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On Highway 210 approximately 20 miles north of Des Moines, 10 miles south of
Ames, near Saylorville and Big Creek Lakes.
Click HERE for City Map


By 1883 the Chicago and Nothwestern Railroad and Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul Railway Company had built a crossing 1-1/2 miles north of Sheldahl with regular trains scheduled. Due to a state requirement a depot was constructed at the crossing’s southeast edge that became known as Sheldahl Crossing. A small settlement began to spring up around the depot. At one time as many as 10 passenger trains made daily stops at this depot. Over the next 5 years approximately 50 homes and businesses moved from Sheldahl to Sheldahl Crossing. These structures were moved in their entirety with the help of circular horsepower. Sheldahl Crossing was renamed Slater and the town was incorporated in 1890.


“The Palimpsest” by S. Richard Shook

“In 1887, where cattle had leisurely grazed the land and the sod laid undisturbed by
the plow, a small settlement was born. The untouched land was quickly transformed
into well-laid streets and alleys, grain elevators, a schoolhouse, a church, and a train
service. By 1890, this steady growth had resulted in a busy little town with a
population of 450 consisting of 20 businesses, 3 churches, and many commodious
homes. They decided to name this busy little town Slater, ‘A Community United for
Progress.’ “ – Phil and Mary Rood, 1970 History of the Town of Slater
Today’s Slater offers a small town atmosphere (pop.1,489 in 2010) but is close to
larger cities. Slater is located on Highway 210 approximately 20 miles north of Des
Moines and 10 miles south of Ames (home of Iowa State University). With many
parks and recreation opportunities, Slater openly invites all of those interested in
visiting their community to share in one of Iowa’s best-kept secrets. (Check out our
4th of July celebration!!!)


  • pay water bill online HERE

  • Please be sure you are locking your vehicles when they are unattended. Several vehicles in surrounding communities as well as Slater have been broken into and a few stolen.

Slater Water Report  2020 CCR

Emergency alert sign up to get calls or text when there is Emergency notice for Slater or Story County.
Make sure you have the proper permits. Permits may be requested at City Hall.
A few examples where permits are need but not limited to:
garages, additions ,electrical, plumbing, fencing, sheds and decks.

  In an Emergency, Could we reach you?

  • HEY!!!  In an EMERGENCY, could we reach you???  City staff has completed training so that we can send out “reverse 911” notifications.  If you have a land-line listed in the phone book, you are already enrolled unless you have the telemarketer block feature through Huxley Communications.  The “dial 1” feature makes those lines not work with the emergency notification system.  If you have the block you will need to register another number.  Residents with mobile phones only will also need to register those numbers to receive emergency notifications.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!!  We can’t help keep you safe, should an emergency arise, if we can’t contact you.  Help us, help you!!  Click HERE to sign up!  Need help?    Notifications will be for emergencies only at this time and could include water issues or boil orders, chemical spills, etc.  We will NOT be sending severe weather information.
  • Emergency alert sign up

Mosquito Spraying

We have had a few questions about the mosquito fogging. Last year the sparying was done with a thermal fogger. This year it is cold fog sprayer. The cold fog is the same concentration or higher of the same mosquito killing chemical as the thermal (hot) fog, but does not produce as much of a visable “cloud”. Below are details about each type of spraying.

Thermal Fogging
A thermal fogger is appropriately named since it is a device that uses heat to produce a fog without degrading the active ingredient. A thermal fogger produces a range of droplet sizes including a large number of very small droplets. The large number of very small droplets produced in a thermally generated fog also make the fog highly visible. If the evening air is cool in contrast to the mist, the thermal fog also be even more visable.

Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Cold Fog
A ULV sprayer generates fog droplets by using a high volume of air at low pressure. Such a system enables droplets of a more precise size to be generated. ULV sprayers can dispense formulations in a more concentrated form since less diluent is required. Also, the ability to be able to calibrate the machine to produce droplets of the optimum size for the type of chemical being used make ULV spraying the method of choice whenever possible.

Stay Connected

Get the information you want by following the City of Slater on Facebook HERE. Get the latest weather related info (pool closings, branch trimming, snow removal), events (lessons, contests, celebrations) and so much more!


“In the WORKS…”  Public Works and other City updates!

