CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, February 3, 2020, northbound and southbound traffic on Edgewood Road NW will be reduced to one lane each direction between Susan Drive and Johnson Avenue for water main work. Work is expected to take approximately five (5) days, weather permitting.
IOWA CITY -- How does the City decide the routes for plowing the streets? What's the timeframe I have to clear my sidewalk after it snows? This 'Winter Guide' episode of our Iowa City Matters podcast can answer your cold weather questions.
This program offers an in-depth platform to inform residents about civic and community topics that impact their lives. Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, or SoundCloud. You can also find episodes at icgov.org/IowaCityMatters.
Winter can be long and grueling, but safety doesn’t take the season off. This episode is a dedicated winter guide for living in Iowa City. We will discuss everything from clearing the streets to the sidewalks, including what role you play in keeping our community safe and accessible during the colder months.
This episode is hosted by Media Production Specialist Jack Brooks. Panel Members include Streets Superintendent Brock Holub, Senior Housing Inspector Stan Laverman, and Assistant City Manager Ashley Monroe. Iowa City Matters is recorded at the Iowa City Public Library.
During the 2019 holiday season, government entities in Johnson County joined together in memory of Linda Severson, former Human Services Coordinator for Iowa City, for a friendly competition between Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPO) members to encourage donations to local charitable organizations chosen by each.
The winner of the Severson Cup was selected based on increased giving over the previous year’s contributions.
This year’s donations were again directed to all three area food pantries in Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City, in addition to the Joan Buxton Children’s Aid Fund, Valley View Lodge (a Shelter House Fair Weather Lodge), and the Ronald McDonald House.
In total, staff of the MPO agencies donated just over $6,442 in cash, food, or personal care items.
Iowa City is the winner of the 2019 Severson Challenge as their staff increased their giving by 18.4%, narrowly surpassing the 17.6% increase in donations from the staff of Johnson County.
The “Severson Cup,” an engraved traveling trophy, will be turned over to the City of Iowa City. North Liberty took top honors last year.
For more information, contact Sarah Walz, MPOJC Assistant Transportation Planner, at 319-356-5239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the Friends of the Coralville Public Library Quarterly Book Sales benefit the Library and literary programs in the community.… Read on
|Date||February 1, 2020|
|Time||9:00 AM - 3:00 PM|
|Location||Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
|Cost||$1 hardcovers, 50 cent paperbacks, 25 cent children's books and 25 cent CDs & DVDs|
GILMORE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Lizard Lake, in Pocahontas County, from Feb. 1 to April 1 to offer additional trapping opportunities of a temporarily abundant resource. Iowa’s trapping season for all furbearers except beaver closes statewide on Jan. 31.
Muskrats are the aquatic version of cottontail rabbits–their population cycles are dynamic. Their numbers rise and fall dramatically depending upon water levels in marshes and other factors. Muskrats have 2-4 litters per year and, in the food chain, serve as an important prey base for mink, otters, hawks, owls and coyotes.
Muskrats primarily use plants that grow up out of the water to build their huts. Their diet is primarily plant based as well. While muskrats create open areas in marshes they are also capable of stripping the marsh of all its vegetation as their population densities peak.
“Muskrats are an important part of a healthy marsh, and this year, we have a surplus at Lizard Lake. We would like to extend the recreational opportunity by allowing a spring season. The current population allows for the harvest of additional muskrats to preserve some of the beneficial vegetation thereby keeping the lake in a healthy balance. So this extended season is a sort of management tool for us,” said Clint Maddix, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.
“This extended season is a marsh management tool for our area wildlife managers, plus it offers an excellent opportunity for our trappers to extend their season and utilize the surplus of muskrats. Several studies have shown the additional harvest will not reduce the numbers to the point of overharvest,” said Vince Evelsizer, furbearer biologist for the Iowa DNR.
All muskrat trap types allowed during the regular season are legal for the extended season. The use of foot-hold traps during this season is prohibited unless each trap is placed completely inside a muskrat house.
“We are going to allow trappers to place foot-hold traps in the muskrat house (in-house trapping only) to reduce the chances of catching non-target animals, raptors, or migratory birds especially after ice-out later in March and April,” Evelsizer said.
