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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
Council members:
Roger Buchholz
Daryl Koehn
Peggy Lane
Kevin Lau
Curtis Ruhser

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

• Career Opportunity

Main Street Elkader Director/Economic Development Director
Elkader, Iowa, a dynamic, progressive community in northeast Iowa, is seeking a talented, highly-motivated individual to serve as the Main Street Elkader Director/Economic Development Director.

The successful candidate will have considerable experience in economic development or community planning, experience working with boards to improve the business community, experience motivating/ recruiting volunteers and will be passionate about sustaining a vibrant rural community. A bachelor's degree is preferred but an equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

Elkader has had a successful and award-winning Main Street Elkader program for over 25 years. This position will work -/+ 25 hours a week at the direction of the Main Street Elkader Board of Directors and sub-committees to develop creative ways to continue this tradition of success.

This position will also work -/+ 15 hours a week for the Elkader Development Corporation to strengthen the Elkader area economy and promote business expansion, retention, and attraction. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset.

To become a member of the team dedicated to supporting the economic viability of Elkader, please submit a cover letter and resumé to: City of Elkader, MS/EDC Search Committee, PO Box 427, Elkader IA 52043 or via email at elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 20, 2018. The salary for this position is $32,000 (non-negotiable) plus benefits applicable to a full-time City employee (health insurance, life insurance, IPERS).
See the full job description for more information.

• Hydrant Flushing April 16th – 30th

The City of Elkader will be flushing hydrants throughout the community from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents may experience low water pressure during this process. There may also be rusty water and/or air in the lines. Run an outside faucet to clear. Call City Hall at (563)245-2098 if you have additional questions.

• 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

• Housing Incentives Program - New Program

The Housing Incentives Program offers discounts and free services to qualifying 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

• Snow Removal and Winter Weather Reminders
• 2017 Water Quality Report for Elkader Muni Water Dept.
• 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 auto pay 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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