In the works…

SEWER PROJECT:  The City of Slater is working with it’s engineers on a significant change to the City’s sanitary sewer system. In 2013 the EPA passed the Nutrient Reduction Act. As a result the Iowa DNR has made changes to the permit requirements for sanitary sewers across the state. Permits are renewed approximately every 5 to 10 years. Some of you may remember when the City installed the aerators in the lagoons in the early 2000’s. That upgrade was due to a change in the permit. The City funded that upgrade with a bond from the Iowa Finance Authority that is scheduled to be paid off in 2023. The DNR has issued the City of Slater a new permit. Among other items, the new permit specifically addresses ammonia levels and the limits that must be met to avoid penalty. There are a limited number of treatment processes that can remove the ammonia to meet this new standard. The City’s only viable option is to build a wastewater treatment facility. Several types of facilities would meet the limits, but a DNR regulation requires the City to choose the facility that will produce the best result if the estimated cost of the project falls within 115% of the lowest cost option. Under this stipulation, the City will be required to build a “SBR” mechanical treatment plant at an estimated cost of $6.6 million.The City Council and staff have had many meetings with our engineers and the DNR regarding this project. We have asked many, many questions and proposed all sorts of options in the hopes of finding a solution other than to build a plant of this extent and have been unable to find an alternative. In August the City was presented with acceptable options and their associated costs. In order to have a plant designed, bid, constructed and operational by the DNR deadline of September 1, 2019, we must start making plans for this facility. Not meeting the deadline can result in fines starting at $10,000 per day. The plant will be located in the same area as the current lagoon and will use 2 of the lagoon’s current cells as flow basins.

The city will apply for all available grants, but will plan for the worst case scenario until funds are awarded. Bonds for the new facility will likely start requiring some repayment in December of 2019. The City Council has discussed paying off the existing bond early so that the City would not be making payments on both at the same time. Bond payments will need to increase from approximately $96,000 per year (current) to $205,000 per year to have the existing bond paid off by June of 2019. This is still less than the expected annual payments for the new bonds. If the City receives no grants for the new project, the annual bond payments will be approximately $407,000. The City of Sheldahl, being a significant user of our sanitary system, will be responsible for a portion of this cost unless they construct their own sanitary system.

The City Council and staff has had significant discussions regarding utility rates. We understand the importance of keeping the cost of living reasonable in Slater. We have not raised the City’s portion of property taxes in 10 years and have applied for grants across a wide variety of projects. Those grants have allowed us to do projects that otherwise would not have been funded. The City Council also refinanced the City’s current General Obligation debt (not water or sewer related) several years ago to take advantage of lower interest rates. Those bonds will now pay off 2 years earlier than originally scheduled. The City currently plans to draw new bonds once those are paid off that will fund a major street resurfacing project.

As a first step the City Council will be holding readings in October and November to increase the sewer rates starting December 1, 2016. The connection charge will be increased from $10.50 to $21.00; and the charge per 100 cubic feet will increase from $3.83 to $4.50. This will help repay the existing sewer bond by the end of 2019.

This is a big project for the City of Slater and we understand that you may have questions or concerns. We invite you to stop into City Hall, give us a call, send us an email or attend a council meeting.



Summer 2016

The City is working with a group from Iowa State University to determine if the city wants/needs a community center and if so what should be included, how much can we afford and how can it be financed.  A public meeting was held on March 30th at Ballard West Elementary. Click Slater forum report for a summary from this meeting.

The City of Slater received another grant from Story County to continue the Main Street sidewalk project.  This summer, the sidewalk will be replaced on the south side of Main street in the 300 block (Marshall to Tama).  The east side sidewalk and curb has been completed to the alley.  Work is underway on the Main St. side.  Pillars have been poured for the new street lights and sidewalk replacement is underway.  The sidewalk is being replaced all the way from Marshall to Tama.  Curb will follow with construction happening on the east end first.  Please be careful in this area as it is always busy and there is even more going on there with the construction!  When finished the sidewalks will surround the street light pillars creating handicapped access for the parking spaces in between.

Spring 2016

The Senior Center is had facelift!  Public works removed the paneling and are installed new drywall.  The ceiling tiles were replaced and new lights installed.  The carpet was also removed and replaced with vinyl floor covering.

Summer 2015

The City of Slater applied for a grant from Story County and was awarded funds to replace the sidewalk, curb and entry into City Hall.  The new sidewalk runs from Main St south to the alley and has a new street light and handicapped accessible ramps at the crosswalk and to the building.  The City hopes to continue this type of sidewalk renovation projects through all of downtown Main Street.

The City of Slater unveiled its new logo, slogan and website!  “Small Town, Big Community” describes this town perfectly!  The website has been redesigned and is mobile device friendly.


Planning and Zoning Commission

Trond Forre, Chair
Jane Fiedler
Kevin Holmes
Brant Strumpfer
Laura Weems

Board of Adjustments

Mike Kaldenberg, Chair
Brandon Huen, Secretary
Shawn Kyle
Todd Trogu
Jared Ortner

Housing Available to Rent:

  • Arbor Park Apartments – (515) 597-3212
  • West Winds Apartments – (515) 460-5847
  • Apartments for rent, Allen Suby – (515) 778-3081
  • Apartments for rent, Don & Maggie Barkdol – dbarkdoll@cox.net
  • Apartments for rent, Marc Rogers – (515) 441-0731
  • Apartments & houses for rent, Jim Mallon – (515) 231-6688
  • Duplexes & houses for rent, Max Raines – (515) 685-2855
  • Duplexes for rent, Craig Weeks – (515) 685-2225
  • Duplex for rent, Dennis Mitchell – (515) 228-3462
  • Duplex for rent, Monte Sesker – (515) 383-4342

