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					CITY OF ELY                                                                                            PRSRT STD
1570 ROWLEY ST                                                                                          POSTAGE
P. O. BOX 248                                                                                             PAID
ELY, IA 52227                                                                                            ELY, IA



                                                                                                                                                   Ely Expression
                                                                                                     PERMIT NO. 249




                                                                                                                                                   Ely Mayor and City                             Snow Removal
                                                                                                                                                   Council Plan for the                           It’s winter, which means snow and hav-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing to remove snow from streets, side-
                                                     ECR WSS                                                                                       Future                                         walks and driveways. Ely’s Public Works
                                                                                                                                                   In December the Mayor and City                 crew asks you to not push snow into
                                                     ELY, IA 52227                                                     JAN – MAR                   Council updated Ely’s 2 & 5 Year Capital       the street when you are clearing it from


                                                                                                                       2009
                                                                                                                                                   Improvements and Program Plan for              your driveway or sidewalk. We also ask
                                                                                                                                                   projects to be achieved in 2 and 5-year        you not to push snow across the street
                                                                                                                                                   time frames. There was a lot of discus-        from your drive unless you have the
                                                                                                                                                   sion about the plan and the activities         permission of the property owner and
                                                                                                                        VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1
                                                                                                                                                   to be performed under it because of the        make sure not to leave snow deposits
                                                                                                                                                   expected cost of some of the projects          in the street. Pushing snow into the
                                                                                                                       City of Ely
                                                                                                                                                   and the un-settled state of economy in         street from your sidewalk or driveway is
                                                                                                                       1570 Rowley Street
                                                                                                                                                   general. Projects to be worked on in           likely to result in big piles of snow in the
  C    O    M    M     U    N    I   T   Y     N    E     W      S                                                     P. O. Box 248
                                                                                                                                                   the next two years include: completing         street that can lead to traffic and park-
                                                                                                                       Ely, Iowa 52227
                                                                                                                                                   the water tower project; improving             ing hazards, especially if the snowplows
                                                                                                                                                   drainage in the Fuhrmeister Street             have already gone by.
                                                                                                                       www.elyiowa.com
                                                                                                                                                   area; and constructing a ball field and
  Cook’s Corner                                Website                                                                 Ely Community TV
                                                                                                                                                   entrance off Hillcrest Street for the          Possible Sewer
                                                                                                                                                   Ely City Park. Longer-range projects
  Baked Ziti                                   Have your visited our website?                                          Channel 217
                                                                                                                                                   include upgrading State Street to better       Rate Increase
                                                                                                                       South Slope Digital Video                                                  The City Council will consider increas-
  1-pound hamburger
  1-pound Italian sausage
                                                        elyiowa.com                                                    Phone/Fax: 848-4103
                                                                                                                                                   meet current and future traffic levels;
                                                                                                                                                   extending water and sanitary sewer             ing sewer rates to help pay for the new
                                                                                                                                                   utilities to the northwest to support likely   WWTP at their January 12, 2009 City
  1 large onion (chopped)                      New to the Website:                                                     After Hours Emergency                                                      Council meeting. They will consider
                                                                                                                                                   commercial and residential growth;
  2 cloves garlic minced (optional)            The City Hall Blog and Online Forum. This new feature                   Only: 848-7603                                                             increasing the minimum monthly sewer
                                                                                                                                                   and extending the Hoover Nature Trail
  1 green bell pepper (diced)                  encourages discussion of topics related to city activities.                                         through Ely. The complete 2 & 5                fee by $2.00 per month; and adding
  1 red bell pepper (diced)                                                                                            Regular business hours:                                                    $1.50/1,000 gallons used to the current
                                               You are invited to visit the blog to read current blog postings                                     Year Capital Improvements & Program
                                                                                                                       Monday – Friday                                                            user fees for wastewater over 3,000
