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Video Update: One Book Two Book, Spring Break Camp, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include the One Book Two Book festival, Spring Break camp registration, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


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Once Book Two Book

Don’t miss out on this three-day children’s literature festival that recognizes the young authors in our community.

Spring Break Camps

Learn about the different camps that Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will offer during spring break.

Snow Plow Priority

As winter weather continues, familiarize yourself with the City’s priority ranking system used to determine which streets are plowed first.

Sidewalk Ordinance

Watch to learn the rules for clearing sidewalks after a snow or ice accumulation, as well as how you can report walks that are not cleared.

Iowa City Matters

Get excited for the release of the second episode of the City’s new podcast, Iowa City Matters, which will discuss the use of crisis intervention in law enforcement, healthcare, and social services.

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


News – City of North Liberty - February 18, 2019

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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Food for the Soul

Carol Cater-Simmons and her husband Chad are proud to offer southern-style cuisine that the whole family will love. We talk to Carol about the origin of Sugapeach Chicken & Fish Fry, and how eating at Sugapeach fills more than just your belly. North Liberty is the headquarters of local media, regional financial and national transportation…

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Crews to remove snow piles in Downtown Iowa City

 

Snow piles

Crews will remove the snow piles in Downtown Iowa City overnight Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Vehicles parked next to the snow piles will be removed in order to clear the area. Streets Division staff will begin removing the snow piles at 2 a.m. 

Snow Piles

Vehicles parked near the snow piles may be towed if they prevent crews from completing their work. The piles are located next to metered spots, which do not permit parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

Vehicles can be moved to a Downtown Parking ramp, or to on-street parking spaces outside of the area.

If your vehicle is towed, contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. Do not call 911. 


House Fire on Dickenson Lane

At 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 17th, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1512 Dickenson Lane.  The first fire unit arrived on scene five minutes after notification and found a one-story, single-family home burning.  Sixteen firefighters extinguished the fire in approximately one hour. 

The Iowa City Fire Department was assisted by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Emergency Communication Center and Mid-American Energy. Off-duty Iowa City firefighters returned to staff fire stations while on-duty crews extinguished the fire.

No civilians or firefighters sustained injuries as a result of this fire. The home experienced considerable fire and smoke damage throughout.  ICFD loss estimates are $60,000.  The ICFD Fire Marshal is conducting an investigation to determine the fire's cause.

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255


Snow Emergency Extended

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Snow Emergency has been extended until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19.

Vehicles parked on designated Snow Routes after a Snow Emergency has been declared may be ticketed and/or towed.

A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website: www.cedar-rapids.org.

Parking on Residential Side Streets: February 18 - 19

Starting on Monday, February 18 and ending on Tuesday, February 19, residents are asked to follow the odd/even parking rule in residential neighborhoods. This applies from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park on the odd-address side of the street on odd calendar days; park on the even-address side of the street on even calendar days.

  • On Monday, February 18, residents should park on the EVEN address side of the street.
  • On Tuesday, February 19, residents should park on the ODD address side of the street.

*This does not apply to emergency snow routes, parking-metered areas, or any street where the alternate side parking rule would conflict with permanently posted parking restrictions.

The odd/even parking rule provides snow plow operators with enough room to safely and efficiently plow residential areas, where on-street parking is common.


Crews will tow in and around the Downtown starting at 2 a.m.

 

Tow-away zone

Crews will remove snow in Downtown Iowa City overnight Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, beginning at 2 a.m. Vehicles parked in tow-away zones will be removed.

Towing will impact Gilbert Street to Madison Street, Jefferson Street to Court Street.

The parking in these areas are metered spots, which do not permit parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

Vehicles can be moved to a Downtown Parking ramp, or to on-street parking spaces outside of the area. Be sure to follow all posted signs.

If your vehicle is towed, contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. Do not call 911. 


Snow Emergency Declared

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – A Snow Emergency has been declared effective Sunday, February 17 starting at 1:00 p.m., until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18. Cars should not be parked on Emergency Snow Routes. Vehicles parked on designated Snow Routes after a Snow Emergency has been declared may be ticketed and/or towed. These routes are typically main arterials, bus routes, school zones, and areas near hospitals. They are designated with street signage and are prioritized for plows to clear due to their high traffic volumes.  A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website: www.cedar-rapids.org.

Public Works crews are currently responding to snow accumulations. Approximately 90 pieces of snow removal equipment will be out Sunday afternoon to clear roadways. Public Works will again provide coverage 24/7 to address snowfall.