Storage Units Available

707 1st Ave N. (building located at the west end of 1st Ave)
700 1st Ave N. (building located close to the intersection of Main and Greene St.)
Contact Mike Cockerham – (515) 460-2600

Realtors in the Slater Area

  • Century 21 Signature Real Estate:
    Laurie Culp – (515) 291-1522
    Tami Hicks – (515) 290-4067
    Kevin Holmes – (515) 450-1502
    Jay Morgan – (515) 291-9536
  • Friedrich Realty:
    Gina Wheeler – (515) 232-6175
  • KellerWilliams Ankeny Metro:
    Heather Knittel – (515) 371-2706
  • RE/MAX Real Estate:
    Jenna Ellingworth – (515) 984-0222
    Bill Jennings – (515) 291-5153
    Marlene Thompson – (515) 491-9021

Current Slater Listings can be see at:


Ballard Community School District

Ballard West Elementary (EK – 2nd Grade)
105 E. Main, P.O. Box 267
Slater, Iowa 50244
Phone: (515) 228-3890
Fax: (515) 228-3892

Ballard East Elementary (3rd Grade – 5th Grade)
505 W. 4th Street, P.O. Box 110
Cambridge, Iowa 50046
Phone: (515) 220-4306
Fax: (515) 220-4310

Ballard Middle School (6th Grade – 8th Grade)
509 N. Main, P.O. Box 307
Huxley, Iowa 50124
Phone: (515) 597-2815
Fax: (515) 597-2818

Ballard High School (9th Grade – 12th Grade)
701 Ballard Drive, P.O. Box 307
Huxley, Iowa 50124
Phone: (515) 597-2971
Fax: (515) 597-2964


  • Stepping Stones Childcare – Lizz Umland
    603 1st Ave N

Slater Public Library

Found out what’s happening at  www.slaterlibrary.org

Library Board

  • Gregg Jeffryes, Chair
  • Liz Gifford, Vice Chair
  • Scott Huisinga
  • Julie Astarita
  • Linette Connell
  • Kathy Reece

Friends of the Library

If anyone is interested in becoming a Friend of the Library, please call or e-mail us at Friends@SlaterLibrary.org

Organizations & Clubs

  • Volunteer Fire Department
  • Volunteer First Responders
  • Slater Community Club

Slater Community Club is a non-profit organization that promotes Slater by organizing city-wide events and activities. All residents are automatically considered members! Anyone who is interested in the City of Slater, regardless of residency, is invited to attend the monthly meeting held on the 3rd Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Log Cabin. Volunteers are always welcome to help with events such as the 4th of July Celebration.

Check out Slater Community Club on facebook for current happenings!

  • Boy & Cub Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • 4-H Club
  • American Legion & Auxiliary
  • Slater Area Historical Association
    The Slater Historical Museum, Heritage Hall, is over 20 years old, with our new addition added in 2017. It is entirely volunteer and its mission is to preserve history and educate the community about our area’s past .

    The many permanent exhibits include ●The Wall of Heroes, with photos of our veterans from the Civil War onward, ●The 1939 Kitchen, ●our many antique wedding dresses, ●a large business section with artifacts from Slater’s past “Main Street”,●a history of the Slater Co-op Creamery, ●military exhibits including “Unsung Heroes,”, “Women in World War 2” and ”The Great War”, ●history about the railroads which were so important to the town,  ●and the hugely popular “Slater Panorama”, a scale model of the railroad depot, the Creamery, and ball field during the 1940’s and 1950’s.

    SAHA mounts about 3 special exhibits each year. The current exhibit, “Life on a World War 2 Submarine” is will be up through July 4. More exhibits are planned.

    Located at 318 First Avenue in Slater, the Museum is open on Thursdays from 10-2. During the pandemic they are showing the exhibits by appointment. Call 515-480-9789 or 515-228-3293. 

    The Slater Historical Association has a website, slaterhistory.org and its email is slaterhist@huxcomm.net

    They have a large following on Facebook, with events and historical information posted regularly. Facebook: Slater Area Historical Association. There you can access SAHA’s YouTube Channel. 

    The Association welcomes new members, however the public is always welcome. Admission is always free. The Museum offers assistance with genealogy also.

  • Garden Club


411 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 297
Slater, IA 50244
Phone: 515-228-3933

601 Story Street
Slater, Iowa 50244
Phone: (515) 228-3123
Email: donmichaelsen@slaterbaptistchurch.org

401 Story Street
Slater, IA 50244
Phone: (515) 228-3241
Email: slaterumc@huxcomm.net


Nite Hawk Bar & Grill
105 Greene St
Slater, IA 50244
(515) 228-350

600 Linn
Slater, IA 50244

Cole’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream and Grill (Open Seasonally)
Linn St & E 6th Ave
Slater, IA 50244
(515) 473-1336

Casey’s General Store
Convenience Store, Carry-Out Pizza, Subs and Donuts
200 6th Ave
Slater, IA 50244
‎(515) 685-3726

Sheldahl Crossing
Antiques, Collectibles and Coffee Shop
408 Main Street
Slater, IA 50244
‎(515) 685-3726


A cemetery is a history of people –
a perpetual record of yesterday and
a sanctuary of peace an quiet today.
A cemetery exists because every life
is worth living and remembering – always.
The Slater Cemetery is a place of order, safety, neatness, and beauty.

