Williamsburg, Iowa

CITY HALL: 210 W State St, PO Box 596, Williamsburg, IA 52361 | PHONE: 319-668-1133 | FAX: 319-668-9108


You are hereby notified that the City Council of the City of Williamsburg Iowa has a vacancy effective October 27, 2016.

Pursuant to Williamsburg City Code Section 5.10 and Section 372.13, (2), (a) of the Code of Iowa, notice is hereby given that the City Council of Williamsburg, Iowa County, Iowa, intends to fill this vacancy by appointment at a special city council meeting that will be held at Williamsburg city hall at 7:30 PM on December 5, 2016.

The electors of the City of Williamsburg have the right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by a special election as provided in Section 372.13, (2), (a) of the Code of Iowa. If no such petition is filed, the appointment shall be for the period until the next pending election as defined in Section 69.12 of the Code of Iowa.

Eligible electors of the City of Williamsburg, Iowa County, Iowa wanting to be considered for appointment should submit a request in writing to the City Clerk by 4:00 PM on December 2, 2016.

Leaf/Brush Pickup: Nov. 1 to Noon, Nov. 18

The City of Williamsburg will be picking up bagged leaves, garden waste, and Brush from November 1st to noon of November 18th 2016 only. Do not mix brush, twigs, or branches with the leaves. Do not place garbage, such as bottles, cans, plastics in with the leaves. These items will make the compost unusable.

Brush will be picked up and needs to be placed in a separate pile with the large or cut end towards the curb. There is no need to call City Hall. The City crews will be out every week day during the above dates weather permitting. They will be driving every street so they will pick up your leaves. Bags should be placed in inexpensive black bags.

NOTE: Please place leaf bags away from garbage bags on garbage pick-up days.

The Composting area will be open for your convenience but please empty your bags and place them in the provide dumpster.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you can not lift the bag to your waist, it is to full to be thrown in to the truck. Separate it into two bags for pick up.

Thank you for your cooperation.

"If it’s not toilet paper, it should not go in the toilet."


Recently, the City of Williamsburg has had a number of sewer mains clogged by disposable items as well as a wide variety of objects. Such items and objects cause blockages and backup problems in private sewer lines and the City’s sewer system and pump stations

The past few years have seen the introduction of more and more disposable products for a variety of household uses including personal hygiene wipes. Many of these products are labeled as not only disposable, but “flushable”. While marketed as convenience items, disposable items and personal hygiene wipes may potentially become a huge inconvenience because they may clog the private sewer line on your property.

One of the most recent objects found to be blocking a City’s sewer main was a plastic bag. The bag caught on the side of the sewer main and ballooned causing sewage to back up into a private sewer line. To list all objects that have been found blocking the City’s sewer system are far too numerous to mention.

To understand how these disposable, “flushable” items and objects can become a problem, it’s important to know how the sewer system works. Every home has a sewer connection that runs from the home to the public sewer system. This sewer service line is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain so there are no backups of wastewater into the home. From there, the sewage moves into larger collector lines. Pump stations help lift the wastewater across different elevations in the system.

Why are disposable items and personal hygiene wipes a problem? Unlike toilet paper, these products do not break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your private sewer line, resulting in the backup of sewage into the home. A repair of the private sewer line can leave the homeowner with a repair bill – often not covered by homeowner’s insurance – and a nasty cleanup.

On a larger scale, when these items make their way into the public sewer system, they collect together and cause clogs in the collector lines and get tangled in lift pumps. When pump stations are clogged, they stop working and require cleaning and repair - or even replacement - in order to get the sewage moving again.

Avoid a nasty cleanup in your home and help protect the City’s sewer system by never flushing any consumer item, other than toilet paper, down the toilet, regardless of what the packaging promises. Place the following items in the trash instead:

  • Disinfecting wipes, baby wipes or any “flushable” personal hygiene wipes
  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissue

  • Not sure what should or should not be flushed? Here is an easy reminder:

    If it’s not toilet paper, it should not go in the toilet.

    The City of Williamsburg Public Works Department can be reached at any time with questions or concerns about the City’s sewer system by calling 319-330-8638.


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