Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa City SquareThe County Seat of Mahaska County

Oskaloosa, located in the heart of Mahaska County in Southeastern, Iowa, is a progressive, diversified city whose economy is made up largely from retail, industry and agriculture. Oskaloosa is a great place to live, visit, or just drive through. There is something for everyone... from the Nelson Historic Farm to the Southern Iowa Fair, the George Daily Community Auditorium, to our historic city square. Don't miss what we have to offer!

Official City of Oskaloosa Web Site:
www.oskaloosaiowa.org

Demographics

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010)

Population: 11,463
Total Area (in square miles): 6.88
Land Area (in square miles): 6.86
Water Area (in square miles): 0.02

Housing Units

Total Housing Units: 5,144
Occupied Housing Units: 4,715
Vacant Housing Units: 429
Seasonal, Recreational, or occasional use: NA

Mahaska County Labor Force (Source:Iowa Workforce Development)
October 2014 (September 2014 in parenthesis)
Not seasonally adjusted - Benchmark: March 2013

Resident Civilian Labor Force 11,870 (11,790)
Resident Unemployed: 480 (530)
Percent Unemployed: 4.0 (4.5)
Resident Total Employed: 11,390 (11,250)
Total Non-Farm 8,290 (8,230)
Labor Mgmt. Disputes
(# Persons)
0 (0)

(Note: Labor Force Statistics are only available county-wide through IWD)

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Government Information

Type of Government
The City of Oskaloosa is governed by a Mayor-Council-Appointed City Manager form of government under a Home Rule Charter. The City Council Members are elected officials who make and change Oskaloosa laws. The City Council is comprised of seven members. Four members are elected from the wards and three are elected citywide (at large).

Contact Information
City Manager, Michael Schrock, Jr.
220 South Market
Phone: 641-673-9431
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City Clerk: Amy Miller
220 South Market Street
Phone: 641-673-9431
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Mayor David Krutzfeldt (Term Expires Dec. 2013)
Phone: 641-673-7090
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Aaron Ver Steeg, 1st Ward (Term Expires Dec. 2013)
412 North C Street
Phone: 641-672-2132
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Tom Jimenez, 2nd Ward (Term Expires Dec. 2015)
1903 Edmundson Drive
Phone (H): 641-676-1753
Phone (W): 641-673-4151
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Doug Yates, 3rd Ward (Term Expires Dec. 2013)
2015 South 5th Street
Phone (H): 641-673-3214
Phone (W): 641-673-2905
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Jason Van Zetton, 4th Ward (Term Expires Dec. 2015)
1901 South Park Avenue
Phone (H): 641-672-9119
Phone (W): 641-673-3486
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Scottie Moore, At Large (Term Expires Dec. 2013)
1902 North Park
Phone (H): 641-673-6150
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Joe Caligiuri, At Large (Term Expires Dec. 2015)
810 North C Street
Phone (H): 641-673-0179
Phone (W): 641-673-5000
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Tom Walling, At Large (Term Expires Dec. 2013)
1604 Carbonado Road
Phone (H): 641-673-4966
Phone (W): 641-673-4966
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City Council Meetings
City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 220 South Market Street. However, should a Monday date be an observed holiday, the council meeting is moved to Tuesday. City council meetings may be viewed live on Mahaska Communication Group cable access Channel 12 and are rebroadcast at 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., the day after the meeting, and on cable access Channel 17, the following Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The complete City Council Agenda packet is available for viewing at the library and at the City Manager's Office, or at www.oskaloosaiowa.org by clicking on the current council agenda PDF link near the bottom of the "Notices" box, located on the right hand side of the page. Other committee meetings are posted on the City Calendar in the same area on the home page.

City Council Committees
There are four city council committees. Each committee is comprised of a chair and three other council members. Following are the committees and the city council members who serve on them:

  • Finance Committee: Yates (Chair), Ver Steeg, Jimenez
  • Public Safety Committee: Walling (Chair), Van Zetten, Moore
  • Planning Committee: Moore (Chair), Van Zetten, Caligiuri
  • Public Projects Committee: Ver Steeg (Chair), Walling, Caligiuri

Mayor Pro Tem
The current Mayor Pro Tem is City Council Member Doug Yates.

In the News

The city has openings on several boards and commissions. Specific information can be found on the city's web site along with an application form which can be downloaded and printed. This information is provided in the right navigation area on the home page.

A calendar of meetings as well as other city notices are posted on the city's web site (www.oskaloosaiowa.org). Visit the calendar link for more information or the local media for area news.

Community Information

Who to Call

The Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group has new resident pamphlets which have all of the information needed to connect with area utilities as well as phone books and tons of information to help visitors and new residents. Give them a call, 641-672-2591, or stop by their office, 124 North Market Street.

License & Permits

The Building and Housing Safety Department handles all permits necessary for construction on private property, building inspection, planning and zoning activities, subdivision development, and nuisance complaints. The Building Inspector is Dan Kalbach. It is the hope of the Building and Housing Safety Department to provide information and direction for the public in all of the following areas of construction and code enforcement. This includes:

  • Inspect new and existing buildings for compliance with building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes
  • Administrate the zoning, nuisance, and dilapidated buildings ordinances
  • Review building plans and applications for building permits
  • Review site plans and subdivision plats
  • Review rezoning requests, variance requests, and alley vacation requests
  • Prepare agenda for Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Prepare agenda for Board of Adjustment meetings

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints feel free to e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 641-673-7472 (Engineering) or 641-673-6885 (Public Works).

Ordinance Synopsis

Note: The Oskaloosa Municipal Code is available in searchable format online by clicking on the link or visit  www.oskaloosaiowa.org.

Oskaloosa's ordinance prohibits animals from running at large, which includes dogs and cats. "At large" means not in the control of the owner, so the animal does not have to be on a leash if they are obedient to their owner. Oskaloosa also has a "pooper scooper" ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their pets. (Section 6.04)

Oskaloosa's mowing ordinance states that any lot or parcel in the city must be mowed, and cannot have grass or weeds higher than 12" on April 15, May 15, June 15, July 15, August 15, or September 15, or the city can mow the property and assess the costs. (Section 8.20.040)

For more information, visit the main web site of Oskaloosa or contact City Hall.