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Location

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

History

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.

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“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!!!)

Stay Connected

Stay up to date by following the City of Slater on Facebook HERE and on Twitter CityofSlater. Get the latest weather related info (pool closings, branch trimming, snow removal), events (lessons, contests, celebrations) and so much more!

Branch and Limb Clipping Pick-up

Next pick-up date: September 14th

Have all branches and limbs to the curb by 7 am. Nothing over 10 inches in diameter please.

Appliance and Scrap Metal Pick -up

Have your items to the curb by 8 am on June 22nd

General list of items R & W Recycling will accept for free includes but not limited to:
Show List

Water heaters Dryers Washers Air conditioners (large & small) Phones Video games Computer towers Lawn mowers (large & small) Garden tillers Bikes Metal sinks Garage door openers General scrap metal
Freezers (no food) Refrigerators (no food) Stoves – microwaves Furnaces VCR’s Printers Lead acid batteries Snow blowers Garbage disposals Metal shelving Metal chairs Fans
Dishwashers Trash compactors Dehumidifiers Cell phones DVD Players Fax machines Exercise equipment Weed eaters Grills (no tanks) Metal bathtubs Metal lawn chairs Vacuums

WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING CHEMICALS OR PAINTS NO PROPANE TANKS OF ANY KIND.

Have any questions please give us a call 641-227-3200 or e-mail us at: hwrecycling@hotmail.com

4th of July Mud Volleyball Tournament!

Join us for our Annual 4th of July Mud Volleyball Tournament!
Saturday, July 4th

Begins at 12:00 pm (or when the parade is over) Located at Grimm Park, just off Highway 210.

Teams will have 8 players at a time. Rally scoring to 15 will be used. It will be double elimination tournament. High School volleyball rules apply. You will be responsible to referee your own games.

  • $60 per team entry fee.
  • Each team must have equal Male and Female participants at all times. (4 males/4 females)
  • All participants must be at least 12 years old
  • Registration and Money are due by July 2nd at 5:00 pm (Please, no same day registration.)
  • All Teams must complete the registration form available HERE (downloadable form)
  • All players must complete a waiver to participate, the form is available HERE (downloadable form)

Return ALL forms by July 2nd to:
Heather Fredrick, 613 8th Avenue, Slater or call (515) 460-3052 with questions.

Want to recycle your glass containers? Now you CAN!

A glass-recycling bin is located at Hwy 210 & Tama St. beside the Can Corral.

All proceeds go to helping the Parks & Recreation Board fund their projects.
Some long range projects include a basketball court, development of baseball diamonds and more amenities for the current parks.

Story County Emergency Management New Mass Notification System

When seconds count! Story County Emergency Management now has a new mass notification system, Story County Iowa Alerts, to alert residents of danger. Code Red, which has been used by Ames, Nevada and Story County, will end March 1st, 2015 and messages will be sent from Story County Iowa Alerts. It is important for everyone to register on the new system regardless if you were registered with Code Red before. To receive alerts on your cell phone or email you will need to follow this link, http://www.storycountyiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=1155 to the Story County Iowa Alerts webpage to register.

Planning and Zoning Commission

Trond Forre, Chair
Jane Fiedler
Kevin Holmes
Brant Strumpfer
Jill Rahner

Board of Adjustments

Mike Kaldenberg, Chair
Brandon Huen, Secretary
Shawn Kyle
Bill Arends
Jared Ortner

Housing Available to Rent:

  • Hammond Estates Mobile Home Park(A Brenton Community) (515) 298-0000 or www.brentoncommunities.com
  • 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, Roger Peterson – (515) 795-3115
  • 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)
OR
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:
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Slater_IA

Schools

Ballard Community School District
http://www.ballard.k12.ia.us

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

Slater Public Library

www.slaterlibrary.org
105 N. Tama Street
Phone / Fax: (515) 228-3558

Slater Public Library Director:
Jennifer Gogerty
director@slaterlibrary.org

Available at the Library:

  • Books for all ages
  • Easy books & cassettes
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Adult fiction
  • Books on tape
  • Large print books
  • Reference materials
  • Computer Use For All
  • Internet Access
  • Desktop publishing
  • Word processing
  • Other Programs
  • Magazines & Newspapers

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Recurring Events

Storytime
Come check out Storytime at the library! Age appropriate stories and activities every week!
Toddlers (under 3 yrs of age):
Every Monday at 10:00 am
Ages 3 – 5:
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am

Soup & Songs
First Friday of Every Month
Come anytime between 11:30 to 12:30 for great eats and entertainment!

