City of Runnells  EST. 1881
Welcome to Runnells, Iowa!

Our City

With the Des Moines metropolitan area only minutes away, Runnells is proud to offer a peaceful country setting for a growing
community with all of the benefits of the big city close at hand.  Many new homes are being built within the city, as well as on
acreages in the surrounding rural area.
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** Attention **
Runnells Babysitters

The Runnells Community
Library has put together a
list of local babysitters for
parents to use when
looking for a sitter.

The information on the list
includes name, phone #,
age, and any special
training (ex. Red Cross
babysitting certificate) or
requests (ex. potty-trained)

If you would like to be
added to the list please
contact the Runnells
Community Library

Babysitters list is
available at the Runnells
Community Library.
Runnells Park & Recreation Board
The Runnells Park and Recreation Board is seeking an interested person to fill one vacant
seat on the Park Board (city residency not required).

The Park Board consists of five members, with a minimum of three residents from the City of Runnells
and a liaison from the City Council.  This Board sets rules, recommends improvements and generally
oversees all aspects of our beautiful City Park.

We meet once a month with meetings lasting about one hour.  If you have an interest in contributing a
small amount of your time to the improvement and maintenance of the Runnells Area Park, please
contact Runnells City Hall at 966-2042 or anyone listed below.

Mike Danley, Chair        966-9336
Jennifer Lessard, Vice-Chair        966-9990
Tracy Gordon, Secretary        966-2897

Click here for printable application form
Runnells Community Library Board of Trustees
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Fire Department Looking For Volunteers
Volunteers needed for daytime, evening, and night
response.  All training and certifications will be provided.

Please contact Richard Battani at 515-229-4054 or email

Thank you
Operation of Golf
Carts on City
Ordinance 11-11-08
(Yearly Permit)

No person shall operate
a golf cart on any public
street or alley, for any
purpose, unless the
operator possesses a
City of Runnells permit.

Golf carts may be
operated upon the City
streets by persons
possessing a valid Iowa
operator's license and
at least 17 years of age,
except as prohibited in
Section 22.03.  

For more details about
the required equipment,
hours of operation, and
acquiring a permit,
please see the complete
ordinance at City Hall.
In case of an extended power outage, the Runnells fire station is set up with
emergency power and heat.  Please stop by if you need a warm place to
hang out.  Local radio stations will announce when it is in operation, and
contact information if a ride is needed.
In case of emergency

2014 Summer Reading Program
Sponsored by Runnells Community Library
Your children are invited to join Runnells Community Library
Program and attend the fun programs and events we are
planning for children of all ages.  This summer’s theme- Fizz,
Boom, Read! – explores all kinds of science topics.  The
programs are free and open to children and adults of all
Our program will run June 2nd through August 2nd.  This will
be the last day to claim prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for every two hours of reading.  
Younger children who are not yet reading can participate in
the program by having an adult or older sibling read to them.  
In addition, we will be hosting 4 activities during the summer.  
Mark these dates and times on your calendar! Children and
adults welcome.
June 14th (10:30 am) – Container Gardening Class
Please bring your own container (around 12 inch) and gloves.

June 28th (10:30 am) – Cooking Class
Please bring your own cookie sheet.

July 12th (10:30 am) – Photography Class
July 26th (10:30 am) – Storytelling with an “Iowa Pioneer”
New This Year! We will have an adult program.  Prizes will be
awarded for every two hours of reading.
Stop by the library to register and to pick up your reading
logs.  We are located in the Runnells Elementary School
Library at 6575 SE 116th St, Runnells.  We are open from 5:30
– 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday and from 10:00 am – 1:00
pm Saturday.
We are pleased to be able to offer this programming to our
community.  It only works with your support!  We look forward
to seeing you and your children this summer.
Runnells residents will be receiving a survey in the mail soon.  It is used to determine the number of
low and moderate income households in the city.  With that information,the city and eligible
residents are able to receive grants, and/or loans to improve their properties, and helps the city to
improve the infrastructure in those areas.  All information is confidential.  If you did not receive a
survey, or misplaced it, here is a link to download and complete the survey.  Everyone, please
complete and return the survey!

Runnells LMI survey
Runnells Community
New Library Hours
Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00
Friday, August 15th at Dusk
(8:45-9:00) in the Runnells Park