City Hall Closed: Friday, July 3rd
Council Meeting: Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Please make plans to attend the next City Council meeting on July 14th at the Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you have an item you’d like added to the agenda, please call City Hall prior to July 1st. The proposed agenda is posted at the Post Office, Community Center and on the bulletin board outside City Hall on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.
The Mayor, City Council Members and City Staff wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July! City Hall will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance.
City Fireworks Ordinance
Just a reminder – City Ordinance 3.1.6 was amended November 13, 2018 to address fireworks and the Fourth of July. This Ordinance limits the use of consumer fireworks to July 3, July 4 and July 5 with all activities to conclude at 10 p.m. each day.
Residents recently visited the City Council meeting to express interest in city beautification. The following was received from one of these residents –
‘A HUGE thank you to Linda Dougherty and Marilyn Nance who have been working on the flower pots around town and continue to water them. This is a big undertaking. Thanks to those of you that plant and take care of flowers under the Libertyville signs or flower beds near your home. We appreciate everyone that works to keep our town looking nice!! Also a thank you to City Council for reserving some monies for beautification. It is greatly appreciated by residents in town when yards are kept tidy, garbage cans collected, trash, old vehicles, and other debris in yards picked up. It shows you are proud of your home and town! Let’s all do our part to keep our town looking great!!’
Water Quality Report
The 2019 Water Quality Report for the City of Libertyville is available upon request at City Hall and will not be mailed to residents individually. For questions or to request a copy, please contact the City Clerk at 641.693.3271 or stop in City Hall. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. The City of Libertyville purchases its water from Fairfield Water Department. A copy of the 2019 Water Quality Report for the City of Fairfield is also available upon request.
Summer has officially arrived! This generally means more people walking and riding bicycles around town. Please be aware of this when driving through town.
Residents are also reminded City Ordinances prohibit dogs running loose.
Libertyville is fortunate to have city parks available for residents and visitors to use and enjoy. We are also fortunate to have those parks well maintained and cared for. Residents and visitors are asked to please use the trash cans provided at each park. Thank you!
In need of a computer with internet access? Residents are welcome to visit the community center during normal city hall hours and use the computer. While you’re there, why not browse the wonderful selection of books to borrow?
Mayor and Council
Libertyville’s Mayor is Rodney Nelson. Council Members are Tom Atwood, Cody Guffey, Rebecca Miller, Scott Roulet and Kevin Snyder. City Clerk is Karen Blakley and City Maintenance Manager is Mitch Carr. Fire Chief is Gerrad Goodrich. City Council meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please direct any comments, suggestions, corrections, and questions to City Hall at 641.693.3271. You may also respond by mail to: P.O. Box 225, Libertyville, IA 52567. If you have something you’d like to have appear in the newsletter, please drop it off at City Hall or email it to by the 15th of the month. Keep in mind that notices will appear in the newsletter one month ahead of schedule. Please include your name and telephone number as we will not respond to anonymous comments. Don’t forget to visit the City website at Libertyvilleiowa.org and our Facebook page at libertyvilleiowa!
Did you know . . .
John Jewett was the first postmaster
Pror to July 4, 1842 Libertyville was known as "The Colony"
A blacksmith had his shop on the southwest corner of town
The first church, a brick building, was erected by the Methodists in 1846 at a cost of $500 on a hill south of town
The first pastor was the Reverend Mr. Airigto
In 1850 the Presbyterian Church was organized and a temporary building was used until 1857. The first minister was the Reverend Mr. Caldwell who was here in 1855
The first school in 1843 was a one-room building. Among the first teachers were William Young, John Garber and William Claridge.
The history of Libertville, Iowa was taken from a 1942 Fairfield Ledger given to me by Mrs. George (Ethel) Schwartz. Mrs. Eugene (Karen) Stump nee Karen Lou Rodibaugh.