Library Board

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

Library Policies

Computer/Internet Use
Unattended Children

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

Clubs & Organizations

  • 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!

Churches

411 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 297
Slater, IA 50244
Phone: 515-228-3933
Email:bethlehem@huxcomm.net
http://www.facebook.com/slaterblc

601 Story Street
Slater, Iowa 50244
Phone: (515) 228-3123
Email: donmichaelsen@slaterbaptistchurch.org
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slater-Baptist-Church/116390398385338?fref=ts

401 Story Street
Slater, IA 50244
Phone: (515) 228-3241
Email: slaterumc@huxcomm.net
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slater-Sheldahl-United-Methodist-Church/155592314512751

Dining

Nite Hawk Bar & Grill
105 Greene St
Slater, IA 50244-7715
(515) 228-350

Cole’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream and Grill
Linn St & E 6th Ave
Slater, IA 50244
(515) 473-133

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

Sheldahl Crossing
Antiques, Collectibles and Coffee Shop
408 Main Street
Slater, IA 50244
‎(515) 685-3726
https://www.facebook.com/sheldahlcrossing
www.sheldahlcrossing.com

Cemetery

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.

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
Art Nelson
Shelly Metz
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.
  • Click HERE to view a calendar showing Senior Center availability
  • Minimum donation of $25.

 

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 approximately 50 people.

Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
Click HERE to view a calendar showing Log Cabin availability

Rental fees:
35/Half Day
$50/Full Day

City Services

Utilities
Click Below for Forms:
Application for Water and Sewer Services
Utility Bills Automatic Payment Form
Second Yard Meter Form

Gas & Electric
Alliant Energy
1-800-822-4348

Water Rates

  • Connection Charge = $12.16
  • $4.52 / 100 cubic feet

 

Sewer Rates:

  • Connection Charge = $10.21
  • $3.82 / 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
Bennett Sanitation(515) 290-4664 No
Waste Management Service(515) 233-1458 Yes
Ankeny Sanitation(515) 964-5229 Yes
CHITTY Garbage Service, Inc.1-800-541-8190 www.chittygarbage.com Yes

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

Cable
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.

Permits

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

Business Properties for Sale

400 Main Street
Zoned C-2 and located in the middle of downtown the lot is 25 feet by 142 feet.

Contact City Hall at (515) 685-2531 for details!

