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The City of Cambridge works to provide services that enhance the quality of life, foster growth, enhance communications and ensure the safety of residents in a fiscally responsible manner.


Volunteers needed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board.

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Parks and Recreation Board

     - Five member board

     - Four year term

     - Please review duties in Chapter 23 City Code in this document:

ATV Drivers Must Be 18 Years Old and Licensed Drivers

Updates and facts for ATV owners: 

  • ATV Drivers must be 18 years old and licensed drivers.

  • ATVs need proof of insurance on the vehicle.

  • ATVs can’t operate on highways at speeds over 35 mph.

  • ATVs are considered motor vehicles and must obey all traffic laws and have operating lights and equipment required under Iowa Code.

          To view House File 2130 open this pdf.


Welcome Susan Roberts - Cambridge's New City Clerk

Give a warm welcome to Susan Roberts, Cambridge's new city clerk.

Susan shared the following about herself:

"I would like to take an opportunity to introduce myself as the new city clerk for the City of Cambridge. I am a native of the Cambridge/Huxley community and a graduate of the Ballard Community School District. I currently reside with my significant other, Steve Pelz, on an acreage east of Cambridge. I enjoy spending time with my family, which consists of four children, five grandchildren and a very large extended family. I also love gardening, reading, cooking and canning.

I will be training alongside the current city clerk, Deb Thompson, for several weeks. I hope to absorb all the knowledge she has provided during the last 37 years.  
Please stop in to City Hall and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting my fellow residents."

- Susan Roberts, (new) Cambridge City Clerk

Cambridge Awarded $180,000 Housing Grant to Renovate Downtown Legion Building 


Cambridge received a $180,000 housing grant to

continue renovation of the historic Legion/Opera

House building at 222 Water Street. 


The $180,000 Downtown Housing Grant accompanies

an earlier $100,000 Community Catalyst Building

Remediation grant. Both were awarded through the

Iowa Economic Development Authority. 

The renovation will provide four apartments and

two commercial spaces in the downtown area. The

purpose is to attract business and new residents to



Background on the project

Built in 1914 and located at 222 Water St., the building

was deeded over (donated) to the City of Cambridge

by Mathis Wire American Legion Post #223 in 2018.

The organization no longer needed the space due to

declining membership, plus, the city’s library previously

housed inside the building had recently moved to the

new Cambridge City Center across the street. The

donation of the building was made with the Legion’s request to renovate the building to benefit the community.


The Cambridge City Council began working on plans to renovate the building. The city hired FEH Design, an architecture, structural engineering and interior design firm out of Des Moines, to handle the design process. The firm will continue to work with the city until the project’s completion.


Work Started in Spring 2021

In spring 2021, the city council awarded a contract to King Knutson Construction Company to handle the renovation work. They began working on the building in the summer of 2021.


Progress was delayed during the process of digging out the basement to pour a new foundation on the back of the building. Workers ran into debris buried after a fire that occurred decades ago. They also encountered excessive groundwater, which required additional drainage installation.  


Plans for Completion Summer 2022

The design of the front, or west side, of the building will mirror its original look to compliment other buildings along Cambridge’s main street. The mural on the north side of the building will remain untouched.


The interior will feature salvaged wood doors, jambs and frames to not only maintain the building’s historic appearance, but also save a little money. Work also will be done to renovate the original wood floors and tin ceilings.


Spaces within the building will include:

  •  Two 700 square foot commercial spaces will face Water Street on the west side of the building on the main level

  • One ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)-compliant studio apartment (602 square feet) will be located on the east side of the main level

  • Three apartments will be located on the second level and will include a two-bedroom apartment (868 square feet), a second two-bedroom apartment (844 square feet) and a one-bedroom apartment (820 square feet)


All apartments will have kitchen, living areas, laundry rooms, pantry, and storage access in the basement. Building tenants will be able to park on the east side of the building off the alley.


Project Funding

  • The city is funding the Opera House/Legion Building $1.3 million renovation through several grants and loans:

  •  Downtown Housing Grant - $180,000

  • USDA Rural Economic Loan - $283,000 (0% interest)

  •  Grant from Story County Board of Supervisors - $45,000

  • Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant - $100,000


The project has had several overages and setbacks including additional drainage tile needed in the basement and replacement of rotten studs and joists in the back wall.


The city does plan to sell the building to an investor after completion.

Cambridge City Council meetings are held the second Monday of the month

at 7 p.m. in the Cambridge City Center

Contact Information


P.O. Box 216

225 Water St.

Cambridge, IA 50046

​Tel: 515-220-4541​

City Hall Hours:

Monday:  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday:  8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday  8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday :  8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday:  Closed

Sunday:  Closed


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