Prioritization for snow removal includes:

  • Emergency Snow Routes and main arterials (1st Avenue, Collins Road, Edgewood Road, etc.)  
  • Collector streets (collector streets connect residential neighborhoods to main arterials)
  • Residential side streets

During heavy and/or slow moving snow events, crews may need to clear main routes multiple times in order to keep up with accumulations, before they can make their way into residential neighborhoods. After a snowfall ends, it may take up to 12 hours for crews to reach every street in the city. Cedar Rapids has approximately 1,400 lane miles of roadway to plow.

Parking on Residential Side Streets: February 18 - 19

Starting on Monday, February 18 and ending on Tuesday, February 19, residents are asked to follow the odd/even parking rule in residential neighborhoods. This applies from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park on the odd-address side of the street on odd calendar days; park on the even-address side of the street on even calendar days.

  • On Monday, February 18, residents should park on the EVEN address side of the street.
  • On Tuesday, February 19, residents should park on the ODD address side of the street.

*This does not apply to emergency snow routes, parking-metered areas, or any street where the alternate side parking rule would conflict with permanently posted parking restrictions. The odd/even parking rule provides snow plow operators with enough room to safely and efficiently plow residential areas, where on-street parking is common. 

Residents and businesses are asked not to push snow from their driveways/parking lots into public streets, as this places an additional burden on City crews trying to clear the roadways, and is against City code.

Winter Driving Tips:

  • Do not follow plows too closely
  • Reduce your speeds
  • Use caution in turns
  • Accelerate and brake carefully and slowly
  • Leave more room between vehicles
  • Increase your braking distance 

North Liberty - On-street Parking Prohibited Beginning 12 a.m. Sunday morning, Feb. 17

 

On-street Parking Prohibited Beginning 12 a.m. Sunday morning, Feb. 17

With a winter storm expected to bring up to seven inches of snow, North Liberty will prohibit on-street parking beginning at 12 a.m. Sunday morning, Feb. 17. The prohibition is set to expire on Monday, Feb. 18, at noon.

Parking on streets is not permitted until the snow emergency declaration has been lifted. Forecasts predict heavy winter weather, and crews will be working to clear roads through the snowfall. During the storm, roads may be slick or impassable; drivers are urged to avoid travel if possible.

Prohibiting on-street parking during snow emergencies ensures city streets are clear for effective snow removal. Any vehicles in violation of the ordinance may be ticketed and towed without notice. Each 12-hour period that a vehicle is parked or remains on any public street in violation of this ordinance constitutes a separate and distinct offense.

Off-street parking for those without available garage, driveway or other paved parking space is available in the south lot at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, closest to the building, Quail Ridge Park, 931 W. Zeller Street, and Penn Meadows Park, 310 N. Dubuque Street, in the south parking lot.

Additionally, residents are reminded to they are required to clear their sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall, and asked to consider clearing around storm drains, to help prevent ice dams, and fire hydrants, to allow critical unimpeded access in the event of a fire.

For more information about the snow emergency ordinance or parking, please contact City Hall at (319) 626-5700 or visit northlibertyiowa.org/snow.


Snow Ordinance in Effect - Hiawatha

The National Weather Service is predicting three inches or more of snow for Sunday, February 17, 2019. The Snow Ordinance is in effect starting at 10:00 PM Saturday 02/16/19.  

As the Snow Ordinance is in effect vehicles parking on city streets are in violation of City Ordinance and will result in ticketing. Towing will begin at 8:00 AM Sunday 02/17/19.

The Snow Ordinance is in effect until the snow has stopped falling and City streets are cleared.

Please direct questions to Hiawatha Police Department at (319)393-1212.


Inbound and outbound Westport Plaza and inbound Night and Saturday Oakcrest routes to resume normal service effective Monday, February 18, 2019

IOWA CITY -- Effective on Monday, February 18, 2019 the inbound and outbound Westport Plaza and the inbound Night and Saturday Oakcrest bus routes will resume normal service using Burlington Street and Riverside Drive. The outbound bus stops located at Boyd Law School (stop 8000), Riverside Drive and Myrtle Avenue (stop 8002), Riverside Drive and Riverside Court (stop 8004), and the inbound bus stops located at Riverside Drive and Myrtle Avenue (stop 8003) and University Hydraulics Lab (stop 8001) will return to service.