Algona EMS can provide standby coverage at special events in the Algona area. To request this service at your organization's event, please complete the Request for Ambulance at Special Event form here
, or contact the EMS office at (515) 295-7513 during normal business hours.
Please note that due to the expense incurred by providing EMS coverage at special events, the City of Algona charges a fee of $100.00 per hour for this service. The fee is calculated from the time the ambulance is requested to be on site until the ambulance crew is released from duty by the sponsoring organization, rounded up to the nearest quarter hour, with a minimum fee of $100.00.
To request information about upcoming American Heart Association CPR or First Aid classes, please complete our online request form here
For billing questions, please contact our billing contractor, PCC, Inc., at (866) 332-5335.
If the entire monument needs to be straightened
contact the Cemetery Superintendent. If your monument has settled and is
leaning you will have to call monument company where you purchased it.
Contact the Cemetery Superintendent or City
Contact City Hall. The
local funeral homes also have a list of people who are wishing to sell their
The rules are posted at the main entrance ofboth cemeteries or see the Cemetery Rules
If a marker is set before a burial then the
marker will have to be removed for a burial, as maker sets on the grave. Once
the grave stops settling the marker will be put back.
The marker is set on top of the grave. The grave
will continue to settle up to 2-3 years.
The freezing and thawing each year causes the
ring on the vase to loosen and will be difficult for the vase to stay
upright. Also, the bottom of vase insert
fills with dirt allowing the vase sit in the insert incorrectly.
The grave continues to settle 3-4 month after a
burial. We fill graves with black dirt
once the settling of the grave slows down and then we will seed it.
The use of the Welcome Center is limited to
charitable, civic, and non-profit organizations. Applications are required with
a $25.00 damage deposit returned to you after use. Click the link for the
Welcome Center Use Policy and the Welcome Center Application, applications also
available at City Hall.
We accept applications for employment with the
city of Algona. A formal application is required for you to be considered for
Please see the Employment page
To apply for or any questions pertaining to new
Liquor, Beer or Wine permits. Got to the ABD website link. http://iowaabd.com/alcohol
Any questions call City Hall at (515)
Fill out the application
, and return the application to City Hall at
112 West Call
Algona, IA 50511
questions call City Hall at (515) 295-2411
Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and 8:00 AM-4:30 PM on Fridays. City Hall is closed on the following major holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
- Christmas Day
It is the City’s responsibility to trim, and when necessary, remove the trees within city right of ways, (the space between the sidewalk and the curb). Click the link
for the City Tree Trimming Policy, The Tree Removal Form, and the Tree Planting Permit.
- December - Capital Improvement Plan approved
- Late December/ Early January - City department heads give budget and proposals to City Administrator and City Clerk.
- Mid-January and early February - Budget work session(s) with City Council.
- Mid-February - Council receives and adopts final proposed budget and orders notice of hearing.
- Late February - Notice of hearing on adoption of final budget published.
- Early March - Budget hearing held.
- Early March - Adoption of final budget is made.
- Mid-March - Certified budget due to the County Auditor.
- Late March - Final day for persons affected by the budget to file a written protect (10 days after certification date).
- Mid-June - IDOM certified taxes back to the County Auditor.
- July 1 - Budget takes effect.
- Notice Requirement: Notice of the budget hearing must be given not more than 20 days, nor less than 10 days before the date of the hearing.
- Detailed Budget: The detailed budget must be available for public inspection at least 10 days before the final budget hearing and 20 days before final date for certification, and is to be available at the City Clerk’s office.
City Council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at
4:30 p.m. The meetings are held at City Hall, 112 W. Call Street.
Please see the Income
Guidelines and Application.
questions call City Hall at (515) 295-2411
If you can't find a book that you think the library should have, you can suggest that we purchase it. Just fill out the Materials Request
The Algona Public Library will allow users to
check out materials as long as the user has photo ID.
There is no charge for using the Internet, but
there is a charge for printing from the Internet. At this time, it is $0.20 per
page for black/white and $1.00 per page for color printing.
