Archive for Living in Carlisle

Seeking Donations for Indoor Play dates

It’s cold outside so come play INSIDE!

Carlisle Parks and Rec’s newest program will be starting in January.  Children ages 1 year to Preschool age can bring their mom or dad to enjoy unstructured play in an open indoor space at the Carlisle Rec Center.  The fun begins on January 4th and run every THURSDAY until February 22nd, 9:30am to 11:30am.  Cost will be $1 per child.  Adults are free.

Parks and Rec Department is seeking donations of new or gently used play equipment.  Suggested items include any ride-on toys, little tykes/playschool basketball hoops, play mats, large cars or dump trucks, small bounce house, crawl through tunnels, small tents, slides, and jumbo blocks.  Donations can be dropped off at Carlisle City Hall or to request pick-up please contact

Ronda Frost – or 515-707-2030

Mayor’s Community Update – by Ruth Randleman

In recent years and months, the community of Carlisle has been busy with improvements and projects.  While I enjoy the chance to talk one-on-one with many of you, I would also like to help communicate more of what we are accomplishing.

We are utilizing several methods to help us stay connected with our citizens, examples being our web site, social media (Twitter and Facebook), regular newsletters, published council minutes and my monthly Mayor’s Coffee, but any added information is always helpful to us all.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful new trail.  Many years of hard work have resulted in an amenity that allows more children to walk to school safely, more people to visit our community, more opportunities for health and recreational activity, and more enjoyment of “Carlisle, the Natural Choice”!  And of great significance, regarding this project, is the effort that resulted in offsetting over 80% of the local costs with grants and allocations.

Public Safety continues to be a priority, with the addition to our Fire/Rescue facility and added paramedic staff, improving response times and improving working conditions for our first responders.

Our community continues to work with developers and the Warren County Economic Development Corporation.  Through planning and vision, we’ve seen added housing and some great new, expanded, or relocated businesses come to our community.

I am pleased to announce we have addressed many of the desires of citizens that were expressed in a past community survey.  This does however make demands on the city budget.  We’ve undertaken planning efforts with our budget and capital improvements that have resulted in better budget management and tax levy control.

We’ve improved several streets in the past few years and are working on an improved entrance to Lindhardt (South) Park.  We’ve also started the process on School Street improvements, while initiating steps to improve the Highway 5 and Scotch Ridge Road intersection.  In addition, we’re working with the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding a traffic signal at Gateway Drive.

With a local option sales tax now in place for streets, sidewalks and public safety, the finances behind our maintenance and improvements will be better managed.  And, we’re responsibly setting aside portions of that levy for future projects.

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that make Carlisle a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Closing on a sad note, I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of Steve O’Braza, our public works director.  Steve was a dedicated public servant with over 35 years of service to our community.  The void is immense, and Carlisle will not be the same.  He will be missed.

The Friends of the Carlisle Parks has established a memorial fund.  Steve loved our parks and trails, so a project that honors his memory will be selected.

Help us by providing input with comments, questions and conversation.

Please contact me.
Mayor Ruth Randleman

Pumpkinfest 2017

Pumpkin Fest is this Weekend! Check out what is happening:


Full-time Police Officer Position opening at Carlisle Police Department. Please see the attached application and full description below for details.

Completed police department application, copy of transcripts and copy of driver’s license must be submitted to the Carlisle Police Department by the application deadline. Incomplete or late submittals will NOT be considered.  Applications submitted by fax will not be accepted.

Deadline to Apply:         Friday, November 3, 2017 4:30 PM

PT TEST WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 AT 8:00 AM. Please meet at the Carlisle Police Department promptly for testing to begin, 195 N 1st Street. For those successfully completing the Physical Agility test, an initial interview will be conducted later that day.

Again, only those that have sent in the completed materials will be asked to take part on this test date.

  • Completed police department application; found at
  • copy of transcripts
  • copy of driver’s license

These must be submitted to the Carlisle Police Department by the application deadline. Incomplete or late submittals will NOT be considered. Applications submitted by fax will not be accepted. Please mail or drop off at Carlisle Police Department, 195 N. 1st Street, Carlisle, Iowa 50047. Questions may be directed by telephone to the Carlisle Police Department at (515) 989-4121 or by email to:

Interim Chief Matt Koch

Job Description

Carlisle POLICE Department Application


The City of Carlisle is an Equal Opportunity Employer


HIRTA Wants to Hear From You This Weekend

Carlisle Youth Athletics Winter Sports

Carlisle Youth Athletics is now taking registrations for winter sport activities.

Please follow the link below to register.




Janet Ray Fitness November Class Registration

Classes are held at the Carlisle Rec Center

1230 South 5th Street

Contact Janet Ray to register


HIRTA Wants Your Thoughts

The Heartland of Iowa Regional Transportation Authority (HIRTA), which operates a public transportation service in the City of Carlisle would like your thoughts in a quick 6 question survey. The answers you provide will give us a view of the public transportation needs of our community. Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to complete the survey!

You can reach the survey at: Public Transportation Survey



Our Community Needs You Again!

This is time sensitive—please send to everyone you can! Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who voted! The Carlisle Nature Trail made it to the final of the Iowa League of Cities People’s Choice All-Star Competition by only a few votes.

Now we have to beat Nevada in the final showdown. Every single vote is going to matter, so please vote and share often.

Deadline is noon on Thursday, so please act now!! Click on the link and vote, then share this email!

Click Here to Vote!!!

Today is Last day to register for Babysitting Course

Registration form, Medical release, and payment can be turned into Carlisle City Hall before 5pm today or in the Dropbox behind City Hall.


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Babysitting Course flyer 2017