As the weather cools down, we start to get customer questions about our projections for home heating costs. Heating costs are dependent upon two main factors: temperatures and the market price of natural gas.

While we can’t predict the weather, we do forecast that the market price of gas that OCMU pays and passes through to customers will be higher this year than last year. This means that overall bills could be around 5% higher.

Keep in mind that our projections could change as quickly as the Iowa weather. We’ll keep you updated as we move through the heating season.









Property owners are encouraged to keep their walkways cleared this winter, especially when you are out of town. When removing snow, never push or blow snow from the property, sidewalk, or driveway into the street. Property owners are responsible for keeping their public sidewalks clear of snow and ice within 24 hours of accumulation. The City inspects uncleared sidewalks on a complaint basis, and property owners are notified of violations and given 24 hours to clear their sidewalks. If sidewalks remain uncleared upon re-inspection, the City will clear the snow and ice at the owner’s
expense. To report an uncleared sidewalk, please call 707-4885 and provide the address of the property.

We want you to know how to safely use natural gas in your home and to recognize hazards when they occur.

gas leaks
While natural gas is typically a safe and efficient fuel choice, it is important to recognize that it is a flammable
gas that is easily ignited by nearby heat, sparks, or flames. Natural gas is colorless and odorless in its
natural state. Orange City Municipal Utilities (OCMU) adds a distinctive “rotten egg” odor to help alert you to
potential gas leaks.

If you are inside and suspect a gas leak, leave the home immediately without turning any lights on or off. If
you are outside and detect a gas leak, move away from the area and stay upwind of the leak. If you suspect
a leak anywhere, call OCMU’s emergency gas line at 707-5000 from a neighbor’s home or cell phone when
you are safely out of the area. You can also call 911. Our crews will respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a

carbon monoxide
Burning natural gas can produce toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. If appliances are maintained and
used property, the amount of carbon monoxide present is usually not hazardous.

If appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can
result. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Symptoms
of mild exposure to CO poisoning include flu-like signs (no fever) such as nausea, headache, shortness of
breath, and fatigue. Continued exposure leads to a severe throbbing headache with drowsiness, confusion,
and a fast heart rate.

Carbon monoxide detectors are available to help alert you if levels rise in your home. Never ignore a carbon
monoxide alarm! If it sounds, move to fresh air and call 911 and OCMU at 707-5000. If your alarm does not
sound, but you still suspect symptoms of poisoning, leave the home and call 911 and OCMU.

Carbon monoxide alarms are important, but an alarm is only added protection. The best thing you can do to
protect your family is to have your appliances inspected every year by an expert. For more information,
please call OCMU gas services at 707-5000.

The City of Orange City is pleased to announce that the low cost residential lots in our Puddle Jumper 5th
Addition are now available for sale to the public. This addition is directly south of Orange City Area Health
System and Puddle Jumper Trail.

The City hopes to see a lot of activity in the Puddle Jumper #5 Addition next year and in the years to come.
These lots sell for $20,000 each. We have already sold the first lot and the construction will start yet this fall.
We encourage any builder or family looking to build a new home to check these lots out! Contact any local real
estate agent or go to to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Welcome to the Mayor’s Update.

The Mayor’s Update is an attempt, on a monthly basis, to better inform Orange City’s citizens and others on the progress and activities occurring within the community.  City Council decisions, retail and commercial development progress, business activities and other actions affecting the community will be included in a brief and, hopefully, informative manner.


I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity of serving Orange City as its mayor for the past four years.  It has been a rewarding four years. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying, Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. I was able to embrace that ‘prize’ in the field of education, working in various roles, for over 42 years.  Indeed, the arena of education was work worth doing.


Then, four years ago, I had the good fortune of being elected as Mayor of Orange City.  Once again, I was reminded of Roosevelt’s quote…the chance to work at work worth doing. I was given the opportunity to serve in the role as mayor of one of the finest communities one might imagine, to support the citizens’ vision for that community to be all Orange City should be, to work with City management, employees and staff of that community in a quest for daily excellence, and to partner with a City Council that continually held the welfare of the community at the center of all decisions made. Truly, the role of Mayor of Orange City has been work worth doing.


Some time ago, I received a bit of good advice, When you work or when you follow your passion, do it because you love to do it and are hoping to make a contribution. Give of yourself – of what you have and what you can give. If what you give makes a substantial difference, wonderful. If it doesn’t, that is okay too. In any event, give what you have. As mayor, I was privileged to serve along side many special people in attempting to make a difference on behalf of Orange City.  For the successes, it only happens through the collective efforts of many.  For those areas where I failed to meet expectations, I apologize.  Hopefully, the shortcomings were not due to a lack of effort.


So, thank you, Citizens of Orange City, for making my four years enjoyable and for making Orange City such a special place to live, work, and worship.


