Mayor and Council
Message From The mayor
Frequently Asked Questions
The Council holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Nevada City Hall, Council Chambers, 1209 6th Street. If the regular meeting date falls on a holiday, the meeting is automatically moved to the following non-holiday day, usually Tuesday. The Council also meets as needed for special meetings and work sessions. All agendas are posted on the bulletin board in the entryway of City Hall or are available on the city’s website at the Agenda Center page.
Agendas and minutes are available on the City’s website under the Mayor & Council tab. If you need copies of minutes or agendas that are not available on the website you may contact the City Clerk by phone at 382-5466 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies. Hard copies are $.50 per page.
Council meeting agendas are required to be posted at least 24 hours before the start time of the meeting. Agendas are posted on the bulletin board in the entryway of city hall. Agendas and packets are also available at the Nevada Public Library in the reference section.
You can check out this link to the city’s ward map. Click on the Council Members link to get the contact information for all of the city’s elected officials. Feel free to contact your ward representative or any of the council members. The elected officials not only serve their ward, but the entire community. Maps are also available on the Story County Auditor’s website: https://www.storycountyiowa.gov/91/Auditor-Elections
There are two council seats that are considered ‘at large’ meaning that they are voted on by all four wards.
Check out this link for our Request Information/Report a Concern Form. Complete the form and return it to Nevada City Hall by mail, in the drop box, or in person. The form will be routed to the appropriate department for action or response. For an inquiry, staff will respond to answer your question(s). For requests that need action, staff will complete the action in a timely manner and let you know when it is completed or if it is something that will take time. We will strive to get back to you with an estimated time of completion.
To register to vote in Iowa, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a resident of Iowa.
- Be at least 17 1/2 years old (you must be 18 to vote).
- Not have been convicted of a felony (or you must have had your rights restored).
- Not currently judged by a court to be “incompetent to vote”
- Give up your right to vote in any other place.
All Story County residents may register to vote at the Story County Auditor’s Office at the Story County Administration Building, 900 6th Street between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is also a Iowa Voter Registration Application in most phone books that any applicant may complete and send to the Story County Auditor, 900 6th Street, Nevada, IA 50201. You may also download the form here.
If you submit forms by mail and you are registering to vote for the first time in Story County you must enclose a copy of one of the following:
- Current and valid photo identification card showing your name.
- Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address.
You do not need to send any of the documents listed above if you include your Iowa driver’s license number (or Iowa non-driver identification number issued by the Department of Transportation) or the last four digits of your social security number and this information can be verified.
The voter pre-registration deadline is 10 days before general and primary elections, 11 days before all other elections. When you pre-register, your name will appear on the election register so that you will be able to sign in and vote quickly when you arrive at your polling place on Election Day.
If you need further information about voting, registering or elections, you may contact the Story County Auditor’s Office at 515-382-7210.
Voter registration forms are also available at the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, county auditors’ offices, public assistance agencies, public libraries, and political party offices.
Voters can also register in person at the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, county auditors’ offices, driver’s license stations, public assistance agencies, state offices serving people with disabilities, and with some city clerks and school board secretaries.
Your county auditor’s office will send you a voter registration card within two weeks after your registration was received. The card will list the polling place for the precinct in which you are registered. If you do not receive a voter registration card, contact your county auditor to confirm that they received your registration.
If you do not pre-register to vote before the voter registration deadline, you can go to the polling place for the address where you currently live and register and vote on Election Day. You will need to show proof of identity and proof of your current residence. The best form of identification is a valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it. All forms of photo ID must be current, valid, and contain an expiration date.
If your Iowa driver’s license has a former address on it (and is not expired), you may use the license as proof of identity and use one of the following to prove your residence if it contains your name and current address:
- Residential lease,
- Property tax statement,
- Utility bill,
- Bank statement,
- Government check, or
- Other government document.
If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you can provide one of the following as proof of identity if it contains your photo and an expiration date:
- An out-of-state driver’s license,
- Non-driver identification card,
- U.S. passport,
- U.S. military ID,
- ID card issued by employer, or
- Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college.
If you do not have proof of identity and residence, a registered voter in the precinct may attest to your identity and residence. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true. Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud and is a class “D” felony, punishable by a fine of up to $7500 and up to 5 years in prison. Registration fraud also includes falsely registering to vote, attempting to falsely register to vote, and registering to vote in more than one precinct.
If you do not have proof of identity and residence and do not have anyone who can attest to your identity and residence, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
After the election, all voters who registered to vote on Election Day will be sent a notice by mail. If this notice is returned as undeliverable, a forwardable notice will be mailed to the voter. If the county auditor does not receive a response to that notice within 14 days, the auditor will notify the county attorney and secretary of state for investigation and possible prosecution
Per Nevada Code, the Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and the presiding officer of the Council. The Mayor is not allowed to vote unless the Mayor’s vote is needed to break a tie vote on motions not involving ordinances, resolutions or appointments that are made by the Council alone.
The Mayor does have an office at City Hall. Council members do not.