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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
Robert C. Garms, Mayor
Roger Buchholz
Rob Frieden
Daryl Koehn
Peggy Lane
Curtis Ruhser

Jennifer Cowsert
City Administrator/Clerk
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Marla Reimer, Deputy City Clerk
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Elkader CIty Hall entrance
Elkader City Hall, 207 N. Main St.

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City Notices

• Additional Hydrant Flushing - Oct. 20 & 21

Throughout all of Elkader - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents may experience short periods of low water pressure during this process. There may also be rusty water and/or air in the lines. Run a faucet to clear.

• Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk - Oct. 18

turkeyLocation: Elkader City Park; registration 12:00 Noon, race begins at 1:00 P.M. The route will be on Pony Hollow Trail. Turkey-themed or fall-themed costumes are encouraged! Prizes for best costumes. Pre-registration required if you want a T-shirt. Registration forms can be picked up and returned to Elkader City Hall or Osborne Nature Center. Sponsored by the Turkey River Recreational Corridor. Get the registration form.

• High Street NE Construction Updates

High Street construction update (10/10/2014) The section of High Street NE from Gunder Road to the bowling alley is open, so all businesses along High Street NE are accessible from the Gunder Road side.

Those needing to access Auto Collision Specialists will need to go through Johnson's Restaurant parking lot.

Those needing to access businesses in the Industrial Park will need to use Gunder Road.

As of Monday, October 13, the exit from Hwy 13 will be inaccessible and vehicles will need to use the High Street SOUTHEAST (by the City Park) entrance.

Residents are encouraged to drive slowly in order to read the signs. Patience during this project is appreciated. Questions or comments can be directed to City Hall at (563) 245-2098 or email at elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net.

Updates will be posted here on the City Hall page and on the Main Street Elkader Facebook page.

• 2014 Water Quality Report for Elkader Muni Water Dept.
• City Council Meetings

Normally the council 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.

• 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.

• 2014 Water Quality Report for Elkader Muni Water Dept.
• Whitewater Park Update

The whitewater features (Gobbler Wave, High-Flow Wave Structure Boulder Island and the Fish/Canoe passage) were built in 2013. Construction should be completed on the improved river access in the Spring of 2014.
Whitewater Park website
See the live whitewater webcam

• 2014 Recycling Schedule available

Get the 2014 Recycling Schedule

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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