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August 2019

Officers Respond to Intoxicated Driver

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- At approximately 1104 a.m. Saturday, August 31st, Iowa City Police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated driver in the area of the Iowa City Animal Center.  First responding officers located the driver in a stolen vehicle in the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area.  Upon attempted contact with the driver, Quentin Jay Hamilton, he fled driving the vehicle on the pedestrian path and into Terry Trueblood, where he ditched the car and fled on foot.  Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the area for Hamilton who eventually stole another vehicle and fled.  Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies eventually took Hamilton into custody in Riverside, concluding the 81-minute incident. 

Quentin Jay Hamilton is charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Interference w/ Official Acts, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Driving While License Denied or Revoked, Reckless Driving, and 10 counts of Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon. 

Police Respond to Shots Fired

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- At approximately 0447 a.m. on 8/31/19, officers from the Iowa City Police Department responded to the area of 1202 Arthur St for reports of shots fired.  Dispatch received two calls regarding a series of 5 shots in the area.  Responding officers located shell casings in the 2700 block of Wayne Ave. but were unable to gather any additional information from witnesses.

Nearby residents with security cameras are asked to review their recordings and contact Iowa City Police at 319-356-5276 with any potential footage or information.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers online at or by phone 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. 

Enjoy a tailgating-themed Party in the Park at College Green on Sept. 8

IOWA CITY -- Spend your September Sundays meeting and enjoying your neighbors during a special series presented by Party in the Park.

The first event of the month will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at College Green Park, 600 E. College St. Enjoy a tailgating-themed party with free food, including hot dogs, giant yard games, and more.

An event will occur each Sunday in September. Each has its own theme and entertainment.

These parties are being hosted in neighborhoods with larger populations of student residents, and are an opportunity for neighborhoods to kick off the new school year and welcome their new neighbors. 

There is no fee to participate and all ages are welcome. 

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

With the new school year underway, now is the perfect time to check your wallet, purse and backpack to make sure you have the most important school supply item: your Iowa City Public Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, now is the time to get one. Use your Library Card to check out books, movies, videogames, framed art, laptop computers, and music; access databases; explore the Library’s digital collection, including eBooks and audio books, and digital magazines; and get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations. You can also use your Library Card to download movies from Kanopy, access “The New York Times” and become a member of our Digital Media Lab.

Cards are available for Iowa residents of any age. Pre-apply online at or complete the entire process in person at the first floor Help Desk whenever the Library is open. You can also apply for a card on the Library’s Bookmobile. Visit for our latest Bookmobile schedule.

A photo ID and Iowa address verification are required for all options.

If you’ve lost your card, we’ll replace it for free all month long!

For more information, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Traffic Alert - Linn Street

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, southbound Linn Street will be closed to traffic between Burlington Street and College Street.  Northbound traffic will be maintained.  This lane closure will facilitate sidewalk replacement associated with the Pedestrian Mall Improvements Project.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, September 6th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and 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


Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the 2nd Avenue Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic for bridge maintenance. Work is expected to take approximately two (2) weeks, weather permitting.  Access to the parking ramp will be maintained during the closure.

Most City Offices Closed Labor Day (Sept 2)

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Most City offices will be closed that day.

The following City services will continue to operate as indicated below:

  • Fire Department

Administration and Fire Marshal’s offices closed.  Responding to emergencies.

  • Golf Department

Offices closed. All courses open sunrise to sundown.

  • Library                      
    Both Library locations closed Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2
  • Police Department

Administrative Offices closed.  Non-emergency should call 319-286-5491

  • Solid Waste & Recycling        
    No collection – One day delay all week.  Office closed.
  • Water Pollution Control

Operating as usual

The Solid Waste & Recycling Division will NOT be collecting garbage, yard waste, and recycling.  Monday collections will be Tuesday and all of the weekly collection routes will take place one day later.

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.


Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019, O Avenue NW will be closed between 16th Street and 18th Street for water service repair. Work is expected to take one (1) week, weather permitting.  Traffic to follow posted detour, or seek an alternate route.

Governor Street bridge to re-open Saturday for UI football traffic

Iowa CityFans from across the state, will be celebrating the kickoff of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football season with a home game on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

The influx of Hawkeye fans mean Iowa City residents should plan ahead when commuting this Saturday.

The Governor Street Bridge will reopen for traffic - but not to pedestrians- by Saturday. Plans are for the bridge to stay open until Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, when it again close to complete work. The bridge is expected to be fully opened by Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

Residents should expect heavily increased traffic throughout the City on Saturday. 


The Westwinds and Oakcrest bus routes will detour, and will not service areas near Kinnick Stadium or UIHC on Saturday. This detour will take place each day a home Hawkeye football game is held.  

Game Day Resources 

The Hawkeyes will take on Miami (Ohio) with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Additional game day information can be found at