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July 2019

Public meeting on proposed buffered bike lanes on Dodge, Governor to be held Aug. 7

The City of Iowa City is considering the addition of a buffered bike lane to both Dodge Street and Governor Street as part of the Asphalt Resurfacing 2019 Project.

These bicycle lanes have been identified as a recommended improvement by the Iowa City Bicycle Master Plan. However, on-street parking will have to be removed to accommodate the new bike lanes.

A public open house will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 to discuss the Asphalt Resurfacing 2019 Project, and the proposed bicycle facilities. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Emma J. Harvat Hall in City Hall, 410 East Washington St.

For more information about the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, visit

If you have any questions about the project, or need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Jason Reichart by email at [email protected] or by phone at 319-356-5416. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

City Park Pool's last days of 2019 season announced

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has announced the schedule for the final days of the City Park Pool season.

City Park Pool regularly opens for Memorial Day and closes after Labor Day. The pool's last day this year will be Labor Day: Sept. 2, 2019. The full schedule for the last two weekends is as follows: 

  • Friday, August 23: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. lap swim (no wings or wading pool available), & twilight swim 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 24 & Sunday, Aug. 25: 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. lap swim; 1-6 p.m. open swim.
  • Monday, August 26-Thursday, Aug. 29: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. lap swim (no wings or wading pool available)
  • Friday, August 30: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. lap swim (no wings or wading pool available), & twilight swim 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, Sunday, Sept. 1, and  Monday, Sept. 2: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. lap swim; 1-6 p.m. open swim.

Officer and suspect released from hospital and initial charges filed in yesterday's officer-involved shooting incident

IOWA CITY -- The suspect from Monday’s officer-involved shooting incident, Cierra Lewis, 25, has been released from the hospital and transported to the Johnson County jail with the charges below.  No charges regarding the original call for service have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

  • Assault w/ Weapon – Peace Officer (Class D Felony) - image below
  • Willful Injury – Serious Injury (Class C Felony) - image below

The involved Iowa City Police Officer has also been released from the hospital.  Per departmental policy, he has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation regarding the shooting has concluded.

Assault w/ Weapon - Peace Officer chargeWillful Injury - Serious Injury charge

On Monday, July 29, 2019, at approximately 3:29 p.m., officers with the Iowa City Police Department responded to a shoplifting complaint at a business located at 11 Highway 1 West. 

A suspect was located in a nearby area, away from the business.  As the investigation was unfolding, an Iowa City Police Officer was shot multiple times with a weapon and received injuries to his face. The weapon was later identified as a BB gun. The officer also fired his weapon, striking the suspect. The officer and suspect were each transported to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating the incident. No further information will be released until the involved officer has been interviewed.

Road closures announced for Soul and Blues Festival

IOWA CITY -- The City has announced road closures for Summer of the Arts' Soul and Blues Festival, which takes place Downtown on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

Iowa Avenue between Linn Street and Dubuque Street will be closed to traffic and parking beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Linn Street from Iowa Avenue to the alley north of The Senior Center will also be closed.

Roads and parking should reopen on Sunday, Aug. 4.

The festival celebrates the culture and art of African and African-American communities and their positive influence on eastern Iowa and beyond. The celebration includes dance, music, fun, food and art for all ages.

For the lineup of events, visit


CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Thursday, August 1, 2019, westbound traffic on 29th Street NE will be reduced to one lane between Russell Drive and Interstate 380 for concrete work. Work is expected to take two (2) days, weather permitting.

News – City of North Liberty - July 31, 2019

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

Spark North Liberty and North Liberty’s Future

On Tuesday, we hosted Spark North Liberty, a night of big ideas and stories about our community, as part of our ongoing community visioning work. Our thanks to 17-year resident Kelly Sittig for volunteering to emcee, to those who presented ideas and stories, and to those in attendance for the positive energy. Spark was a reminder of…

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Andrew Olesen Named City of Cedar Rapids Assistant Fire Chief

Assistant Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Andrew OlesenCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Fire Department has promoted Andrew Olesen to Assistant Fire Chief, effective July 24, 2019.  As Assistant Fire Chief, Olesen will direct and manage the day-to-day operations of the fire department’s emergency response programs.

