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News – City of North Liberty - April 5, 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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Mayor: Please Stay Home.

Terry Donahue addresses an audience

From Mayor Terry L. Donahue: The past weeks have been very challenging for all of us one way or another. The distancing thing is frustrating. The need to practice cleaning your grocery carts, wash you hands and practice good overall hygiene is getting old. So, what do we do? The same things we have been…

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Iowa City Police respond to gunshots at The Quarters at Iowa City

On Friday, April 3, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Iowa City Police Department responded to the area of Miami Drive and Arizona Avenue for reports of multiple gunshots heard nearby.  Investigating officers located potential evidence at The Quarters apartment complex, 2401 Hwy 6 East, including bullets inside an apartment and shell casings outside the building.

The apartment was occupied at the time of the shooting, but no injuries were reported. No arrests have been made.

Iowa City Police are asking for the public's help to identify anyone involved with this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sergeant Jerry Blomgren at 319-356-5276 or jerry-blomgren@iowa-city.org.

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. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


COVID-19 Update - Hiawatha

HiawathaThe City of Hiawatha continues to remind and share COVID-19 prevention guidelines:

  • First and foremost, please stay home if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. It is recommended that people with these symptoms stay home from school, work, public spaces, and social gatherings to prevent others from getting ill.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away immediately after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inside elbow area.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid shaking hands or exchanging business cards. If you do, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

News – City of North Liberty - April 3, 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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Recreation Registration Postponed, May Community Center Programming Canceled

Recster Program - Smiling Children

Registration for Recreation Department swimming lessons and other summer recreation programs will be delayed until 6 a.m. on Monday, May 4, for residents, and Wednesday, May 6, for non-residents. Registration for summer camps and facility reservations are being accepted for June, July and August, online at northliberty.recdesk.com. Additionally, the City of North Liberty has cancelled…

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Public Building, Playground Closures, Social Distancing Guidelines Extended Through End of April

To help support our local doctors, nurses, lab techs, researchers and other neighbors fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, protect its employees and the public, and be in line with Gov. Kim Reynolds' proclamation, the City of North Liberty has extended the closing of all public buildings and playgrounds through April 30, 2020. The public can work…

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Property Assessment Appeal Extension Granted

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – To alleviate some of the challenges related to COVID-19 impacts, the Cedar Rapids Assessor’s Office made a request last March through the Iowa Department of Revenue to extend the appeal period for property owners who believe the recent assessment notice on their property is not a reflection of the market value for the property.

The Director of the Department of Revenue has recently extended the time for filing formal protests with the local Board of Review to June 5, 2020. The previous deadline was April 30, 2020.

The Informal Review period has remained unchanged and continues to be held from April 2 – April 25, 2020.

In accordance with Iowa law, assessment notices were mailed on March 30, 2020 to Cedar Rapids property owners whose property assessments have changed since last year, informing them of the January 1, 2020 assessment.

Appeal Process:
If property owners believe the assessment is not a reflection of the market value for the property, contact the Cedar Rapids City Assessors office to request a review by calling 319-286-5888 or email at crassessor@cedar-rapids.org.

The form to petition to the Board of Review can be found on the City Assessor’s website at http://cedarrapids.iowaassessors.com or you can contact the Assessor’s office to request the form. Petitions are required to be in writing and include identification of the property (address, parcel number, legal description), grounds (reason) for the appeal and a signature with contact information. Please state if you are requesting an oral hearing with the Board of Review.

To support social distancing efforts, City Assessors office is currently closed to the general public but their staff is still available to work with residents by phone at 319-286-5888 or email from 7:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday – Friday. Paperwork can be submitted via email at crassessor@cedar-rapids.org or by using the drop-box located outside the City Services Center at 500 15th Ave SW.


Additional Park Facilities Closed for Social Distancing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Due to the COVID-19 virus, and the difficulty in following social distancing guidelines when using some park facilities, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed the Riverside Skate Park, outdoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations were closed previously and remain closed. Signage has been posted at closed facilities and playgrounds have been taped off. Parks, trails, disc golf and dog parks are open at this time. Prairie Park Fishery is also open for fishing and walking.

“While we encourage people to get outside to exercise, it is difficult to keep a distance of six feet from others when using facilities like the skate park or playing basketball. We feel these closures will assist in keeping the community safe while using parks,” said Scott Hock, Parks and Recreation Director.

The public is reminded to follow CDC guidelines when using parks including:

  • Follow social distancing standards of a minimum of six feet between you and other park users.
  • Avoid areas where 10 or more people are gathered.
  • Do not use park amenities where social distancing cannot be followed.
  • Be aware that park restrooms are currently closed and water is not turned on. Please bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Please carry out any trash that is brought into the parks.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu like symptoms, stay home for your health and the safety of others.
  • Individuals 60 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, should stay at home to avoid potential exposures.