The following fees are, as of April 2007 and may be subject to change with out notice.
Cost to purchase a plot:
1 burial space                   $200
2 burial spaces                 $375
Burials:        1 casket or 2 urns may be placed in 1 burial space.
Grave Openings:       Casket openings must be arranged and paid for through a private company.
The city will open the burial space for an urn upon request at a cost of $100.

Columbarium Fees:
Single niche:  $200.00  plus opening fee.

 Niche:  The inside niches is 12″x 12″ x 12″.  The suggested size for urns is 9″ x 4.5″ x 8″.
Also recommended that if you plan on 2 urns in the niche that you buy them both at the same time to ensure proper fit.

Information about the cemetery can be obtained from City Hall at (515) 685-2531

Slater Cemetery
1200 Linn Street
Slater, IA 50244

Cemetery Board
Myrna Harmon, Chair
Ronna Hoppenworth, Secretary
Nancy Thornwall
Nathan Franksain
Mike Zenor
Mark Estrem, Sexton

Cemetery Board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday in January, April, July and October at 6:30 pm at City Hall.

Tracing your family history?
Click HERE for the cemetery directory.

Facilities Available For Rent

Senior Center
301 Main Street
Slater, IA 50244

The Senior Center is available for rent. It has a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms and can hold approximately 30-40 people.

  • Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
  • $25/ half day  6 am to 3 pm OR 3 pm to Midnight
  • $50/ whole day
  • Rental form MUST be returned with payment to secure reservation
  • PLEASE read the form in its entirety (rules and cancellation policy) and return to City Hall
  • Senior Center RENTAL AGREEMENT

Log Cabin

305 Benton Street

Slater, IA 50244

The Log Cabin is available for rent.  Daily rental fee is $75. You will have access from 6am to Midnight.  It has a full kitchen, handicap accessible bathroom and can hold approximately 50-60 people.

City Services

Click Below for Forms:
Application for Water and Sewer services
Utility Bill automatic payment form
Second Yard Meter Form

Gas & Electric
Alliant Energy

Water Rates

  • Connection Charge = $12.16
  • $4.55 / 100 cubic feet

Sewer Rates:

  • Connection Charge = $33.00
  • $7.00 / 100 cubic feet

Storm Water

  • $3.00 / Month / Residential Unit
  • $6.00 / Month / Business Unit

Resource Recovery

  • $3.50 / Month / Residential Unit
  • $3.50 / Month / Business Unit

Telephone Services

  • Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922
  • Windstream: 1-877-903-4692

Trash Removal

Company Separate Yard Waste Pick-up
Garbage Guys – Taylor (515)707-3883 Clinton (515)707-3866

Taylor@garbageguysiowa.com       Clinton@garbageguysiowa.com

Waste Management Service(515) 233-1458 Yes
Ankeny Sanitation(515) 964-5229 Yes
Aspen Waste 515-382-3808 No

What is yard waste?
Lawn clippings, outside flowers, garden plants, bushes, trees (not lumber), dirt, sod and leaves. For brush that we can take with yard waste pick up at curb there is an extra charge. Brush needs to be bundled up in 5′ length and 2′ in diameter.

  • Do not mix trash with yard waste.
  • Do not set in alley.
  • Do not set next to trees or poles.
  • Do not double bag yard waste.

Internet Service
Mediacom: 1-800-262-3843
Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922
Windstream: 1-877-903-4692

Mediacom: 1-800-262-3843
Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922


Great opportunities are available for businesses, exciting new business incentive packages available! Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 for details!

Ballard Business Alliance is a group of business owners working together to promote “buy local” activity with the Ballard area. Click HERE for their facebook page.


Building Permit
Iowa One Call Call 48 hours before you dig! It’s the law! iowaonecall

Business Properties for Sale


 Slater Business Listing

To see our current business list click  Business list

The Slater Parks and Recreation Board has a mission of providing opportunities for recreation and relaxation in the way of programs and facilities for all citizens of Slater and the surrounding communities.


 Tennis Camp July 12-15. Register at City Hall. Camp limited to 30 students. Registration form HERE



Park and Recreation Board Members:

  • Jonathon Thompson,  President
  • Amy Holmes, Secertary
  • Cindy Beougher, Vice President
  • Amy Carlson,
  • Currently Open

Our Parks are Tobacco-Free. Please read the Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy
WHEREAS the City of Slater Parks and Recreation Board care deeply about promoting the good health and quality of life of its citizens and visitors; and WHEREAS recreational facilities offer an environment where young people are being encouraged and coached by adults to do things beneficial to their health. Tobacco use in and around recreational facilities and on the grounds by older youth and adults creates negative role modeling for young people by promoting an atmosphere where tobacco use is socially acceptable and at the same time adversely affecting youth as the result of exposure to secondary smoke; and WHEREAS the mission of the City of Slater Parks and Recreation Board is to provide recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life for its citizens, provide safe environments, and to discourage those activities which it deems contrary to this mission; and THEREFORE the City of Slater Parks and Recreation Board respectfully requests that there be no use of any tobacco products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, dip, and chewing tobacco, on, in or at these facilities or on the grounds.  The City of Slater Recreation Department further requests that all who arrange to use these facilities agree to promote this tobacco-free policy by putting this information in brochures and any promotional materials.

