Mayor Matt Carstensen
Matt Carstensen was elected mayor in 2019 and took office on January 1, 2020. He was reelected in 2021 for another two-year term which will expire on December 31, 2023.
Lake Park has a five-member City Council. The Council holds regular monthly meetings on the second Monday of every month at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.
Current City Council Members are:
- Julie Baumgarn - Mayor Pro-Tem (2025)
- Gary Taber (2023)
- Justin Kracht (2023)
- Joseph Sohn (2025)
- Neal Luitjens (2025)
All items wishing to be added to the City Council's regular meeting agenda must be turned into the City Administrator no later than noon on the Wednesday preceding the second Monday of the month.
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City Administrator Marie Matthiesen
Mailing Address: PO Box 536, Lake Park, IA 51347
Physical Address: 217 Market Street, Lake Park, IA
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm
The duties of the City Administrator are numerous. Among them are:
- To supervise enforcement and execution of the City laws.
- To attend all meeting of the Council unless excused by the Mayor.
- To recommend to the Council such measures as may be necessary or expedient for the good government and welfare of the City.
- To have the general supervision and direction of the administration of the City government.
- To supervise and direct the official conduct of all officers, departments and employees of the City. To effectuate their responsibility and subject to the exception set out hereinafter the City Administrator shall have the power and authority to employ such assistants and other employees of the City for which the Council has approved the position generally, and to discharge said assistants or employees found incompetent or derelict in their duties.
- To supervise the performance of all contracts for work to be done for the City, supervise all purchases of materials and supplies and see that such material and supplies are received and are of the quality and character called for by the contract.
- To supervise the construction, improvement, repair, maintenance and management of all City property, capital improvements and undertakings of the City, including the making and preservation of all surveys, maps, plans, drawings, specifications and estimates for capital improvements.
- To investigate the affairs and conduct of any department, agency, officer or employee under the supervision of the City Administrator.
- To provide for and cause records to be kept of the issuance and revocation of businesses and permits authorized by City law.
- To keep the Council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the City and of its future needs.
- To conduct the business affairs of the City and cause accurate records to be kept by modern and efficient accounting methods.
- To present to the Council monthly written itemized reports.
- To have the capability to work with department heads in applying for grants.
- To perform other duties as the Mayor and Council may direct.
The City Administrator's Office is responsible for maintaining all official City records in compliance with the Code of Iowa and other state, federal and local regulations. This includes the preparation of City Council agendas, public notices, minutes, recording actions taken by the City Council and maintaining records of the City's ordinances, contracts, agreements, and other historical and legal documents. The Clerk's Office regularly provides information regarding Council actions, procedures, and City ordinances to the public and other city departments. In addition, various licenses and permits are issued and parking violations and other miscellaneous fees are collected.
You may do the following at the City Administrator's office:
- Request a dumpster - Commercial use only (residents needing a dumpster need to call Town & Country Disposal at 712-472-2493)
- Pay a city parking ticket
- Purchase tags to dispose of appliances, electronics, tires, mattresses and box springs
- Jon Martin
Board of Adjustment
Lake Park Housing Authority
If you are interested in serving on a board, please contact the City Administrator.
About the City Hall building
Lake Park City Hall is located at 217 Market Street, in the Boyer Building. The building was built in 1947 by Ken and Dorothy Boyer to be the new home of their grocery store, Boyer's Super Food Market. The Boyer's operated the store until they retired in 1973.
The building continued to be used as a grocery store, then a coffee shop, then stood empty for some time. In June of 1992, the Boyer family sold the building to the City of Lake Park. The interior was remodeled and on December 5, 1992, it became the new home for Lake Park City Hall and Lake Park Municipal Utilities.