Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Open Burning

Open Burning starts March 26 and end May 3. Please burn resposbily, yard waste only. 

Inspections Delayed

All rental inspections have been postponed until further notice. Community Development will only inspect new construction at this time. Permits are still required for all work being completed.

COVID-19 Response (Coronavirus)

The City of Oelwein understands the importance of keeping everyone safe and ensuring a calculated response to the pandemic COVID-19. The City is following guidance from the county and state officials to ensure that all information is up to date and accurate. The City wants to ensure staff and community members are safe and essential services are provided. The City of Oelwein has made the following changes to procedures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Oelwein Public Library will close to the public March 16, 2020 at Noon until further notice.

The Williams Wellness Center will close to the public March 16, 2020 at Noon until further notice.

Oelwein City Hall will close to the public March 16, 2020 at Noon until further notice.

The City will provide updates to this situation as new information is provided. With cooperation from the public, and with everyone remaining calm, the city can and will work through this difficult time. Oelwein is a great community and has the right people in place to work through this situation.

This is new area for the city and will be changing quickly as updates are available.

The City strongly encourages residents to educate themselves and visit Center for Disease Control Website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Segment 1 Trail Improvements Project

A public hearing will be held by the City Council on the proposed contract documents (plans, specifications and form of contract) and estimated cost for the improvement at its meeting at 6:00 P.M. on April 13, 2020 at City Hall, Oelwein, Iowa.

The project will consist of construction of PCC surfaced recreational trails at two locations within the City of Oelwein.  Project will be bid as two divisions, with two contracts awarded.  Division 1 is an approximate 450' trail just east of the aquatic center.  Division 2 is an approximate 1-mile trail along 6th Street NW starting near 3rd Avenue NW, Great Western Avenue, through undeveloped property, and ending at the 3rd Avenue NW and West Charles Street intersection.  Work includes grading, culvert placement, crushed stone base, PCC surfacing, and surface restoration.

The City Council will meet at a meeting in said Council Chambers at 6:00 P.M. on April 13, 2020 to consider the plans and specifications, estimate of cost and proposed form of contract and to act upon the bid proposals and to consider entering into a contract for said improvements.

Any persons interested may appear at such meeting of the City Council for the purpose of making objections to the plans, specifications or contract or the cost of making the improvements.

For more information please see the Notice to Bidders.

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

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 20 2nd Ave. S.W.