Snow Emergency: No On-Street Parking: The City of Oelwein has declared a Snow Emergency effective 6:30 PM Janauary 23, 2021. Parking is available in the downtown at the North Lot. 

Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

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

Minimum Levy Rate

Per Senate File 634, Code of Iowa Section 384.15A, the Maximum Levy Rate public hearing notice is attached.  At the hearing, taxpayers and residents may present to the Council their objections to, or arguments in favor of, the tax asking per Code of Iowa Section 384.15A 5(a).  



Downtown Development Assistance Available

The City of Oelwein is providing forgivable loans for improving the downtown properties. These loans are five years in term and will be forgiven each year. Funding can range from $5,000 to$50,000. Any loan over $25,000 must include improvements for upper story housing. The city will have $75,000 to allocate annually. All downtown property owners are encouraged to apply

Property for Sale

The City of Oelwein will be offering for sale the following properties by process of sealed bids. The properties will be sold for rehabilitation into single family, owner-occupied homes.

The properties will be open for inspection so interested parties can walk through. A reserve bid has been set for each property.

                             Address                                    Open for Viewing                                Minimum Bid

                    129 5th Avenue NE                      January 7, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                 $7,500.00
                    608 1st Avenue SE                      January 9, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                  $5,000.00
                    620 3rd Avenue SW                     January 10, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.                $5,000.00

The deadline to submit sealed bids along with proposals for property development and proof of attainable funds is January 22, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Bids will be opened at 11:30 A.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers and presented to Council for action January 27, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. The Council will award properties to the highest bidder and/or best proposal submitted. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Once the property has been awarded, closing documents will be prepared. Sales will be subject to deed restrictions.

The new property owner(s) will be required to follow guidelines that have been set in place.

• The new owner/contractor will provide the City with a plan for rehabilitation/renovation
• Work on the property is to begin within 30 days of accepting the deed
• All work shall be completed within one year
• The property cannot be used as a rental or generate rental income for 7 years
• Property cannot be sold on contract for a minimum of 7 years

The Oelwein City Council may have additional requirements.

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.