Connect with your Congresswoman



Happy New Year! Next Tuesday, January 12 at 4 PM in Indianola, Congresswoman Cindy Axne will host a public “Connect with your Congresswoman” town hall as part of her 16-county tour. This town hall will focus on agriculture issues in Warren County, and the Congresswoman will be available to answer questions about her ag-focused work in Washington.


All attendees must RSVP in advance via the following link: Due to limited event capacity, the address for the event will be provided in an email to RSVPs on a first-come, first-served basis. Face masks are required of all attendees, and temperatures will be taken prior to admittance to the event. Attendees must also show proof of registration at the door.


Additional details and safety precautions are available at the RSVP link and on our official Facebook page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email.


Tyler Alessio
District Representative | Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03)
(515) 400-8180 (o) (515) 418-3737 (c)

2021 Membership Investment

The Carlisle Chamber would like to thank you for your continued support of the Chamber. Your investment in the Chamber helps with the development of your Chamber to better serve you as a business, organization, and individual. If you have any questions in regard to your invoice please contact the Chamber office.

There are many benefits by belonging to the Carlisle Chamber, please go to our website to learn what all we have to offer in different membership categories.

A friendly reminder, if you have not paid your 2021 membership dues please do so at your very earliest convenience. Again, if you have any questions regarding your membership please contact Shar Pardubsky, Executive Director at (515)989-4216.

55 MANE On Main/Showgirl Fit Ribbon Cutting

A Ribbon Cutting is scheduled to be held for our new Chamber member 55 Mane On Main/Showgirl Fit on Saturday, January 16th at 11:30 AM. Please plan to attend and welcome our newest Chamber member and business to our community. Linda Freese and Angela Martin will be there to welcome you and tell you all about their business at 55 Main Street, Carlisle, Iowa. Click HERE for an agenda of the ribbon cutting.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Business, Industry, and Agriculture

This event can be attended Friday, January 8th, 2:30 – 4 pm, through this LINK in any web browser. If as an attendee you already use Microsoft Teams, you can choose to open it there, otherwise, choose “Watch on the web instead”.

An account is not required, click on the “Join anonymously” option on the splash page in the browser.

Questions may be asked in the Q&A chat window, and as time allows, presenters will address questions.

In addition, we encourage interested individuals to visit the following online resources:

Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Web Page
Infectious Disease Advisory Council
Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Warren County Legislative Luncheon

Hosted by: Indianola, Carlisle & Norwalk Chambers of Commerce

Virtual Lunch & Learn
Spend your lunch hour with us and our elected officials.
January 6, 2021
12 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Cost: FREE, but registrations required.
Hear from your federal, state, and local elected leaders and learn more about their 2021 legislative priorities.

Register online at by Wednesday, December 30th.
Questions? Call 515-961-6269 or email
to make a reservation go to the Indianola’s Chamber Site.

Annual Dinner Cancelation & Awards

Your Carlisle Board of Directors made a hard decision to cancel the Chambers Annual Dinner. We felt it would be in the best interest and safety of our members and community to cancel the Annual Dinner scheduled for January 23, 2021. We are hoping we can hold it sometime later in the year if at all possible.

We do plan to still recognize our Carlisle Citizen, Business & Employee of the Year sometime in January. We will keep you posted, it will be exciting for all. Questions please contact Shar Pardubsky, Executive Director at 515-989-4216 or 515-240-8785,

New Carlisle City Hall

Carlisle City Hall’s relocation and renovation plan is projected to come in under budget, according to city officials.

“Generally speaking, the remodel is progressing nicely and we’ve got a great team working over there,” Carlisle City Council member Eric Goodhue said.

Goodhue is excited to use the new facility and expects it to be a great addition to the growth and development of the community.

“If things progress as planned, we are on target for moving into the building in early May of 2021,” Carlisle City Manager Deven Markley said in an email.

Exterior of proposed new Carlisle City Hall. Submitted

Voters approved a ballot March 3, 2020 during a special election to fund both the new Carlisle City Hall project and the renovation of the current building for use by the Carlisle Police Department.

The funding propositions allowed for general obligations bonds of $1.850 million for moving the city hall into the former Great Western Bank building, and another $2.9 million to redesign and retrofit the former city hall for the police department.

Construction started this year on Oct. 2.

Under the plan, city hall would move from the current location at 195 N. First St. to the former Great Western Bank building at 120 First St.

The police department is housed in the basement of the current city hall, built in 1994, and would take over the entire building. The moves would roughly double the space available for city hall and the police department.

The Carlisle Police Department will take over the entire Carlisle City Hall building in 2021 once the city’s administration moves to the new location 120 First St. Michael Zamora/The Register

The original contract for renovating the former Great Western Bank was $1,365,300 with an additional $100,000 in contingency funds for expected change orders.

City council approved a flurry of change orders at its Dec. 14 meeting of $93,319 added to the project’s construction budget.

Markley and Goodhue said the main cost of the change orders was approximately $91,000 to give the building a “facelift” including removing the existing exterior insulation finishing system and replacing it with a metal panel system.

Markley said this exterior system offers better longevity and improved aesthetics for the outside of the building. He said the original price for that work was $99,700, but the design team worked with the city’s general contractor to get a better metal panel product that brought the cost down to $91,000.

The other change orders included covering costs of asbestos removal, plumbing changes, termite damage repairs and other building operational and construction items.

Goodhue said these change orders were not wholly unexpected when the city started this project and said that he was a vocal proponent of the change order for the metal paneling. He said despite these change orders, the project is expected to finish under budget.

“I think that new façade and metal paneling will change the look of the building so that now when people drive by they won’t think it’s the new bank building but rather the new city hall,” Goodhue said.

The Record-Herald previously reported that remodeling the current city hall building for the expanded police department was expected to cost $2.4 million and an estimated $4.5 million would be used to relocate the Carlisle Public Library from the current location at 135 School St. into the city-owned recreation center on Fifth Street.

The library project was not addressed in the March bond vote. Goodhue said the library move won’t be considered until 2024 after both the city hall and police department relocations and renovations are completed.

“Not just the police have outgrown their building, but city hall has outgrown their building too, and this will provide much needed space and allow us to look to the future,” Goodhue said.

George Shillcock is the Register’s Des Moines southern suburbs reporter. He can be reached at and on twitter @ShillcockGeorge

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