The Algona Public Library has 12
Internet-enabled desktop computers. There are also 2 laptop computers with
Internet access that are reserved for research, school work, job searches, and
You may download eBooks and audiobooks through BRIDGES. Guides and information on using BRIDGES can be found here
We have four rooms available for rent. The items available for use when renting these rooms are: 12 tables, 127 chairs, 2 coffee pots, 1 pot for hot water, service for 50 people, dish soap, and trash bags.
Please refer to the library’s website
for more information.
Residents of Iowa are eligible to apply for a library card from the Algona Public Library. We ask that you present some form of photo identification that has your full name and your current street address (not a post office box). If your photo ID does not have your current address, we will accept other verifying ID that does show your current address, as long as you also have some form of photo ID. For example, we will accept a checkbook, a voter registration card, a hunting license, a rent receipt, or a utility bill or other piece of mail sent to your current address.
There is no minimum age to receive a library card. However, children under the age of 12 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their registration card. Since most children don't have a form of identification like those listed above, the parent or legal guardian can use his/her ID to request a card for the child.
To get a library card, please ask any of our staff at the Circulation Desk.
Sometimes the library does not have a book that you would like to read. To get the item, you can request the item through interlibrary loan. You can submit an online request form
, fill out an Interlibrary Loan form at the Circulation Desk, or patrons may call 515-295-5476 to inquire if an item is available. We'll call you when the book is here, and when you are done reading it, return it to the Algona Public Library.
If a book or item that you would like to check out is already checked out by another patron, you can reserve that item (also called placing a hold). You will need to log in to your account using your 14 digit Library card number and password. If you do not know your password, please email email@example.com
or call 515-295-5476. When the item is returned, it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk. We'll call you to let you know the item is waiting for you to check it out.
Books, Audio Books, Magazines – 3 weeks
Movies – 4 days
Puppets – 14 days
You may check out as many items as you feel you
can be responsible for.
There is a charge of $0.50 to check out a DVD
for 4 days.
The APL does have free WiFi for patrons with
Internet-enabled devices. There is no wireless printing at this time.
There are no fines items if returned. If items
are not returned, patrons will be charged replacement costs. You will be unable to check out materials if
charges exceed $5.00 on your library account. You can pay for lost items at the
Circulation Desk by cash or check.
Unfortunately, due to lack of storage space, the Algona Public Library is not taking donations of books
on an ongoing basis. If you have historical materials, Iowa books, or rare items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Library at 515-295-5476 to schedule an appointment.
Reservations for the enclosed wing at the Veterans Park shelter house may be made by calling City Hall at 295-2411. Click here
to check availability. The cost is $15.00 for weekdays and $25.00 for weekends. A $40.00 damage deposit is also required. No reservations are taken the other open shelter houses in the parks.
Other shelter houses in the area and their contact numbers are:
- Smith Lake 295-2138
- Call State Park 641-581-4835
You do not need a permit to build a fence. It is
your responsibility to locate your own property lines. There are also separate restrictions for
fences depending what yard fences are to be built in. Contact City Hall for
further information regarding fences.
The Official Zoning Map for the City of Algona
is kept in the Public Works Director’s office. Zoning of a property can be
determined by either call City Hall or stopping at City Hall during normal
If unable to locate the
property pins and need specific dimensions for the project or questions, the
City of Algona suggests contacting a licensed land surveyor to survey the
can be reported by either calling City Hall at 295-2411 or by emailing Ron Covert, Public Works Director at email@example.com.
Any room used for sleeping
requires an egress window with a minimum of 5.7 square feet clear area. Maximum
sill height is 42".
When the deck is over
30" above the adjacent ground.
Depending on the type of
permit, different inspections may be needed. Inspections are scheduled on a
first-come, first serve basis and must be requested 24 hours in advance. Call
the Planning & Zoning Department at 515-295-2411 for
specific information or to schedule an inspection.
When installing, adding,
altering or remodeling any structure on a property.
Yes, you can click here
to download and print out a form that you can fill out and either:
- Drop it off at the Algona Police Department located at 121 W. State St.
- Mail it to the following address:
Algona Police Department
Attn: Chief Kendall Pals
121 W. State St
Algona, IA 50511
- Fax it to us at 1-515-295-3196
Yes, there is a $10 fee for this service.
