The City of Fayette would like to remind you of the Fayette City Code regarding snow removal:

135.12    DUMPING OF SNOW.  It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent.  Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

136.03    REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE AND ACCUMULATIONS.  It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours after it snows, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

The City of Fayette Public Works employees would like to request that all vehicles parallel park on Main Street when there is snow until all the snow has been removed.  A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Please use extra caution driving around Fayette today and tonight (Friday, Nov. 2nd). Heartland Asphalt is in Fayette repairing roads. Some roads will have safety cones or "Closed" signs up until early tomorrow morning (Saturday, Nov. 3rd). It may feel like a maze getting around Fayette, but soon the roads will be better to drive on. If Heartland is not able to get them all repaired today, they are planning on coming back next week.

The City of Fayette has reached out to Richard Kittelson, a local consulting arborist, to inspect the cities ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer.  Richard will inspect ash trees at no cost and provide his recommendation as well as treatment options.  If any Fayette residents have any trees that you would like inspected why Richard is in our town, please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Tuesday, November 13th.



The City of Fayette would like to remind you that effective November 1st through March 31st, the City of Fayette will be enforcing the Snow Removal Ordinance.  An excerpt of the Ordinance reads as follows:

     69.12  SNOW REMOVAL.  No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any City street or alley from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. or during any snow removal operations when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency to exist.  Signs indicating the November 1st through March 31st shall be posted and maintained in proper order by the Street Department at each entrance to Fayette so proper notification can be given to motorists.  All motor vehicles left parked, unattended or abandoned on any city street from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. shall be ticketed by Law Enforcement Officials or their designee and towed at the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officials or their designee at the owner’s expense to the nearest facility, garage or impound yard approved by the Police Chief.  All impounded vehicles under this ordinance may be released only after the costs of impoundment have been paid in full with cash or assurety.  All tickets issued under this ordinance must be paid within a 72 hour period unless the vehicle’s owner is otherwise granted an extension by the Mayor following a formal request for a public hearing before the City Council. 

     Following a winter storm where the accumulation of six (6) inches of snow or more has fallen, or when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency, no person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or alley, or in any off-street parking areas in the public right-of-way and lying between the property lines along the sidewalk areas and the street edge until such snow has been moved back by City Street Department crews.  In areas of town where sidewalk does not exist, the City Map indicating right of ways, which is posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall, should be used as a guide.  This is to allow the City Street Department crews to clear snow back away from the street’s edge and to promote safety through increased visibility and a roadway free of narrowing or unnecessary obstructions.

     In the event a Snow Emergency is declared by the Mayor to exist, the City Administrator/Clerk or the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the area news stations via facsimile of the declared Snow Emergency stating the time and date of the posting along with the period for which the Emergency is in force. 

     For the purpose of declaring the traveled portion areas of a street or alley, this would include all hard-surfaced areas of the street and forty-eight (48) inches from the edge of the street which is maintained by the City known as the shoulder.

A full copy of this City Ordinance is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Fayette City Hall will be closed in the afternoons on Thursday, Oct. 18th & Friday, Oct. 19th.  You may place any payments in the drop-box next to the front door.  City Hall will be open:

      • Thursday, October 18th – Open 8AM to Noon (Closed in the afternoon)
      • Friday, October 19th – Open 8AM to Noon (Closed in the afternoon)

The Fayette Public Works employees will begin leaf pick-up on Monday, Oct. 22nd, 2018.  Pick up will be on Mondays (weather permitting) and some Tuesdays.  Place raked leaves on the City parkway or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the back of the curb.  If you don’t have a curb, then place on the grassy area near the street.  Please do NOT place in the street!  No tree branches or sticks should be mixed with the leaves because they will puncture the vacuum hose.  The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned but burning of trash is prohibited.  City Ordinance 135.08 prohibits the burning of leaves on any curb and gutter or on any paved or surfaced street or alley.  A fire burns not only the leaves, but also the tar/oil in asphalt and cracks can crack the concrete.



        You are hereby notified that on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7PM in Fayette City Hall, the Fayette Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing to elicit input and responses relating to the request from Don Clinansmith.  Clinansmith is requesting a variance to the minimum yard requirements in Chapter 165.05(5)A, Residential District Regulations of the City Planning & Zoning Regulations and to construct a fence and portable building on the City right-of-way.  Clinansmith would like to construct a fence and place a portable building on the south side of his property at 501 E. College Street on the City right-of-way.  The Board will decide on the exception from the minimum front yard restriction of 25 feet and on the exception of constructing and placing any buildings on the City right-of-way.

     If you so desire, you may appear, either in person or by agent or attorney, in support of or in opposition to the special exception or variance to the ordinance. 

/s/Kris McGrane, City Administrator/Clerk 10/10/2018

The City of Fayette is having some sanitary sewer repairs and lining work done throughout Fayette. Crews have started this week (Monday, Sept. 10, 2018). The repairs and the lining work are sporadic around town, so you may see some roads closed or partially blocked while the crews are working. If you do, don't expect the road to be closed or blocked for an extended amount of time (probably for only one day). Please use extra caution when traveling around Fayette for the next few months.

The City of Fayette, in partnership with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC), is excited to announce the availability of a revolving loan fund (RLF) to attract new or expanding businesses in Fayette.  Fayette was recently awarded a Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) from Rural Development, an agency of the USDA, that will help fund the RLF loans for the first year.

The program is designed to provide attractive financing terms to businesses that are otherwise unable to borrow needed funds through traditional bank financing.  Often, the RLF can provide the financing on that part of a project that is most difficult to finance – machinery, equipment, inventory, land acquisition, site preparation, building construction or remodeling, furniture, and so forth.

“Shrubb’s Street Eatery recently opened, the Fayette County Food Shelf and Thrift Store is currently adding on to their building, and with the announcement of a Dollar General coming to downtown Fayette, the council hopes this revolving loan fund helps encourage more businesses to open in Fayette,” commented Kris McGrane, Fayette’s City Administrator/Clerk.

Loan amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000 with interest rates of 1% over prime, but not to exceed 5%.  Projects must involve a minimum of 5% personal equity.  Typical loan terms are 5 to 7 years.  In addition, UERPC has loans available up to $150,000 at similar rates and terms.

Fayette, which is the home of Upper Iowa University, encourages businesses to work with their local bank and economic developer and to consider financing options through the City’s RLF to make sure that financing obstacles do not hinder the creation and expansion of great businesses in Fayette.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit the City of Fayette’s website,, UERPC’s website,, or contact Fayette City Hall at 563-425-4316.

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