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January 2020


Cedar RapidsCEDAR 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. 

'Winter Guide' episode of Iowa City Matters podcast available

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

Iowa City Matters

New Episode: Winter Guide

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.

Iowa City wins Severson Holiday Charity Challenge

Iowa CityThe City of Iowa City has won the 2019 Severson Holiday Charity Challenge.

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 [email protected].

Library Book Sale

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

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Lizard Lake

Iowa DNRGILMORE 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.

ICFD extinguishes house fire on Giblin Drive

Iowa CityIOWA 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

News and Notes from the City of Coralville - January 30, 2020

CoralvilleUpcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • 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)

View all upcoming events


Potential Changes to Area Transit 

Open house to see proposed improvements, give feedback in person

Thursday, January 30 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Share your opinion about scenarios to improve our area transit systems, including possible route changes.

Coralville, Iowa City, and the University of Iowa are hosting open houses for the community to provide input about public transit system improvements.

If you weren't able to attend the first two, one open house remains: Thursday, January 30, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, at Coralville City Hall. The open houses include opportunities to see and weigh in on scenarios for redesigning the area transit systems. Transit open houses


See maps & schedules, give feedback online

Survey available through February 21

If you cannot attend an open house (or even if you already went to one), you can view the possible transit changes and give feedback online. 

The final recommendations will be based on public feedback, so we encourage you to look at the scenarios and weigh in via the survey. See the proposed transit changes and give feedback at


Caucus Information

What it is, where to go

Monday, February 3 | 7:00 pm

The Iowa caucuses are not an election; they're a meeting conducted by the two full status political parties (Democratic and Republican), which set the rules and procedures.

They are not conducted by the city or the county, but because they require a large space, they are often held in places like city buildings or local schools. Learn more:

Now Hiring: Local Census Jobs Pay $21.00 per Hour

Get help applying at recruiting event

Fridays | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Census Bureau representatives will be at the library each Friday in January and February. Drop in from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, ask questions, and get help applying to be a census worker.

Earn extra income while helping your community. The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs in Johnson County, including census takers and recruiting assistants. Pay rate is $21.00 per hour plus $0.58 per mile. Census jobs


Enjoy the Outdoors

Search the skies for eagles

Saturday, February 1 | 11:30 am-2:00 pm

Watch eagles swoop and dive as they fish in the Iowa River! Stop by the Iowa River Power Restaurant and Dam. This event is made possible by Coralville Parks and Recreation, UI Recreational Outdoor Services, and the UI STEM Center. Eagle watch


Try winter biking at Yeti Pedal

Saturday, February 1 | 2:00-4:00 pm

Winter bicyclists can ride the snow-groomed singletrack trails at the Woodpecker Singletrack Trail, then warm up by the fire with hot chocolate. Open to fat tire, mid-fat tire, and tires 3.7 inches or greater; Scheels will also bring a few bikes to try. Be a smart rider and wear a helmet! Yeti Pedal


Save the Date

Learn about becoming a volunteer firefighter

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Are you looking for a rewarding way to be involved in our community? Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer firefighter? 

Stop by Fire Station #1 on 5th Street to find out how the Coralville Fire Department not only responds to emergencies, but gives back to the community through fire safety education and local projects. Open house


On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Eulenspiegel Puppets: The Big Election

Thursday, January 30

This entertaining show will activate kids' interest in our election process, and includes a mock election with paper ballots during the show.

Orchestra Iowa Masterworks III: Beethoven 250

Friday, January 31

Violinist Bella Hristova joins Orchestra Iowa with a spell-binding performance of the masterwork Sibelius Violin Concerto. Tickets: 319-366-8203.

All in a Day Play Festival

Saturday, February 1

Six writers, six directors, and 30 actors come together to create six original 10-minute plays in just 24 hours. Sponsored by Dreamwell Theatre, City Circle Theatre Company of Coralville, and Iowa City Community Theatre.

What's on stage


What's Happening at the Library 

Kickoff for Winter Adult Reading Month

Thursday, January 30 | 10:30 am-2:00 pm
& 4:00-6:00 pm

Winter Adult Reading Month kicks off with cookies and cocoa. Sign up, read three books of your choice in February, and enter for a chance to win prizes. Kickoff

Friends of the Library book sale

Friday, January 31 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, February 1 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Over 7,000 used books offer buyers a broad range of reading material at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and other community literary projects. Book sale

Game day for adults & teens

Saturday, February 1 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Cabin fever? Adults and teens can come to the library for a game day. Stay the day, or just drop in for an assortment of games from Mindbridge's game library. Games


Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at

Suspect in Custody Following Shots Fired Incident in 1200 Block of 5th Avenue SE

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.

City of Cedar Rapids News, January 30, 2020

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart to present his State of the City address

Make plans to join Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, for his Cedar Rapids State of the City address.  

Cedar Rapids State of the City Presentation and Luncheon
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A/B
370 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
The luncheon is hosted by the League of Women Voters Linn County. A table for 10 is available for $400 and individual tickets are $40. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with options beginning at $500. Please visit  for more information and to reserve a table today.
City Council Meeting Schedule
February 11 Noon
February 25
4:00 p.m.
March 10
March 24
4:00 p.m.

Residents Invited to Explore River Recreation Opportunities

Residents are invited to participate in a study called "Explore River Recreation" and help examine new recreational options on and along the Cedar River. Residents are encouraged to provide their input on what they'd like to see included in the plan by taking a short online survey.

Take the Survey:

The survey will remain open until Friday, February 14, 2020.

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CensusWatch the Mail for the 2020 Census

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.

It's Safe
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.

Learn More!
For more information and downloadable resources:

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 For more information, call 319-892-5300, or email [email protected].

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 For further information, contact the Police Department at (319) 286-5425 or [email protected].