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February 2020

Pothole Patching Underway

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Public Works crews are conducting pothole patching operations as we enter spring-time freeze/thaw cycles. This time of year, variations in temperature are extreme and moisture from rain or melting snow seeps into pavement and freezes, popping pavement loose and causing potholes.

City crews tackle potholes differently depending on the time of year and the material available. During the winter and early spring when hot asphalt mix is not available, crews fill potholes with a cold mix of loose asphalt that is packed into potholes. Cold mix, which is available year-round and can be stockpiled for emergency repairs – serves as a temporary solution to keep roads serviceable until hot asphalt mix becomes available in early summer.

Public Works crews conduct pothole patching throughout all quadrants of the city, and pass through each street multiple times in any given spring. If you see a pothole that has created a public safety issue, please report it by emailing the location to Street@cedar-rapids.org. Otherwise, nuisance potholes will be addressed as crews conduct their normal routes.

Later this summer, crews will transition to using hot mix, which hardens and is weather resistant, creating a permanent solution. Additionally, many roads that were traditionally plagued by potholes have received permanent repairs through the City’s Paving for Progress Program, including 42nd Street NE, Council Street NE, 12th Avenue SE, and segments of O Avenue NW.


Winston-led, No. 24 Michigan State beats No. 18 Iowa 78-70

Iowa HawkeyesEAST LANSING, Mich. -- Cassius Winston scored only one point in the first half and it looked like his team's slim shot to win another Big Ten title was vanishing.

The All-America point guard bounced back and scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, helping No. 24 Michigan State rally to beat 18th-ranked Iowa 78-70 on Tuesday night to keep its conference championship hopes alive.

via www.espn.com


Video Update: Police Chief Search, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include the search for a new police chief, electric vehicle charging stations added at a downtown ramp, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update


Search Begins for New Police Chief

Following the announcement that Police Chief Jody Matherly is retiring, the City is now taking the first steps in the process to search for his replacement.

New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Find out which downtown parking ramp has added electric vehicle charging stations as part of our Climate Action Plan efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

City Council Listening Post

Don’t miss the chance to speak directly with City Council members about the issues that matter most to you during an informal gathering at the Senior Center.

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


Support Girl Scout Troops and Military Troops with Cookies

Girl ScoutsAnother phase of the Girl Scout Cookie Program has kicked off with Cookie Booths at local businesses popping up!

While stocking up on Thin Mints, customers can choose to donate boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Military. Customers can make $4 donations that represent a box of cookies that will be given to Soldier’s Angels and Riverbend Troop Support, organizations that send care packages to the brave men and women in our military. When troops receive these cookies, it serves as a great reminder of home.

Last cookie season, Girl Scouts in our local council donated 30,051 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Military. In 2020, girls have set a goal to send even more. Currently, girls have collected 17,221 boxes. To help Girl Scouts in your community reach their goal, remember to add an extra box (or two) for our Troops. 

Girl Scouts across the country will celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend February 28–March 1, 2020. The annual occasion honors the achievements of young entrepreneurs across the United States—Girl Scouts who run successful cookie booths and door-to-door cookie sales as well as market their businesses online using the Digital Cookie® platform. And with the new Lemon-Ups™ cookie, along with the full portfolio of your favorite varieties, there’s never been a better time to invest in girls by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies®.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls empower themselves as they earn their own money to put toward a range of experiences, some of which are illustrated on this year’s refreshed cookie packaging—from adventure-packed camping and canoeing to exploring space science and designing robots, to taking meaningful action to improve girls’ communities. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies makes experiences like these possible for girls in your local community, giving them hands-on opportunities to hone valuable skills like decision making and business ethics.

To find where Girl Scout Cookies can be purchased, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org.


Garden Plot Registration Opens at Coralville Community Gardens

Community GardensRent a plot at the Coralville Community Gardens, 900 10th Street, and plant, grow, and harvest your own fresh produce and herbs this summer. 

Registration for garden plots opened to Coralville residents on February 24, and non-Coralville residents may register beginning March 2 if any plots are still available. The Coralville Community Gardens feature two different plot sizes as well as accessible raised beds. A 10’ x 30’ plot is $35 for Coralville residents and $43.75 for non-residents. A 10’ x 15’  plot is $20 for Coralville residents and $25 for non-residents. There are also 8’ x 4’ accessible, raised beds $10 for Coralville residents and $12.50 for non-residents. 

Amenities at the Coralville Community Gardens include water spigots, mulch, a garden waste disposal area, and a community garden tool shed with donated tools and gardening equipment. Gardeners can also sign up to plant a "row for the hungry" and donate fresh produce to the Coralville Community Food Pantry this summer.

Garden plots will be available approximately April 6, weather permitting. Application forms are available at the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street, and at www.coralville.org/communitygardens. For more information, call Coralville Parks and Recreation at 319.248.1750.


News – City of North Liberty, February 24, 2020

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.
 
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Activity Guide for Summer 2020 Now Available

The seasonal North Liberty Activity Guide is now available online, covering recreation, aquatic, library and community programming and events offered May through August 2020. Registration for most programs begins April 6 for North Liberty residents. The guide highlights new programming and returning favorites for kids, adults, seniors and families. Highlights include: The opening of the outdoor…

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Jerry Burns found guilty of first-degree murder in killing of Michelle Martinko

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCRG) - The jury has reached a verdict in the first-degree murder trial related toa 1979 killing of a Cedar Rapids woman.

Jerry Burns was found guilty by the jury of first-degree murder. The verdict was announced just after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020.

via www.kcrg.com