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2016 Swim Lessons Information is now available online. 

 


 
 
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The City of Oelwein publishes agendas and minutes of every city council meeting which are generally open to the public (unless under state law - a closed session is authorized) every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. To have an item placed on the agenda please contact Oelwein City Hall at 319-283-5440.  We also encourage you to discuss any issues related to city business with the department head or the appropriate City Official for your issue or concern.

BUILDING LOT FOR SALE

103’ X 170’

Located in the 900 block of 5th Street SE.

Water & Sewer in Street.Paved Street, Curb & Gutter.

The City of Oelwein is accepting offers (minimum

$15,000) on Lot 2, Vine Addition to Oelwein.

Offers should be submitted to

Oelwein City Clerk

20 Second Avenue SW

Oelwein Iowa 50662.

The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

 
Safety

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Weather Conditions - National Weather Service Forecast for Oelwein

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Summer Safety Tips

 

Courtesy of http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/

Make Summer Safe for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.

Master water safety

Water-related activities are popular for getting physical activity and have many health benefits. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun.

Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

  • Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • Install a four-sided fence around home pools.

Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Make boating safety a priority.

  • Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.

Beat the heat and sun

Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.

  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
  • Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
  • Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.

Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors.

  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child's skin helps protect against UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

Keep mosquitos and ticks from bugging you this summer

Protect yourself and your family by preventing bites and diseases, like Zika,  West Nile virus and Lyme disease, which can be transmitted by insects.

Prevent Injuries

Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury.

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.

Parents can take many actions to protect their children's health and safety at home.

Young workers have high job injury rates. Hazards in the workplace, inexperience, and lack of safety training may increase injury risks for young workers.

  • Know their rights, employer and teen worker responsibilities, and what teens under 18 can’t do.

Stop the violence

  • Kids can use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. Take steps to prevent electronic aggression, a term that captures all types of violence that occur electronically.
  • As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by their relationship experiences, including teen dating. Protect your children from teen dating violence. Nearly one in 10 teens reports having been hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once over a year’s time.

 

 

Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.  Please feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgment of source.

What to Wear

 
  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities.  Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
 
  • The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
 
  • Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant’s sleeping environment because they are associated with suffocation deaths and may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets is preferred. 
 
  • If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be tucked in around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby’s chest, so the infant's face is less likely to become covered by bedding materials.
 

 Hypothermia

 
  • Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.
 
  • As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy.  Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.
 
  • If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes.
 

Frostbite

 
  • Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen.  This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose.  They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time, the child may complain that his/her skin burns or has become numb.
 
  • If frostbite occurs, bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of her body in warm (not hot) water.  104° Fahrenheit (about the temperature of most hot tubs) is recommended. Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
 
  • Do not rub the frozen areas.
 
  • After a few minutes, dry and cover the child with clothing or blankets. Give him/her something warm to drink.
 
  • If the numbness continues for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.
 
 

Winter Health

 
  • If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in the child's room at night. Saline nose drops or petrolatum may help keep nasal tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician.
 
  • Many pediatricians feel that bathing two or three times a week is enough for an infant’s first year. More frequent baths may dry out the skin, especially during the winter.
 
  • Cold weather does not cause colds or flu.  But the viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other.  Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu.
  • Children 6 months of age and up should get the influenza vaccine to reduce their risk of catching the flu.
 

Winter Sports and Activities

 
  • Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.  Have children come inside periodically to warm up.
 
  •  Using alcohol or drugs before any winter activity, like snowmobiling or skiing, is dangerous and should not be permitted in any situation.
 

Ice Skating

 

 

 
  • Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces.  Check for signs posted by local police or recreation departments, or call your local police department to find out which areas have been approved.
 
  • Advise your child to:
    • Skate in the same direction as the crowd
    • Avoid darting across the ice
    • Never skate alone
    • Not chew gum or eat candy while skating
    • Consider having your child wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, especially while learing to skate
 
Sledding
 
  • Keep sledders away from motor vehicles.
  • Children should be supervised while sledding.
  • Keep young children separated from older children.
  • Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries.
  • Consider having your child wear a helmet while sledding.
  • Use steerable sleds, not snow disks or inner tubes.
  • Sleds should be structurally sound and free of sharp edges and splinters, and the steering mechanism should be well lubricated.
  • Sled slopes should be free of obstructions like trees or fences, be covered in snow not ice, not be too steep (slope of less than 30º), and end with a flat runoff.
  • Avoid sledding in crowded areas.
 
Snow Skiing and Snowboarding
 
  • Children should be taught to ski or snowboard by a qualified instructor in a program designed for children.
  • Never ski or snowboard alone.
  • Young children should always be supervised by an adult.  Older children’s need for adult supervision depends on their maturity and skill.  If older children are not with an adult, they should always at least be accompanied by a friend.
  • All skiers and snowboarders should wear helmets. Ski facilities should require helmet use, but if they do not, parents should enforce the requirement for their children.
  • Equipment should fit the child. Skiers should wear safety bindings that are adjusted at least every year. Snowboarders should wear gloves with built-in wrist guards. Eye protection or goggles should also be used.
  • Slopes should fit the ability and experience of the skier or snowboarder. Avoid crowded slopes.
  • Avoid skiing in areas with trees and other obstacles.
 
