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

05/06/2021

Council Meeting
May 11, 2021
7pm City Hall

04/13/2021

council meeting tonight
April 13th 7pm
City Hall

04/06/2021

Council Meeting Next Tuesday
April 13th 7pm
City Hall 1111 Grace St

03/09/2021

COUNCIL TONIGHT!
7PM CITY HALL
1111 GRACE ST

03/02/2021

council meeting Next Tuesday March 9th 7pm City Hall

Notice of Public Hearing for 2022 Proposed Budget
02/25/2021

Notice of Public Hearing for 2022 Proposed Budget

Notice of Public Hearing for 2022 Proposed Budget

02/09/2021

Council Meeting tonight!
7pm City Hall
1111 Grace street

02/03/2021

Next Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 9th
7 pm City Hall 1111 Grace street

Proposed Max Levy Public Notice Fiscal Year 2021-2022next council meeting is February 9th7pm City Hall
01/28/2021

Proposed Max Levy Public Notice Fiscal Year 2021-2022
next council meeting is February 9th
7pm City Hall

Proposed Max Levy Public Notice Fiscal Year 2021-2022
next council meeting is February 9th
7pm City Hall

REMINDER:Winter Season Regulations SIDEWALKS:  It is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to remove snow, i...
01/14/2021

REMINDER:

Winter Season Regulations
SIDEWALKS: It is the responsibility of the
abutting property owner to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within a reasonable time, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.
SNOWMOBILES: Snowmobiles may be
operated upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season for the sole and exclusive purpose of using the most direct roadway for the ingress to and egress from the City. No snowmobile shall be driven on any roadway solely for entertainment or pleasure. Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or upon any other City-owned
property without the express permission of the City. A Snowmobile shall not be operated on any City land without a snow cover of at least one-tenth of one inch.
DUMPING OF SNOW: It is unlawful for any
person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley
temporarily, such accumulation shall be
removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.
SNOW REMOVAL: A peace officer is authorized to remove, or cause to be removed, a vehicle from a street or highway, alley, parking lot to the nearest garage or other place of safety when any vehicle is left parking in violation of a ban on parking during snow removal
operations.
Also, please help keep snow removed from around fire hydrants.

REMINDER:

Winter Season Regulations
SIDEWALKS: It is the responsibility of the
abutting property owner to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within a reasonable time, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.
SNOWMOBILES: Snowmobiles may be
operated upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season for the sole and exclusive purpose of using the most direct roadway for the ingress to and egress from the City. No snowmobile shall be driven on any roadway solely for entertainment or pleasure. Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or upon any other City-owned
property without the express permission of the City. A Snowmobile shall not be operated on any City land without a snow cover of at least one-tenth of one inch.
DUMPING OF SNOW: It is unlawful for any
person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley
temporarily, such accumulation shall be
removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.
SNOW REMOVAL: A peace officer is authorized to remove, or cause to be removed, a vehicle from a street or highway, alley, parking lot to the nearest garage or other place of safety when any vehicle is left parking in violation of a ban on parking during snow removal
operations.
Also, please help keep snow removed from around fire hydrants.

01/11/2021

Council Meeting Tomorrow Night
Jan 12 7pm City Hall
1111 Grace Street

01/05/2021

Council Meeting Next Tuesday
Jan 12 7pm City Hall

WINTER IS COMING–     Snow ordinances are in effect. (November 1-April 1)       Section 69.10 states: No person shall pa...
12/29/2020

WINTER IS COMING–
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 the 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.

Kelley City Hall will be closed Thursday December 24th, Friday December 25th and Friday January 1st
12/17/2020

Kelley City Hall will be closed Thursday December 24th, Friday December 25th and Friday January 1st

12/08/2020

council meeting tonight
7pm city hall
1111 grace street

12/01/2020

Council Meeting Next Tuesday
December 8th 7pm
City Hall 1111 Grace Street

City Hall will be closed on November 26th & 27th. We will resume normal hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm on Monday November 3...
11/19/2020

City Hall will be closed on November 26th & 27th. We will resume normal hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm on Monday November 30th. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

11/10/2020

Council Meeting Tonight!
November 10th 7pm
City Hall

11/04/2020

Next Council Meeting is Tuesday, November 10th 7pm City Hall

10/12/2020

Council Meeting Tuesday
October 13th 7pm City Hall
1111 Grace Street

10/06/2020

Council Meeting Next Tuesday
October 13th 7pm City Hall
1111 Grace Street

You can apply for disaster assistance until October 19,2020
09/10/2020
Home | disasterassistance.gov

You can apply for disaster assistance until October 19,2020

You can find more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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

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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I found this Christmas program from Kelley School that was performed sometime before the 1958 Ballard Consolidation.
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!