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TRAFFIC IMPACTS TO I-380 RAMPS

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – During the week of December 9, 2019, the following I-380 ramps will be closed for utility work, per the Iowa Department of Transportation:

  • 1st Street NE northbound entrance ramp, Monday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 11
  • 3rd Street NE southbound entrance ramp at 3rd Street NE, Tuesday, December 10 through Thursday, December 12
  • 1st Street NE, southbound exit Ramp 20A, Wednesday, December 11 through Friday, December 13

These closures will be in effect daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact the Iowa Department of Transportation at 319-364-1320.


Traffic Alerts - Park Road, Iowa Avenue, Summit Street

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, the City of Iowa City Forestry Division will be overseeing the removal of several trees at various locations in Iowa City.  These removals will require the following lane reductions and road closures:

  • Park Road - on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Park Road will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic near Lexington Avenue. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the area.
  • Iowa Avenue - on Thursday, December 12, 2019, east bound Iowa Avenue will be closed to traffic from Johnson Street to Dodge Street.
  • Iowa Avenue - on Friday, December 13, 2019, west bound Iowa Avenue will be closed to traffic from Lucas Street to Dodge Street.
  • Summit Street - on Monday, December 16, 2019, Summit Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Burlington Street and College Street. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the area.

All lane reductions and closures will begin at 9:00 a.m. and normal traffic is anticipated to return by mid to late afternoon that day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time or seek an alternate route during these time periods.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.


Does Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan ever stop lying, spinning, misinforming?

By Mike Thayer

Rod SullivanHere's Rod Sullivan's latest, from his blog Sullivan's Salvos....  Oh, and beware, his blog site is insecure, literally, it's not internet safe, and Rod isn't 'safe' in his facts either.

*Still Wanting His Own Facts!

         I mentioned last week that a Solon-area farmer has been hitting me with a bunch of discredited right-wing talking points. Well, he won’t quit that easily.

His argument is once again that taxes in Johnson County are the highest in Iowa. No. Not even close. The Johnson County Rural levy ranks 47 out of Iowa’s 99 counties. 

He points out that Johnson County property owners on average pay the highest dollar amount in taxes. That is easy to explain. Their property is worth more.

One needs to look at tax rates. He pays more in taxes than I do. Does that mean taxes in rural Solon are higher than they are in Iowa City? No. It means he owns more property. Higher property values = higher taxes. That is just common sense. The one thing we can control is the RATE. And our rate is nowhere near the highest.

It is such a load of BS that people are out there regularly spreading this type of misinformation. 

The misinformation is ALL YOU Sullivan!

The guy is SUCH a lying, spinning, misinforming piece of crap!  And I put his blog piece in pink because the guy is a pinko commie in the way he thinks.  HE knows how to run your life better than you do.

About those taxes

Here's the truth folks, from a credible source and note that Sulivan DID NOT post a source to back his claim, that's his M.O., he makes wild claims, or states someone/something has been discredited but he provides NO proof, NO evidence, NO direct testimony....  kind of like the democrat impeachment hearings....

Johnson County collects the highest property tax in Iowa, levying an average of $2,526.00 (1.43% of median home value) yearly in property taxes, while Pocahontas County has the lowest property tax in the state, collecting an average tax of $561.00 (1% of median home value) per year.

The median property tax in Johnson County, Iowa is $2,526 per year for a home worth the median value of $177,000. Johnson County collects, on average, 1.43% of a property's assessed fair market value as property tax.

Johnson County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 272nd of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes.

The average yearly property tax paid by Johnson County residents amounts to about 3.38% of their yearly income. Johnson County is ranked 420th of the 3143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income.

Source:  http://www.tax-rates.org/iowa/johnson_county_property_tax

And here's a supporting source, a calculator to see just how high Johnson County taxes are, type in your zip code:    https://smartasset.com/taxes/iowa-property-tax-calculator#dNpydQiBEe

And here's the dirty little trick Sullivan played, he focuses on the RURAL levy in spewing his The Johnson County Rural levy ranks 47 out of Iowa’s 99 counties statement.  He manipulates that to make his BOGUS Johnson County isn't the highest taxed argument.   

The TRUTH is, rural levies are only PART of the tax formula. 

From the Legislative Services Agency:

B. County Levies

A county is permitted by statute to impose two primary, or basic, levies. The rural services levy is imposed only against property located in the unincorporated areas of the county and is deposited in the rural services fund to pay for those services provided primarily to the residents of the unincorporated areas of the county.3

Rod Sullivan only wrote about taxes affecting the unincorporated areas of Johnson County with his rural focus, a.k.a. misdirection, the other primary levy he INTENTIONALLY left out is the city levy.  Last time I checked, Johnson County had cities in it.  Never mind all the OTHER LEVIES that are assessed in Johnson County via property taxes. 

