The Oelwein Police Department is helping clean up the city, by issuing citations to owners of property that need some serious attention.


On Thursday, Oct. 24, Oelwein Police Officers, assisted by the Oelwein Utilities Department and the Oelwein Community Development Department, executed 2 court orders for nuisance properties.
In an effort to beautify the community, the city of Oelwein had made previous attempts to get property owners to comply with keeping their land picked up, and not an eyesore.

Land owners who did not cooperate with authorities in taking care of their properties, were cited into court.

After the court hearing, the city was granted a request from the court, to enter a property, and abate the nuisance, at the cost of the owner.

Residential properties at 314 6th Avenue SW, and the commercial property at 841 South Frederick Avenue, were the focus of the effort.

The costs for manpower, equipment use, landfill fees, and vehicle impound fees will be assessed to the property owner..

Between the two properties, city crews removed six dump truck loads of rubbish, one trailer, and 3 junk vehicles. The court also fined the owner for failing to abate the nuisance properties in the first place.