Facilities Available For Rent

Senior Center

301 Main Street

Slater, IA 50244

The Senior Center is available for rent. It has a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms and can hold approximately 30-40 people.

Log Cabin

305 Benton Street

Slater, IA 50244

The Log Cabin is available for rent.  Daily rental fee is $75. You will have access from 6am to Midnight.  It has a full kitchen, handicap accessible bathroom and can hold approximately 50 people.


Earl Grimm Park

Slater-6-Grimm Park

4th & Greene Street

  • Swimming Pool – 702 4th Avenue
  • Tennis Courts – 701 6th Avenue
  • Nite Hawk Field – 701 4th Avenue
  • High Trestle Trail Trailhead

Earl Grimm Park contains a 25-meter swimming pool, a bathhouse, a concession stand, a shelter house for picnics, a sand-filled volleyball, kids playground equipment, a little league baseball diamond/adult softball diamond, and 3 tennis courts. There is a lot of open area for picnics, playing Frisbee, and other recreational activities. There are also some nice planters in the park maintained by the Slater Garden Club.

Nelson Park

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3rd & Benton Street
(The Log Cabin is located in Nelson Park at 305 Benton Street)

Nelson Park is a long-established park with large mature trees. It has a gazebo, playground equipment, a shelter, a large number of picnic tables, and a stage. The Slater Log Cabin is located in Nelson Park. The Log Cabin is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. It has a large dining/meeting room, a kitchen, and bathrooms. Groups and families use it for civic meetings, reunions, and parties.

Nite Hawk Field

Located in Earl Grimm Park at 701 4th Avenue

Nite Hawk Field is a professional quality baseball diamond. Professional teams did play there for several decades. It is now the home field for Ballard High School. It is in use every day during the summer for high school, junior high, and Babe Ruth League games.

Southside Park

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Playground area is at 1101 Marshall St. (East side of the creek)

Soccer and ball diamond are at 941 Trail Dr. (West of the creek)

Southside is one of the newest parks. It contains playground equipment, several soccer fields, and a diamond that is used for girl’s softball.


The Heart of Iowa Trailhead / Arboretum

200 N. Linn Street (Co Rd R38)

The Trailhead and Arboretum is the jumping off place for the Heart of Iowa Trail. This trail goes from Slater to Melbourne. The trailhead has parking, Kybos, and facilities to load and unload horses. It is adjacent to the new Ballard Elementary School, which has superb playground equipment and a baseball diamond.

The High Trestle Trail


(Trailhead is in Grimm Park, 4th & Greene Street)

This new 25-mile addition to the 670-mile trail system that connects Des Moines and central Iowa has one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world: 1/2-mile long & 13 stories tall! Check it out at www.hightrestletrail.info

More information on Iowa Bike trails can be found Here.


702 4th Street (4th and Greene)515-685-3334

The Pool will close for the 2021 season on Sunday August 22nd.

open daily from
Noon to 7pm  7 days a week.

daily cost :
Slater residents $3.00
All other $4.00


***we will be closing at 5pm on July 3rd and will be closed on the 4th***




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5:30- 7am Lap Swim Lap Swim Lap Swim Lap Swim Lap Swim    
7:00 AM Swim Team Swim Team   Swim Team Swim Team    
8:00 AM Swim Team Swim Team   Swim Team Swim Team    
9:00 AM Lessons*


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12:00pm -7pm Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
6:00pm Lessons*


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Open Swim Open Swim
7:00pm – 8:30pm Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties

Fees, Passes & Rules

Passes may be purchased:

  • During group sign up at City Hall on May 5th & 6th 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • At City Hall starting May 7th during regular office hours 8am to 5 pm
  • Click  HERE for daily and pass rates
  • Passes on sale April 1st at city hall

Pool Rules:

  • Youth UNDER 10 years of age must be supervised by someone 14 years of age or older
  • The pool will not open if the air temperature is below 70 degrees unless specifically stated, and it will close if the air temperature falls below 70 degrees. If the weather is cool, each swimmer must use his/her own discretion whether to pay admission and chance swimming for a short time. No refunds will be given under these circumstances.
  • If thunder or lightning occurs, the pool will be cleared immediately. We will wait it out for 30 minutes and if weather permits you may re-enter the pool. No refunds will be given under these circumstances.
  • Swimsuits are required. Swim diapers will be required for anyone who is not toilet trained, and will be available for purchase at the pool. Regular baby diapers will not be allowed in the pool.

