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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department has recently taken three reports concerning moving company scams. In the cases reported in Cedar Rapids, the victims are provided an estimate of moving expenses and make a down payment, but then are told that the actual cost to get their possessions is several times higher than the original estimate.
Most moving companies are legitimate businesses that do quality work. However, nationwide there have been a number of complaints filed against interstate movers and their fraudulent practices. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a growing number of complaints have been filed against movers lately – many of which are due to the “fraudulent practices of rogue movers.”
Moving company scams often begin with a low estimate provided to the customer over the telephone or Internet. There is no visit to your home where the movers can actually see the items that you want moved. Once your items are on the moving truck, the movers demand more money before they will deliver or unload them. If you want your possessions back, you are forced to pay more than you agreed to.
Be cautious of any moving company that doesn’t offer or agree to an on-site inspection of your household items that need to be moved. If an estimate sounds too good to be true, it usually ends up being a scam. Be cautious of a moving a company that does not have a local address or information about their registration or insurance. Another “red flag” is that on moving day, a rental truck arrives rather than a company-owned or marked fleet truck.
The Police Department recommends that customers do the following when considering hiring a moving company:
- Get a written estimate from several movers.
- Make sure the mover is registered with the proper authority and is insured.
- Read “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet from the federal government that your mover is required to give you if you are moving from one state to another (booklet is available online at www.protectyourmove.gov).
- Check the mover’s complaint history with the local Better Business Bureau and consumer protection agencies.
- Remember your priorities when choosing a mover. A mover chosen based solely on the cheapest price may sacrifice what is most important, including getting your possessions moved safely and on time. According to the FMCSA, movers are required by law to deliver your goods for no more than ten percent above the price of a non-binding estimate.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will host a “Mobile Open House” at Hoover Elementary to help provide parents and community members with the opportunity to learn more about the intersection changes that have taken place near the school. Two open house sessions will be offered for the public’s convenience:
Wednesday, August 15 | 5 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, August 18 | noon – 2 pm
Location: Hoover Elementary, in the parking lot adjacent to Wiley Blvd. The Hoover Elementary parking lot is available off Wiley Blvd, south of Johnson Avenue.
As part of a road improvement project, a roundabout has recently been constructed at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Wiley Blvd NW, adjacent to Hoover Elementary. At the open houses, parents and community members will have the opportunity to talk with City staff regarding the roundabout, learn more about safety and efficiency features, see a simulation video of how the roundabout works, and even drive the roundabout with a City engineer before the start of the new school year.
While the intersection is still currently closed, the public can drive the roundabout at the open house. The intersection will be fully open for the start of the school year.
The roundabout is a single-lane roundabout, and includes painted crosswalks, raised pedestrian splitter islands, and pedestrian beacons that flash when activated by a pushbutton.
Roundabouts help slow traffic speeds and reduce the severity of crashes, eliminating head-on and right-angle crashes with their slow, counterclockwise movement. They are more efficient than traffic signals near schools, where signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day, but peak morning and afternoon times require effective traffic control.
About the Johnson Avenue Project
The full project will stretch from 1st Avenue to Midway Drive. Improvements include reconstruction of the roadway and transitioning it from four lanes to three lanes (one lane in each direction, with a dedicated center turn lane); water main replacement and utilities; sidewalk and curb ramps; bike lanes; and a roundabout at Johnson Avenue and Wiley Blvd, and at Johnson Avenue and Jacolyn Drive. The project will continue in 2019 between Jacolyn Drive and 1st Avenue, and be completed fall of 2019.
Are you looking for a new position? Or seeking a part time job?
If you answered yes, attend an upcoming Job and Resource Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tues., Sept.11, 2018, in the gymnasium of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. There is no cost to job seekers to attend, and no fee to park in the Recreation Center lot.
Employers registered to date include: City of Iowa City - Human Resources, Iowa City Fire Department, Iowa City Police Department, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, The ARC of Southeast Iowa, Pearson, People Ready, Team Staffing Solutions, Panera, Centro, Bio Life Plasma Service, Hy-Vee, University of Iowa, Express Employment Professionals, Robert Half, Mercy Iowa City, Gerdau, Mass Markets, Go Daddy and Loparex. Visit icgov.org/jobfair2018 for a continually updated list.
RSVP to the Facebook event to let participating employers know you’ll be there, and to receive updates and reminders as the event approaches.
Job seekers are invited to register for a free resume building workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 5, at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Participants will be guided through the resume creation and writing process with the help of a knowledgeable volunteer, and will learn tips and tricks from an ICPL librarian. To register call 319-356-5200.
The Job and Resource Fair is sponsored by the City of Iowa City and Iowa Works. For more information, contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or Stefanie-Bowers@iowa-city.org.
IOWA CITY -- Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music, games, crafts and frozen treats at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Willow Creek Park, located at 1117 Teg Dr.
There will be a special performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, followed by entertainment by Pennies on the Rail. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand, as well as representatives from various City departments who will share information about their areas of expertise. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public. For updates and reminders, RSVP to the Facebook event.
This Party in the Park will also include a Council Listening Post, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which provides opportunities for the community to engage with Council members on topics that are important to them in an informal setting. To learn more, RSVP to the Facebook event.
Sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods. This program runs weekly on Thursdays in June, July, and August, and on Sundays in September. To view the full Party in the Park schedule, visit www.icgov.org/pr.
Questions? Contact Joyce Carroll, Recreation Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at email@example.com or 319-356-5237.
Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include an pickup event for 25-gallon organic carts, the Iowa Soul Festival, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.
Learn how curbside customers can pick up a 25-gallon organic cart to use for food and yard waste.
Watch to see how businesses looking to hire entry-level, permanent or seasonal staff can register to host a table at this hiring event.
Don’t miss your chance to engage with City leaders during the Willow Creek Party in the Park gathering.
Discover how you can help celebrate a new mural in Downtown Iowa City, including a chance to meet the 12 young artists who created this work of art.
Music, food, fashion, and art are just a few of the fun features you can expect to find at the Iowa Soul Festival.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Tuesday, August 14, northbound traffic on Edgewood Road SW will be reduced to one lane between 16th Avenue and 12th Avenue for sidewalk and driveway repairs. Work is anticipated to take approximately one (1) week to complete. Traffic may experience delays.
To receive text alerts on road impacts, please visit www.cityofcr.com/subscribe.
For an additional list of road closures please check: www.Cedar-Rapids.org/Street Closures.
IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, lanes of traffic will be shifted on Court Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue to accommodate work on underground utilities in the area. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.
Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur. As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.
For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts.
CHICAGO -- Like out of a fairytale, Cubs rookie infielder David Bote hit a two-out, two-strike grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning with his team trailing 3-0 as Chicago pulled out a stunning 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Bote, 25, was pinch hitting with the bases loaded after the Cubs had been stymied all night versus starter Max Scherzer. But closer Ryan Madson couldn't put Bote away, attempting to get a low fastball by him after the Nationals had his number the day before.