Questions/Events of the Week
Welcome to the newest section of the City's website. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions at City Hall. We will also use this section to inform people of important events within the City of Grimes.

Did you know that it is against the law to let your lawn reach more than 12 inches in height? - Pursuant to Chapter 317 and 331.384, Code of Iowa, the Polk County Weed Commission is responsible for insuring that each owner and each person in possession or control of any lands in Polk County, shall cut, burn or otherwise destroy all weeds, grass, vines, brush, and dead, damaged or unsightly bushes, trees, or other offensive growth which constitutes health, safety, or fire hazard. Growth of weeds, vines, or grass higher than 12 inches above the ground is a health, safety, or fire hazard. -Polk County Ordinance.
News & Events
Closed for Memorial Day: All City offices will be closed on Monday May 29th for Memorial Day. Please remember that trash and recycling pickup will be on Tuesday May 30th.

Storm Damage Information: 
If you would please be so kind to remove any branches that you can off of the street adjacent to your property, any branches off your sidewalks, and then please set them on your curb. We would really appreciate it. We are currently out surveying the damage and working to remove the larger trees and branches off of the roads. If you have a tree on the powerline please call Mid Anerican Energy right away. As in the past we will be out to pick up storm debris. We will keep you updated on the exact specifics of the pick up. Thank you in advance for your patience. And thank you for helping us however you can. Again please stay safe!

HWY 141 Construction Information:  
A traffic capacity improvement project that will add a third lane to Iowa 141 in each direction will require lane closures from Iowa 44 to 37th Street beginning Monday, May 15, until late October 2017.  For more information, visit the IDOT page (link is off site).

NE Main ST Improvement Project Page - Check here for all updates and information relating to this project.
The project is scheduled to start on Monday, May 8th.

N James ST Improvement Project Page - Check here for all updates and information relating to this Project.

Start Date: The planned start date is May 1st, however the portion of the roadway that will be closed first has yet to be determined. Updated Detour (PDF)

New Property Maintenance Board of Appeal:
We are seeking applications to fill a 5 member board for the Property Maintenance Board of Appeal. Applicants for this position are required to have experience in any of the following: Real Estate, Code Enforcement, Legal System, Building Construction or other experience that would apply. We will provide training and any information needed to perform the duties. This Board hears appeals from the decision of the Code Officials on issues such as rental property code violations or a homeowner issued violation notice. This Board will meet on the first Monday of the month as needed. The meeting time will be 5:30 pm.
Interested residents should contact Olivia DeYoung at Deadline for receiving applications for the Board is July 1st.

FEMA UPDATE:  The City has contacted FEMA regarding the appeals to the proposed flood maps. FEMA is currently waiting for an appropriation of funds before they can take any actions. While we don't know an exact date, but  we are told work will not resume until at least March.
Click here for more information, including current and proposed maps

Home Base Grimes, Iowa: The community of Grimes, Iowa is proud to be an official Home Base Iowa Community. This initiative is to ensure that Grimes is doing everything that we can to be welcoming to military members and their families as they leave military service and transition to a civilian lifestyle. For more information and timely updates on how Grimes has become a Home Base Community, as well as how veterans can take advantage of benefits, visit our Home base Grimes, Iowa page.
Home Base Grimes Tax Rebate Form  (PDF)

The Grimes Community Food Pantry provides for 40 to 50 families once a month. Items for the Food Pantry may be dropped off at the Grimes United Methodist Church, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, or you may drop items at the Grimes Fareway store just inside the entrance. Monetary donations are appreciated. Appointments may be made by calling 986-4036. In order to receive help from the food pantry, you must be a current resident of Grimes and proof of address is required.

Welcome to the City of Grimes, Iowa Website!

Please take a moment to explore our site and find out how Grimes is ready to serve you. Find out how your tax dollars are used, pay your water bill online, and access business and recreational opportunities right here! Also, you can now access and navigate the Grimes, Iowa website using your mobile device. Check it out! Please feel free to contact us with your questions about The City of Grimes. Also, we want this website to be helpful, informative, and useful to you. Your suggestions are always welcome!

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About Grimes Iowa

Founded in 1881, incorporated in 1894, and named for James W. Grimes, former senator and third governor of the state of Iowa, Grimes today offers a friendly Midwestern atmosphere and a sense of community that brings people close together.

Ideally located at the northwest threshold of the Des Moines Metropolitan region, Grimes enjoys easy access to the amenities of metropolitan life while maintaining all the advantages of a small hometown.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-986-3036
Fax:     515-986-3846 
101 NE Harvey Street

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For water main breaks or sewer emergencies please call 515-822-4671

To Report a Stormwater or Erosion Concern call 515-986-3036

If you were looking for the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development site click below Grimes Chamber and Economic Development

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Pay Bills

Pay Your Water Bill Online:  We are pleased to announce that you may now pay your water bill online. We have recently updated our software with the goal of providing more payment options as well as increased convenience and better customer service. Payments may now be made by credit card over the phone, in person or online.

If you would like to have your water bill automatically deducted from your checking account each month, please print and fill out the Sure-Pay  Authorization Form and return it to City Hall along with a voided blank check.

Utility Sign-up Sheet  (PDF)


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