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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, Calendar One Year from Now 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.