Utility Payment Changes

Citizens-You spoke and we heard!

City Hall is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting major credit
cards and debit cards as a form of payment for utility bills. Please contact City Hall at 641-947-6501 for more information.

Drinking Water Alert

Elevated Fluoride Levels Detected

This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under nine years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than 2.0 milligrams per liter (mg/l) of fluoride may develop cosmetic discoloration of their permanent teeth (dental fluorosis). The drinking water provided by the City of Melcher Dallas has a fluoride concentration of 2.4 mg/l as tested.

Dental fluorosis in its moderate or severe forms, may result in a brown staining and or pitting of the permanent teeth. This problem occurs only in developing teeth, before they erupt from the gums. Children under nine should be provided with alternative sources of drinking water or water that has been treated to remove the fluoride to avoid the possibility of staining and pitting of their permanent teeth. You may also want to contact your dentist about proper use by young children of fluoride-containing products. Older children and adults may safely drink the water.

Drinking water containing more than 4.0 mg/l of fluoride (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standard) can increase your risk of developing bone disease. Your drinking water does not contain more than 4.0 mg/l of fluoride, but we’re required to notify you when we discover that the fluoride levels in your drinking water exceed 2.0 mg/l because of this cosmetic dental problem.

For more information, please call the City of Melcher Dallas at 641-947-6501. Some home water treatment units are also available to remove fluoride from drinking water. In Iowa, home water treatment units are regulated under 641—Chapter 14, with the water treatment unit registration program administered by the Iowa department of public health’s environmental health division. In addition, you may call the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International, at 1-877-867-3435.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Melcher Dallas Water Dept.

PWSID#: _6300099 Date distributed: June 23, 2015

Edited June 10, 2015

2014 Water Quality Report

Notice to Citizens of Melcher-Dallas, Iowa, Marion County

The City of Melcher-Dallas will not be distributing the 2014 CCR Water report by mail. Copies of the CCR report can be obtained at City Hall. You may also review this report at the Melcher-Dallas post office, Melcher-Dallas Public Library, Iowa State Savings Bank (Melcher-Dallas location), or HERE

Swimming Pool Enclosures Per Ordinance 165.21 Section 8

A. Definition. The term “swimming pool” as used in this section means any artificial body of water that is capable of holding a depth of twenty-four (24) inches or more.

B. Regulations. All present swimming pools that fall under the description given in paragraph A that do not have some kind of fence around them and any hereafter constructed outdoor swimming pools shall be completely surrounded by a fence or wall at least six (6) feet in height. A building permit must be obtained for both the swimming pool and the fence. Such fence or wall shall be non-climbable and shall be constructed and maintained so that the enclosed pool is as inaccessible to small children as is reasonably possible. The bottom of the fence shall be at grade with no clearance between the bottom of the fence and the ground along the entire perimeter of the fence. Each fence shall be constructed with rigid frames at both the top and bottom of the fence and with vertical slats separated by a gap of no more than one quarter (¼) inch. All persons constructing such a swimming pool shall so enclose the same before commencing to fill the pool. All swimming pools, including any attached decks, may not be closer than five (5) feet to any property line or easement line. As used in this subsection the term “fence” shall be interpreted to include walls and fences constructed of wood or approved chain link. The regulations contained in this subsection (Swimming Pool Enclosures) are in force only for this subsection and do not conform with other zoning ordinances pertaining to fences.

C. Gates. All gates or doors opening to the swimming pool shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device with locking provisions for keeping the gate or door securely closed at all times when not in actual use.

D. Liability of City. Nothing contained in any provisions of this section shall be construed to impose liability on the City or any of its officials for the design or maintenance of a fence or wall or gate or door openings or the waiver of any requirements of this section.

New City Codes & Ordinances

The Melcher Dallas Ordinances were adopted on July 14, 2014, and they are up to date and current on this website. Just click the ‘City Codes’ link above. The first page contains all of the links, including an extensive ‘Index’ link – and on the right side of each page there are additional links for each Chapter.

The City Of Melcher-Dallas

The latest available estimate (2012) by the U.S. Census Bureau of Melcher-Dallas’ population is 1289.

Located in Marion County, Melcher-Dallas is approximately 32 miles South East of the state capitol Des Moines.

We are also:
25.5 miles SE of Indianola
15.8 miles SW of Knoxville
25 miles SW of Lake Red Rock
45 miles NW of Rathbun Lake

Dallas was established in 1845, and was first called Ohio, because many of the early settlers that came to work in the coal mines were from the state of Ohio.

Melcher was established directly south of Dallas in 1913, and named after one of the Rock Island Railroad’s executives.

The two towns merged in 1986 and celebrate ‘Merger Day’ each May.

Home of the MD Community Schools Saints, our K-6 building is in Dallas and 7-12 building is in Melcher.