Greetings from Merlin Ellefson
I was born and raised in the City of Dawson. I attended and graduated from the local school and then went on to pursue the carpentry trade in the area until my retirement. My wife Jane and I raised four children here and they all look forward to returning to Dawson with their families to visit us and their friends.
Come visit Dawson,
the small city with the bright future-a gem on the prairie.
Regular meeting are held on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. In June, July and August there is only one meeting which is the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are conducted in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The City of Dawson's form of government is Mayor - Council - Manager Plan, governed by home rule charter. The Council is composed of the Mayor and 6 Council members who are elected at large. Each Council Member and the Mayor shall serve for a term of 4 years.
Information for the agenda must be submitted to City Office the Thursday prior to the scheduled council meeting.
City Code Committee
Meets as necessary.
Economic Development Authority Board
Regular meeting is held the 4th Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Meets Tuesday 8 a.m. at City Hall 2nd Tuesday Feb-May-Aug-Nov
Meets Thursdays 8 a.m. at City Hall 3rd Thursday Feb-June-Oct
Meets Thursdays noon at City Hall 2nd Thursday March-July-Nov
Meets as necessary
Planning & Zoning Commission
Meets as necessary.
Meets Thursdays 8 a.m. at City Hall 2nd Thursday Jan-May-Sept
Road & Bridge Committee
Meets Wednesdays noon at City Hall 3rd Wednesday Jan-April-July-Oct
Meets Wednesdays noon at City Hall 1st Wednesday Jan-April-July-Oct
Meets as Necessary
Bond Refunding Committee
Meets as Necessary
Pioneerland Library Board
The City of Dawson offers the following electronic forms in PDF format for your convenience. Please return the completed form to the City office.
The Dawson Police Department includes a Chief, two patrolman, and multiple part-time officers. Police services are provided 24 hours a day, year round.
The Department services includes crime prevention efforts, criminal investigation, traffic control, animal control, and many misc. duties required of a small town Department.
Andrew Stock, Chief of Police
Dawson is fortunate to have a volunteer Fire Department with 23 active members. The Fire Department began in 1908. They are over 100 years in operation.Water Department
The City has three working wells. Well #5 was drilled in 1957 and pumps 450 GPM. Well #6 was drilled in 1963 and pumps 450 GPM. Well #7 was drilled in 1978 and pumps 450 GPM. Wells #1-4 have been abandoned and sealed.
The water treatment plant was built in 2003 and is located at 3rd and Elm. The plant filters iron and manganese. Fluoride and chlorine are added to the water.
The water tower was built in 1970 and the capacity is 150,000 gallons. Daily water consumption is 200-300,000 gallons per day. There are about 13 miles of water main. The water hardness is 40-45 grains hard.
The wastewater treatment plant was built in 1973. The permitted capacity is 500,000 gallons per day with a 5-day carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD5) of 230 milligrams per liter (mg/l). There was a 500,000 gallon bio-solids storage tank built in 1996. The plant was completeley renovated in 2004 by adding two new oxidation ditches that doubled the hydraulic and organic loading capacity, a new clarifier structure, and changed from chlorine to ultraviolet disinfection.
There are three sanitary sewer lift stations, one south of the dam built in 1982 and another at the S.E. corner of the Golf Course built in 1981. The last one at the North end of the walking bridge built in 1992. There are approximately 11 miles of sanitary sewer in town.
There are approximately 15 miles of blacktop street that the city maintains and a total of 18 miles of street that the city plows snow on.Dawson Liquor Store
The City of Dawson owns and operates an off sale liquor store. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Throughout the years of operation our liquor store has donated thousands of dollars to the community.
City Council Minutes
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Click here to view all city ordinances. Please note that you will be leaving the City of Dawson website. This link takes you to Sterling Codifiers who maintain our ordinances.
The City of Dawson is interested in the publicís opinion concerning sidewalks. This has been a topic of discussion for quite some time, and the City is looking to establish policies that are feasible for the City to enforce while benefiting the community as well. Topics of discussion include snow removal, safety, use of sidewalks, addressing sidewalk concerns, cost, removal, etc.
Therefore, the City of Dawson has made available an online survey to enlist the communityís help in this matter. To take the online survey, click here. A copy of the survey is available at City Hall, 675 Chestnut Street, between the hours of 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday.
Office hours: Weekdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm