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June 2016

Stop work order issued for Kinnick Stadium-style house in Iowa City | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Work on a home designed to look like the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Kinnick Stadium cannot proceed after residents in the Iowa City neighborhood where the home would be built filed an appeal Wednesday with the city’s Board of Adjustments.

Residents in the Manville Heights neighborhood claim city officials made errors in approving the site plan and issuing a building permit to Frederic Reed Carlson, who proposes to build the Kinnick-style, single-family home at 101 Lusk Ave.


Fire Station 2 to welcome University Heights with open house

Fire Station #2To kick off the new working relationship between the community of University Heights and the Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD), the department is hosting an open house at Fire Station 2 at 301 Emerald Street on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Residents of University Heights and the surrounding area are invited to stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a station tour, overview of firefighting equipment, public education materials, and a glass of lemonade.

Beginning July 1, 2016, ICFD will assume emergency response duties for the University Heights community. Those responsibilities were previously contracted with the City of Coralville.

For more information, contact Fire Chief John Grier at 319-356-5256 or

Road Construction - Melrose Court

Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Melrose Court will be closed to through traffic from Melrose Avenue to Brookland Park Drive.  The sidewalk along Melrose Court will also be closed.  This closure is necessary to facilitate a sanitary sewer repair in the area.  It is anticipated that Melrose Court will re-open to normal traffic by the end of the day on Monday, July 11th.

Motorists are to seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Get the Purest Pairing Wednesday Evenings at Sushi Popo



725 Mormon Trek Blvd
Iowa City,  IA   52246



Business Hours

  • Sunday: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Most of Cedar Rapids Offices Closed July 4

The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4. Most City offices will be closed on that day. The following City services will continue to operate as indicated below:

CR Transit -- No bus service

Fire Department -- Administration and Fire Marshal’s offices closed; Responding to emergencies

Golf Department -- Office Closed; All Courses Open

Library -- Both Library locations closed Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4

Police Department -- Administrative Offices closed. Non-emergency calls can be directed to 286-5491.

Solid Waste & Recycling -- Garbage, yard waste and recycling will be collected as normal; office closed

Water Pollution Control -- Operating as usual

The Solid Waste & Recycling Department will be collecting garbage, yard waste and recycling on July 4. The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910. Public Works’ Sewer and Street Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286- 5826.

Dubuque Street construction: drivers should consider alternate route into Iowa City for Jazz Festival

Drivers coming to town for the Iowa City Jazz Festival should be aware that traffic is down to one lane in each direction along Dubuque Street, causing what can be long delays, as work progresses on the Iowa City Gateway Project.

The Iowa City Gateway is a flood mitigation project that will raise Dubuque Street while also elevating and replacing the Park Road Bridge. Once completed, the risk of long-term closures of Dubuque Street due to flooding from the Iowa River will be greatly reduced.

Dubuque Street is currently reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between Foster Road and Ronalds Street and will remain that way through the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2018.

Drivers can expect a 15- to 30-minute delay during the busy morning and afternoon commuting hours, but could experience longer delays during high traffic events like weekend festivals, including the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and Hawkeye sporting events. Drivers should be aware and plan their route in and out of Iowa City with Dubuque Street and Park Road construction in mind.

Those who typically use Dubuque Street should consider using Dodge Street (Highway 1) as an alternative route.

Drivers should also keep in mind that Park Road is currently closed west of Riverside Drive. 

The 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival is set for July 1 through July 3, with fireworks scheduled to begin between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Sunday, July 3. For additional festival information, visit

 To learn more about the Gateway Project, visit

RELATED STORY:  Iowa City Jazz Festival - Since its humble beginnings in 1991 the Iowa City Jazz Festival has transformed into a nationally recognized event with an average annual audience of more than 50,000. Over the years, the festival has featured some of the biggest names in jazz. A key ingredient in the ongoing success of the festival is its accessibility. Admission has always been free thanks to our sponsors who underwrite all costs of producing the event, allowing it to transcend socioeconomic barriers and provide free access to families and individuals regardless of income. Join us in front of the Old Capitol and on Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue for a weekend full of some of the best jazz music around!  Click HERE for a complete schedule.

Iowa City Police Department Applying for FY2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant

The Iowa City Police Department, in partnership with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, is making application for the FY2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

The Departments were notified that they are eligible for $28,453. It has been agreed that the Iowa City Police Department will take responsibility for application and management of this grant. In return, Iowa City will receive 52 percent of the funds ($14,795.56) and Johnson County will receive 48 percent ($13,657.44).

If funding is approved, the Iowa City Police Department would allocate funding towards the purchase of a speed/message display trailer.  In the past the Iowa City Police Department had two speed display trailers that were deployed on a regular basis.  Currently the Iowa City Police Department has no operable speed/message display trailers.  The City Council approved the purchase of one speed/message display trailer in FY17 for the Iowa City Police Department.  If the Department is awarded this grant the Iowa City Police Department would again be able to deploy two speed/message display trailers.  Objectives for the utilization of speed/message display trailers are to reduce the speed of vehicles traveling through work, school and residential zones; encourage speed limit compliance; increase safety and disseminate travel or other useful information to community motorists.

In accordance with the Justice Assistance Grant application, the public is invited to make comment on the grant application and the intended expenditures of the funding if awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, either through the Iowa City Council, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors or the Iowa City Police Department. To comment, or for more information, contact Capt. Bill Campbell at 319-356-5286 or

ROLL CALL: Patty Judge not “a credible candidate”

(DES MOINES) – Roll Call this morning released a refreshed version of its Senate challenger rankings, and in case you did not take the time to scroll allllllllllll the way down to #14, we’ve got you covered:
14            Democratic Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (Running against Sen. Charles E. Grassley)
Judge entered the race late, faced criticism from fellow Democrats and newspaper editorial boards, and struggled more than she should have in a primary. In a massive wave election, she might give Democrats a chance to win a race rated Safe Republican . But for now, she’s not yet a credible candidate.

“Patty Judge has ducked, dodged and skipped town halls, debates and forums, but she cannot escape the fact that her campaign is not viewed as credible,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann. “This is a rude awakening for her D.C. base of support.”