You can obtain information on how to get a copy of a criminal history by clicking here.
To get a copy of a police or accident report, call 1-515-295-3515.
To get a copy of your driving record you need to go to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office located at 121 W. State St. in Algona, Iowa. There is a $9 fee for this service.
Report child abuse or dependent adult abuse by phone. The statewide hotline is 1-800-362-2178. The names of reporters of abuse are never made public.
Or you can visit their website for adults click here.
And for children click here.
Curfew for juveniles Sunday – Thursday 10:30pm, Friday –
Call 1-800-288-1047 or visit the DOT website at by clicking here.
There is a medication drop box in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center located
at 121 W State St. in Algona.
ALERT IOWA is an emergency notification system that will contact you by phone call, text or email of weather or other emergencies. You may register for ALERT IOWA by clicking here
For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222
Or you can visit their website by clicking here.
See the guidelines by clicking here
to download the pdf.
If you see activity that you feel is suspicious, please dial 9-1-1 as soon as possible, and explain the activity, the location, and the description of any persons or vehicles involved. You do not have to leave your name, however, it is helpful should the officer(s) have further questions.
If you have a law enforcement question or wish to report an incident that isn't happening at the time, we ask that you use the non-emergency number of 1-515-295-3515.
The different types and restrictions for an intermediate driver's license can be found by clicking here.
Snow ordinance tickets can be paid at the Algona City Hall located at 112 W Call St.
- You can pay in person at the Kossuth County Clerk of Court Office at 114 W. State St on the 3rd floor.
- You can mail it in at this address
Kossuth County Clerk of Court
114 W. State St. Suite 10
Algona, IA 50511
- Or you can pay online by clicking here.
You can call the Algona Police Department at 1-515-295-3515
or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8225)
or you can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website by clicking here.
Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline
Or visit the website by clicking here.
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline
Or visit the website by clicking here.
Contact our office at 515-295-9251 and we’ll get
you in touch with teams looking for players.
Registration information for youth programs are
available on our website and are also distributed at the schools.
All team registration information is available
on our website. You can also call our
office at 515-295-9251 for a registration packet.
We have discount tickets available for Valleyfair, Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, Lost Island Water Park,
Blank Park Zoo, Noah’s Ark Water Park,
Six Flags (Gurnee, IL)
and Six Flags (St. Louis). We accept credit/debit
cards, cash and local checks only. Purchase
at City Hall.
The Algona Aquatic Center opens for the season on Memorial Day and closes when school starts in August. Public swimming is daily from 1:00-8:00 PM. Our phone number is 515-295-9103. Daily admission is $4.50, age 3 & under free. Non-swimming observer is $2.25. Season passes are also available.
Season passes may be purchased at the Aquatic Center during regular open hours. Before the season begins they may be purchased at City Hall.
- Family pass: $130
- Nanny/Caregiver pass: $40
- (Must be purchased with family pass and can ONLY be used when directly supervising children on pass.)
- Individual pass: $65
- 10 day punch pass: $45
We are located in the Algona City Hall
at 112 W. Call St. Our phone number is 515-295-9251.
When the weather and conditions make it necessary for snow removal procedures to be implemented the City of Algona will issue a Snow Emergency. This notice will be announced on KLGA, the City of Algona website, the City of Algona Facebook page, the Algona Police Department Facebook page and the ALERT IOWA
emergency notification system. The intention of the Snow Emergency is to keep the streets and alleys free and clear of vehicles that are normally parked there so snow removal can take place.
Many things determine when
the snow plows are sent out: the rate of snowfall per hour; the moisture
content of the snow; the ambient temperature of the air; the temperature of the
pavement; the wind direction and velocity; the time of day; and the forecast of
the predicted snowfall. Unless extenuating circumstances make it inadvisable to
do so, snowplows are activated when two (2) or more inches of snow have fallen
on the ground. Salt/sand trucks may go out sooner to ensure that main roads and
intersections are safe for travel prior to the snow event’s completion.
Per state law, it is the
home owner’s responsibility for upkeep of the sidewalk. Contact City Hall or
visit the website for proper repair procedures and requirements.