Finally, I want to wish Mayor-Elect Deb DeHaan the very best.  She will serve our community extremely well as she assumes her responsibilities on January 1, 2014.


Les Douma

Mayor, Orange City

The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Christmas Bonus Bucks are on sale today!  You can buy Chamber Bucks at a 10% discount thanks to over 30 local businesses that made this years discounted bonus bucks program possible. Stop in the Chamber’s windmill office today!

Our Sponsors:
Community Bank
Edward Jones
Iowa State Bank
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Northwestern Bank
Van Engelenhoven Insurance

Participating Businesses: (spend your bucks here)

Centrum Foto
De Zoete Winkel
Don’s Food Center
Dove Christian Bookstore
Dutch Mart
Dutch Mill Pharmacy
Hands Around the World
Holland House Interiors
Joe’s TV & Appliance
Kraai Furniture Carpet One
Landsmeer Golf Club
Mulder Oil
Neal Chase Lumber
Next Door Boutique
Pizza Ranch
Radio Shack
Sinclair Highway Service
Szechuan Inn
Windmill Park Jewelers
Woudstra Meat Market

Must buy in increments of $100, limit $1,500 per household.



Contact: Marty Guthmiller, Orange City Development Corp.,




New Hampton Inn, Casey’s General Store expand community’s hospitality and services


Orange City Iowa, July 9 2013 — The Orange City Development Corporation (OCDC) announced today two significant projects designed to contribute to economic growth, residential and visitor services, and tourism for the community and northwest Iowa. 


The first project is the development and construction of a new $6.2 million Hampton Inn adjacent to the $4 million Prairie Winds Event Center that opened last summer on Highway 10 East in Orange City. The 3-story, 60-room hotel will serve the needs of visitors, businesses, and tourists to the town of 6,000 located in the northwest corner of the state. The Hampton Inn will include an indoor pool, breakfast area, and other important amenities.


“A recognized hotel brand like Hampton will perfectly complement the event center,” reported Marty Guthmiller, OCDC vice president. “The event center and hotel together will enhance the ‘destination’ aspect of our community, boosting our ability to host a variety of corporate and private events and meeting the needs of both residents and visitors.”


Hampton® is “a recognized leader in the midscale hotel segment, setting trends while building guest loyalty and satisfaction.” Currently there are over 1,800 Hampton properties in the U.S., and Hampton was named #1 Franchise in 2011 and 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine.


“Ever since the launch of The Phoenix Project three years ago following the fire that devastated our main street,” explained Guthmiller, “we’ve been dreaming big and saying ‘a rising tide floats all boats.’ We’ve seen that rising tide happen as we built each of the three phases of the Phoenix Project: the Hawkeye Center, the Prairie Winds Event Center, and the new Performing Arts Center at Unity Christian High School.” He continued: “While this fourth phase is a little different than the boutique hotel and Dutch village originally imagined, we believe it is the very finest complement to our goals of being a true destination.”


The Hampton Inn property includes approximately two acres, and is located directly to the east of the Prairie Winds Event Center. The land was purchased by the OCDC from Deb and Clayton Korver, who had donated an adjacent parcel for the event center two years prior. A portion of the newly-acquired site – including a pond, fountain, and walking path – was  then donated by the OCDC to the City of Orange City. The remaining hotel property has been exchanged for an equity position in Prairie Winds Hotel Holdings LLC, a group of 20 local investors which will own and operate the new Hampton Inn. Managing members of the corporation – elected by the members – include Guthmiller, Steve Roesner, Doug Vogel, and Daryl Beltman, and this management group is currently finalizing the franchise for the hotel, with expected groundbreaking this fall and opening in April 2014.


The second announcement today involved the acquisition of a 44,000-square-foot site, also on Highway 10 East, by Casey’s General Stores. A current motel, the Dutch Colony Inn — on property encompassing a total of 125,000 square feet — was purchased by the OCDC, with the portion of the site subsequently sold to Casey’s for the construction of a new 4,200-square-foot store.


According to Brian Johnson, Vice President of Finance for Casey’s General Stores, Inc., the company was looking for an opportunity to expand in Orange City. “We’ve been looking for a new location for some time and are thrilled with this site,” said Johnson. “We look forward to expanding our services and meeting the needs of residents and visitors alike as part of this growing community and region.” The new Casey’s store will be more than double the size of their current Orange City store on the west end of Highway 10. “The new store will have expanded food service offerings, including made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, and of course donuts, a ‘beer cave,’ and an expanded coffee bar,” reported Johnson.


Casey’s General Stores, Inc., headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, owns and operates over 1,730 convenience stores in 14 Midwestern states. They rank among the top 10 retailers in the nation for pizza and donut sales.