Snowmobiling
 
  • The AAP recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles.
 
  • Do not use a snowmobile to pull a sled or skiers.
 
  • Wear goggles and a safety helmet approved for use on motorized vehicles like motorcycles.
 
  • Travel at safe speeds.
 
  • Never snowmobile alone or at night.
 
  • Stay on marked trails, away from roads, water, railroads and pedestrians.
 

 Sun Protection

 

The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow.  Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen and consider using sunglasses.

 
Fire Protection
 


Winter is a time when household fires occur. It is a good time to remember to:

 
  • Buy and install smoke alarms on every floor of your home
 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
 
  • Practice fire drills with your children
 
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector outside bedrooms
 
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could burn, and turn them off when leaving the room or sleeping
- See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Winter-Safety-Tips.aspx#sthash.E1cqRXyi.dpuf

safety

The City of Oelwein and the Oelwein Police Department reminds citizens to do their part on the streets of Oelwein. Barricades and warning lights reminds drivers to slow down, obey traffic signs or lights.  Construction zones are needs to address traffic issues or repair city utilities.  Your cooperation and safety awareness is greatly appreciated.

 

 
Current City News

Mayor announces new city administrator hired

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Oelwein Mayor Peggy Sherrets announced Wednesday that the city has hired a new city administrator. Dylan J. Mulfinger of Oskaloosa officially returned a signed contract Wednesday morning.

Mayor Sherrets said that she and the city council are very pleased and excited to welcome Mulfinger to Oelwein.

“Dylan is very positive and enthusiastic about coming to Oelwein,” Sherrets said. “He is very knowledgeable about city government and gave the impression of being a good problem-solver.”

 Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

Making 2016 Oelwein’s Best

Mayor of Oelwein Peggy Sherrets is looking forward to the New Year and “continuing to move forward.”

Mayor Sherrets said that the city of Oelwein has a “great city council now,” and one that is younger, stable, and more diverse.

Working together with the positive, forward looking council, Mayor Sherrets is quick to recognize that the old negative attitudes that loomed over the city have since gone away.

“It has been very positive and upbeat around town,” said Mayor Sherrets.

Mayor Sherrets hopes to increase discussion with the public in 2016 and hear their grievances in an effort to continue improving communication and increase positive attitudes in town.

Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

Sherrets sworn in as Oelwein’s 36th mayor

Mayor Peggy Sherrets took the oath of office Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, to begin her first full two-year term at the helm of city government. Sherrets has served as Oelwein’s mayor since winning a special election in October 2014.

As she signed the official paperwork, Sherrets became the 36th mayor for the city and the second female to hold its highest office.

Sherrets began in city government as 1st Ward Councilman elected in 2011. Among her duties was being appointed as the council’s pro-tem mayor. She proved her mettle two years later when scandal hit the mayor’s office and she was forced to assume mayoral duties.

Refusing to let allegations of another factor into the workings of the city, Sherrets made “moving forward” a practical solution to righting the ship in rocky waters.

Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

Council works on cleaning up neighborhoods

The Oelwein City Council approved measures on three properties Monday night aimed at improving neighborhoods.

The first was a resolution setting a public hearing for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 to propose disposal by sale of the city’s interest in 105 S. Frederick, the former Iowa Motors building.

The second was setting a public hearing also at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 for disposal by sale of the city’s interest in 136 Fourth Ave. S.W. Roger Boleyn, who at one time previously owned the property, has expressed interest. City Attorney Ron VanVeldhuizen reported Boleyn intends to purchase the property and take down the house.

Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

Oelwein’s Mercy Hospital part of Wheaton’s merge with Mercy Health Network

Mercy Hospital in Oelwein along with Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls, will be transferred to the Des Moines based Mercy Health Network.

The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters have announced their intent to form a new relationship for their Iowa hospitals and services located in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Oelwein. The intention is for these organizations to join Mercy Health Network (MHN), based in West Des Moines, an integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health and patient care facilities working to achieve the “triple aim goals” of better health care services, better health, and higher efficiency. The transfer is contingent upon final negotiations of definitive agreements, the receipt of all required approvals, and is expected to take place in the first quarter of calendar year 2016.

The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospitals, clinics and other services including Covenant Medical Center, Sartori Memorial Hospital, and Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters, Oelwein, are the subjects of the proposed transfer.

 Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

East Penn Manufacturing Company in Oelwein a step closer in $64 million expansion

East Penn Manufacturing Company of Oelwein is on the verge of a $64 million expansion project.

East Penn was recently awarded $1,750,000 in direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits through Iowa’s High Quality Jobs program, including over $2.2 million over five years in investment tax credits and over $800,000 in refunds of sales, service or use taxes paid during construction. The project is expected to create 350 jobs at a starting wage of at least $13.55 per hour.

In addition, the City of Oelwein would match the State of Iowa’s requirements for High Quality Jobs program, as well as a required match to a DOT Rise grant, and offer tax rebate incentives to East Penn Manufacturing.

Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

 

 

 
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