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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


Hydrant Flushing – Week of April 22, 2019

Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants April 22 through April 28. This program helps maintain overall quality of the water system and ensures hydrants work properly. Flushing hydrants may result in discolored water. We encourage you to check your water this week before you use it. If you experience discolored water, simply run cold water until it flows clear.

Streets Laborer Position

Job Announcement      Streets Laborer – Full Time

How to Apply

Completed application and all supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete, late submittals or applications submitted via fax will not be considered. Please see application packet for details.

Deadline to Apply

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. First review of applications will happen on April 22, 2019.

Salary Range

$17.00-$18.00. Salaries are determined by the collective bargaining agreement.


Position includes health, vision and dental insurance, including an optional supplemental insurance program, life insurance, longevity pay, additional compensation for shift differential and enrollment in the IPERS retirement system.

Job Summary and Requirements

The City of Carlisle, Iowa (2017 Est. Pop. 4,238) is seeking a street laborer performing general labor support for the public works department. The successful candidate will perform a variety of tasks including street and equipment maintenance, snow plowing, and occasional support tasks for the water, sewer and electric departments. Candidates subject to pre-employment physical, drug testing, and background check. Pay range: $17.00-18.00 per hour.

Click here for job description.

Work Schedule            

Completed applications may be delivered to City Hall or mailed to: “Street Laborer Position”, Public Works Supt. Tommy Thompson, PO Box 430, Carlisle, IA 50047. Questions may be directed to Supt. Tommy Thompson by email to or to City Admin. Deven Markley at 515-989-3224 or

The City of Carlisle is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Council Seeking Feedback Regarding Veteran’s Memorial Drive Options

At the February 11, 2019 City Council Meeting, Carlisle City Council was presented with several options on how to address report findings regarding subgrade issues on Veterans Memorial Drive. Fox Engineering reviewed a report submitted by Thiele Geotech regarding the issues. At the Council Meeting, a representative from Fox Engineering presented their report. This included areas of cracked pavement in the area in question. It also included three (3) options for repair and replacement of certain sections of Veteran’s Memorial Drive. A copy of the presentation documents presented by Fox Engineering can be seen by clicking here.

Veteran’s Memorial Drive – Existing Conditions

Options for Veterans Memorial Drive include two that would rebuild the road and one that would patch visibly troubled areas.

  • Option #1 would include sub-base work and full rebuild of the highlighted area including curb and gutter.
    • Estimated cost – $535,000
  • Option #2 would include sub-base work and partial rebuild of the highlighted area excluding curb and gutter except for certain locations where there are visible issues with the curb.
    • Estimated cost – $485,000
  • Option #3 would include some sub-base work and replacing broken portions of the pavement.
    • Estimated cost – $295,000

Veteran’s Memorial Drive Options

Additionally, to address ongoing concerns regarding access to the area in flood events and facilitate proper construction for Option #1 and Option #2 of Veterans Memorial Drive, two options were presented regarding possible improvements connecting Irwin Drive to Patterson Drive.

  • Option #1 would include extending Irwin Drive’s curb and gutter and create an intersection at Patterson Drive. It would also include extension of city utilities for future use.
    • Estimated cost – $365,000
  • Option #2 would include creating a gravel access road. Adding gates to block the road was also discussed. If gates were added, they would be opened to provide access to the area during the Veteran’s Memorial Drive reconstruction, flood events affecting access to Veterans Memorial Drive, and other possible emergency situations.
    • Estimated cost – $73,000

Irwin Drive Extension Options

During the presentation, Council briefly discussed possible funding options. One option discussed was assessment of certain costs to homeowners. This process was done on previous city projects including Phase 1 of the School Street Project. At the time of this post, funding and the possibility of assessments is under discussion by Council and no decision has been made.