Business Listings

BusinessAddressPhone/ContactWebsite

Absolute Concrete 501 1st Avenue (515) 685-3433 http://www.absoluteconcreteiowa.com
All Image Photography & Gallery 501 8th Avenue (515) 685-3750 www.allimagephotography.net
Arbor Park Cottages 701 Linn Street (515) 268-9999 www.newburyliving.com/properties/arbor-park-cottages/
Arends Construction 100 Greene Street (515) 685-2596
Artwork by Shawn Palek P.O. Box 444 (515) 975-7169
shawnpalek@yahoo.com
Ames Environmental Inc. 410 Main Street (515) 685-2299 www.AmesEnvironmental.com
Ballard Vet Clinic – Dr. Ken May 401 Main Street (515) 228-3545
Beirman Furniture (515) 314-0456 www.beirmanfurniture.com
Callahan Construction 602 2nd Avenue (515) 685-9503 www.manta.com/c/mmg9s7t/callahan-home-improvements
Carrel Family Chiropractic 417 Main Street (515) 228-3300
Dr. Greg Ploeger
carrelfamilychiropractic@gmail.com
Casey’s Carry Out Pizza 200 6th Avenue (515) 685-3726 www.caseys.com
Century 21 Real Estate – Kevin Holmes 303 Story Street (515) 450-1502 www.homesbyholmesnow.com
Cole’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop
OPEN limited hours dependent on weather – call first
101 E. 6th Avenue (515) 473-1336 www.yelp.com/biz/coles-ice-cream-slater
Corn Crib Catering 2265 320th Street (515) 795-9054 www.corncribcatering.com
Crown Limousine, Ltd. (515) 228-3497 www.crownlimoi@hotmail.com
Dave White Plumbing 206 Cedar Street (515) 228-3760 https://plus.google.com/105708125968834252721/about?gl=us&hl=en
Ditch Witch Inc. 1000 W 6th Avenue (515) 685-3521 www.DitchWitch-Iowa.com
Finnovative Computer Solutions 102 8th Avenue (515) 228-3305
dfinn@huxcomm.net
Gilbert Specialties
Handyman repairs
900 Four Mile Drive (515) 490-8834
gilbert.larry@mchsi.com
Good Grief, INC
(End of Life Services)
101 9th Avenue (515) 228-3400 www.goodgriefinc.com
Hair Art 608 3rd Avenue (515) 228-3121
Halbrook Plumbing 206 9th Avenue (515) 745-4232
Hammond Consulting 104 E 4th (515) 685-2274
(515) 505-4391 cell phone
Hammond Estates Mobile Home Park 101 1st Avenue (515) 298-0000 www.brentoncommunities.com/locations-slater.cfm
Hammond House Bed & Breakfast 101 Main Street (515) 460-3029 www.ibbg.com/hammondhouse.htm
http://thehammondhousebb.blogspot.com
Hawkins Water Treatment 101 Greene Street (515) 685-2250 www.Hawkinsinc.com
Heartland Construction Equip. 102 Marshall Street (515) 685-2818 http://www.hceweb.com
Heartland Cooperative 1120 W. 1st Avenue (515) 685-3571 http://www.heartlandcoop.com
Huxley Communications 417 Main Street 800-231-4922 www.huxcomm.net
Iowa Plains Signing, Inc. 1110 6th Avenue (515) 685-3536 http://www.iowaplains.com
JR Construction/Reetz & Son’s Construction Jeff Reetz 901 Four Mile Drive (515) 681-9678
JT’s Smokewagon Catering (515)685-2023 www.facebook.com/JTSmokewagonBBQ
Just Your Style Salon 321 Main Street (515) 450-6211
Megan – justyourstylesalon@hotmail.com
Kauble Construction Box 597 (515) 306-1012
Landscapes By Design 31295 510th Avenue (515) 685-2508 www.Landscapes-By-Design.com
Mallon Excavating PO Box 276 (515) 685-4438
(515) 685-4438
stacie@mallonexcavating.com
www.mallonexcavating.com
Mallon Financial Service Corp. Jim Mallon 102 10th Avenue (515) 231-6688 https://plus.google.com/118343744818194773883/about?gl=us&hl=en
Mason’s Standard Service 407 6th Avenue (515) 685-4421
Midwest Technologies Audio/video systems, security systems, BEAM central vacuum and DIRECTVdealer (515) 249-9674
info@midwesttechia.com
www.midwesttechia.com
Nature’s Story Soaps 605 Greene Street (515) 291-6364
NaturesStorySoaps@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Natures-Story/880390105316508
Nite Hawk Bar and Grill
11am to 2am daily
(Kitchen closes at 10 pm)
105 Greene St. (515) 228-3500 www.facebook.com/pages/Nite-Hawk-Bar-Grill/167617616650054
Peasley Auction and Appraisals PO Box 154 (515) 313-8587 www.peasleyauction.com
Prairie Creek Development Residential lots available Marigrace Sievers SW Slater (515) 450-0193
Reflections – freeze dried flowers 412 Main Street (515) 228-3800 www.reflections@huxcomm.net
R.K. Demolition 509 Benton Street (515) 288-3184
R.M. Enterprises Agricultural Equipment P.O. Box 298 (515) 228-3029 www.RMEquipment.com
Sheldahl Crossing Antiques 408 Main Street (515)228-3060 www.sheldahlcrossing.com
Slater Animal Hospital 313 Main Street (515) 685-3526 www.slateranimalhospital.com
Slater Area Historical Association
Open Thursdays 10 – 2
318 1st Avenue (515) 228-3832 www.slaterhistory.org
Slater Laser Carwash 420 Main Street (515) 491-9041 http://slaterlaserwash@gmail.com
Slater Medical Clinic 600 Linn Street (515) 685-3960 www.scmcnevada.org
Soderstrum-Adams Funeral Home 312 Main Street (515) 228-3431 www.adamssoderstrum.com
Snus Hill Winery and Vineyard 2183 320th Street (515) 795-3535 www.snushillwine.com
South Story Bank & Trust 501 Linn Street (515) 228-3566 www.SouthStoryBank.com
Storage – Cockerham 701 & 707 1st Avenue N (515)460-2600
Syngenta 2369 330th Street (515) 685-5000 www.syngenta.com
Take Down Bar & Grill 405 Main Street (515) 228-3676 CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Town & Country Market and Greenhouse 308 Main Street (515) 228-3131 www.facebook.com/pages/Town-Country-Market/100295120031856
Tri-County Boarding Kennel 2360 Violet Avenue (515) 685-4497 www.tricountyboarding.com
Up-Town Hair Styles 315 Main Street (515) 228-3000 https://plus.google.com/107309610233300060563/about?gl=us&hl=en
U.S. Post Office 422 Main Street (515) 228-3333 www.USPS.com
Weeks Construction (515) 450-1454 www.weeksconcrete.com
Whitney Consulting Retirement planning, insurance of all types, annuities, etc. 708 Marshall (515) 231-0046
whitneyins@yahoo.com
Zagar Excavating 509 3rd Avenue (515) 228-3200

