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October 2015

New Public Art Matching Fund Program announced

The City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) announces a new program that provides up to $2,000 in matching funds for public art projects. Funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program, visual, audio, or performance-based art such as sculpture, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video projections, soundscapes, spoken word, and other mediums will be considered.

To be eligible, proposals must be for projects that will be publicly accessible and viewable within Iowa City city limits. Art may be displayed or performed on private property with  property owner permission.

Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Final selections will be determined by members of PAAC. Applications for the first quarter are due Wednesday, Nov. 25 by 5 p.m. Proposals should be sent to Marcia Bollinger with the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department at Subsequent quarterly deadlines are Jan. 22, April 22, and July 22, 2016.

The application and call to artists, which includes additional information on selection criteria, submission requirements, eligible expenses and other conditions for the program, are available at

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

Leaf removal on some one-way streets scheduled Nov. 3

The City of Iowa City's leaf vacuuming program will be operating on some one-way streets next Tuesday, Nov. 3, requiring the Streets Division to utilize a police escort. The following streets are scheduled for pick-up:

  • Market Street: South side, odd-numbered properties
  • Jefferson Street: North side, even-numbered properties
  • Dodge Street: East side, even-numbered properties
  • Governor Street: West side, odd-numbered properties
  • Clapp Street: West side, odd-numbered properties

To ensure the pick-up of your leaves, have piles raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Leaves should not be raked into the street, into storm drains, or around mailboxes or signposts.

For more information, visit or contact Toni Davis with the Streets Division at 319-356-5181.

Raising the wages of private businesses is none of county government's business

Look at the guidelines for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, there's nothing listed there about having the authority to falsely inflate the wages of private businesses.  Their mission is to provide oversight on county government business, they've exceeded their authority.

~ Tim Finn, Iowa City

Election day voting schedule

The City Council election is November 3, 2015, and four Council seats will be on the ballot.  All Iowa City voters will have the same contests on the ballot, and may vote on both of the district races and the at large race. 

Person wishing to vote early may do so in person at the Auditor's Office, 913 South Dubuque Street
weekdays 7:45 - 5:30 through Monday, November 2.

 In addition satellite voting is available at the following locations:

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Fountain Lobby
Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library
Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 Polls open on Election Day, November 3 at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.  A complete list of polling places is available at the Johnson County Auditor’s website.

Ryan succeeds Boehner as speaker, seeks to fix 'broken' House | Fox News

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan succeeded retiring John Boehner as House speaker on Thursday, appealing for unity and "understanding" as he embarks on the tough task of trying to heal deep divisions in the party and the chamber itself. 

As he took the gavel after easily winning election on the floor, the Wisconsin congressman declared "the House is broken" and called for a fresh start. 

"We're not solving problems, we're adding to them," Ryan said, declaring that going forward: "We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean." 

The selection of Ryan marks the end of a head-spinning and unpredictable succession. Boehner shocked Washington by resigning mid-term, and only after his deputy Kevin McCarthy suddenly bowed out of the race to replace him did Ryan seek the job -- after initially rebuffing appeals to do so. 

Ryan, though, vowed to do his best to take "the tough issues ... head on." Lamenting that Americans see "chaos" in Washington, he rattled off a to-do list that includes fixing the tax code, growing the economy and paying down the debt. He also called for a more transparent legislative process. 


Iowa prep football playoff pairings: Second round


Monday, Nov. 2

All games 7 p.m. unless noted


C.B. Lewis Central (7-3) at Ankeny (9-1), 5 p.m.

Johnston (8-2) at Ankeny Centennial (8-2), 8:30 p.m.

Iowa City West (4-6) at Bettendorf (10-0)

Southeast Polk (6-4) vs. Dowling Catholic (9-0), at Williams Stadium

North Scott (5-5) at Cedar Rapids Kennedy (10-0), 5:30 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson (7-3) at Cedar Rapids Washington (9-1), 8 p.m.

Iowa City High (7-3) at Pleasant Valley (8-2)

W.D.M. Valley (8-2) at Waukee (8-2)