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Construction begins on Riverfront Crossings Park - Iowa City

Phase one construction for Riverfront Crossings Park, 1101 S. Clinton St., will begin Monday, June 26, 2017.

Phase one will focus on restoration of Ralston Creek, wetland creation, trail connections to the surrounding neighborhoods, a bridge connection to 2nd St., and the addition of a new parking area at the north end of the park. The majority of the work is set for completion in the fall, with the parking area construction expected to be completed in spring 2018. 

The work beginning on Monday will include grading, as well as tree removal along the Iowa River Trail and Ralston Creek. Priority will be given to keeping at least one trail open in the park throughout construction, however temporary closures may occur. In the event there are closures, alerts will be posted on the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website, icgov.org/pr

The Riverfront Crossings Park master plan was completed in May, 2015 and a public open house meeting discussing the first phase of the project was held Nov. 2, 2016.

To stay up-to-date on all Iowa City park planning projects, visit icgov.org/parksrecmasterplan.


1st Avenue Duct Bank Project - 6th Street to 9th Street - Coralville

Beginning mid-morning, Tuesday, June 27, the southbound 1st Avenue lane closure will be changed to a northbound 1st Avenue lane closure between 6th Street and E. 7th Street.  The northbound lane closure will remain in place until 3:00 pm on Friday, June 30.  After that, the northbound lane closure will be in place each week starting at 9:00 am on Monday through 3:00 pm on Friday until further notice.  Drivers on northbound 1st Avenue should expect additional delays, especially during the late afternoon rush hour.

via www.coralville.org


Northbrook Drive NE Closure - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – June 23, 2017 – Effective Monday, June 26, Northbrook Drive NE will be closed between Cimarron Drive NE and Nixon Drive NE, for pavement repairs. Work is anticipated to take one week, weather permitting.

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For an additional list of road closures please check: www.Cedar-Rapids.org/Street Closures


Closure: Friendly Avenue - Iowa City

Update 06/23/17

Delays have pushed the reopening of Friendly Avenue to the afternoon on Tuesday, June 27.


Friendly Avenue from Lukirk Street to Pickard Street will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday, June 22, 2017, weather permitting, to repair a sanitary sewer service. 

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Friday, June 23. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


July 1 Deadline to File for Homestead, Military, Disabled Veterans Homestead and Business Property Tax Credit

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, June 23, 2017—Property owners are reminded that the deadline for applying for the 2017 Homestead Property Tax Credit, Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit, Military Exemption as well as the Business Property Tax Credit is July 1, 2017. As July 1 falls on a Saturday in 2017, the Assessor will accept applications through Monday, July 3rd.

Homestead Property Tax Credit (Iowa Code Section 425) was originally adopted to encourage home ownership through property tax relief. The current credit is equal to the actual tax levy on the first $4,850 of actual value. To be eligible you must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible. The claim is allowed for successive years without further filing as long as eligible.

The Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credit (Iowa Code Section 425.15) was originally adopted to encourage home ownership for disabled veterans. The current credit is equal to 100 percent of the actual tax levy. Veterans with 100 percent service-related disability status qualify for this credit.  Veterans also qualify who have a permanent and total disability rating based on individual unemployability paid at the 100 percent disability rate.  The veteran must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible.  A surviving spouse of a disabled veteran receiving DIC payments also qualifies. The surviving spouse as a beneficiary of the estate of a veteran who received the credit may continue to receive the credit as long as the spouse resides in the qualified homestead and does not remarry. A claim must be filed on or before July 1. A current Benefits Paid letter and a DD214 must be included with your application.

The Military Property Tax Exemption reduces the taxable value of the property for military veterans. To qualify for a military exemption the property owners must be a resident and domiciled in the State of Iowa as well as the equitable or legal owner of the property upon which the claim for exemption is filed. A DD214 (honorable discharge) must be recorded with the Linn County Recorder stating the dates and eligible service period. Each honorable discharged veteran is allowed one military exemption within the State of Iowa.

Properties classed as Commercial or Industrial by their local Assessor may qualify for a Business Property Tax Credit. Property owners that have an existing Business Property Tax Credit and have not changed the ownership, use, purpose, legal description of their property are not required to reapply.  This is a one-time filing if there have been no changes. All applications must be in the possession of the Assessor’s office by 4:30 p.m. July 1, 2017, or sooner, to be considered timely filed. As July 1st falls on a Saturday this year, applications for these credits will be received through Monday, July 3rd. Any applications received after that date will be considered an application for the 2018 credit.

