Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Why is it illegal to deposit grass clippings into the street?

Grass clippings sewer

  1. It endangers motorists – particularly motorcyclists.
  2. It can clog storm drains, possibly leading to storm water backups.
  3. It can contaminate water by increasing sediments, reducing oxygen levels and creates algae blooms that adversely affects fish and plant populations in ponds and streams.



Congratulations to the Oelwein Tree Board

tree board awardThe Oelwein Tree Board was the recent recipient of the "Outstanding Group Award" from the Iowa Urban Tree Council on April 8, 2021.  The Iowa Urban Tree Council give this award to only one organization a year in the state of Iowa.  The Tree Board was nominated for this award by Trees Forever Representative Patty Reisinger.  

The Tree Board has also been awarded the "Tree City Award" again for their work last year planting and caring for trees in addition to the "Growth Award" for introducing and expanding new programing.  Only 12 communities in the State of Iowa have received the Growth Award this past year.

Congratulations to Tree Board Members Jeff Milks, Bill Brownell, Ron Lenth, Kyle Scheel, Robbie McKeeman, Tom Fick (recently retired) and Parks and Recreation Director Joshua Johnson for a job well done.


Utility Administrative Assistant

The City of Oelwein is looking for a team oriented, motivated, excellent character individual.

Position requires high school diploma or GED, excellent communication and computer skills. Emphasis on ability to work efficiently with time keeping, work order, various office software programs. Experience working with the public, in a Public Works related field is a plus. Must be organized, have regular attendance, good work ethic, satisfactory performance and pride in completion of related work. Position opened until filled. Detailed job description and application available at www.cityofoelwein.org or City Hall, 20 Second Avenue SW. Oelwein is an equal opportunity employer.



City Hall Open to the Public

City Hall is now open to the public with limited access.  Social distancing should be observed. 

Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

                                Wednesdays 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

Open Burning

Fire Chief Mike Hillman has announced residents may burn yard waste beginning April 9, 2021 and ending May 16, 2021.   

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.