Parking areas at Lizard Lake will have signs alerting visitors to the special trapping season extension.
IOWA CITY -- At 4:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 717 Giblin Drive. An occupant of the home was awakened by a smoke alarm, and found fire throughout the home. The first fire engine arrived on scene within 6 minutes and observed fire showing from three sides of the home.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 24 minutes. 12 occupants safely escaped the home and are being cared for by the American Red Cross.
20 fire personnel responded on the initial alarm. Off-duty fire department personnel were called back to staff the fire stations. Support was provided by the Coralville Fire Department, the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, MidAmerican Energy, American Red Cross and the Iowa City Water Department.
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Damage to the home and contents is estimated to be $140,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the ICFD Fire Marshal.
For more information, contact the Deputy Fire Chief at 319-356-5259
- Family Swim (Friday nights)
- Free Movie at the Center for the Performing Arts:Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (February 1)
- EngAGE Lunch Club (February 5)
- Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (February 5), Planning & Zoning (February 5), City Council (February 11)
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department received a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of 5th Avenue SE at 9:21 a.m. this morning. The preliminary investigation determined that two individuals were in an argument and it escalated into shots being fired by one of the individuals. Officers found shell casings at the scene, along with property damage to a vehicle believed to be associated with individual that was targeted by gunfire.
The individual that was shot at was identified as Nicholas Jauan Hallman, DOB/12-25-1993, age 26. He was not injured.
Police officers located the suspect walking away from the area and detained him. The suspect was identified as Eldra Scott Jennings, DOB/09-19-1996, age 23. The subsequent investigation determined that Jennings had discharged a handgun during the incident.
Jennings was taken into custody and arrested for Felon in Possession of a Handgun, Carrying Weapons, and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon. He was transported to the Linn County Jail.
Officers also arrested Hallman because he had a valid warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was transported to the Linn County Jail.
McKinley Middle School was notified and secured until the incident scene was controlled by officers.
Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The 2020 census is coming up and we want all residents to participate in this important civic event. The census, conducted once every 10 years, is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States. It asks questions about all the people who live and sleep in a household as of April 1, 2020 - including babies and anyone staying in the household who has no other permanent place to stay.
Your Participation Matters
The Census determines how many representatives Iowa gets in Congress and which states get billions of dollars in federal funding for roads, health care, low-income programs and other projects. It's important for every person to be counted!
How to Respond - Watch the Mail
Every household in America will receive a letter in the mail with information on how to respond. You can respond to the census by phone, mail, or online.
Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.
For more information and downloadable resources: https://2020census.gov
Linn County Election Workers Wanted
Linn County is seeking election workers. Those hired will receive paid training (online and in person) for each election and $200+ for Election Day (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). The vast majority of positions available are Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). Workers are required to be a registered voter in Linn County and be able to use an iPad to verify and check-in voters. Those interested may apply online at www.linncounty.org/402. For more information, call 319-892-5300, or email email@example.com.
Register Now for CRPD Citizen's Police Academy
Ever wonder what it is like to be a police officer? Attend the Citizens' Police Academy (CPA) and find out! The CPA will be held on Wednesday, March 4 through May 6, 2020. The CPA is offered by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and meets every Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for ten weeks. The program is directed toward citizens who live or work in Cedar Rapids. The goal of the program is not to train citizens to be police officers, but to increase the understanding between citizens and the Police Department. Participants gain an understanding of how the department accomplishes its mission on a daily basis.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age. An investigation of an applicant's criminal history will be completed prior to acceptance into the CPA. Advance registration is required along with a $30 check/cash/money order for supplies. The class is limited to 20 people and there's still a few spots available, so sign up quickly!
Information and applications are available on the Police Department's website at www.cedar-rapids.org/police. For further information, contact the Police Department at (319) 286-5425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab a few friends and have lunch at a different restaurant each month.… Read on
|Date||February 5, 2020|
|Time||11:30 AM - 1:00 PM|
39 2nd Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241
|Cost||Lunch is on your own|