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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

• Marvin Duff Retirement Party - Jan 25th 3 p.m.

Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Marvin Duff on January 25th from 3-5 p.m. at Elkader City Hall.
See the invitation.


Career Opportunity - Chief of Police:
The Chief of Police is a combination of a professional/administrative and patrol position responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Elkader Police Department to ensure effective enforcement of laws and ordinances. The Chief of Police is a member of a three-officer department that provides 16 hours of coverage/day. Application is due no later than January 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
See the full job description.
Get the job application as a PDF or DOC file:

Pool Manager for the 2017 Pool Season:
Full-time seasonal position. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age, able to establish good working relationships with all ages, have excellent organizational skills and be able to work independently at the direction of a volunteer Board. Past supervisory experience preferred. Resume is due by January 9, 2017. Send resume to
Elkader City Hall, PO Box 427, Elkader, IA 52043
or via email to elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net

Cleaning Services for Opera House:
The Historic Elkader Opera House is seeking a conscientious individual to be a care-taker for this historic building. They would be contracted on an hourly rate to ensure the building is attractive and inviting to visitors. Tasks would include weekly cleaning; cleaning before/after performances; small periodic maintenance projects; and communicating the need for other maintenance projects. This position requires some weekend hours.

A letter of interest including three job references should be submitted by January 9, 2017 to:
Elkader City Hall, PO Box 427, Elkader IA 52043
Call (563) 245-2098 for information. General liability insurance is the responsibility of the contractor and must be provided upon employment/hiring. The City of Elkader is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

• City Council Meetings

The council normally meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays in the City Council Chambers. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m.

• 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.

• 2016 Water Quality Report for Elkader Muni Water Dept.
• City Council Meetings

The council normally meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays in the City Council Chambers. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m.

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 Marla at City Hall, 245-2098.

• Whitewater Park Update

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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