Flotation & Special Days:

  • 4th of July hours:  July 3rd: Noon to 5 pm    July 4th: closed

Private Pool Rentals

Rent our pool for your exclusive use. A great idea for birthday parties, neighborhood parties, church groups, or civic organizations to enjoy healthful and wholesome fun. The pool may be rented Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, after normal closing hours (from 7:00 to 8:30 pm) or any morning when lessons are not in session (9:00 to 11:00 am).
Please fill out the  Pool rental agreement and return it to City Hall.

Evening Parties (1.5 hrs)                         Without Slide                    With Slide

25 or fewer $75.00 $115.00
26-50 people $115.00 $150.00
51-75 people $150.00 $190.00
76 & over $190.00 $225.00

Morning Parties (2 hrs)                         Without Slide                    With Slide

25 or fewer $100.00 $150.00
26-50 people $150.00 $200.00
51-75 people $200.00 $250.00
76 & over $250.00 $300.00

Contact the pool manager to reserve your party at slaterpool@gmail.com  or City Hall 685-2531

Swimming Lessons

Sign-up for Swim Lessons at City Hall on Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday May 6th 2021  from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Registration Form

Registrations will be accepted at City Hall beginning May 7th during regular business hours.

All sessions will meet Monday – Thursday for 2 weeks. Fridays will be used only for rain make up if necessary.

$40 per person per session. No refunds will be given except for medical emergencies.

Session 1 and 2 Classes are offered at 9am,10am and 11am

  • Session 1: June 14th – June 25th
    Levels 1-5
  • Session 2: July 12th – July 23th
    Levels 1-5

Session 3 classes offered at 6pm and 7pm only

  • Session 3: August 2nd – August 13th
    Levels 1-5    

All levels may not be available at all times
The City of Slater also reserves the right to cancel or combine classes due to lack of enrollment.

  • Class enrollment is limited in order to provide the best learning environment. Registration for each class is on first come, first served basis.
  • You must have a completed form and the enrollment fee turned into city hall to be placed on a class list.

How to choose the correct level of swimming lessons:

  • Children enrolling in lessons must be 5 years old by the first lesson or approved by a manager.
  • Review the skills listed for each class.
  • Can your child complete all of the skills listed?

Level I – Introduction to Water Skills
Can your Child:

  • Front float alone?
  • Confidently wade into shoulder-deep water alone?
  • Open his or her eyes underwater?
  • Blow bubbles through his or her nose and mouth?
  • Go from front float, to back float, and back to front float again?
  • Put his or her face in the water freely?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your child is just right for Level I.


Level II – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Can your child:

  • Jump into chest deep water alone?
  • Submerge his or her entire head easily?
  • Maintain a back float for longer than 5 seconds without help?
  • Swim on his or her front with combined arm and leg action?
  • Swim on his or her back with combined arm and leg action?

If you answered “no” to some and “yes” to some of these questions, your child is just right for Level II. If you answered “no” to most of these questions, your child is just right for Level I.


Level III – Stroke Development
Can your child:

  • Jump into deep water unaided?
  • Dive from the sitting or kneeling position?
  • Retrieve an object from a depth greater than your child’s height?
  • Swim the front crawl with alternate breathing (breathing on both sides)?
  • Swim the butterfly kick (short, fast, dolphin dives)?
  • Swim the back crawl?
  • Glide on his or her front with two different kicks?
  • Glide on his or her back with two different kicks?
  • Tread water for a minute?

If you answered “no” to some and “yes” to some of these questions, your child is just right for Level III. If you answered “no” to most of these questions, your child is just right for Level II.


Level IV – Stroke Improvement
Can your child:

  • Dive from a standing position?
  • Swim underwater at least 15 yards?
  • Do feet-first surface dive?
  • Back float for two minutes?
  • Swim the front crawl?
  • Swim the breast stroke?
  • Tread water for three minutes?
  • Swim the elementary backstroke?
  • Swim on his or her side with the scissor kick?

If you answered “no” to some and “yes” to some of these questions, your child is just right for Level IV. If you answered “no” to most of these questions, your child is just right for Level III.


Level V – Stroke Refinement
Can your child:

  • Perform a shallow dive and glide into the front crawl?
  • Swim underwater 25 yards?
  • A Tuck surface dive?
  • A Pike surface dive?
  • Swim the front crawl?
  • Swim the butterfly?
  • Swim the back crawl?
  • Swim the elementary backstroke?
  • Swim the sidestroke?
  • Rescue breathing?

If you answered “no” to less than three of these questions and “yes” to the rest of these questions, your child is just right for Level V. If you answered “no” to three or more of these questions, your child should try Level IV.


Ballard Sharks Swim Club

Ballard Sharks Swim Club is a competitive swim club open to the youth in and around southern Story, north Polk, and eastern Boone Counties. Our home pool is in Slater. This program will enable swimmers to learn about competitive swimming at practices and meets through quality coaching, improved stroke and racing techniques, team spirit, and team friendships.