“There is no doubt that both of these projects have broad economic impact for Orange City and the region,” said Guthmiller. “They come on the heels of several years of aggressive, diverse development projects that reach across many, varied areas of business, retail, industry, culture/ entertainment, recreation, and education growth and expansion in our community, while enhancing quality of life for our residents and visitors.”


Other major projects in progress, completed, or nearing completion in Orange City include the Hawkeye Center on main street, consisting of retail space and five occupied loft condos; the Prairie Winds  Event Center; Unity Christian High School’s $5 million state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center; Northwestern College’s $15 million Learning Commons; Orange City Area Health System’s new $19 million Prairie Ridge Care Center; the purchase of Advance Pierre Foods by Premium Pet Health, with a re-opening of the plant this fall and an expected employment of 125; and new shovel-ready lots in the city’s industrial park, alongside recent new business growth by Pioneer, Pizza Ranch corporate, Quatro Composites, and a new Bomgaars store. The community has also opened new residential housing developments, and is developing a new recreation area and expanded trail systems in cooperation with neighboring Alton.


“The exciting plans involving Hampton Inn and Casey’s General Store further enhance the vibrancy of Orange City,” said Les Douma, Orange City’s Mayor. “These developments support our city’s focus on being a business-friendly, progressive, and visionary community. Indeed, Orange City’s position of being a great place to live, work, worship, and play has been strengthened.”

ORANGE CITY –  Amanda Haverdink, Andres Ortiz Cantu and The Acappellors took the prizes in the third annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The event was held Wednesday, June 19 at Windmill Park in Orange City.  The ten acts included The Hull House, Amy and Dustin Vanden Hull, Nate Johnston, Devon Cadwell and Gabe Harden, a guitar/ banjo/ percussion/ vocals ensemble; dancer Rafael Maldonado; violinist Caleb Rohrer; a mother-daughter duo, Brooke and Stephanie Mansker; and three pianist/ vocalists: Vanessa Stokes, Linda Dykstra and Danny Ray Henderson.

Amanda Haverdink of Orange City took the top prize, dressing as Eponine and singing On My Own from Les Miserables. Laura Haverdink was her accompanist.

Second place went to The Acappellors, a group of MOC-Floyd Valley students and graduates: Travis Balt, Drew Lemke, Kory McMahan, Trevor McMahan and Amanda Vander Stelt. They sang For the Longest Time by Billy Joel.

Andres Ortiz Cantu from Sioux Center took third place, dancing to Chris Brown’s Fine China.

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

The evening ended with Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better from Annie, Get Your Gun, performed by emcees Lois Estell and Laird Edman.

Talent show judges were Laura Rankin, Kurt Van Noord and Sara Weber. Planning committee members were Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

The Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Four Way Roofing of Alton.















Winners of the Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink (right), who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors (left): Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu (second from right). The third annual Orange City’s Got Talent! was held June 19 at Windmill Park.

My present term as Mayor of Orange City comes to a close at the end of this calendar year. This letter is to inform the Council, the City Manager and the citizens of Orange City that I do not intend to seek another term as Mayor of Orange City.

It has been a privilege and honor to partner with each of you, along with the citizens of Orange City, in pursuing excellence within our community.  Indeed, Orange City is a special community to live, work and worship.

I have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, to serve as Mayor and look forward to a productive and successful completion of my responsibilities.

Les Douma

Mural by Mark Alsum 2013 

The new mural in downtown Orange City will be dedicated at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 13th.

Mark Alsum
Mark Alsum
Mark Alsum is an artist who graduated from Northwestern College. Mark created the mural over the course of several weeks. With this mural and the one created by Mark in 2011, he has framed a 2 block area of downtown Orange City.  Mark, who grew up in Alton, and his wife Rebecca will be moving to Duluth at the end of June.

In Memory of
Becky Kleinwolterink

The new mural will be dedicated in memory of Orange City Arts Council board member Becky Kleinwolterink. Becky was an energetic and proactive member of the Orange City Arts Council board. She worked on OnStage events and many other Arts Council activities.



Many OC residents have experienced damage to their homes due to this past weekend’s heavy rainfall.  Cleanup is underway to remove and dispose of damaged floor covering and other personal items. As you look to restore your homes, Community Health Partners of Sioux County has provided a number of educational brochures to help you mitigate your situation as safely and effectively as possible.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact them at 211 Central Ave. SE, Orange City, IA, 712-737-2971 or visit their website at:

Make sure to check out the resources available on the city website located here:

The growing popularity of wind turbines and wind farms in rural Iowa continues to grow.  However, their use in urban settings creates a different set of circumstances to ponder.  The OC City Council is doing just that.   A wind energy system ordinance is being reviewed that would dictate set back distances, heights, free fall zones, and minimum ground clearances for City zoned properties. Ken Meendering, the City Code Enforcement Officer, had presented the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation to the City Council on May 6th.  For the proposal to be approved as a City Ordinance, it must be affirmed by the City Council on three different “readings” or votes.  At their May 20th meeting, the Council granted its 2nd approval.   The 3rd and final vote is scheduled for June 3rd.