  1-cup parmesan cheese                        and share your ideas, thoughts and concerns.                                                        Plan is available at City Hall, or on the
                                                                                                                       8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                      gallons per month. Ely utility bills for
    (grated or shredded)                                                                                                                           City’s website at www.elyiowa.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  customers who use less than 3,000
  1-pound box penne pasta                                                                                              Office Closed:                                                             gallons per month would increase $2.00
  1 32-ounce jar spaghetti sauce               Coming Soon:                                                            New Year’s Day, Memorial
                                                                                                                                                   Ely’s Wastewater
                                                                                                                                                                                                  per month, bills for customers who use
  2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese          Many residents have asked the Utility Billing Department
                                                                                                                       Day, Independence Day,      Treatment Plant                                more than 3,000 gallons/month would
                                                                                                                       Labor Day, Thanksgiving     Work is now complete on Ely’s waste-           increase $2.00 plus $1.50 for every
                                               if there is another way to pay for the utility bill.                    Thursday & Friday, and
  Preheat oven to 450° F.                                                                                                                          water treatment plant (WWTP) that was          1,000 gallons over 3,000 gallons used
                                               Currently our system only accepts cash, money order or                  Christmas Day.              built to effectively treat Ely’s wastewater    in a month.
  Cook the pasta so it is slightly less done                                                                                                       so it meets state and federal water
                                               check payments.
  than “al-dente”, rinse thoroughly with                                                                               Council Meetings:           quality standards now and in the future.
  cold water, drain and set aside.             The Ely City Council has approved an upgrade to the utility             2nd Monday each month
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Annual Garbage Tag
                                                                                                                                                   Work began in spring of 2007 and was
                                               billing system that improves efficiency and will also allow for         7:00 p.m. in the Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ely now offers a voluntary annual
  Brown the hamburger and sausage with                                                                                                             completed in November at a cost of just
                                               payments to be received with Direct Payment Authorization.              Chambers 2nd floor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  garbage collection tag that allows
  the garlic and onion and drain well. In a                                                                                                        less than $2,490,000. Our WWTP is
                                                                                                                       Public is welcome and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  you to place one container (up to 40
  large bowl combine the cooked pasta,                                                                                                             unique in Iowa because it uses a series
                                               Direct Payment Authorization will help you in several ways:             encouraged to attend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  pounds) of residential waste at the curb
                                                                                                                                                   of very large wheels to add oxygen to
  cooked hamburger/sausage/garlic/onion        • It saves time and postage.                                                                                                                       for pickup every week. Just slap the tag
                                                                                                                                                   the treatment process, instead of blow-
  mixture, green and red peppers, parme-       • Your payment is always on time and no late charges.                                                                                              on the body of the container and you’re
                                                                                                                                                   ers or air compressors. This makes the
  san cheese and sauce. Place in a 13”x9”      • It is easy to sign up for and easy to cancel.                                                                                                    set through December 31. You can pur-
                                                                                                                                                   facility more energy efficient, less sus-
  casserole pan, cover with aluminum foil                                                                                                                                                         chase your annual voluntary garbage
                                                                           Please call City Hall Utility Billing for                               ceptible to mechanical failures and less
  and bake for 45 minutes (or until middle                                                                                                                                                        tag at Ely City Hall during regular office
                                                                           more details. More information will                                     expensive to operate than similarly
  is hot). Remove aluminum foil, sprinkle                                                                                                                                                         hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The
                                                                                                                                                   sized facilities that use blowers. The
  the top with mozzarella cheese and                                       follow as the upgrade comes closer                                                                                     annual tag can only be purchased at
                                                                                                                                                   WWTP has capacity for a population
                                                                           to our expected launch date of                                                                                         City Hall; the regular $1.00 tags can be
  bake until cheese is golden brown.                                                                                                               of at least 3,000 people and can be
                                                                           April 1, 2009.                                                                                                         purchased at City Hall, Casey’s General
                                                                                                                                                   expanded fairly easily.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Store and Cleppe’s 66 Service.
                           More Front Page News                                                                                                The Economic Development Group of Ely (EDGE) is meeting Thursday,
                           Opening on Park &                        Rotary Club Chili &                                                        January 22 at 6:30 PM in the conference room of the Ely Public Library.




