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Utility Superintendent Vic Kane reports the frost is receding from the ground. Any resident running water or bleeders to prevent freezing may now turn the valves off. For more information call the Oelwein Water Department at 283-1197 or City Hall at 283- 5440.


Saturday, May 10th, 2014

8AM - Noon

in the South Parking Lot in Oelwein

They will accept the following items for No Charge:

Oil (No filters), scrap metal, automotive batteries,

appliances, computers & accessories


Tires will be accepted for a fee:

Car & Light Truck - $2/tire

Other Truck - $4/tire

Farm Front - $7/tire

Farm Rear - $13/small tire

Farm Rear - $20/large tire

(Tires with rims will not be accepted, unless separated.)


More information will be posted as the date gets closer.

Brush Pick-Up is Scheduled for the following quadrants:
May 12th - Southeast
May 13th - Northeast

May 14th - Southwest

May 15th - Northwest



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in Oelwein is from

April 5th through May 17th, 2014.


* Burning is restricted to vegetation

that grows on your property.


* All fires shall be constantly attended by a

person who shall assume responsibility.


* Make sure you have a garden hose

connected to a water supply

readily available.


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 RAGBRAI 2014 Passing Through Oelwein


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RAGBRAI will be passing through Oelwein on Friday, July25th. There will be rules and guidelines that EVERYONE will be required to follow. Everything will be handled professionally, collectively as a community and in an organized fashion. No un-registered groups are authorized to set up booths, sell, advertise or be a vendor. If you have questions or would like to help with the days events, please contact the OCAD Office at 319-283-1105.




Click here for the following documents:

Oelwein Area Health Needs Assessment Presentation

November 4th, 2013

City of Oelwein Health Needs Assessment

Oelwein Area Health Needs Assessment

Other Cities Health Needs Assessment


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, IA 50662.

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

Turn them in to the Oelwein City Hall, 20 2nd Ave SW, when completed.

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.


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.




Weather Conditions - National Weather Service Forecast for Oelwein



Safety Tips

Spring is upon us!  The weather is changing, the flowers start blooming, we start spending more time outdoors and many of us start to organize our home in the form of spring cleaning.  This spring, prevent injuries, be prepared for floods, don’t forget daylight saving time and simplify your spring cleaning activities with these helpful tips.

Spring Cleaning

Spring time is a perfect time to clean out the winter from your home.  Spring cleaning generally involves a series of tasks from lifting and bending, to moving objects, climbing stairs or ladders as well as other physical tasks. Make safety a priority when you start your spring cleaning.

Steps to keep you and your family safe when cleaning this season.

Traumatic brain injuries
In spring, many families enjoy sports activities. This is a great way to stay physically active, prevent illnesses and spend time with those you care about.  But injuries are a common occurrence.  And while some of these injuries may not be serious, many experience very serious injuries. 

Often times, mild hits occur to the head while playing sports – people fall, bump into things, get hit by others – and sometimes, these hits can result in something more serious. A traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, disrupts the normal function of a person’s brain.
Concussions and mild forms of TBIs are the most common TBIs that occur every year. Concussions occur when someone experiences a bump, blow or jolt to the head but can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to jerk quickly back and forth.
Every year, almost 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). And every year, TBIs play a role in a number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. TBI is a contributing factor in a third of injury related deaths in the United States, and falls are the leading cause of TBI.  
Although there are varying degrees of TBIs, they are all very serious and should be checked out by a health care professional.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion
What to do if a concussion occurs
Prevent concussions 

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Warmer weather, snow melting, spring thaw and heavy rains increase the risk of flooding in the spring months.  It’s important to be prepared for what Mother Nature may bring your way. Keep you and your family safe before, during and after a flood.  

Daylight Saving/Smoke Alarms

Spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins every year on the second Sunday in March. Clocks are set forward by one hour in most of the United States, except Hawaii and most of Arizona.  With Daylight Saving, we have more daylight in the evening and less in the mornings.

When you change your clocks, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced yearly, and there should be smoke detectors on every floor of your home (including the basement) and outside bedrooms or sleeping areas.


 Unpredictable Spring Weather

Courtesy of Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes or flooding. And when severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases. So planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

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 Spring & Summer Outdoor Safety Tips

Courtesy of Center for Disease Control & Prevention

The return of warmer temperatures brings the opportunity for freedom, relaxation, exploration, and being closer to nature. Whether you're relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this spring and summer.