Olesen has been with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department since 1999, serving at a Firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief and Training Chief over the last 20 years. He served as Accreditation Manager during the process towards achieving department accreditation in 2018, received the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2014, and the Fire Department Award for Distinguished Service in 2010.  Olesen has served on the Hazardous Materials Response Team and Special Operations Team since 2002.  In addition, he was a member of the Iowa Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Olesen earned his Masters of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa, Bachelor of Business Administration and Paramedic Certification from the University of Iowa, and Associates of Science/Fire Science Management from Kirkwood.

“Andy’s extensive work and educational experience make him the ideal candidate to serve in this role,” said Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager.  “I am proud of the talent within our Fire Department who demonstrate leadership qualities and a dedication to service.”

Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Greg Smith assumed his role in April 2019 after serving in the Department for 24 years. “Andy approaches every challenge with intelligence, grit and determination,” said Smith.  “He has proven himself to be an integral leader of the department. I look forward to working together as we continue to build on the success of the department, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Cedar Rapids community.”

Olesen is looking forwarding to working with firefighters and fire officers to solve the complex problems that the department encounters on a daily basis. “I enjoy knowing the work we do across the city has a real and positive impact on the lives of our residents and visitors,” said Olesen. “Doing that work with some of the most capable people around is deeply rewarding.”

MidAmerican Energy to launch electric vehicle fast-charging station network across Iowa

Company seeks to jump-start EV use with fast charging stations at 15 locations

DES MOINES, Iowa – MidAmerican Energy Company today launched a first-of-its kind effort in Iowa to establish a network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations in more than a dozen cities throughout the state.

The company plans to build publicly accessible direct current fast-charging stations, with two charging plugs per station, in 15 urban and rural communities. A DC fast-charger, also called a “Level 3” charger, can generally charge an electric vehicle in 20-45 minutes.

MidAmerican Energy is now accepting applications from businesses and community entities in targeted areas that are interested in hosting charging facilities that MidAmerican Energy will purchase, install and maintain. The company will select at least one location in each targeted area.

MidAmerican Energy seeks to install DC fast-charging sites in Altoona, Avoca, Carroll, Clarinda, Davenport, Dexter, Early, Emmetsburg, Iowa City, Fort Dodge, Little Sioux, Oskaloosa, Sheldon, Sioux City and Waterloo, which are all within the company’s service territory.

“We’re investing in a program that supports our customers by making emission-free driving more attractive and convenient,” Nick Nation, electric operations general manager, said. “This goes hand-in-hand with MidAmerican Energy’s vision to provide our customers with 100% clean, renewable energy.”

Once MidAmerican Energy selects site hosts, the company plans to begin building the charging network by the end of the year.

Charging station hosts will set their own usage fees, consistent with state laws and regulations.

“Car owners and potential buyers tell us access to charging stations within reach of the routes they drive will improve their confidence the electric vehicle will meet their needs,” Nation said. “We’ve come up with a plan to address the range anxiety issue by building an infrastructure of 15 fast-charging stations across Iowa that should be within roughly 50 miles of each other. We think our efforts will help jump-start Iowa’s electric vehicle industry.”

Electric vehicle and charger rebates
To further promote electric vehicle adoption in Iowa, this year, MidAmerican Energy started offering electric vehicle and charging station rebates to its customers.

The company provides $500 rebates to residential customers who buy or lease a new electric vehicle.

The company also offers $1,500 rebates to businesses that purchase “Level 2” charging stations, which generally charge electric vehicles in 4-8 hours.

Rebate information is available on the company’s website at 

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves more than 783,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 765,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at and company social media channels.