Information and applications may be found on the Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s website at cedarrapids.iowaassessors.com. Property owners may also apply at the Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s office located on the second floor of the City Services Center at 500 15th Avenue SW between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call the City Assessor’s Office at 319-286-5888 if you have any questions regarding the credits or exemptions.

Property owners outside the Cedar Rapids city boundaries may apply at the Linn County Assessor’s Office located on the second floor of the Jean Oxley Public Service Center located at 935 2nd Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Office hours for the Linn County Assessor’s Office are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be reached at 319-892-5220 or visit their website at linn.iowaassessors.com.


Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity to Benefit from TrueNorth’s Casual for a Cause Program

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity is partnering with TrueNorth and their Casual for a Cause program.  During the month of June, TrueNorth employees are raising money for the Police Protective Charity. 

The Police Department will be having a K9 demonstration on Wednesday, June 28th beginning at 11:30 a.m. at TrueNorth, 500 1st Street SE.  Members of the media are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Police Protective Charity and TrueNorth’s Casual for a Cause program.

“At TrueNorth, we feel strongly about giving back to the community.  The TrueNorth Casual For a Cause committee chooses a monthly charity and plans an array of fund-raising activities throughout the month.  For the month of June, our activities include a bake sale, a casual day, a police K9 demonstration, and hosting a food truck on site; which will donate a portion of the proceeds.  We are also holding a school supply drive throughout the month.  To date, for 2017, the Casual For a Cause committee has raised $7,523.51 for 5 different charitable organizations.  We are proud to be able to support the Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity for the month of June,” said Teri Krumm, Claims Specialist at TrueNorth.

The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity is a collaborative effort of Cedar Rapids police officers, community donors, and local businesses to provide assistance to those in need.  Each year the organization hosts events like Back-to-School Shop with a Cop and Santa Cop.  The charity also provides assistance to the Child Protection Center, Rabiner Treatment Center, Cedar Rapids Firefighters’ Association Fire Bowl, and Special Olympics of Iowa.  For more information, please visit www.crpolicecharity.com.


Lane Closure: Court Street - Iowa City

Court Street, just east of 1st Ave., will be reduced to one lane of traffic for pavement repairs, beginning Friday, June 23, 2017, weather permitting.

Traffic blocked by the construction must yield to oncoming vehicles and proceed around the construction zone when clear. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Monday, June 26.

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Iowa City Police Investigate Early Morning Robbery

On June 22nd at 5:03 AM, The Iowa City Police Department received a report of a strong arm robbery that had occurred in the 600 block of S. Johnson Street. Numerous ICPD units checked the area but they were not able to locate the suspect. The victim, who was not injured, described the suspect as a very skinny black male wearing shorts and a grey t-shirt. The suspect also had a buzz cut and wore glasses. Officers also learned that there was approximately a half hour delay in reporting the robbery which would put the time of the offense closer to 4:30 AM. 

The investigation into the robbery continues and the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Iowa City Police Seek Man in Incident Involving 3 Juveniles

The Iowa City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a subject who approached three juvenile girls in the area of Washington Park Rd in Iowa City at approximately 4:55pm on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. According to the three girls, ages 9, 10, and 11 years, a man in a vehicle drove slowly next to them as they walked along the road. He pulled up to the girls and asked if they wanted him to expose himself and propositioned the girls. The girls ran from the area before the man could make further contact with them. 

The man is described as a white male, approximately 30-40 years of age. He has short brown hair with a beard running from his ears to his chin. He appeared to be of average build. He was wearing a blue plaid or flannel looking shirt. The vehicle he was driving is described as a red, 4 door, Toyota sedan, with tan leather seats and an Iowa license plate.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspect.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Lane Closure: Mormon Trek Boulevard - Iowa City

Mormon Trek Boulevard will be reduced to one lane of northbound traffic between US Hwy 1 and Westside Dr., beginning Thursday, June 22, 2017, weather permitting, to repair a water main valve.   

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Saturday, June 24.

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.  

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction