board was nominated for this award by Trees Forever Representative Patty Reisinger.  

The Tree Board has also been awarded the "Tree City Award" again for their work last year planting and caring for trees in addition to the "Growth Award" for introducing and expanding new programing.  Only 12 communities in the State of Iowa have received the Growth Award this past year.

Congratulations to Tree Board Members Jeff Milks, Bill Brownell, Ron Lenth, Kyle Scheel, Robbie McKeeman, Tom Fick (recently retired) and Parks and Recreation Director Joshua Johnson for a job well done.

 

City Hall Open to the Public

City Hall is now open to the public with limited access.  Social distancing should be observed. 

Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

                                Wednesdays 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

Maximum Tax Levy

The City of Oelwein will hold a Public Hearing on Proposed Property Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the Oelwein Community Plaza.  More information on the levy can be found here.

2021 Rental Registration Deadline Approaches

The annual rental property registration season has arrived. Like last year, single family homes are $85, and buildings with multiple units are $85 per building plus $25 for each additional unit. For example, a triplex is $135 ($85+25+25) to register. All rental properties must be registered, even if only occupied for part of a year.

The annual deadline to renew or register all rental properties is March 1st, 2021. Failure to do so will result in a late fee of $10 per day, up to $300, per property. Even if your property has already passed rental inspection and is compliant, registration is still required.

To register your rentals, you may go to the City website at: http://www.cityofoelwein.org/departments/communitydevelopment-department.html and follow the bright yellow “register” link. The Rental Housing and Maintenance Guide can
be found below the yellow link as a series of 5 PDF documents. Those documents explain the Rental Registration program and what the inspectors will be looking for during inspection. This guide is also available upon request as a bound copy at Oelwein City Hall. If you have further questions, please call us at 319-283-5862 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Downtown Improvement Program

The City of Oelwein has developed a program using Tax Increment Financing money to provide for forgivable loans for improvments and business development in the downtown area.  Funding eligibility will be ranked on renovation, reconstruction, updating, maintenance, facade improvement and upper story housing.

 

A public meeting will be held February 15, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Plaza to review the program and answer any questions.  Check here to review the full program details

 

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.