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Summer Rec has started!

Summer Rec has started!

We have many openings for lots of the fun activities we go to.  Check with Carlisle City Hall for details!

REMINDER:  Drop off and Pick up will be at the Carlisle Community Building!

City Council Vacancy

Last night, Carlisle City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Josiah Doughty. Josiah and his family will be moving for a job opportunity in Mississippi. It was noted by several council members that Josiah did a great job of jumping in to his position with both feet after he was appointed. He took an active approach in leadership and made a point to work closely with elected officials and staff to tackle many different topics. He will definitely be missed by the community and we wish him and his family luck in their new adventure.

Councilman Doughty’s position runs through December 31, 2019 and is up for election this year. After accepting Councilman Doughty’s resignation, Council decided to move forward with appointment proceedings. We will be accepting applications from interested citizens to be appointed to fill the term until 5:00 p.m. on June 27. Council will hold a special meeting to interview candidates and appoint a replacement on July 1, 2019.

Though Council has chose to move forward with filling the vacancy by appointment, the electors of the City have the right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by a special election, by filing a petition in accordance with Iowa Code Section 372.13(2)(a) within fourteen days after publication of notice in the Carlisle Citizen or within fourteen days after appointment is made by the City Council, whichever is later.

Anyone interested in applying for appointment to this council position may file an application with the City of Carlisle. The application can be obtained by contacting the Carlisle City Administrator or Carlisle City Clerk at 989-3224 or by sending an email to Those interested may also schedule time with the City Administrator to learn about current topics being discussed with the City Council.

The timeline for appointment will look like:

Official notice runs in Carlisle Citizen – June 5

Final day council accepts applications – June 27

Special council meeting for interviews – July 1 – 6:30 p.m.

Last day for citizen petition to be filed – July 15

City Switching Electronic Payment Systems

The City of Carlisle will be transitioning to a new electronic payment system called GovPayNet. You will be seeing new links to this system on the city’s website appearing in the next few days. When you click on them, the link will take you to an external website Please check the area towards the top of the website in green to ensure you are paying City of Carlisle and that the area labeled “For” is correct. The “For” area should be something like Utility Payments or Building Permits. You can then fill out the information required and choose to pay by card or echeck. Once payment is complete, city staff will receive an email confirming receipt.

The official transition date to this new system is May 29, 2019. We are not expecting any issues during the transition period but issues do occasionally happen when dealing with technology. If you are making electronic online payments on May 28-May 30, we encourage you to contact City Hall at 515-989-3224 or to verify that a payment was received. Payments not received by the city due to issues during use of the electronic online payment system will be deemed late and processed as such unless proof of payment is submitted.

Memorial Day 2019 Media Release

Summer Employment Applications

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We are no longer accepting applications for summer employment for positions at the Carlisle Aquatic Center, Summer Recreation, and Parks department. Thank you to those who have applied.  You will be contacted soon.


2019 Summer Rec Schedule

June 1st Aquatic Center Opening Day!

Carlisle Aquatic Center Opening Day

The Carlisle Aquatic Center will open on Saturday June 1st!


Hours of operation for the 2019 Summer

Monday 12:30-6:30

Tuesday 12:30-6:30

Wednesday 12:30-8:00

Thursday 12:30-6:30

Friday 12:30-6:30

Saturday 12:30-6:30

Sunday 12:30-6:30


Daycare Swim and Mommy and Me Swim times are:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00-11:50am


Admission Rates

Daily Admission $4.00 (Under Age 2 Free)

Family Season Pass  $128.40 (includes tax)

Individual Season Pass $53.50 (includes tax)

Mommy & Me and Day Care $2.00 (free with a season pass)


Half price rates daily after 5pm!


Season passes can be purchased online at –  Click on “ONLINE PAYMENTS”.  Passes also available at Carlisle City Hall.

Swim Lesson registration now available

Swimming Lesson Registration    

Swimming lesson registration is now open.  Please visit Carlisle City Hall to register.  Lessons are offered to children 5 years old and up.  Lessons occur Monday through Thursday for two weeks.  In the event of a cancellation due to weather, make-up lessons are completed on Fridays.  Cost of swim lessons are $40 for the 2-week session.   

2 week sessions Include the following dates: 

June 3-June 13 (9-9:45) 

June 17 -June27 (9-9:45 & 10-10:45)

July 1-July 11(9-9:45 & 10-10:45) (NO CLASSES July 4th)

July 15-July 25(9-9:45 & 10-10:45)

Swim levels are determined by the child’s swimming ability.  Beginners are those children who are just at least 5 years old.  The beginners class will consist of kids who cannot perform any swimming strokes, for example the front stroke, back stroke, etc.  Beginners will be focusing on water safety, front float, back float and kicking with a kick board.   Intermediate class will include kids who will be learning their strokes.  They will practice and perform the front stroke and back stroke.   Advanced class will be kids that know their strokes and will focus on mastering the front stroke, back stroke, treading water and diving.   Your child swim level will be adjusted as needed if they are performing at a higher or lower level. 

Private lessons are also offered.  Those classes will be scheduled once the Aquatic center is open for the season.  Private lessons are designed for one on one instruction and are 45 minutes long.  Cost of private lessons are $25 for each 45-minute lesson.   Please contact the pool manager to schedule all private lessons.    

The Carlisle Aquatic Center swimming lessons are not affiliated with the American Red Cross.    


Contact Ronda Frost at or 515-707-2030 or Carlisle City Hall at 515-989-3224

2019 Spring Cleanup Opportunities

Looking for some Spring Cleanup opportunities? 

There are several opportunities available in the next few weeks to help you cleanup.

Do you have a bunch of plastic bags? Do you want to help Carlisle with a chance to help beautify our community? In celebration of Earth Month, MWA is offering their annual plastic bag swap. Turn in a bag full of plastic bags at City Hall and you will get a reusable bag in return. Additionally, the community with the most bags collected wins a bench made of recycled materials. Every bag collected during April helps towards both winning the bench and cleaning up the earth!
Did you use your tax refund to get some new appliances or a computer and not sure what to do with the old ones? Appliances and electronics can sometimes be difficult to get rid of. Saturday, April 13 the City is offering an opportunity to safely dispose of some of those items. Bring items from the list below to the Public Works Shop at 645 Railroad Street from 8:00am-Noon on the 13th. There is no cost for items you bring other than televisions. Additionally, curbside pickup is available for $10. Items other than appliances like batteries and piping are also accepted. 

Another thing that can be difficult to safely get rid of is confidential documents. To help curb problems like identity theft, Carlisle Police Department will be offering their annual Shred Event with the support of Carlisle True Value, Great Western Bank, and Peoples Bank. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on April 20 in the True Value parking lot.


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled

Carlisle Parks and Rec and Friends of Carlisle parks join together for another fun family event!

  • April 12th
  • Carlisle South Park
  • 8pm/Dusk