Per City ordinance, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the tree. The city ordinance states that limbs overhanging the roadway must be 15 ft. above the street or 2 ft. behind the curb, and 8 ft. above the sidewalk.
If the right-of-way tree is dead and/or diseased then the City of Algona pays for the removal of this tree. Contact City Hall to schedule a time to view such trees and staff will determine the proper course of action to be taken.
If your mailbox is damaged
by a plow the City will repair or replace it with a standard metal mailbox and
treated post. Call
515-295-2411 to report a damaged box. Residents are responsible for replacing
mailboxes that are knocked down by snow due to a pre-existing state of
disrepair or deterioration. Custom mailboxes are placed in the public right of
way at the property owner’s own risk; repair or replacement will be with a
standard metal mailbox and treated post.
The Street Department has six
(6) employees and are responsible for maintaining, cleaning, and repairing approximately
60 lane miles of roadway and right-of-way, replacing and repairing all signs in
the right of way, performing snow removal on all city streets, alleys, and
public parking lots, removing tree’s on city property and right-of-way,
operating and maintaining all excavation and road maintenance equipment,
reviewing and commenting on construction site plans submitted to the city, and
doing concrete and asphalt paving repair on city property. This list just
scratches the surface of the day to day situations that may occur.
Call City Hall during
normal business hours to report an issue and staff will respond accordingly.
For a resident this can be quite annoying, but unfortunately it
cannot be helped. Snowplow drivers do not intentionally fill driveways. When
plowing a street, the excess snow accumulates along the curbside, gaps such as
an open driveway will inevitably be filled with new snow during this process.
Waiting to shovel until the end of the snowstorm will help minimize the need
for repeated shoveling. When you shovel, do not push the snow into the street.
The practice of depositing snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street is
prohibited by City Ordinance.
The City will remove dead
animals from the streets and right-of-ways. Contact the Street Department at 515-295-2411.
The Kossuth County Transit Service is available
for transportation outside city limits. To schedule an appointment call
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to noon and 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM, excluding holidays. Senior citizens (60+), handicapped and
students $1.00 per trip. Adults $3.00 per trip. Call 515-295-2878. A 24 hour request
is suggested to ensure availability. Reservations requested for same day
service are accepted depending on space availability.
for more info about the Sump Pump Inspection Program.
Basement floor drains that have dried up will allow sewer gas to enter the home. These drains need to be checked and refilled with water. Pour a quart or two of water in these drains every week or so to keep them filled. Adding a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil or mineral oil to the water in the drain will slow down the evaporation of the water in the drain trap. If the odor persists, contact City Hall during normal business hours or 320-1395 after hours or on nights and weekends.
A sewer backup can lead to
disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house and electrical
malfunctions. Prompt clean-up of affected property can help minimize the
inconvenience and damage. Immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property,
take before and after photos of the affected areas, itemize any property
losses, wet-vacuum or remove spillage, mop the floors and wipe walls with soap
and disinfectant, flush out and disinfect plumbing fixtures, steam clean or
remove carpet and drapes, repair or remove wallboard or wall covering, and
clean appliances and ductwork.
Call City Hall during normal business hours at 295-2411 or call the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 320-1395 after hours or on weekends and holidays. . A maintenance crew will be dispatched to your address to determine if the stoppage is in the City main or your sewer service line. If the City main is found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a plumber or sewer/drain cleaning service to correct the problem. The property owner is responsible for maintaining adequate flow to and through the sewer lateral from the property structure and into the City sewer main. If the blockage is in the City main, we will fix it promptly and keep you informed about what is being done.
IMPORTANT: Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if you have coverage for back-ups. If you do not have coverage, consider adding it to your policy. In most cases the City’s insurance will not cover your damages in the event of an incident
The City of Algona has a sewer camera system
mounted in an enclosed trailer. With this camera set-up, WWT staff can run this
motorized camera down City sanitary sewer mains. By viewing these lines (and recording as
necessary) City staff can assess the condition of sewers, identify plugs, and
Per City Code, sump pumps, footing drains,
beaver drains, etc. need to discharge either to daylight or to the Storm Sewer
system. Discharge to the Sanitary Sewer system is prohibited and needs removed
immediately. Contact City Hall for further
questions of issues of this nature.