City of Kelley, Iowa

City of Kelley, Iowa Look here for information about the small town of Kelley, Iowa! Look at Impressum for more information regarding hours/locations BACKGROUND AND HISTORY: Kelley is located in Washington and Palestine Township in the central part of Story County, Iowa, approximately five miles south of Ames and twenty-five miles north of Des Moines.

NORWEGIAN TOWN WITH AN IRISH NAME: Kelley is recorded as first being settled in the 1850’s by its namesake, George Kelley. Mr. Kelley helped bring the community to life by building some of Kelley’s earliest establishments including the first school and church. Other early establishments include a stone quarry, the C. S. Giddings Tile Factory and a post office built in 1875. The town grew and served many residents with a bank, hotel, three grocery stores, hardware store, pool hall, butcher shop, barber, livery stable, two elevators, two depots and many more businesses. The electric Inter-Urban train ran from Fort Dodge, Boone, Kelley and then to Des Moines. Larger than both Slater and Ames in the 1800’s, Kelley had much to offer because of its proximity to the railroad and access to the Inter-Urban train. Churches have been an important part of the town history. The first church was built in 1856 for the United Brethren Congregation. Originally planned to be the United Brethren School, insufficient aid was received so Reverend Marks and the congregation built only a church. In the spring of 1876, Reverend Parmenter oversaw construction of the First Congregational Church. Over the years, one of the churches disbanded and the Congregational Church held joint services. The Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Slater remodeled the old church and changed its name to Lincoln Church. It was later determined that a new church, the North Bethlehem Church, was to be built just south of Kelley on Erick Cleveland’s land. In 1902 the congregation reorganized and called themselves the Betania Norwegian Lutheran Church, served by Reverend H. Holman. Conducted in the Norwegian language for nearly a decade, in 1911 the congregation decided to have ten annual services spoken in the English language. The church was moved in 1916 to its present site in Kelley. Kelley built the first school in 1854 of logs and an earthen floor. The second school was built of brick and could house only grades one through eight. A third school, the most recent and longest lived, was built in 1916. A site of a number of tournaments, this school’s gymnasium was the best in the county for many years. The school housed grades one through twelve until 1948, when high school students transferred to Huxley. Kelley and the surrounding communities, including Huxley, Slater and Cambridge, formed the Ballard Community School District around 1960. The Kelley school was closed and demolished in the 1990’s. During the 1920’s, growing use of the automobile and the Chicago Northwestern Railroad led to the rapid decline of Kelley’s business district. Although surrounding communities have continued to grow, only a few businesses, including the post office, woodworking shop, rural fire department and a Lutheran Church serve the small bedroom community today. Elementary students now attend school in Slater or Cambridge, while junior high and senior high students go to Huxley. Through the years, Kelley has retained its small town atmosphere and saw little change in population. Over the past ten years, the population has increased, numbering 300 in 2000, and the town continues to grow. With employment and services available in larger towns nearby, more and more people choose the quality of life and rural setting of Kelley.

Operating as usual

You can apply for disaster assistance until October 19,2020
09/10/2020
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You can apply for disaster assistance until October 19,2020

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09/08/2020

COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT
7 PM CITY HALL
1111 GRACE STREET

09/03/2020

Council Meeting
Tuesday September 8th 7pm
at City Hall 1111 Grace st

From the Governor's office Individuals and Business owners in Story County may now apply for FEMA Individual Assistance ...
09/02/2020

From the Governor's office
Individuals and Business owners in Story County may now apply for FEMA Individual Assistance Program. You can apply online at
disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
All questions need to be directed to FEMA's helpline listed above.
City Hall is unable to assist you in this process.

08/28/2020

LAST CHANCE for Curbside pick of branches... Has been changed to Monday.
FinCo will be in Kelley on Monday to pick up the last of the branches.

08/26/2020

LAST CHANCE for Curbside pick of branches - Friday, August 28th.
If at all possible please put 10" and larger in 1 pile and smaller in different piles. Also, it makes it a much quicker process if the cut end of branches are all facing same direction.

08/21/2020

**** SATURDAY'S VOLUNTEER UPDATE****
We did not receive much of a repose for those who wanted help this Saturday. There for we will fill those requests with local volunteers.

08/18/2020

Story County Emergency Management is organizing volunteers to help clean up trees. They will be in Kelley on Saturday August 22nd. We will need to know if you need help. Please let city hall know by noon on Thursday August 20.
City Hall 515-769-2213

08/16/2020

Curbside pick of branches on Friday - August 21st AND Friday August 28th. If at all possible please put 10" and larger in 1 pile and smaller in different piles. Also, it makes it a much quicker process if the cut end of branches are all facing same direction.

08/14/2020

Curbside pick of branches on Friday - August 21st AND Friday August 28th. If at all possible please put 10" and larger in 1 pile and smaller in different piles. Also, it makes it a much quicker process if the cut end of branches are all facing same direction.

07/14/2020

Council Meeting TONIGHT!
July 14th
1111 Grace street
7pm

06/08/2020

Council meeting Tomorrow night

Tuesday June 9th 7pm

Kelley City Hall

It's that time of year!Here are the rules for Fireworks in the City of Kelley.
06/03/2020

It's that time of year!

Here are the rules for Fireworks in the City of Kelley.

