Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Disaster Assistance Available

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Storm Clean Up

Due to last night’s storm, the City will pick up residential tree storm damage. The direction and time of the of the pickup will be determined by the City. The storm debris must be taken to the curb under the following conditions:

     Large debris should be cut into maximum 10' lengths.  Stacked so it does not present a safety hazard for the general public and so it does not
     block sidewalks, driveways or roadways.  The debris must be on the city right of way property as they will not be removed from private property
     or out of any alleys.

     The stacked area must be clear of parked behicles and easily accessible for the equipment.

     The City will make two passes through each of the four quadrants.  We will begin to pick up debris in the following order:  SE, NE, NW and 
     finishing in the SW.

     If you do not have your debris out in time it is your responsibility to dispose of it.

     If you wish more timely removal, the City yard waste site located in the 400 block of 7th Avenue SW is open 24/7 for Oelwein residents.  Please 
     be patient as the site is seeing a lot of traffic.

We appreciate everyone who is helping to clear debris.

Code Enforcement Officer Wanted

Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Oelwein is looking for a motivated, team-oriented individual that takes pride in follow-through and completion of work. Must have a positive outlook on local government, great work ethic and regular attendance. Candidate will inspect properties and/or complaints concerning violation of municipal code. 

Help Wanted

Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator

City of Oelwein is looking for a motivated, team oriented, excellent character individual who takes pride in completion of work. Must have a positive outlook on local government, great work ethic and regular attendance. Candidate will work as assigned in a laboratory, operations, industrial pretreatment, repairs, or installation and maintenance of wastewater facilities. As well as in water treatment, water distribution, sewer collection, streets, and storm sewers. Responsible for laboratory testing, record keeping and wastewater compliance regulation. An emphasis in wastewater, chemistry, science, or related field is a plus. Basic qualifications are educational experience or work experience that will facilitate acquisition of a Grade 4 Iowa Wastewater Certification within 5 years. Pre-employment physical is required along with mandated drug and alcohol testing to acquire an Iowa CDL. Pay range 1st year is $20.85-27.59. Excellent Benefits. Awesome health insurance plus longevity. Position opened until filled. A detailed job description is available along with Exam Eligibility Requirements are available.  Send cover letter, resume, application and grade transcript to Oelwein City Hall 20 2nd Ave SW, Oelwein, IA 50662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The City of Oelwein is an equal opportunity employer.

2021 Water Main Project

Work is anticipated to begin on the 2021 Water Main Improvements Project July 14, 2021.  Areas of improvement include

     1st Street NE from 8th Avenue to 12th Avenue NE
     12th Avenue SE from East Charles to Middle School and on 1st Street SE from Hillside Dr East to 12th Avenue SE
     5th Street SE from 5th Avenue SE to 9th Avenue SE
     6th Avenue SE from 5th Street SE to 7th Street SE

Please check here for more information on the project. Contact information can also be found here.


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.