To see the detailed ordinance, go to or contact Ken at 707-4885 or 

Welcome to the Mayor’s Update.

The Mayor’s Update will be an attempt, on a monthly basis, to better inform Orange City’s citizens and others on the progress and activities occurring within the community.  City Council decisions, retail and commercial development progress, business activities and other actions affecting the community will be included in a brief and, hopefully, informative manner.

This event will be cancelled due to the weather today.

Dunlop Wildlife Area, Trails, and Roadside Park Development

The City of Orange City, in combination with the City of Alton and the Sioux County Conservation Board would like to invite those interested to participate in discussion on the development of the Dunlop Wildlife Area, Trails, and Roadside Park.

When:  Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30 PM 

Where:  Town Hall in Orange City

Get the 2013 Summer Rec registration booklet online. Click this post to be directed to the page.

Rescheduled to Wednesday May 8th we will move this event to the:

City Street Department 809 Concord Pl SE, Orange City, IA 51041

OC and Alton residents will have an opportunity to safely discard those household hazardous materials (HHM). On Wednesday, May 1st, the Cities of OC and Alton and the NW IA Area Landfill will co-sponsor a HHM Recycling event from 4 – 7 pm in the downtown Windmill Park next to the dutch band shell. Accepted items are degreaser, waxes/polishes, solvents, lacquers/thinners, caustic cleaners, stain removers, pesticides/herbicides, and oil based paints. Only latex paints will be assessed a $1/gal. fee. Go to  for a complete list of acceptable/unacceptable items.

OC’s Annual Spring Clean-Up, sponsored by the City of OC and OC Sanitation, will be held April 22-27. OC residents must purchase a $10 lawn flag (one for each household) from the City Office (125 Central Ave. SE) or OC Sanitation (710 Ohio St. SW). Sanitation crews will only remove those items that have a special lawn flag displayed nearby. All disposed items must be placed at your usual pickup site on your regular garbage pickup day. Allowable items: garage and home items, furniture/wood stuffs and mattresses/carpets. Non-allowable items: all appliances/white goods, building-remodeling materials, wood chips, auto parts (tires, batteries, etc.), concrete, steel/iron, yard waste, tree branches, oil, yard chemicals, or wet paints. Special pickup arrangements may be available for these items with OC Sanitation (737-2645). With the Tulip Festival just around the corner, we want OC to shine “spic & span” for our visiting guests.

The Cities of OC & Alton are again co-sponsoring a free recycling program that will accept TV‟s, computer monitors, CPU‟s, keyboards and other electronic equipment, and smaller batteries. Sorry, car batteries are not allowed. Go to and click on consumer recycling for a complete list. Items can be dropped off at the Alton City Hall @ 905 3rd Ave. on Friday, April 26th, from 4-7 pm and Sat, April 27th, from 9 -12 noon.

Welcome to the Mayor’s Update.

The Mayor’s Update will be an attempt, on a monthly basis, to better inform Orange City’s citizens and others on the progress and activities occurring within the community.  City Council decisions, retail and commercial development progress, business activities and other actions affecting the community will be included in a brief and, hopefully, informative manner.

Last year we launched a campaign to revitalize the OC21 Foundation. Since its inception in 1988, the foundation has invested nearly $400,000 in a variety of projects to enhance the quality of life in Orange City. Last year’s campaign resulted in over $20,000 of additional funds for the foundation. With this increased support, we have been able to assist with the following projects; $7,500 to the Prairie Winds Event Center, $5,000 to the new recreation ball fields at the pool park, $6,000 to the OC Betterment Fund.

We would ask that you consider joining the nearly 200 households that are supporting the Foundation through the monthly utility check-off or with an annual donation. Your investment in Orange City will continue to provide new opportunities for all of us to enjoy. Follow this link: for a pledge card you may use to respond.

Thanks again for your support of the OC21 Foundation.

Circle of Support is a collaborative series of sessions revolving around the critical
cultural issues impacting our youth today. Please join us at our fourth session …
Teen Depression
Wednesday, March 20 • 6:30-8pm
Prairie Winds Event Center, Orange City
Presented by Joan Andres, LMFT, LMHC • Student Therapist, Northwestern College
and Melissa Oolman, parent.

Orange City Police Department is looking to fill its staff of police officers due to recent internal promotions.  An Iowa Law Enforcement certificate is preferred but not mandatory.  The position offers competitive wages and benefits package.