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

Do you know how to report a broken street light?
Most of the street lights in Grimes are owned and maintained by Mid American Energy. Here is a helpful link to report a problem with a street light, (link is off site). The street lights on HWY 44 and SE Main Street are owned and maintained by the City. To report a problem with one of those, you may email Dave Sigler, Public Works Administrator.

News & Events

Flushing hydrants: We will be flushing hydrants throughout the city for the next two days (Thursday and Friday). This can cause sediment to be broken loose and washed through the system. Seldom do we hear of concerns but every one in a while there could be a rusty color so before you do laundry, just check your water. If it's discolored let it run a few minutes. Flushing hydrants helps improve the water quality and the mains throughout the entire system.

NW 70th Avenue Improvements – Partial Street Closing - Johnston, Iowa
Johnston - The City of Johnston will begin closing portions of NW 70th Avenue west of NW 107th Street, NW 70th Avenue east of NW 100th Street to NW 98th Street and NW 100th Street just north of NW 70th Avenue beginning Monday February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM for construction.  Access will be maintained to all local residents and businesses throughout construction.  Detour and changeable message signs will be used to notify residents of changes in traffic patterns throughout construction.  Construction is scheduled for completion in late fall of 2016.   Visit for frequent updates on this project.
Contact Person:  W. David Cubit, MPA, PWLF
Title:  Director of Public Works
Phone:  515.278.0822

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site Comes to Grimes
Click here for Details (PDF)

Metro Waste Authority Collection Page with more information (link is off site)

FEMA Flood Map Update:
  A multi-year project to re-examine Polk County flood zones and develop detailed, digital flood hazard maps has been completed. Just released for public review, the preliminary maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) reflect current flood risks. These preliminary maps will eventually replace the current effective maps which are nearly 30 years old. As a result, you and other property owners throughout Polk County/City of Grimes will have up-to-date, reliable, internet accessible information about your flood risk on a property by property basis. Click the link  above for a page containing all information regarding these changes.FEMA Presentation from January 7, 2016 meeting.

Notice:  Grimes Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project SRF  (PDF)

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

Northwest Transportation Corridor Study Website  (off-site, link will open in a new window)

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

Welcome to the City of Grimes, Iowa Website!

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

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About Grimes Iowa

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

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

Contact Information

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

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

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

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

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Pay Bills

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

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

Utility Sign-up Sheet  (PDF)


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