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Randalia, Iowa is dissolving. What happens next to the town of 50 residents?
Randalia, Iowa is dissolving. What happens next to the town of 50 residents?

Randalia, a town in Iowa with a population of about 50, is no longer classified as a city after its residents moved out of town.

Randalia will join other unincorporated villages in Fayette County, including Oran, Eldorado and Donnan.

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors considered the city’s request over the course of several meetings, including discussions with the state’s City Development Board, according to the board’s meeting minutes.

In June, the state’s Urban Development Board approved the city’s request, which is called a stop-construction order. The move became official on June 30, according to KCRG.

Where is Randalia, Iowa?

Randalia is located in Fayette County in northeast Iowa. It is nearly a three-hour drive from Des Moines and about an hour and a half north of Cedar Rapids.

Why did the people of Randalia want to dissolve the municipality?

The responsibility of managing a city has become too much given Randalia’s dwindling population, said Fayette County Councilwoman Janell Bradley.

“After 128 years as a small town in Fayette County, Randalia no longer has to worry about pesky dogs or cats, keeps the streets cleared of snow, and elects a city council – among other responsibilities,” Bradley said in an email to local media and the Register.

The city held an auction that raised about $60,000 to pay off the remainder of a loan for the treatment plant. The funds will also cover the DNR’s water monitoring of the treatment plant. The auction included the sale of the old city hall building and a brick store that was once a dairy. Play equipment from the city park was also sold.

What will happen to city services?

The village no longer needs a town council. Randalia’s sewage treatment plant is overseen by a sanitation district founded by residents.

Fayette County will now manage Randalia’s roads. Snow removal and road maintenance will all be handled by the county, according to Bradley.

Kate Kealey is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @Kkealey17.

By Liam