                                                                                                                               Ely’s EDGE
                           Recreation Committee                     Chicken Soup Dinner                                                        EDGE is organizing to provide a forum for learning about economic devel-
                           Ely has an opening for a volunteer       The Ely Gateway Rotary’s Chili &                                           opment, to facilitate economic growth and enhance quality of life in our
                           to serve on the Park and Recreation      Chicken Soup dinner will be Saturday                                       wonderful community. You are encouraged to attend and participate if you
                           Committee. The Park & Recreation         February 21 at the American Legion                                         are interested.
                           Committee works with the Mayor and       Hall in Ely from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Join                                     Having grown by more than 300% in the past twenty years Ely is one
                           City Council to plan and develop Ely’s   the club for famous chili, and heart
                                                                                                                                               of Iowa’s fastest growing communities. Fortunately we have retained
                           parks and recreational activities; and   warming chicken soup and, always
                                                                                                                                               the best qualities of small town Iowa life, but we have our growing pains.
                           meets once a month (occasionally         grand, bake sale. You will have the
                           twice per month). Members of this        opportunity to win a lot of great prizes                                   Foremost among them is lack of widespread participation Ely’s planning
                           board must be eligible to vote in Ely    through the raffle. BINGO is new this                                      and growth. Over the years Ely has been well served by groups of volun-
                           and should be interested in Ely’s        year; so stop by and join                                                  teers who have worked diligently to plan for Ely’s future. Our planning
                           parks and recreational activities.       the Rotary club for                                                        efforts have identified a need to plan for economic growth and maintain
                           Contact Ely City Hall (848-4103 or       a great meal and                                                           our continued “small town” quality of life.
                           email elycity@southslope.net) if you     lots of fun.
                                                                                                                                               Ely is likely to continue to grow due to our proximity to the Eastern Iowa
                           are interested in serving on the Park
                                                                                                                                               Corridor and demographic trends in Iowa, in spite of the nation’s recent
                           and Recreation Committee.
                                                                                                                                               economic turndown. Even a growing community cannot be vital if its busi-
                                                                                                                                               ness community cannot thrive. As our residential community has grown
Mark Your                                                                                                                                      in the recent past, our business community has not. Unless we approach
                                   2010 Census,
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                                                                                                                                               this unbalanced growth directly, the city will experience a shortage of the
                                                                                                                                               revenue it needs to provide infrastructure, quality services at low cost
Saturday, May 2, 2009              Taken every 10 years, the census affects political representation                                           and plan and grow effectively as the type of community we have come
                                   and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding.                                    to appreciate.
Citywide                           Census data directly affects how more than $300 billion per year in                                         Many Iowa communities have benefited from creating a private, non-profit
Garage Sales                       federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighbor-                                         group to create an effective business environment and help the city main-
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.              hood improvements, public health, education, transportation and                                             tain and enhance quality of life. Efforts along this line run the gamut from
For more details and               much more. Census information helps determine locations for                                                 helping fledging businesses; to attracting new business to the area; to
registration contact Ely           schools, roads, hospitals, child-care and senior citizen centers,                                           helping develop strong business networks. These groups also mobilize the
Public Library 848-7616            and more. Businesses use census data to locate supermarkets,                                                business community for trail and park development, other tourist attracting
                                   shopping centers, new housing and other facilities. The census                                              features, and many other initiatives that foster desirable community
Saturday, May 2, 2009              determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House
Friends of the Library                                                                                                                         development.
                                   of Representatives as well as the boundaries of legislative districts.
Annual Library                     More information is available online at www.census.gov                                                      In a nutshell, this is the task EDGE has embarked upon.
                                                                                                                                               Come down and find out how you can participate.
Book Sale
At Ely Library
                                                                                                               From the Desk of the Holiday Lights Committee…
May 16, 2009
                                                                                                               2008 has proven to be a difficult year for Iowa. Our lands have been ravaged by
Citywide                                                                                                       tornados and flooding creating unimaginable hardships for many families, businesses
Clean-up Day                                                                                                   and communities.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                                                                         Ely has not been overly harmed physically by Mother Nature’s powers but our families,
Contact City Hall for                                                                                          friends and outlying neighboring communities have all experienced, in one way or another,
more details                                                                                                   the challenges of recovery. What is truly amazing ~ is the strength that comes with recovery
                                                                                                               and the kindness and generosity of others that never waivers.
                                                                                                               In these uncertain times we all have so much to be thankful for. We are more than thankful for all
                                                                                                               we have and truly appreciate the offer of donations to the holiday lights fund from our community and
                                                                                                               neighboring communities. It is with your generosity Ely is able to light up the holiday season for all ages.
                                                                                                               Our sincerest thank you to you all.

				
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