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.

Park and Recreation Board Members:

  • Heather Frederick, President
  • Colin Chinery, Secretary
  • Jonathon Thompson, Vice President
  • Shawn Birdsall
  • Cindy Beougher
  • Kelli Payne

Our Parks are now 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.

  • Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
  • Click HERE to view a calendar showing Senior Center availability
  • Minimum donation of $25.

 

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 approximately 50 people.

Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.

Click HERE to view a calendar showing Log Cabin availability

Rental fees:

35/Half Day

$50/Full Day

Parks

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.

Trails

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

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(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.

Pool

702 4th Street (4th and Greene)

The Pool will open to the public on June 1, 2015 at noon.

Our last day for 2015 will be August 23rd.

Hours

Hours:Monday:Tuesday:Wednesday:Thursday:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:

5:45-7:00 AM 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* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Private Parties Private Parties
10:00 AM Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Private Parties Private Parties
11:00 AM Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Lessons* Private Parties Private Parties
12:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
1:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
2:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
3:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
4:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
5:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
6:00 PM Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim Open Swim
7:00 PM Lessons/water aerobics Lessons/water aerobics Lessons/water aerobics Lessons/water aerobics Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties
7:45-8:30 PM Lap Swim Lap Swim Lap Swim Lap Swim Private Parties Private Parties Private Parties

Fees, Passes & Rules

Passes may be purchased:

  • During group sign up on May 13th & 14th from 5:30 – 7:30.
  • At City Hall between April 1st and May 29th during regular office hours
  • At the pool after June 1st between noon and 7pm daily

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: Every Thursday! Watch for special themes!

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).

Evening Parties (1.5 hrs)Without SlideWith 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 SlideWith 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 685-3334!

Swimming Lessons

Sign-up for Swim Lessons at City Hall on May 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 Or May 14th from 5:30 to 7:30

Registrations will be accepted at City Hall beginning May 18th during regular business hours.

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

  • Session 1: June 15 – 26
    Levels 1-5 at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00am and 7:05pm
  • Session 2: July 6 – July 17
    Levels 1-5 at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00am and 7:05pm
  • Session 3: July 27 – Aug 7
    Levels 1-5 at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00am

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.

 

Click for Swimming Lesson Registration Forms

  • 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

Tennis Camp

Learn to play Tennis!!
June 1-12 for kids who have completed 1st – 8th grades
Registrations are due to City Hall by May 22nd!

Click HERE for more for Tennis Camp Registration Form

Baseball/Softball

Slater residents! Starting with the 2015 season 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.

