Past City News


  • COOLIDGE ST UPDATE: Please click on the link below for an update on the Coolidge Street Project. The City has contacted street repairs and storm sewer installation on Coolidge Street from Locust Street to Walnut Street. As more information and definite timelines become available, we will post updates. Property owners will be notified with more information regarding definite timelines and disruptions to traffic.
    Coolidge Street Repairs Update
  • COOLIDGE STREET – 3.23.2023 UPDATE: The City’s Contractor, Carley Construction, is scheduled to begin construction along Coolidge Street between Locust Street & Walnut Street. The work includes removal of existing brick pavement, driveway connections, and offsite storm water. Work is expected to commence on Monday, March 27, 2023.  More Info on our Construction Updates Page
  • LOCUST STREET UPDATE :You will see some increased activity on North Locust Street. The City was awarded a Surface Transportation Block Grant through the DOT, this grant is a 80/20 match grant. This project will include Locust Street from Sharp Street north to around North Hazel Street.  Work should be completed in FY2024. The work you are seeing now is the very first steps in getting ready to put this project out for bid. Construction Updates
  • Notice of Public Hearing: Notice is hereby given that the City of Glenwood City Council will conduct a public hearing concerning an application to the 2023 Community Development Block Grant—Downtown Revitalization Program.  The application is for funding assistance for improvements in the city’s downtown business district to rehabilitate the facades of 8 downtown buildings.  The city is applying for up to $650,000 CDBG grant and will provide a local match.  The application will be submitted on or before April 30, 2023.  The project completes a stated priority of the City of Glenwood and the state by eliminating slum and blight.  Public comment will be received at the meeting, or in writing up to the time of the meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Glenwood City Hall Sunday, April 30th at 2:00pm.  Should you have any questions prior to the meeting, please call Dani Briggs, Southwest Iowa Planning Council, at 712-243-4196.  Written comments will be received until the day of the meeting at City of Glenwood, 5 N Vine St Glenwood IA 51534. Amber Farnan City Administrator.
  • Week of May 22, 2023 Events: On Tuesday, May 23rd Vermeer will be at the park conducting a tree trimming class during the day.  Areas of the Park will be sectioned off while they are training. You can expect a high number of people at the Park, with limited parking and open areas. On May 26-27, 2023 the Iowa Arborist Association will be at the Park for the Iowa tree climbing competition. Lots of great arborists showcasing their skills in all things tree climbing.  Expect lots of spectators and participants, parking will be limited.  Here is a link to more information about the event –
  • The City of Glenwood, Iowa was just awarded $521,526 through a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Revitalization program. The City’s application was written by Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), which will also administer the project once underway. This grant will revitalize a total of 8 facades in the downtown area of Glenwood. “The City of Glenwood is excited to partner with IEDA, SWIPCO, Curtis Architecture, and the property owners involved in the Downtown Revitalization project,” stated Amber Farnan, City Administrator for the City of Glenwood. “We know that this project will only enhance the charm and beauty already found in our historic downtown square. “Downtown Revitalization Community Development Block Grants were started in Iowa in 2012 to help preserve and restore downtown buildings for economic development. Since 2012, SWIPCO has assisted with a total of seven Downtown Revitalization projects in the Southwest Iowa region. The CDBG grant will cover 50% of the project costs, the city covers 25% of the project costs, and the building owners cover the remaining 25%. This will be the city of Glenwood’s first Downtown Revitalization project. “Glenwood has a downtown full of beautiful historic buildings that, like other downtowns, has seen some disinvestment,” stated SWIPCO Community Development Lead Planner Dani Briggs. “This project will work to reduce the blighted areas, highlight the historic architecture, and promote future investment in the downtown area. “Construction is estimated to be started by April 2024 and should be completed by April 2025. The scope of work on this project includes tuckpointing, window and door replacement or rehab, painting, removing slip coverings, etc.SWIPCO routinely provides grant writing and administration services to its member communities in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties and has brought over $129 million in grants to the region in the last year alone.
  • NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN  FOR THE CITY OF GLENWOOD, IOWA: The City Council of the City of Glenwood will hold a Public Hearing regarding the proposed City of Glenwood 2023 Comprehensive Plan, on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall. Copies of said comprehensive plan are available for public inspection with the City Clerk or download it here – Glenwood 2023 Comprehensive Plan Oral comments will be heard at the time of the hearing, or written comments may be addressed to the City of Glenwood, 5 North Vine St, Glenwood, IA, 51534, prior to the hearing. Further information may be obtained by calling Dani Briggs, Lead Planner, Southwest Iowa Planning Council, 712-243-4196. From Southwest Iowa Planning Council‘s Facebook Page