Beware of Bugs

Warmer temperatures aren't just attractive to people, but to mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus , St. Louis encephalitis virus , eastern equine encephalitis virus and even dengue; ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other serious infections; and fleas can transmit plague.

To prevent these illnesses, use an appropriate insect and tick repellent and apply it properly. Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually from dusk to dawn, but ticks are out at all times. Young ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see, but both young and adult ticks hungrily look to animals and sometimes people to bite.

To keep ticks at a distance, avoid tick-infested areas (especially places with leaf-litter and high grasses) and use repellent containing 20% DEET. If it’s primarily mosquitoes that are the problem, CDC recommends repelling them with products that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. You can also treat clothing with permethrin (which protects through several washings) or purchase clothing that is pre-treated with permethrin. Always follow the directions on repellent packaging.

After coming indoors, shower as soon as possible and check your body for ticks. Make sure that your children also bathe or shower and get checked for ticks. Wash and tumble dry your clothing and check your pets for ticks. If you find an attached tick, don't panic, ticks are easy to remove with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Consult your healthcare provider if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, fatigue or headache, stiff neck, disorientation in the 1-3 weeks following a bite. It could be any number of illnesses.

Pesticides, vegetation-free play areas, and landscaping techniques for tick-free zones can also help limit your exposure to ticks and other insects.
Healthy Pets, Healthy People

While you're outside enjoying the weather, remember to protect your pets too. Keeping healthy pets will help keep you and your family healthy. Children can get roundworm and hookworm from soil contaminated by pet feces (stool), so make sure that puppies and kittens are seen by a veterinarian and dewormed. Protect family pets from ticks and fleas by keeping them on a flea and tick control program. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on the appropriate anti-bug products to use on your pet.

Around the Yard

It is now time to seal up, trap up, and clean up to prevent rodent infestation. As you're clearing out clutter, fill any gaps or holes inside and outside your home. Eliminate or seal rodent food sources such as pet food, bird feeders, and garbage cans. Elevate hay, woodpiles, and garbage cans at least 1 foot off the ground, and trim grass and shrubbery within 100 feet of your home.

In the yard, remove any items that may collect standing water, such as buckets, old tires, and toys. Mosquitoes can breed in them in just days. You can reduce the number of ticks around your home by removing leaf litter, brush and woodpiles around your house and at the edge of your yard. By clearing trees and brush in your yard, you can reduce the likelihood that deer, rodents, and ticks will live there. Replace or repair torn window screens to keep bugs out of the house.

Gardening is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages. Stay safe and healthy as you grab your tools and head outside. Wear gloves, use safety gear when handling equipment and chemicals, protect yourself from the sun, and use insect repellent. Also watch out for extreme heat and know your limitations. You can also review and share with your love ones some tips for preventing heat-related illnesses.

Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with pet or other animal stool. Cover sandboxes when not in use to make sure that animals do not get inside and contaminate them with parasites that can cause diseases like toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis.

Pollens and air pollutants can be triggers for allergic reactions and asthma. Some experiences include nasal and sinus allergies and hives. Asthma can cause recurrent symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Stay healthy by properly taking any prescription or over-the-counter allergy medicine and having and following an asthma action plan. Wearing a protective nose and mouth mask, or even sunglasses or protective eyewear, while doing yard work could help to avoid the triggers that cause allergy and asthma complications.




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

City of Oelwein Holds Annual Safety Awards Ceremony

The city of Oelwein held their annual Safety Awards Ceremony (for fiscal year 2012-2013) on March 26th, 2014. All of the city departments and city employees in attendance were presented with certificates from Mayor Manus that showed how many continuous hours they went without a work related injury.


Oelwein Mayor Manus presented Tammy Smith with her certificate for continous operation of 49,155 hours without a work related injury. Tammy works at City Hall as a Receptionist and Payroll Clerk.



The Utilities Department were one of the departments recognized for an excellent safety record.



Oelwein City Council members Paul Ryan and Peg Sherrets made an appearance at the Annual Safety Awards Ceremony. This years theme was "Beach Party".



Frozen Water Lines & Road Conditions - March 8th, 2014

To: Mayor & Councilmembers, City of Oelwein residents
From: Jamie Letzring, City Administrator

Current Status: At this point we are experiencing only a handful of frozen water service lines, many of which are a result of frozen water mains.  This is a much more significant problem and not as easily resolved.