Carlisle City Council is requesting feedback on these possible options. Comments and questions can be submitted to councilmembers or to City Administrator Deven Markley. He can be reached by:

  • Visiting Carlisle City Hall during business hours at 195 N. 1st Street
  • Call Carlisle City Hall at 515-989-3224 and ask for Deven
  • Email comments to

The City Council also encourages you to provide comments during regular City Council Meetings held at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Carlisle City Hall. Agendas for the meetings are posted on the city’s website prior to the meeting.

Notice – Bulk Water Rate Correction

To Whom It May Concern,

Effective February 15, 2019, the rate for bulk water sold at the water treatment plant will be $0.25 per 22½ gallons.

The rate for bulk water is set forth in Carlisle Municipal Code 92.03 (2), a copy of which can be seen below and is available electronically at the city’s website: It has come to the attention of city administration that the rate previously charged was not the rate provided for by the code. The rate prior to February 15, 2019 was significantly higher than the rate set in code. As such, the rate will be adjusted on February 15, 2019 to reflect the proper rate.


(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84[1])

  1. Rate Within the City. Water Service shall be furnished at the following monthly rate for water service within the City: $7.00 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Minimum monthly bill is $7.00. (Ord. 718 – May. 17 Supp.)
  2. Bulk Water Rate. Water shall be furnished at the following rate for bulk water sales at the water treatment plant: $.25 per 221⁄2 gallons.

Any questions, concerns, or comments can be made to City Administrator Deven Markley by emailing or by calling City Hall at 515-989-3224 and asking for Deven.


Deven Markley, City Administrator

Position Opening: Electric Lineman

City of Carlisle, IA. (Des Moines suburb; 4168 est. pop.), seeks full time Electric Journeyman Lineman.

Duties include operating and maintaining an overhead and underground electric distribution system.

Radio reading and servicing meters, substation inspection and maintenance, operating construction equipment. Class (A) CDL driver’s license needed. Salary DOQ. EOE. Send resume to City of Carlisle, 195 N. 1st Street. Carlisle, Iowa 50047 or

For more information please contact Don Miller at (515) 989-0840, or Todd Kielkopf at (515) 989-3224.

Hydrant Flushing Notice

The City of Carlisle Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning April 16th through April 20th 2018. Because of the nature of the work it is not possible to predetermine how long flushing a given area will take. Water Department crews will be flushing between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:00 pm. This work is being done as part of the Water Departments annual water main and hydrant preventative maintenance program.

Customers should be aware of the potential for dirty or discolored water. This is a temporary situation resulting from flushing sediment out of the pipes. The water may also be cloudy or appear white due to air entrapped in the water. All water system customers are cautioned to check the water before use. Should you experience dirty water, simply wait for a period of time and it will clear up. We at the City of Carlisle Water Department apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and appreciate your understanding.

Anyone having any questions can call City Hall at 515-989-3224.


City of Carlisle School Street Notice to Bidders

Help Wanted–Water/Wastewater Operator

The City of Carlisle is seeking a water/wastewater operator to perform maintenance for the water and wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations, and distribution/collection system including collecting and monitoring samples. Certifications in water and wastewater treatment are preferred, but ability to obtain a minimum of Grade 1 certification in water treatment/distribution and wastewater treatment in an agreed upon timeframe is required. Minimum pay is $17.00 per hour. Applications are available by calling 515-989-3224 or at Carlisle City Hall, 195 N 1st Street, Carlisle, Iowa 50047. For more details, call the number given, or visit Employment Opportunities under the City Hall section of the City of Carlisle website: Send application to City Administrator, City of Carlisle, PO Box 430, Carlisle, Iowa 50047 by 26 February 2018. Pre-employment physical, drug screen, and background investigation will be conducted. EOE/AA.

Water Valve Repair on North Side of City

Please be aware that if you live on 2nd Street from Columbia to Market or on 2nd Street to the old Water Tower on Elm Street, your water service could be interrupted temporarily today due to the replacement of a blown water valve. The public works department will work to restore the water service as quickly as possible. Work should be completed by the end of the day.

Thank you for your patience.