  • Please see attached for 6th Street closures during reconstruction.  Beginning September 18, 2023 6th St will be closed to through traffic from Elm to the 1200-Block

  • REMINDER: Nomination Petition forms and the Affidavit of Candidacy form is due by September 21, 2023 at 5:00pm at City Hall. THERE WILL BE NO ACCEPTIONS AFTER THAT TIME!!
  • 11.29.2023 – Mayor ResignationOn November 28, 2023 Mayor Kohn tendered his resignation effective immediately. Mayor Kohn won as a write-in candidate in November 2017 and ran unopposed in 2019, 2021 & 2023. He has faithfully served our community for the past six years. We are forever grateful for Mayor Kohn’s contribution to the City of Glenwood and wish him the very best.During his time as Mayor the City purchased a new ladder truck for our Fire Department, a loader for Public Works, installed water & sewer to Marian Heights, weathered fallout from historic flooding in 2019, navigated the pandemic, taken over EMS operations from the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Association and created the City of Glenwood’s first full-time staffed/paid Firefighters/EMTs & Paramedics, worked with developers and SWIPCO to secure grant funding to build much needed housing and apartments, entered an agreement with Mills County & Western Iowa Networks to bring broadband into Glenwood City limits, secured funding for N. Locust Street reconstruction, and many other accomplishments. Mayor Kohn was very involved in the day-to-day operations of the City. He was always available when we needed something. He represented the City in many facets and attended many board meetings including GMU, Park, Cemetery, P&Z, Board of Supervisors, MAPA, SWIPCO & YMCA Boards.

    Mayor Kohn took interest in the appearance of City Hall, he added two planters outside and helped design the new entryway. He tended to Zen Rock at the Park, cleaned up the mulch and surrounding plants. There are countless other items that Mayor Kohn took special interest in, we may never know the full extent.

    At their regular meeting on 11.28.2023 Council voted to fill this vacancy by appointment.  By Iowa Code, they have 60 days to appoint someone to finish Mr. Kohn’s term which ends 01/01/2026.

    Filling the vacancy by appointment:

    • Appointment must be made within 60 days of vacancy
    • Must post public notice of Council’s intent to appoint, including the date of the meeting at which the appointment will occur, four & twenty rules** apply.
    • Must note in public notice that the public can petition for a special election.
    • If Council fails to appoint someone within the 60-day period, notice must be given to the election commission and a special election must be held.
    • Appointment is good until the next regular city election, unless the city places any item on a ballot between now and then.

    **Four & Twenty Rules: Posting must be made not less than 4 days before an appointment and not more than 20 days before an appointment.**

    An Appointment date has not been selected at this time, once that date is chosen, official notice will be posted on our website and in the Opinion Tribune.

    Anyone interested in being considered for appointment should email a cover letter and resume to Once Council chooses interview dates/times, interested candidates will be notified.

    Vacancy Appointment Iowa Code Section 372.13

    Publication Requirements Iowa Code Section 362.3

    Press Release Mayor Kohn Resignation

  • The City of Glenwood has vacancies on the following boards: Cemetery, Planning & Zoning, Board of Adjustment and Library. Boards typically meet once a month and are on a voluntary basis. Serving on a board is a great way to get involved in our community, learn more about local government and help shape the future of the City. If you are interested in serving on one of these boards, please contact Jessica Alley at cityclerk@cityofglenwood.orgCemetery Board (1 seat open) Click here for the Cemetery Board information
    • Mayor appointed 3-year term
    • No public officer or salaried employee of the City may serve as a board member
    • Meets 3rd Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am

    Library Board (2 seats open) Click here for the Library Board information

    • Mayor appointed 6-year term
    • No public officer or salaried employee of the City may serve as a board member
    • Must live within City limits
    • One term expires 06/30/2025, second term expires 06/30/2026
    • Meets 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm

    Planning & Zoning Board (2 seats open) Click here for the P&Z Board information

    • Council Appointed 5-year term
    • No public officer or salaried employee of the City may serve as a board member
    • One term expires 08/07/2024, second would be a new term
    • One member must live within City limits
    • One member must live outside City limits in Mills County and is Board of Supervisors appointed.
    • Meets 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:00pm

