Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

City of Oewlein Home Rehabilitation Program

The City of Oelwein’s Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program has been established to provide
resources to improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes through providing low
interest loans to low- and moderate-income residents to complete rehabilitation projects on their homes.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is responsible for administering the program
on behalf of the City of Oelwein.

Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for funds to finance property improvements that
substantially improve the livability and/or protect the structural integrity of the home. The minimum loan
amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. The fully amortized loan term under the program
for all loans will equal 10 years. Loan interest rates will range from 1 to 4% and determined based on the
applicant’s family income as compared to the median family income for Fayette County.

The application packet can be downloaded here.

Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551.

Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

Bulk Item Pickup

For the months of July and August the City will be discounting stickers for bulk pickup.  Items for pickup include furniture, beds, appliances, carpet (small remnants, no remodels).  Items that will not be collected are electronics (computers, televisions), metals and oil.  

Pickup will follow your regular garbage collection day schedule.

The program begins the week of July 6th.

Stickers can be purchased for $5.00 each.  Please call City Hall at (319) 283-5440 to arrange payment and delivery of the sticker.




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..

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.




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.