 

Little League Baseball
Baseball registration is due by March 1st! (No in person sign up)
Click HERE for Slater Boys Little League Webpage

 

Softball
Softball registration is due by February 20th!
(In person sign up at City Hall on January 20th from 6 to 8 pm. Please use South door.)

Baseball and Softball Registration Forms Forms may be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to the address on the form.

Parent Code of Conduct
Registration Medical Release
Slater Girls Softball Registration
Volunteer Application

 

Slater Nite Hawks Semi-Pro Baseball
Visit their Facebook page HERE
See the 2015 Nite Hawk Schedule HERE

Ballard Soccer Club

Registration for the 2015 Spring Soccer season ends on January 30!
Sign up now! Go to www.ballardsoccerclub.org to register.

Other Activities

Mud Volleyball
Mud Volleyball Registration Form
Mud Volleyball Waiver Form

 

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

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 or
Jerry Weeks: (515) 291-6183

City Government

City Council
Gary Halverson, Mayor
Steve Ransom, Mayor Pro Tem
Susan Erickson
John Kahler
Ken May
Ann Sobiech Munson

City Personnel
City Clerk/ Administrator: Mary Beth Sprouse
Deputy Clerk/ Economic Development Coordinator: Jennifer Davies
Administrative Clerk: Sarah Elmore
Director of Public Works: Mark Estrem
Public Works Maintenance:
Jerry Weeks
Chad Johnson
Librarian: Jennifer Gogerty
Library Aides:
Nancy Thornwall
Bette Jolliffe
Suzy Sernett
Darla Hornbuckle

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.

Click HERE to see the minutes of previous meetings.

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Slater City Budget
Current Budget
Proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015

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
Index

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

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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 7:30 pm at the Station.

Doug Nelson, Chief
Mark Estrem, Assistant Chief
Brant Strumpfer, Captain
Ryan Kennedy, Captain
Dean Neabauer, Captain Vehicle/Equipment Steve Birkestrand
Matt Weigel, Training
Brandon Huen, Training
Dan Nelson
Steve Schonhorst
Gary Halverson
Dale Petersen
Ron Foster
Jerry Weeks
Matt Wilson
Wes Ransom
Mike Kaldenberg
Stuart Schonhorst
Kurt Estrem
Jared Ortner
Nathan Franksain
Zach Smith
Cramer Holland
AJ Strumpfer
Jason Krause

First Responders
First Responders are a volunteer group that offers emergency medical assistance to the residents of Slater, Sheldahl surrounding rural areas.

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!

We need your help.
Monthly meetings are held on the 1st Sunday at 6:30 pm at City Hall

Volunteer First Responders

  • Betty Robb, EMT-B
  • Monica Bowers, EMT-B
  • Mike Kaldenberg, EMT-B
  • Tyler Mortvedt, EMT-B, Chief
  • Ethan Moulden, EMT-B
  • Colin Chinery, EMT-B
  • Clint Bennethum, EMT-B
  • Jill Wheeler, RN
  • Jalisa Combs, EMT-B
  • Ryan Vincent, EMT-B

Apply for a job with the City of Slater?

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

1-800-822-4348

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

Cable

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:

CompanySeparate Yard Waste Pick-up

Bennett Sanitation (515) 290-4664 No
Waste Management Service (515) 233-1458 Yes
Ankeny Sanitation (515) 964-5229 Yes

CHITTY Garbage Service, Inc. 1-800-541-8190 www.chittygarbage.comYesWhat 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.

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.

Vote?

Voting is held at the Log Cabin.

Comply to the Slater snow ordinance?

YES!! 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 in the chain link area at the corner of Hwy 210 and Tama Street. Proceeds benefit Slater Parks and Recreation.

Dump brush and yard waste?

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. 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

Demolition

 

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.
  • Click HERE to view a calendar showing Senior Center availability
  • Minimum donation of $25.

 

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 approximately 50 people.

Call City Hall at (515) 685-2531 to make a reservation.
Click HERE to view a calendar showing Log Cabin availability

Rental fees:
35/Half Day
$50/Full Day

Contact the Post Office?

The number is 228-3333.

Contact the Pool?

The number is 685-3334 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 HERE.