Visit the Ballard Sharks Swim Club Website HERE




Slater residents! All participants who live inside the city limits will be eligible to receive a $20 rebate per child from the city. Stop in or email city hall at slateriowa@huxcomm.net if you are interested in receiving your rebate.  The request must be in written form and include the player’s name, parent’s name, address and which sport and level he or she participated in.  Requests must be submitted no later than June 1st for spring 2021!

Ballard Soccer  go to leauges.bluesombrero.com

Other Activities

Huxley Parks & Recreation
Programs in combination with surrounding communities such as Soccer, Flag Football and MORE, many through the 3C’s center in Huxley

Ballard 4-H

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” The goal of the 4-H Program is to empower youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research based experiences. 4-H has four program priorities: Healthy Living, STEM, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. These priorities are delivered through afterschool programs, at monthly club meetings, during special events, at camps, and at schools. 4-H encourages youth to Learn by Doing, which we reflect with the hashtag “Inspire Kids to Do”.

There are over 30 project areas in the 4-H program, and hundreds of ways that you can learn within those project areas! This means that youth will never struggle to find a topic that interests them. Share your PASSION by turning it into a PROJECT to share with others.

To learn how to become involved in the Story County 4-H program, contact County Youth Coordinator, Jess Soderstrum (515-382-6551 | jlsoder@iastate.edu), or visit the Story County Extension office website (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/story/) “

City Hall

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101 Story Street
P.O. Box 538
Slater, IA 50244-0538

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: (515) 685-2531
Fax: (515) 228-3334

Public Works

201 Greene St.
P. O. Box 538
Slater, IA 50244-0538

Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Phone: (515) 228-3339
Fax: (515) 228-3334

After hours Public Works Emergencies call:
Mark Estrem: (515) 231-1154
Jerry Weeks: (515) 291-6183

City Government

City Council
John Kahler, Mayor   JFKahler@hotmail.com     515-231-1970
Susan Erickson               Slatercouncil@huxcomm.net
Ken May, Mayor Pro Tem     Slatercouncil@huxcomm.net
Shawn Birdsall       Slatercouncil@huxcomm.net
Christina Howell     Slatercouncil@huxcomm.net
Joel Newman         Slatercouncil@huxcomm.net

City Personnel

City Administrator: Jennifer Davies       CityofSlater@huxcomm.net

Deputy/Utility Clerk : Karen Denger        Slateriowa@huxcomm.net

Director of Public Works: Mark Estrem        mestrem@huxcomm.net
Public Works Maintenance
Jerry Weeks
Jason Krause
Zach Smith
Mark Finch

Librarian: Jennifer Gogerty        director@slaterlibrary.org
Library Aides:
Bette Jolliffe
Suzy Sernett
Darla Hornbuckle
Julie Long
Jenny Burns
Grace Long
Emily Huisinga

Council Meetings
The council meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 at City Hall unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted at City Hall and the Post Office at least 24 hours before each meeting. Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise posted.

Upcoming meeting agenda as of  9-13-2021 Agenda (Subject to change until 24 hours prior to meeting)

Click HERE to see the minutes of previous meetings.

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Slater City Budget
FINAL FY17CityBudget
City Code
The City Code of Slater, Iowa is a rather large document. Hard copies are located at City Hall and the Slater Public Library and may be view during any open hours. If you choose to open the version linked below, it is recommended to first view either the table of contents or the index to find the approximate page number or chapter of the topic you are looking for. You can also use search by using “control-f” to bring up a search bar, entering the word or words that you are looking for and it will highlight them in yellow within the text. This is not suggested for common phrases.

Table of Contents
City Code

Emergency Numbers
Medical Emergency: 911
Fire Emergency: 911
Law Enforcement Emergency: 911
(Police protection is provided by Story County, www.storycounty.com)
Non-Emergency Law Enforcement: (515) 382-6566
Animal Control: (515) 382-3338

Fire Station


307 Main Street
(515) 228-3707

A volunteer group that offers emergency fire protection to the residents of Slater, Sheldahl and surrounding rural areas
Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Station.

Doug Nelson, Chief
Mark Estrem, Assistant Chief
Brant Strumpfer, Captain
Ryan Kennedy, Captain
Dean Neabauer, Captain Vehicle/Equipment
Steve Birkestrand
Brandon Huen, Training
Dan Nelson
Steve Schonhorst
Gary Halverson
Jerry Weeks
Matt Wilson
Wes Ransom
Mike Kaldenberg
Stuart Schonhorst
Kurt Estrem
Jared Ortner
Nathan Franksain
Zach Smith
Cramer Holland
AJ Strumpfer
Jason Krause
Brennan Manful
Shawn Birdsall
Chris Snyder
Todd Trogu

First Responders
First Responders are a volunteer group that offers emergency medical assistance to the residents of Slater, Sheldahl surrounding rural areas.
Monthly meeting are held on the 2nd Sunday at 6:30pm at City Hall.

Volunteer First Responders
Chad Fleener, Chief
Clint Bennethum, Asst Chief
Jill Wheeler, Secretary
Connie Pitcher, Treasurer
Christine Riborty
Nathan Franksain
Nicole Krause
Melissa Snyder
January Smith
Megan Miller

Our town depends on volunteers to respond to medical emergencies. Small communities are shorthanded, especially during normal work hours. Please consider taking the training and becoming a First Responder today!


