Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

2021 Garbage/Recycling Pickup Schedule

Black Hawk Waste has released their 2021 schedule for garbage and recycling collection. Check here for your scheduled collection dates.  
Due to automation of pickup, containers must be placed curbside with a 4' clearance on each side with the lid closed.

City of Oewlein Home Rehabilitation Program

The City of Oelwein’s Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program has been established to provide
resources to improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes through providing low
interest loans to low- and moderate-income residents to complete rehabilitation projects on their homes.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is responsible for administering the program
on behalf of the City of Oelwein.


Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for funds to finance property improvements that
substantially improve the livability and/or protect the structural integrity of the home. The minimum loan
amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. The fully amortized loan term under the program
for all loans will equal 10 years. Loan interest rates will range from 1 to 4% and determined based on the
applicant’s family income as compared to the median family income for Fayette County.

**The application packet can be downloaded here.**

Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551.

Interested parties should contact Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

Community Comment at City Council Meetings

The city will continue to take public comment at City Council meetings, with a new format due to electronic meetings. The city is requesting that community members that would like to use the community comment email the city and fill out the provided form. Providing notice to the city allows for staff to prepare for community comments and provides time for community members to be heard.

Form

Community members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All meeting information can be found on the city’s website under agendas and minutes. A three minute time slot will be allotted to each community member who provides a request for public comment 24 hours in advance of a city council meeting.

Property for Sale

The City of Oelwein will be offering for sale the following properties by process of sealed bids. The properties will be sold for rehabilitation into single family, owner-occupied homes.

The properties will be open for inspection so interested parties can walk through. A reserve bid has been set for each property.

                             Address                                    Open for Viewing                                Minimum Bid

                    129 5th Avenue NE                      January 7, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                 $7,500.00
                    608 1st Avenue SE                      January 9, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                  $5,000.00
                    620 3rd Avenue SW                     January 10, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                $5,000.00

The deadline to submit sealed bids along with proposals for property development and proof of attainable funds is January 22, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Bids will be opened at 11:30 A.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers and presented to Council for action January 27, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. The Council will award properties to the highest bidder and/or best proposal submitted. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Once the property has been awarded, closing documents will be prepared. Sales will be subject to deed restrictions.

The new property owner(s) will be required to follow guidelines that have been set in place.

• The new owner/contractor will provide the City with a plan for rehabilitation/renovation
• Work on the property is to begin within 30 days of accepting the deed
• All work shall be completed within one year
• The property cannot be used as a rental or generate rental income for 7 years
• Property cannot be sold on contract for a minimum of 7 years

The Oelwein City Council may have additional requirements.

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.