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Saturday April 29, 2017


All items must be brought to the recycling bin area off Thomas Street (by the Star Energy Gas Pumps) between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. THERE IS NO CURB SIDE PICK UP.

$0 fee for appliances containing freon (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers). 

The following items are NOT accepted: flammable, chemicals, petroleum or toxic items; paint, tires, cement or construction debris;

$15 fee for televisions and monitors; you must pay in advance and get a receipt from city hall to dispose of these items.

There will be a sign up sheet at the post office and at City Hall.  Please Do Not drop off your junk prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 11:00 a.m. Questions call City Hall 548-3859.


CDBG HOUSING REHABILIATION GRANT - The City of Callender has been awarded a grant  through the Iowa Economic Development Authority for an Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.  This  program provides homeowners the opportunity to rehabilitate their home in accordance with the Iowa Minimum Housing Standards and provides a maximum of $24,999 in funding. The form of assistance is a five-year receding forgivable loan.  The five-year receding forgivable loan is technically a conditional grant, whereby the full amount of the five-year receding forgivable loan is completely waived (or released) over time.  The conditional part of this form of assistance is that the property must remain the owner’s principal place of residence for a five-year period following the completion and acceptance date of the rehabilitation project in order to be fully forgiven. Some of the items addressed during rehabilitation are: Windows, Doors, Roofs, Siding, Furnace and Electrical work. If you are interested please come to City Hall to pick up an application!  

 – The city was recently approved federal grant money to purchase backup generators for the water treatment and wastewater plant. With back-up generators in place we will meet goals as identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Having these generators in place will further address water concerns; specifically water back-ups in basements during periods of high rain and electrical outages.  We are hopeful to have more information and updates to support this project in the near future.


Additional information and reminders:


LOST AND FOUND – if you recently lost a set of keys please come and claim it at City Hall.

AUTOMATED UTILITY METERS READERS –Cost effectiveness discussions remain with tentative plans include this as a capital project expense on future budgets and build reserves which will cost approximately $36,000.  With automated meter readers we can eliminate manual meter reads and manual entries in the utility billing software.  This information will be captured electronically.  In the interim, if you are questioning meter reads, it is a priority of the city to have utility meters manually read the 1st and 2nd of each month; unless the 1st and 2nd is on a weekend it will follow Monday /Tuesday. If customers are questioning their meter reads/ consumption,  they can read their meters on the 1st and 2nd and compare them to the numbers reported on their utility bills. People with animals can also secure animals inside so meters can be read timely without delays and safety concerns.  



CALLENDAR MEMORIAL PROGRAM - Last year the Callender City Council launched a new Callender Memorial Program and recognized two individuals who recently passed away;  Faye Sollie and Florence Jondle.  Rosebushes and a Memorial Tree dedication commenced.  Site and plans at the City Park to display memorial marker plaques has not yet been identified. If you are interested in helping the city with this project, please contact city hall or come to a future city council meeting. If you would like to recognize someone with a rosebush or tree please contact city hall for a form. The City will acknowledge memorials at Annual Callender Area Harvest and Music Fest celebrations.  There is a form called “Callender Memorial Program Agreement” which outlines Memorial Trees, Rosebushes, or other approved plant may be planted in approved areas of Callender City Park to honor the memory of deceased family and friends.


GRASS & MOWING REMINDERS   Please mow your grass before it reaches the height of 12 inches or more.  Avoid property maintenance code penalties that could result in a minimum fee of $175.00 per occurrence and filed with the County Treasurer for nonpayment. 


JUNK VEHICLES  are a violation of City Ordinance Chapter 51.  There have been several recent reports of junk vehicles in town; vehicles that haven’t moved for over one year period of time, etc.   Avoid receiving a violation notice from the city and correct these problems. 


REMINDER - 911 ADDRESSES  - There have been instances when emergency personnel could not find a person due to the absence of numbering on buildings and houses. If you do not currently have numbers of your homes and businesses, would you please take a moment and make this a priority asap? Under Iowa Code Section 364.12(3) (d) A city requires that “911” Address be displayed and visible from the street. 


DOGS Please pick up after your dogs when walking them inside the city limits.  55.08   ANNOYANCE OR DISTURBANCE.  It is unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow or permit such dog to cause serious annoyance or disturbance to any person by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise, or by running after or chasing persons, bicycles, automobiles or other vehicles.  50.01    DEFINITION OF NUISANCE.  Whatever is injurious to health, indecent, or unreasonably offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property so as essentially to interfere unreasonably with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is a nuisance. The  conditions which are deemed to be nuisances in the City includes: Offensive Smells and Filth or Noisome Substance. 




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