05/11/2020

Council Meeting Tuesday May 12 7pm

Kelley City Hall

1111 Grace Street

05/05/2020

Council Meeting Next Tuesday
May 12th 7pm
City Hall 1111 Grace Street

04/08/2020

The city is flushing hydrants this week

04/06/2020

Due to COVID 19 Restrictions City of Kelley has cancelled the April Council Meeting. Next regular meeting is May 12th 7pm at Kelley City Hall

04/06/2020

NOTICE
PER COVID19 RESTRICTIONS
CITY PARKS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

03/09/2020

Council Meeting
Tomorrow night
March 10th 7pm
City Hall 1111 Grace Street

02/10/2020

Council Meeting Tomorrow night
February 11 7pm City Hall

02/04/2020

Council Meeting
Next Tuesday Night!
February 11th 7pm at City Hall. 1111 Grace Street

01/29/2020

****City of Kelley****
is now accepting bids for the 2020 mowing season.
Sealed bids due by 5pm on Wednesday February 5th 2020
For more information contact City Hall 515-769-2213
[email protected]

01/22/2020
01/21/2020

****With the next storm coming remember ****
Snow ordinances are in effect. (November 1-April 1)
Section 69.10 states: No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on a public street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall.
Vehicles not following this ordinance will be ticketed and towed.

01/20/2020

****City of Kelley****
is now accepting bids for the 2020 mowing season.
Sealed bids due by 5pm on Wednesday February 5th 2020
For more information contact City Hall 515-769-2213
[email protected]

01/14/2020

Council meeting tonight!
7pm City Hall
1111 Grace Street

01/06/2020

Next council meeting
Tuesday January 14th
7pm City Hall

Written offer in a sealed envelope with name and phone number must be turned into Slater City Hall NO LATERthan 5 pm on ...
01/03/2020

Written offer in a sealed envelope with name and phone number must be turned into Slater City Hall NO LATER
than 5 pm on January 8th 2020
For more information or questions contact Kelley City Hall
515-769-2213 or [email protected]

Written offer in a sealed envelope with name and phone number must be turned into Slater City Hall NO LATERthan 5 pm on ...
12/18/2019

Written offer in a sealed envelope with name and phone number must be turned into Slater City Hall NO LATER
than 5 pm on January 8th 2020
For more information or questions contact Kelley City Hall
515-769-2213 or [email protected]

12/10/2019

council meeting tonight!
7pm at City Hall

for sale2009 Ariens 824E snow blowerElectric StartOnly used 1 season Runs goodPick up from City of KelleyWritten offer i...
12/03/2019

for sale
2009 Ariens 824E snow blower
Electric Start
Only used 1 season
Runs good
Pick up from City of Kelley

Written offer in a sealed envelope with name and phone number must be turned into Slater City Hall NO LATER
than 5 pm on January 8th 2020
For more information or questions contact Kelley City Hall
515-769-2213 or [email protected]

Please get out and vote!For Mayor and 3 council membersCity Hall 1111 Grace Street 7am-8pm
11/05/2019

Please get out and vote!
For Mayor and 3 council members
City Hall 1111 Grace Street 7am-8pm

Kelley's Trick or treat is October 31st 6-8pm
10/25/2019

Kelley's Trick or treat is October 31st 6-8pm

09/30/2019

Next council meeting
October 8th 7pm
Kelley City Hall

09/05/2019

Election day is November 5, 2019.
Due to a legislative change, the election will combine city and school elections. Polling location for Kelley residents will be City Hall 1111 Grace Street. Polling times will be from 7 am to 8 pm. On the city side of the election residents will need to vote for mayor and three council member seats. Mayor serves a two year term, while the council seats are four year terms. All candidates must complete and submit an Affidavit of Candidacy with their nomination papers. This affidavit is a written form that includes the office being sought and the candidate’s signature witnessed by a notary public. All documents can be picked up at city hall. Notary publics are also available at city hall. All nomination papers must be submitted to the City Clerk at City Hall no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th. For questions please call 515-769-2213.

Address

1111 Grace St
Kelley, IA
50134

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(515) 769-2213

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FYI: The city is flushing hydrants this week so don't be surprised if you have spells of dark water.
Just wanted to make people aware - in the past couple months we have seen a red fox and a bobcat on the south side of Kelley. Just know they are around...
Has anyone lost a male, gray and white long haired cat? It has been terrorizing my dogs for weeks. One of them can jump the fence and possibly kill the cat. Please contact me if you've lost your cat or have an outside cat that roams the neighborhood. There's also a female dark grayish short hair with possible faint stripes that has been seen as well.
when will beggars night be this year?
Is there a place to download or find the Auto Pay enrollment form for the water bills?
Help me I'm lost and would really like to get back into my warm home. I've been wondering around Van Fleet for a couple of days. If you know where I belong, please Call City Hall to make arrangements to pick me up.
Some low life stole one of our bows from the truck parked in our yard earlier this week. Kelley friends - apparently our small town isn't what it used to be with these losers hanging out in it. The cops are around way too often...
When is beggars night in Kelley?
Candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County
Neighbors: One of our local Hyvee managers (Kevin Mills at 640 Lincoln Wy) has given us a discount to help us out. You may print it out and share with those off of FB, and/or bring it up on your phone during checkout. There's no bar code so if anyone disputes it just give them his name. Please note that he has it to expire July 7th, so use and share before then!
Will there be mosquito spraying this summer now that our entire town has become a breeding ground? Please?!
We found a small kitten in our yard just a little bit ago. Is anyone interested in it? We have enough animals. Obviously needs a vet visit. Eyes were pretty gunk filled.