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2019 Asphalt Paving Projects

2019 Asphalt Paving Projects

Public works staff worked on developing a plan for asphalt paving for the 2019 season. They contacted Central Asphalt Paving and received a quote back for 5 sections of street within Carlisle. The following projects were presented to Council and approved for paving for the 2019 season (clicking on links will provide a map of the area):

It is expected that the paving crew will be in town to complete the work starting on Monday, August 19 through the next two weeks.

The tentative plan is to complete the Cemetery on Monday and then start the parking lot on Tuesday. Once those are complete, the crew will likely complete Cole Street and then assess the timing and finalize the plan complete the other two streets. Due to manpower and weather, the tentative schedule is somewhat fluid. We encourage those interested in the projects to pay attention to our website and Facebook page, City of Carlisle, Iowa, for more details as they develop.

City staff including public works and the police departments will be working with Central Asphalt to close streets and the parking lots accordingly to ensure as little impact to citizens and the business community. In working with the contractor, it is expected that half of the street being paved will be open to traffic during the work. They also noted that if paving has been completed in front of your property and you need access to your driveway, you can drive over the asphalt in a limited capacity. If there are any issues, you are encouraged to call City Hall at 515-989-3224 as soon as possible so they can be addressed.

I would like to note that the funding sources for the cemetery paving and the parking lot paving are different than those used for paving of regular streets. This means that money used for those projects would not have been used to pave other streets if those projects had not been approved. With around 22 miles of roads to maintain and monitor for repairs and improvements, prioritizing repairs to fit within budget constraints can be a very difficult task. Elected officials and staff will be working on updating our capital improvement plan in the upcoming year to help encourage transparency in the repair planning process.

Tommy Thompson, Public Works Superintendent


Pool Closing August 14th, 2019

The Carlisle Aquati Center will be open for it’s last day on Wedneday, August 14th.  We will be open 12:30pm to 8:00pm.  Thank you for a great summer!

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Parade Route Parking

The Carlisle 4th of July Parade will begin tomorrow at 9:30 AM. The parade will line up along Garfield Street and travel from School Street- 1st Street, 1st Street- Market Street, Market Street- Lindhardt Street, Lindhardt Street- School Street and will end at Wildcat Way. We ask that all vehicles be removed from the parade route by 8:00 AM tomorrow morning to allow for a successful parade celebration. Vehicles that are not removed may be subject to ticketing or impound. Thank you for your cooperation!

Carlisle July 4th Celebration Schedule of Events

Carlisle Soccer Registration

Fall soccer registration.  Visit for more information!

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.