Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Outer Road & 6th Street NE Project Scheduled to begin

Work on Outer Road and 6th Street NE is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Fayette County is the lead group on this project, and they have contracted with Mathy Construction for the work. A web page has been created to assist residents in keeping informed on the progress. https://www.fayettecountyiowa.org/EngineerConstructionPage.html

The project is expected to be completed in six weeks depending on weather, breakdowns and COVID-19. All of these will impact the schedule.

Should you have questions concerning the project, schedule, etc., please contact Fayette County Engineer Joel Frantz at 563.422.3552 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wings East Pavement Improvements Project

Notice of Hearing and Invitation to for Wings East Pavement Improvements Project


Proposals will be received by the City Clerk of Oelwein, Iowa at City Hall, 20 Second Avenue SW, Oelwein, Iowa until 11:00 A.M. on June 2, 2020 for the project described as "Wings East Pavement Improvements Project".  Proposals will be acted upon by the City Council on June 8th.  Further details and the full notice can be found here.

City Seeking Building/Trade Contractors

The City of Oelwein is purchasing two homes from Homes for Iowa which is in collaboration with Iowa Prison Industries.  These homes are three-bedrom, two-bathroom (1,200 s.f.) ranch style homes and will be placed at 318 7th Street SW and 219 Lincoln Drive NE.

Homes are shipped directly from the manufacturing facility to the location and will be placed on a basement foundation constructed by others.  The city is looking for bids from local contractors to complete the foundation, mechanical/plumbing, electrical and flooring.

Blueprints are available at City Hall to assist with the bidding process.

All bids should be returned to Oelwein City Hall in a sealed envelope marked on the outside with the name of the contractor and "Homes for Iowa" and addressed to the Oelwein City Clerk, 20 Second Avenue SW, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.  Bids shall be received up to 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at which time all bids will be opened and read aloud by the City Clerk.  The bids will be forwarded to the City Council for review and consideration at the June 8, 2020 6:00 P.M. Council meeting.

The City reserves the right to accept or reject any bid or part of a bid received.

Any questions concerning the bidding may be directed to Jay Shekleton, Building Official/Zoning Administrator at 319.283.5862.




Community Comment at City Council Meetings

The city will continue to take public comment at City Council meetings, with a new format due to electronic meetings. The city is requesting that community members that would like to use the community comment email the city and fill out the provided form. Providing notice to the city allows for staff to prepare for community comments and provides time for community members to be heard.


Community members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All meeting information can be found on the city’s website under agendas and minutes. A three minute time slot will be allotted to each community member who provides a request for public comment 24 hours in advance of a city council meeting.

County Recycling Bins Removed from City

Due to Covid-19 Fayette County has stopped accepting recycling items and have removed their blue bins from the parking lot.  The City has closed that parking area as no dumping is allowed.  Please contact Fayette County at 563.422.3712 for questions on the County's recycling program.

City residents will continue to receive curbside recycling pickup.




Open Burning

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

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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 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.