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207 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 427
Elkader, IA 52043
Phone: (563)245-2098
Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
including the noon hour
Mayor & City Council
Josh Pope, Mayor
Roger Buchholz
Daryl Koehn
Peggy Lane
Kevin Lau
Curtis Ruhser

Jennifer Cowsert
City Administrator/Clerk
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Caitlin Frazer-Administrative Assistant/Deputy City Clerk
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Non-Discrimination Statement
The City of Elkader is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Read the full non-discrimination statement.
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City Notices

• E-Bill and Online Bill Pay

The City of Elkader now offers paperless E-Billing and Online Bill Pay for utility bills and other City payments. To sign up for E-Billing and Online Bill Pay see the links below:

Get instructions for E-Billing and Online Bill Pay:

Email the City Clerk to Sign up for E-Billing

• Career Opportunity - Police Officer

The City of Elkader is currently accepting applications for a Police Officer. Interested candidates must meet ILEA standards (standards are available at www.ileatraining.org). A two-year degree is preferred, but not required, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The successful candidate must be highly motivated, ethical, team oriented, flexible, and dedicated to the principals of community policing.

The City of Elkader offers a competitive wage, excellent health insurance benefit, participation in IPERS and a family-friendly environment in which to live.

The City of Elkader is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications available (see links below), by calling (563) 245-2098, or by emailing elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net. Completed applications should be submitted to City Clerk, P.O. Box 427, Elkader, IA 52043 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Get the job application as a PDF or DOC file:

• Housing Incentives Program - New Program

The Housing Incentives Program offers discounts and free services to qualifing individuals who are interested in building a new home, purchasing a home or remodeling a home in Elkader. See the links below for more information and application forms.
Incentives for Building a New Home
Incentives for Purchasing a Home
Incentives for Remodeling a Home

• Public Art Project Call for Artists

Elkader Byway Public Art Project - The piece of public art developed will be located within Founder's Park in downtown Elkader. This call is open to all qualified artists or teams thereof 18 years of age and older. Priority will be given to Iowa artists and artists within or with close ties to the City of Elkader. Postmark/Email deadline date is September 15th, 2017
See the Public Art in Elkader flyer for complete information

• Swimming Lessons Info & Registration
• Clayton County Park User Survey

The Clayton County Conservation Board is updating their 5-yr plan and asking residents to complete an online survey. To participate in the survey follow the link below.
Get the online survey

• 2017 Water Quality Report for Elkader Muni Water Dept.
Spring Yard Waste Pick Up

March 27, April 3 and April 10th

See the Yard Waste Notice

• City Council Meetings

The council normally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in the City Council Chambers. Occasionally meetings are scheduled for a different date or time. Please call City Hall at (563)245-2098 to confirm meeting date and time.

• Recycling Schedule
• Curbside Glass Recycling Discontinued

Due to the lack of demand for glass in recovered materials markets, Hawkeye Recycling will no longer accept glass with curbside recycling. This is effective immediately and until further notice.

Drive-Up Drop Box for Utility Bill Customers

See a map of the new drive-up drop-box location
The City of Elkader is announcing a new convenience for utility bill customers – a drive-up drop box. Located in the alley behind the City Hall/Opera House, on the northwest corner of the city parking lot, customers can drop off their bill payment in a secure box without having to leave their cars. The current drop box is located to the right of the City Hall door but some customers have problems navigating the steep curb to get to the sidewalk. The new box will provide greater flexibility for customers. As always, direct withdrawal from your bank account is also available. Read information about the autopay procedure and get a direct payment preauthorization agreement form using the links below.
Autopay Procedure Letter
Preauthorization Agreement Form for Direct Payments (ACH Debits)
For more information, please contact Caitlin at City Hall, 245-2098.

• Whitewater Park

The whitewater features (Gobbler Wave, High-Flow Wave Structure Boulder Island and the Fish/Canoe passage) were built in 2013. Improved river access on the west bank of the Turkey River was completed in 2014.
Whitewater Park website
See the live whitewater webcam

Trick-or-Treat in Elkader - Oct. 31st

5-7 p.m. Trick-or-Treat day and hours will remain constant for future years.

Downtown Historic District Application Approved

The City's application for a National Register Historic District was approved by the National Park Service on March 13, 2012.

Digital copies of the site inventory forms and the nomination documents are available below.

• Downtown Historic District Nomination Documents

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Elkader Downtown Historic District Documentation Form - 9 MB PDF
Elkader Downtown Historic District Nomination Form - 7.2 MB PDF

Downtown Historic District Site Inventory Forms

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