Apply for a job with the City of Slater?

See the NEWS tab for current openings.  Follow the instructions listed for the opening or download the Employment Application HERE, and return it to City Hall.

Set Up City Services?

The City of Slater provides water and sewer service to residents. A water/sewer deposit is required. The deposit is $100.00 and is payable in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 101 Story Street before service may begin.
Download City Utility Forms:

Gas & Electric

Alliant Energy


Telephone Services

Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922

Windstream: 1-877-903-4692

Internet Service

Mediacom: 1-800-262-3843

Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922

Windstream: 1-877-903-4692


Mediacom: 1-800-262-3843

Huxley Communications: 1-800-231-4922

Find out about the quality/condition of Slater’s water?

Download the Consumer Confidence Report by clicking HERE or view the report at City Hall.

Set up garbage service?

The City of Slater does not provide garbage service. You will need to schedule service with a local provider such as:

Company                                       Separate Yard Waste Pick-up

Garbage Guys (515)707-3866  (515)707-3883 No
Waste Management Service (515) 233-1458 Yes
Ankeny Sanitation (515) 964-5229 yes

What is yard waste?

Lawn clippings, outside flowers, garden plants, bushes, trees (not lumber), dirt, sod and leaves.

  • Do not mix trash with yard waste.
  • Do not set in alley.
  • Do not set next to trees or poles.
  • Do not double bag yard waste.

Understand how hard is the water in Slater?

If you are trying to set up a water softener in the City of Slater, this answer is for you. The range tends to be between 10-12 grams. Start with 10 and work up if necessary.


Voting is held at the Log Cabin.

Comply to the Slater snow ordinance?

From November 1st to April 1st the snow ordinance is in effect for all streets and alleys in the City of Slater. “No person shall park, abandon, leave, whether occupied or not, any vehicle on any public street or alley during any snowfall and for 24 hours following the cessation of snowfall“.

Notify someone if I notice a streetlight is out?

Call Alliant Energy at 800-822-4348 and give them the location of the streetlight that is out or contact city hall or click HERE to report a street light out.

Recycle my Cans and Bottles?

Slater has a voluntary drop-off recycling program. Cans and bottles may be returned to the wooden structure located at Ballard West staff parking lot on the northwest side of the building.  Proceeds benefit Slater Parks and Recreation.  Glass recycling is offered at the same location in the yellow dumpster.  All types of glass accepted including bottles, jars, bulbs, windows without framing, etc.

What to do with tree limbs and branches?

The city will collect tree limbs on specified days between April & October and after major storm events. Watch for announced days on Facebook and on the calendar page.  Branches can not exceed 10″ in diameter. Longer lengths are preferred.  Drop off branches at the City lot on the corner of 1st and Greene on specified days and times. Otherwise you may burn organic materials on your own property.

Get a building permit? Do I need one?

Permits are needed for the construction of ANY permanent structure or structural change on your property including fences. A permit is also required for demolition. Permit applications can be picked up at City Hall or printed from the links below Fees vary based on the building project. If you have any questions please contact City Hall for details or pick up an application at City Hall, 101 Story Street.

City Permits

Building Permit

Trade Permit      For Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC


Get a Peddlers Permit? Do I need one?

Permits are needed for anyone wishing to solicit within the City of Slater.  Door-to door permits are $50, street vending is $10.  Please complete the following application and permit and submit to City Hall with all required information and allow 7 to 10 business days for approval.  Approved peddlers will be required to carry their permit (must have embossed City Seal) while soliciting.

Peddlers Application

Peddlers Permit

Rental Facilities

Senior Center
301 Main Street
Slater, IA 50244

The Senior Center is available for rent. It has a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms and can hold 30-40 people.

  • Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
    Rental fees:

    • $25/ half day  6 am to 3 pm OR 3 pm to Midnight
    • $50/ whole day
    • Rental form MUST be returned with payment to secure reservation
    • PLEASE read the form in its entirety (rules and cancellation policy) and return to City Hall.

Log Cabin
305 Benton Street
Slater, IA 50244

The “Log Cabin” is available for rent. It has a full kitchen, handicap accessible bathroom and can hold 50-60 people.  (This is not a sleeping cabin)

  • Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
    Rental fees:

    • $75/Day
    • Rental form MUST be returned with payment to secure reservation
    • PLEASE read the form in its entirety (rules and cancellation policy) and return to City Hall.
    • Slater Log Cabin Rental Agreement

Contact the Post Office?

The number is 228-3333.

Contact the Pool?

The number is 685-  and is answered daily during the swimming season (June – August) between the hours of noon and 7 pm. More pool information can be found by clicking on the Parks & Recreation section of this website.

What is Slater doing about selling Fireworks?

Slater city council has decided to let the Iowa Code be the code for Slater.  Here is the firework code 2017 suggested updated firework Ordinance