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Update: Senior Center reopens after water main break

Update: The Iowa City Senior Center has reopened. Repairs have been completed and the building will be open for normal weekend hours. All scheduled events for the rest of Saturday will go on as planned. 

Original message: A water main break has temporarily closed the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Crews are continuing to repair the break that occurred Friday evening at 320 E. Washington St., and anticipate work will be complete by the afternoon. The Center is closed for regularly scheduled activities until further notice. 

Alternative water sources have been made for the Pride Parade, which will begin at noon. All other Downtown related events are continuing as scheduled. 

For more information, contact the Water Division Emergency Line at 319-356-5166. 


Senior Center temporarily closed due to water main break

A water main break has temporarily closed the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Crews are continuing to repair the break that occurred Friday evening at 320 E. Washington St., and anticipate work will be complete by the afternoon. The Center is closed for regularly scheduled activities until further notice. 

Alternative water sources have been made for the Pride Parade, which will begin at noon. All other Downtown related events are continuing as scheduled. 

For more information, contact the Water Division Emergency Line at 319-356-5166. 


Several Iowa City Transit bus routes will detour due to resurfacing work on Iowa Avenue effective Monday, June 18, 2018

Effective Monday, June 18, 2018, the inbound and outbound Westside Hospital, Westwinds, Plaen View, Manville Heights to UIHC and the outbound Melrose Express will detour due to resurfacing work on Iowa Avenue between Madison Street and the railroad bridge. The bus stops located at English Philosophy Building (stop 0145), Iowa Avenue and Madison Street (stop 7090), and IMU (stop 0146) will be temporarily out of service during construction. Customers who normally use these stops should catch their buses at the transit interchange located at the intersection of Clinton Street and Washington Street as an alternate. Normal service is anticipated to resume on Friday, June 29, 2018.


News – City of North Liberty

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

In the 06/15/2018 edition:

Free tickets for North Liberty Night with the Kernels

On Saturday, June 23, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and we have some free tickets to give away.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, adult North Liberty residents can each get up to four tickets at the front desk of the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. We have a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in-person on a first-come, first-served basis only while they last. Those picking up must show proof of residency — ID or current utility bill indicating a “52317” zip code.

The gates on Saturday, June 23, 2018, open at 5:30 p.m. and the first pitch is 6:35.

Adults who attend the Slow Roll and Bike Rodeo, on scheduled for Friday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., will receive a voucher to get tickets before they’re available to the general public.

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Traffic Control for 2018 Downtown Farmers Market

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding The 2018 Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday, June 16, 2018, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (set-up time 5:00 a.m.) and ending at Noon (tear down time 1:00 pm).  This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 2nd Avenue SE from the alley between 1st and 2nd Street SE to the alley between 5th and 6th Street SE
  • 3rd Avenue SE from the alley between 1st and 2nd Street SE to the alley between 5th and 6th Street SE
  • 2nd Street SE from the alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd and 4th Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street SE from the alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd and 4th Avenue SE
  • 5th Street SE from the alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd and 4th Avenue SE

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit www.parkcedarrapids.com. Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas.


Clean up underway after non-hazardous material spills

The City of Iowa City is responding to a report of a non-hazardous chemical spill. 

The City learned of this during the afternoon on Thursday, June 14, 2018, and has determined that a concentrated soap was inadvertently discharged onto a driveway and the adjacent street gutter.  Subsequent rains carried some of the product into a nearby storm drain on Heinz Road. City officials are working with the company where the spill originated to contain it and clean it up. Per routine policy, the City notified the Iowa DNR. This material is safe and does not pose any threat to human health or safety.  

The community may notice a layer of foam in the stormwater retention basins along Scott Boulevard over the next few days.

 For questions, contact the Engineering Division at 319-356-5436. 


June is National Adopt-A-Cat Month – Animal Care & Control Specials

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Finding loving homes for felines is a challenge in any season, and never more so than during the summer months.  And that’s exactly why Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control is offering adoption specials that you simply can’t resist.  So if you’ve been toying with the idea of adding a furry feline to your family, now is the time to do it.

Each furry feline available in the promotion will be spayed or neutered, have its initial vaccinations, will be dewormed, treated for fleas/ticks, and be given a microchip.  The average cost for those services can run as high as $300, but feline adoption fees at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control shelter have been reduced to just $25 for any spayed/neutered adult cat and a mere $15 for any spayed/neutered black feline through the end of June.  You read that right -- only $15 if you select one of the many warm and companionable, black cats we have waiting for a new home. 

And that’s not all…

Cats that have been at the shelter for three months or longer will be offered FREE to senior citizens through our Cat Companions for Seniors program.   Cats adopted to seniors will also go home with their own new litter box, scooper, litter box liners, bowls and a toy!  So be sure to stop by the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center located on the Kirkwood College Campus at 900 76th Avenue Drive SW before the end of the month to check out our Adopt-A-Cat specials. 

“Don’t forget,” says Diane Webber, Program Manager, “when you adopt a cat, you're not only saving a life, but gaining a furry, feline companion that will make your life complete.” 

About Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control

You can view a list of the many wonderful pets we have available for adoption by visiting our PetFinder website at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html.


2nd Avenue Closure June 19 for Railroad Work

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – On Tuesday, June 19, 2nd Avenue SE will be closed to traffic at the 4th Street railroad tracks, and is anticipated to reopen for westbound traffic only by June 21. The Union Pacific Railroad is in the process of installing new safety gates and crossing arms.

2nd Avenue will remain westbound only between 3rd Street and 4th Street until after the installation of gates and arms. Gates and crossing arms on both sides of the roadway are necessary for two-way traffic flow.

More information is available on the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/conversions.