    Board of Adjustments (2 seats open) Click here for BOA information

    • Mayor appointed 5-year term
    • No public officer or salaried employee of the City may serve as a board member
    • Must live within City limits
    • One term expires 01/02/2029, second would be a new term
    • Meetings are held as needed

At the December 12, 2023 City Council meeting, Council voted to set an appointment date for filling the mayoral vacancy. Council will appoint a mayor at a special meeting on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 5:30. This meeting will be held at City Hall – 5 N. Vine St. The official notice of appointment can be found below, it will appear in the December 20th edition of the Opinion Tribune, and it will be posted outside of City Hall and on Facebook. For anyone interested in being considered for the appointment, please contact our office via the city clerk – We are asking that those interested please submit a cover letter and a resume. Council will be conducting interviews of interested parties Wednesday, December 27th & Thursday, December 28th, candidates will be contacted to set up the interview.

Notice of Intent to fill Mayor Vacancy by Appointment

To the Electors of the City of Glenwood, Iowa:

You are hereby notified that the City Council of the City of Glenwood, Iowa, has a vacancy of the Mayor seat. The office of this mayor seat expires December 31, 2025, and is vacant as of November 28, 2023, pursuant to Section 69.2, Code of Iowa.

You are further notified that pursuant to section 372.13(2) of the Code of Iowa, the Council has elected to fill the vacancy by appointment, but the electors of the City have the right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by a special election. Petition must be filed within fourteen (14) days of this notice or within fourteen (14) days of appointment.

The appointment shall be for the period until the next pending election, as defined in Section 69.12, Code of Iowa.

The Council will make the appointment to fill the vacancy at a special council meeting on Friday, December 29, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. at Glenwood City Hall. The appointment will become effective immediately and will expire December 31, 2025.

Eligible electors of the City of Glenwood, Iowa, wanting to be considered for appointment should submit a request in writing or email to the city clerk’s office by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

12.13.2023 Notice of Appointment

Chapter 15 – Mayor


  • A Food Truck Ordinance passed by City Council on 7.12.2022 and goes into effect on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. All food trucks and mobile vendors will need to fill out an application and be approved to sell goods inside of Glenwood City Limits.

2022 Mobile Food Vendor – Application
Ord 919 signed – Mobile Food Vendor Regulations
Application fee – $25.00
6 Months License – $200.00
1 Year License – $300.00

Once a mobile food vendor license has been approved Mobile Food Vendors will need to abide by the regulations set forth in Ord 919. Licenses must be renewed at time of expiration each license period.

For more information, please call City Hall at 712-527-4717.

  • Park Bench Letter

    September 1, 2022

    We acknowledge that the disposal of memorial benches from Glenwood Lake Park was insensitive to the family and friends who purchased memorial benches in honor of their loved ones. The Park Superintendent and the Park Department staff has sorted out the park benches that have been removed and made a list of names as well as a list of benches that are scheduled to be removed. Both lists will be put on our website, shared to Facebook & placed in the paper. Family and loved ones will be able to pick up the benches that have been removed, or just the memorial boards. They will be given the opportunity to purchase a replacement bench, if they so choose.

    While we cannot undo what was done, we want to express our apologies to the families and friends who have been hurt due to the removal of their loved one’s benches without notice. Going forward a bench removal policy will be put in place, ensuring that this does not occur again.

    Requests for picking up benches will be honored as first come, first serve basis. Please call Ron Mattox, Park Superintendent for pick-up of benches.

  • Best Regards,Amber Farnan


    Facebook: City of Glenwood

    Paper: The Opinion Tribune

    Thank you!

    The City is applying for a CDBG for Downtown Revitalization, the grant requires us to send out a survey regarding Community Development & Housing Needs. Forms can be picked up in person at the Glenwood City Hall, Glenwood Municipal Water Department or the Library, you can download a copy of the survey HEREand email it back to or drop it off at City Hall, or fill it our at this link –  Responses are due by October 10, 2022.

  • 11.14.2022 – Lake Update – The lake is now full! We will continue to fill it as needed.
  • The City of Glenwood would like to thank Mills County Chamber of Commerce for gifting our office with a beautiful watercolor print of Glenwood. The Mills County Chamber commissioned art pieces for each town to place in their offices.