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December 2019

Trail between Court and Gustav to close for maintenance

Most City Offices Closed New Year’s Day

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the New Year’s holiday on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  Most City offices will be closed that day.

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

  • CR Transit

Closed Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020

  • Fire Department        

Administration and Fire Marshal offices closed.  Responding to emergencies 

  • Joint Communications Center 
    Responding to emergencies
  • Library
    Closed Wednesday, Jan.1, 2020.
  • Police Department                 
    Responding to emergencies
  • Solid Waste & Recycling 

Offices closed Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020
No collection Wednesday, Jan 1.  One day delay remainder of week

  • Water Pollution Control

Operating as usual

The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910

Public Works Sewer Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5815

Public Works Streets Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5826

Food Review: Mrs. Smith's Pumpkin Pie - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Mrs. Smith's Pumpkin PieI love pie, I'll take pie over any other kind of dessert offering, but I hate making them, namely the pie crust.  Making the dough is a labor intensive project if you want a flaky, golden brown and delicious final product.  It entails using chilled water and really cold butter with the flour, resting the dough, dusting the dough, rolling the dough, folding the dough, trimming the dough, pinching/decorating the edge, then finally, pre-baking the bottom crust of dough to make sure it's cooked through in presenting the final product, the pie.  I'd rather put that kind of labor into grilling or smoking meat.

Hello grocery store!

In my book you can't have Thanksgiving or Christmas without some pumpkin pie, so here's a review on Mrs. Smith Pumpkin Pie, you'll find it in the freezer section of your neighborhood grocery store.  Why the Mrs. Smith's brand?  Because timing is everything.  When I went shopping for the holiday dinners, this was the only brand of frozen pumpkin pie available and only a few of the Mrs. Smith's remained!

Preparing the pie per the box instructions, the pie came out of the oven smelling good, I hit the outer edge crust with a little butter and set it aside to cool. 

For the full review, go to

Service Notice for the New Year Holidays (Dec. 31, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Iowa City Transit will operate an abbreviated regular schedule. The last buses for the day will depart the downtown interchange at Clinton and Washington streets at 6pm. The Transportation Services administrative offices will close at 5pm.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020:  No bus service will operate. Administrative offices will be closed.

Hours expanded for household hazardous materials drop-off at Landfill

Starting Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, the operational hours at the Landfill and Recycling Center's household hazardous materials facility will be expanded. Also, residents will no longer need to make appointments to drop-off materials. 

The facility, located at 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, will now accept materials on a walk-in basis at anytime between 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

Small businesses will still need appointments. Please call 319-887-6160 for more information.  

For more information, visit

Below are some examples of materials accepted at the household hazardous materials facility:

  • Kitchen: floor care products, furniture and metal polish, oven cleaner, stain remover, drain cleaner.
  • Bathroom: toilet bowl cleaner, mildew remover, abrasive cleaner, disinfectant, hair remover.
  • Garage: antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, engine degreaser, battery acid, lighter fluid, kerosene, gasoline, oil, auto batteries.
  • Workshop: oil-based paint, adhesives, glue, resin, solvents, strippers, varnishes, stains, paint thinner, rechargeable batteries, (20 gallon paint limit, including one 5-gallon pail, one per visit)
  • Lawn/garden: weed killer, pesticides, bug spray, fertilizer.
  • Light Bulbs: fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), LEDs.
  • Other: photo developers, pool chemicals, shoe polish, art supply chemicals, moth balls, nail polish and remover, sharps and syringes.
  • Batteries: Including sealed lead, auto, Ni-Cd, lithium, rechargeable, watch batteries, hearing aid batteries, cellular phone batteries, and alkaline. Battery terminals must be taped with clear packing tape or placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag (one battery per bag).

Video Update: Budget Sessions, Holiday Tree Collection, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include opportunities to follow along with the City budget, how to easily get rid of your holiday tree, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

Budget Process

Watch to learn the different ways you can follow along as the City works through the process of prioritizing funds through the budget.

Holiday Tree Collection

Use the convenience of curbside collection to unload your holiday tree so that it can be repurposed to make compost.

Recycle Holiday Lights

As you take down holiday decorations make sure to keep broken strings of lights out of the trash by using one of several drop-off recycling locations.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

There’s no need to break bedtime to watch the ball drop thanks to this family-fun bash at the Iowa City Public Library!

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.