COVID-19 Updates

May 19, 2020 Update:

The restroom located along the Raccoon River Valley Trail next to Heritage Park, is now open to the public and will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day.

May 15, 2020 Update:

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed. This includes Dallas County.

At this time City Hall will remain closed to the public until further notice.  Utility payments can be made through the website, by ACH or by dropping payments in the box located on the front door of City Hall (1502 Walnut St.).  Garbage stickers can be purchased by calling ahead with your order then coming to City Hall to pick them up with a check or exact change.  This transaction will happen through the window located at the front of the building.  For all other business or questions please call 515-992-3725 or email

To view the Roy R. Estle Library's phased reopening plan click here.

May 11, 2020 Update:

Waste Management will resume picking up bulk items and extra garbage that have stickers this week (Big Garbage Day is still suspended).  They are asking that residents put these items out over time to ensure collection teams can complete all core services each week.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is only one Waste Management employee to a truck.

*Sticker purchases:  since City Hall and the Library are still closed to the public these will only be sold at City Hall.  To limit exposure we ask that you call ahead (515-992-3725) to let us know how many stickers you wish to purchase and we will let you know the amount you will owe ($1.50 each).  To pay for and pick-up the stickers please come to the window located on the north side of City Hall.  Checks and exact change will be accepted.

Reminder:  Stickers cannot be used for appliances!

April 28, 2020 Update:

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation yesterday that continues the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1 and continues other restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020.

In the 77 counties, the proclamation permits restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and certain other retail establishments to reopen in a limited fashion with public health measures in place. In addition, the proclamation lifts the restriction on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measures.

The 22 counties not allowed to reopen and must continue with the more restrictive social distancing guidelines include: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington and Woodbury County.

The Governor strongly encourages vulnerable Iowans (those with preexisting medical conditions and older than 65) in all counties to continue limiting activities outside of their home, including visits to businesses and other establishments and participation in gatherings of any size and purpose. Visit the Governor’s website for more information.

Due to the Governor's new proclamation the Dallas Center Park and Recreation Board is extending the deadline for purchasing Pre-Season Family Pool Passes at the discounted price to May 30, 2020.

April 22, 2020 Update:

The Pre-Season Family Pool Pass sale has been extended to May 15th (this date is subject to change). 

Public swim lesson sign-up, which was scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed.  New date TBD.

The City-Wide Garage Sale scheduled for May 9th has been cancelled

April 6, 2020 Update:

Due to Governor Reynolds most recent addition to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, the City of Dallas Center is closing access to all play equipment in the City’s parks, the tennis court, the skate rink,  and the restroom at the Raccoon Valley Trailhead.

Also, due to the proclamation, the Roy R. Estle Memorial Library will no longer be offering drive-up service and will not be distributing any materials.

These are trying times for all of us but please know we will get through this!  Please stay safe and remain thoughtful of the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Social distancing (at least 6 feet apart)
  • Wear a mask when out and about

March 25, 2020 Update:
Things you need to know to stay safe while out enjoying the fresh air.

Dallas Center Mayor, Michael Kidd has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation for the City of Dallas Center and is asking residents to refrain from the open burning of yard waste for the remainder of the time in which it is permitted (May 10th).  The reason for refraining from open burning is the fact that COVID-19 is known to affect the respiratory system and keeping everyone’s lungs as healthy as possible is extremely important at this time.  Click here to read the proclamation.

The restroom at the Raccoon Valley Trailhead located in Heritage Park is still open and is currently being cleaned and disinfected twice a day.  This is subject to change depending on the availability of cleaning products. We are currently running low and the order we placed is on backorder.

At this time the City parks are open.

  • The Kybo’s (one each) located in Memorial & Mound Park and at the Burnett Complex are sanitized once a week by A King’s Throne.
  • The restrooms at these parks are closed (normal for this time of year) and will not open until further notice.
  • The playground equipment at both parks is not being cleaned and sanitized.  Unfortunately, we don’t have enough staff or access to cleaning products for this to happen.

Please do not bring lost items to City Hall.  Since it is unknown how long this virus can remain on surfaces, it is best not to touch things of unknown origin.

Council and board meetings will be held electronically until further notice.  The instructions on how to attend electronically will be posted on each agenda.  The agendas will continue to be posted on the city website at least 24 hours before the meeting.  Remember that you can sign up to be notified when an agenda is posted.

Please stay safe during this time and call if you have any questions or concerns – 515-992-3725.

March 19, 2020 Update:
Dallas Center just received notice that Waste Management is currently suspending bulky item collection due to the risk of surface contamination until further notice.  This precaution is being implemented due to the drivers having to physically handle these items.

Bulky items are defined as:  scheduled events (Big Garbage Day), call in service for bulky items (appliances, etc.) and large items outside the cart.  This means they will not be taking items with purchased stickers.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

March 16, 2020 Update:
All Dallas Center city buildings/offices are now closed to the public until further notice due to the Governor's State of Public Health Disaster Emergency proclamation today, March 17th at 12:00 noon.  Business with the City can be done by phone (515-992-3725), email (, or the website.

Utility payments can be made by ACH (click here for the form), by credit or debit card through our website (click here), by mail (PO Box 396), or by dropping your payment in the dropbox located in the door at City Hall (1502 Walnut St.).  If you are unsure of the amount you owe, or your account number for online payments, please contact City Hall.

All forms for city use (ie: Application for Utility Services, Employment Application, building permits. etc.) can be found on this website under "Forms & Documents".

For more information on COVID-19 please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.