Water is available by contacting the Police Department, 20 2nd Ave SW from 10:00 – 11:00 am or 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Bring your own container. An officer will assist you.  Showers are available at the Williams Wellness Center, 318 8th Ave SE. Hours vary, check City website. Bring your own towel and toiletries. Must register at City Hall first, 319-283-5440 before either service is available.

Running Water: Those residents and businesses that are running water may continue to do so until further notice. Much of the timing depends on water temperature, which is contingent upon ground temperatures increasing. Warmer outdoor temperatures do not necessarily translate into warmer ground temperatures and many people will still see water temperatures below 40 degrees.   If you are running water and have not already contacted City Hall, please do so. 319-283-5440.

Water Bills: Our crews have been inundated with work related to frozen water services and water main breaks. Lack of available time for reading meters lead to many of the bills being an average of the months of Dec-Jan-Feb. Water customers will likely see an average bill for the next two billing cycles, there will not be any impact associated with running water to prevent freezing until we have adequate time and information to address this issue properly.

Road Conditions:  Due to digging as a result of several dozen water main breaks and frozen water services, as well as near-record frost levels, it is important for residents to understand that road conditions this spring will be very poor. We will begin to address these issues as soon as we are able, which may not be until the frost is completely out of the ground.



Frozen Water Service Lines - February 17th, 2014

To: Mayor & Councilmembers, City of Oelwein residents

From: Jamie Letzring, City Administrator

Due to drastically low temperatures this winter many of our residents and water customers are experiencing frozen water service lines. We are describing this as a “severe weather event” but unlike snow, ice or rain, this event is occurring underground. Additionally, it is important to note that not all municipalities assist with the thawing of water lines but we have dedicated city crews that help our residents work through this process. While it is a frustrating situation to be in, like so many Iowa communities this year, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Here are some important reminders for residents:
• Most recent status had frost levels reaching between five and six feet deep.
• Check your water temperature daily. If you are less than 40 degrees, contact the Oelwein City Hall at 319-283-5440 and run a faucet with a pencil-sized stream of water, continuously.
• If your water service is frozen, contact City Hall. At this time, it may be several weeks before water can be restored. In some cases, warmer temperatures will be the only relief.
• You may keep toilets functioning by filling the tank with water for flushing purposes.
• We will evaluate water bills when we know the full impact of the situation. Please contact City Hall if you are without water, or running your water.
• If you are in need of drinking water or a shower, please contact City Hall and register as a resident without running water.
• Drinking water: Police Department, 20 2nd Ave SW. 10:00 – 11:00 am or 6:00 – 7:00 pm. BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER. An officer will assist you. You must first register by calling City Hall.
• Showering: Williams Wellness Center, 317 8th Ave SE. Hours vary, check City website. BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL AND TOILETRIES. Only one shower per locker room, be aware of time constraints. You must first register by calling City Hall.



Frost Warning - January 28th, 2014

To property owners that have had prior problems with their water service to the building freezing. The Oelwein Utility Department warns frost is at a depth that may cause freezing of underground pipes. It is recommended to run a faucet with a pencil size stream of water until notification of the frost receding. 

You will see an increase in your utility bill as no adjustments or credits are made. However, the cost is generally minimal compared to the inconvenience and cost of thawing your water service line.

The Utility Department requests you notify them if you need to run you water. Your name and address will be added to a list of residents who are contacted when these conditions occur.

 For further information call the Oelwein Utility Department at 283-1197 or City Hall at 283-5440.


Jason Manus will be the new Mayor of Oelwein starting January 1st, 2014.

Oelwein residents hit the polls to vote on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, voting in Jason Manus to take over as Mayor, replacing six-term Mayor Larry Murphy. Renee Cantrell wins the 4th Ward and will replace three-term Councilman Rex Ericson. Kevin Stickel ran unopposed and will remain the 2nd Ward Councilman. Ben Weber also ran unopposed and will remain the At-Large Councilman.     


Oelwein City Leaders, businesses, area law enforcement and community members all came together on August 23rd, 2013 to break ground for the new Oelwein Police Facility.

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Oelwein City Leaders participate in Strategic Planning Session


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City officials participated in a day and a half strategic planning session on June 7th & 8th. The purpose of the session was to discuss the communities strengths and weaknesses and to collaborate on a vision for the communities future.

Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.

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