Upcoming Event: The Watson Station Halloween party will be held on Oct. 31 from Noon – 4:00. Kids wearing a costume can enter for a $5.00 fee which entitles them to unlimited spooky Halloween rides, cookies and hot chocolate, cider , candy, games and special drawings.

FALL 2015 YARD WASTE BURNING WEEKENDS IN MISSOURI VALLEY The City of Missouri Valley will allow open burning of yard waste ONLY (any vegetable or plant waste – NO garbage. The term includes trees, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and yard trimmings) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

So notification can be given to the Fire Department, please contact City Hall 642-3502, prior to 5:00 p.m. Thursday (for a Friday burn) or prior to 5:00 p.m. Friday (for a weekend burn) or contact Harrison Co Communications at 642-2736.

A water source also should be available on site.

Click for Missouri Valley, Iowa Forecast

Information For the latest information on the Willow Creek/Boyer River Section 205 Flood Management Study, Click here.

NOTICE TO BID The City of Missouri Valley is accepting sealed bids for cash lease of real estate described as: Part of Lot Seven SE ¼ NE ¼ Section 16, Township 78, Range 44, West of 5th P.M., Harrison County, Iowa, owned by the City of Missouri Valley and located to the east, south and north of the new water plant, 12 acres M/L.

Anyone wishing to lease the above property may submit sealed bids for the same to the City Clerk/Administrator, City Hall, 223 E Erie Street, Missouri Valley, IA 51555, by 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2015.

The City will open said sealed bids at the council meeting held at 6:00 p.m. on October 6th and will award the lease to the highest bidder. However, the City reserves the right to reject any bids without cause. The successful bidder will be expected to enter into a written lease with the City of Missouri Valley which contains the following terms:

  1. Bids will be for cash, payable at signing of lease.
  2. Bid will be for total cash price, the property is not being offered by the acre and no guarantee as to exact acreage will be given by the City.
  3. Tenant will be expected to keep weeds, ditches and other areas not under cultivation mowed.
  4. The term of the lease will be for one year, and the property will be advertised for bid at the end of that time.
  5. Ground will not be planted in corn.

Rita M. Miller City Clerk/Administrator

LAWN CARE REMINDERS The City of Missouri Valley reminds all property owners to keep their lawns well maintained and the grass height under control.

If the City receives a complaint about tall grass/weeds, the property will be inspected to verify the complaint. In the event the property owner fails to mow after receiving an abatement notice, the City will take necessary steps to abate the nuisance and the property owner will be billed for the cost plus an administrative fee of $100.

If a property owner fails to keep the property mowed after the first abatement notice, the City can mow the property without additional notice and assess the costs to the owner. Do not blow grass clippings into street as this clogs the City’s Storm Water Drain System.

It is unlawful for any person to throw or deposit on any street or alley any glass, glass bottle, nails, tacks, wire, cans, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter, offal, leaves, grass or any other debris likely to be washed into the storm sewer and clog the storm sewer, or any substance likely to injure any person, animal or vehicle.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.369)

Reminder – Dog Licenses Are Due Dog owners have until April 30th to license their dog at the City Clerk’s Office without penalty. After April 30th, there will be a $35.00 penalty added to the cost of the license fee. The cost is $5.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10.00 for unaltered dog. You need to bring proof of a current rabies shot and tag number to get a license.

Click for Missouri Valley, Iowa Forecast

PET OWNER REMINDERS Running At Large Prohibited: It is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large within the corporate limits of the City (City Code Chapter 55). Animals found at large shall be seized and impounded, or, at the discretion of the peace officer, the owner may be served a summons to appear in court to answer charges made thereunder. A pick-up fee shall also be charged accordingly.

Pet Owners Are Responsible For Cleaning Up After Their Animals: Any person who walks or takes an animal upon public property, public right-of-way, parks, school grounds, playgrounds, cemetery, or the private property of another person shall clean up, remove, and dispose of properly the feces deposited by the animals(s). (City Code 55.10). By taking a few simple steps to clean up after your pet, you contribute to the beautification of our community, as well as responsible pet ownership. Thank you for your cooperation.

The City of Missouri Valley is asking for help from our citizens. There has been quite a lot of illegal dumping in and around the recycling bins. “Illegal dumping” is anything that isn’t allowed in the bins such as garbage, appliances, or oil. Anyone caught illegally dumping will be subject to a fine. If anyone sees this activity, please report it to the Missouri Valley Police Department. Cleaning up somebody else’s mess costs the City and ultimately the citizens.

There also has been an increase in the number of people walking their dogs in the City Park and the cemetery who are not cleaning up after the animals. This is also subject to a fine for the offender.

Please help keep your community clean and a nice place to live.

Missouri Valley, Iowa is nestled along the Loess Hills Scenic Byways, the historic Lincoln Highway and at the intersection of I-29 and Highway 30. It is 25 miles north of Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA and is the largest city in Harrison County.

Missouri Valley was first known as St. John’s Township and was originally located about one mile south of its present day location. Despite efforts by residents of St. John’s Township to bring the railroad through this settlement, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad decided to go north to avoid the low level land in the area. This development was largely due to John I. Blair, one of Iowa’s most prominent railroad promoters.

Most of the businesses and residents of St. John’s Township realized the potential of the newly constructed railroad and moved to be closer to it. Therefore, in 1871 Missouri Valley was established. It continued to develop and became an intersection to three railroads; The Cedar Rapids, the Missouri River Railroad, later known as the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Sioux City and Valley Railroads. This intersection of trade made the local economy grow rapidly. By the early 1900’s the population had grown to over 4,000.

The City of Missouri Valley today is still a thriving community. It is the home of the Missouri Valley Community School District, eight churches, three banks, several nationally known businesses, a variety of shops and restaurants. We host several events throughout the year including The Harrison County Fair, Harvest Fest Kids Celebration, A Gospel Sing, and several car shows/swap meets just to name a few.

The City welcomes newcomers and visitors alike. Whether you are relocating or just visiting, our community would like to welcome you. Please explore our web site to discover the many enjoyable family activities we have to offer.

Missouri Valley has many attractions and activities for families and friends of all ages. Missouri Valley has an agressive Chamber of Commerce, an excellent public school system, and many amenities.

The Chamber is located in the West side of the Rand Center on South 4th Street. The chamber's website is www.missourivalleychamber.com. Missouri Valley Elementary School
Missouri Valley Middle School
Missouir Valley High School
Missouri Valley Library
Missouri Valley Aquatic Center
Watson Train Depot
Variey of Commerce
Home town hospital
Friendly and Couteous City Hall Staff