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June 2018

Boil Water Advisory Issued (Precautionary)

Water BoilThe City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers within the boundary listed below to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have infants under 6 months of age USE BOTTLED WATER ONLY.

Affected Addresses are within: 

Woodsonia Court NW to the North

Jacolyn Drive NW to the East

Cox Ave NW to the South

Clive Drive NW to the West 

A water main break southwest of the Johnson Avenue and Wiley Boulevard NW intersection caused a disruption to normal distribution operation, which has created a potential for bacteria contamination to occur. Although no current laboratory testing has indicated that contamination has occurred we are advising residents in the affected area to follow these steps for added protection.

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Let it rapidly boil for at least 1 minute
  • Allow to cool completely before consuming

Crews have been dispatched to the affected area and repairs are expected to be completed soon. Once repairs are complete, pressure will be restored, flushing of the affected area will occur, chlorine levels will be monitored and bacteria samples will be collected for analysis. We anticipate completed results of bacteria analysis by Monday July 2 at 8:00 a.m. at which time this advisory will be either lifted or extended. Please check the website at for up to date notifications or call the water department at 319-286-5910.

The water department stresses that this Advisory is PRECAUTIONARY and is limited to the geographical area listed above.


UI Wrestler charged after being shot

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - A University of Iowa Wrestler has been charged with making a false report after suffering a gunshot wound.

Iowa City police arrested Samuel Stoll, who reported to an Iowa City hospital on June 19th with a gunshot wound to the knee.

A criminal complaint says Stoll initially told police he had shot himself while sitting in his garage. Police later found out he was not shot at his home. Stoll later admitted he was wounded while playing a prank on a friend but did not want to get his friend in trouble.


Sonic's Bahama Mama Snow Cone Slush hits the spot - Bachelor on the Cheap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Sonic Bahama Mama
Sonic Bahama Mama

When it's 100 degrees out, there's nothing better to quench the thirst and get a break from the heat than with a frozen drink of some sort.

Sonic has a BUNCH of them on their menu, they've even got some new flavors available for a limited time.

At work during one of those 100 degree days, a work mate picked up a couple of those new flavor Sonic Slush drinks to enjoy, two Bahama Mama Snow Cone Slushes to be precise. 

Boy did that drink hit the spot!   Combining coconut and pineapple flavors, the Bahama Mama is a classic snow cone that cools you off with tropical goodness.

Most of the Sonic frozen drinks go for around $2 and they're half off during Happy Hour!

Sonic frozen drink menu

Read more food and drink reviews at

Update: Charge filed in discharge of firearm incident

CourtUpdate:  The investigation surrounding the events that led to Samuel Paul Stoll being shot on June 19, 2018 have concluded.  After consultation with the Johnson County Attorney's Office, a criminal complaint of "False Report to Public Entity" was filed against Mr. Stoll on June 29, 2018.  No further charges are expected to filed.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

Original message:  On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 4:37 am, Iowa City officers responded to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on a report of a gunshot victim who appeared at UIHC for treatment.

A preliminary investigation revealed that several individuals were in a residence on Valley Ave. in Iowa City when a subject discharged a firearm, accidentally striking the victim in the knee.  The victim, identified as Samuel Paul Stoll, 21, of Iowa City is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Fourth of July holiday schedule in Iowa City

City of Iowa City administrative offices and other facilities will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018, to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Airport: The office will be closed, but Jet Air will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and 24-hour self-serve fuel will be available.

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed.

Landfill: Closed.

Library: Closed.

Oakland Cemetery: Closed.

Parking: Closed. City ramps and metered parking will not be enforced.

Parks and Recreation: Administrative offices will be closed, other facilities are as follows:

  • The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym will close at 5 p.m., with indoor pools closing at 4 p.m. 
  • City Park pool will maintain normal hours, closing at 8 p.m. 
  • Check out all the great events planned for the whole family on July 4 at

Police: Administrative offices and records closed. Patrol will operate normally. 

Senior Center: Closed. No senior meals.

Trash & Recycling:  No garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection. 

  • Residents on the Wednesday route should have materials to the curb by 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected. 
  • All other pick ups will follow a normal schedule.

Transit: No transit services. 

  • Note: a special schedule is currently running for the Iowa City Jazz Festival with free rides Friday and Saturday. The Downtown Interchange is temporarily located at the Court Street Transportation Center through Monday, July 2. The Downtown Interchange will return Tuesday, July 3. More information is available at

Water: Closed. 

  • If a water emergency occurs, call the 24-hour emergency number at 319-356-5166.

Normal City operations will resume Thursday, July 5.

4th of July fireworks above the Old Capitol.

Holiday Fireworks Display

The Iowa City Jazz Festival, produced by Summer of the Arts, will happen Downtown June 29 - July 1. The event will close with the City's spectacular fireworks display Sunday evening. For more information, visit

Remember, it is illegal to use consumer fireworks in City limits and violators face a $250 fine. To report illegal fireworks in Iowa City, call the Police Department at 319-356-6800


Coralville - Independence Day Schedule of City Services

The City of Coralville will observe the following for the Independence Day holiday on July 4, 2018:

City Offices

City Hall and Police administrative offices, along with the Parks, Water, Wastewater, Streets, and Sanitation Departments will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. 

City Hall will be open for 4thFest information and restroom access the following hours:
Tuesday, July 3: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 4: 10:00 am until dark.


The Coralville Public Library will be closed on July 4.

Recreation Center
The Recreation Center will be open the following hours:

Tuesday, July 3:

7:00 am to 5:00 pm (full facility)
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (restrooms only)

Wednesday, July 4:

9:00 am to noon (restrooms only)
Noon to 5:00 pm (full facility)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (restrooms only)

Indoor Pool

The Indoor Pool will be open the following hours:
Tuesday, July 3: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 4: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

An Indoor Pool schedule with lap swim and open swim times can be found at

Aquatic Center

The Coralville Community Aquatic Center will be open the following hours:
Tuesday, July 3: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, July 4: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


There will be no Coralville Transit service on Wednesday, July 4.

Trash & Recycling

Trash and recycling collection will be one day later than usual after Tuesday: 

Monday’s route will be picked up Monday, July 2 (regular schedule)
Tuesday’s route will be picked up Tuesday, July 3 (regular schedule)
Wednesday’s route will be picked up Thursday, July 5
Thursday’s route will be picked up Friday, July 6

As always, trash and recycling should be at the curb by 7:00 am on the day of collection. For questions about trash and recycling collection, please call 319.248.1740.

The Drop-Off Recycling Center is now located at 950 Hughes Street and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4thFest Concert, Parade, Fireworks, & Activities

Coralville’s 4thFest celebration will be held July 3 and 4. For more information, visit


Water Off at Greene Square Monday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Due to street construction, the water will be shut off at Greene Square on Monday, July 2, so the drinking fountain and splash pad won’t be available. The shut-off is expected to last one day and the water will be turned on again Tuesday morning.

Contact Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, 319-286-5760, for more information.

Iowa’s Move Over law expanding to include all vehicles with flashing lights

Starting July 1, drivers in Iowa are required to change lanes if possible or slow down when they approach any vehicle with flashing lights.

All 50 states have versions of this type of law commonly referred to as a “Move over” law. The laws are meant to protect workers and others who are along the side of the road from being hit by passing motorists. Iowa first put the law (Iowa Code 321.323) into effect in 2002. At that time it included only certain emergency and maintenance vehicles. Last year the law was expanded to include utility vehicles and others working alongside the roadway. The 2018 version now includes all vehicles displaying flashing or hazard lights, including private vehicles who may be stopped due to vehicle trouble or emergencies.