The argument issued by the Solon area farmer, that Johnson County property taxes are the highest in the state is VALID.

Rod 'Pinocchio' Sullivan, a.k.a. bullshitter, continues to lie to the people he 'represents' at every given 'opportunity'....  Why re-elect a complete liar?  His nose is ever-growing.


News – City of North Liberty - December 5, 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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Christmas and New Year’s Hours Announced for 2019

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, the city's administrative offices, including City Hall at 3 Quail Creek Circle, will be closed for the holidays. Other services will be closed or have adjusted hours as follows. Library The North Liberty Community Library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24,…

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Help Locate Missing Elves in North Liberty

Children of North Liberty are invited to help find mischievous elves who are hanging out in North Liberty. Reports of elf tracks are come in from across town. Here's how kids can join the search: Santa needs your help finding his elves hiding out around town. 1️⃣ Pick up your guide at the Community Center 2️⃣ Visit shops…

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Traffic Control for Old World Christmas Market

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will be holding an indoor gift marketplace and family activity event that will include horse and wagon rides around Czech Village. The event will be held this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and December 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The cul-de-sac on Inspiration Place SW will be closed for the event; the closure will not affect the 15th Avenue/A Street SW traffic flow.

Please visit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library website for additional information at http://www.ncsml.org/.


News and Notes from the City of Coralville - December 5, 2019

Upcoming Events

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

  • Family Storytime (December 7 & 14)
  • Aisle of Lights (December 8)
  • Community Writing Center (December 10)
  • Meetings: City Council (December 10 & 17), Parks and Recreation Commission (December 16)
  • Friday Night Lights (December 13)

View all upcoming events

 

Continue the Aisle of Lights Tradition

Thousands of luminarias to light up Coralville

Sunday, December 8 | 5:00-9:00 pm

It's a magical scene when Coralville residents and businesses light luminarias along their sidewalks and turn on their holiday lights for Aisle of Lights.
 
Pick up free sacks and sand to make luminarias from the Aquatic Center parking lot, and provide your own votive candles. Tour the lights, or visit the festive events hosted by Coralville organizations and businesses. Luminarias sponsored in part by GreenState Credit Union; sand donated by Hawkeye Ready Mix. Aisle of Lights 

 

Free Community Meal

Come and spaghet-it!

Friday, December 6 | 5-6:30 pm

'Tis the season, so what better reason to eat together?

The community is invited to the Recreation Center to enjoy a free meal: spaghetti (meat and vegan options), sides made with fresh and local produce, and cookies, as well as family-friendly activities.

Hosted by the Coralville Community Food Pantry and Coralville Parks and Recreation, with books distributed by the Friends of the Coralville Public Library. Free meal

 

Firefighter Q&A Session

Learn how to give back to your community while helping others

Thursday, December 12 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to become a volunteer firefighter? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community, but can't find the right fit?

Stop by the Coralville Fire Station at 1501 5th Street and learn about the opportunities we have to offer.

The Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and others from the department will be there to answer questions, explain the requirements to be a Coralville firefighter, and talk about giving back to our community while helping others in a way that is extremely rewarding. Drop in for this open Q&A session, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about volunteering for the Coralville Fire Department. Visit with firefighters

 

Celebrating Many Years of Service

Retirement reception for Kevin Callahan & Jim Kessler

Tuesday, December 17 | 4:00-6:00 pm

Two long-time City of Coralville department heads are retiring this year: Water Plant Superintendent Kevin Callahan, and Building and Zoning Official Jim Kessler.
 
Join us for a reception at City Hall as we thank Kevin for 33 years of service to the city, and Jim for over 28 years of service to the city. We wish them well in retirement! Remarks begin at 5:30 pm. Retirement reception

 

Tell Us About Your Holiday Lights

Have you put up outdoor holiday lights, decorations, or inflatables? From simple displays to elaborate ones, we'd love to know about them!

Throughout December, our map of outdoor holiday displays in Coralville is available online. If you have an address to include, let us know—the more, the merrier! Holiday lights map

 

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Annie

December 6-8, 13-15

Presented by City Circle Theatre Company. With equal measures pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts in this fun-filled musical based on the comic strip by Harold Gray. Tickets are selling fast!


Iowa City Girls Choir

December 17

The Iowa City Girls Choir will perform a variety of selections.

Regina Bands Concert

December 18

Band students from Regina junior high and high school will perform.
 
What’s on stage

 

What's Happening at the Library

It's a Mystery: The Witch Elm by Tana French

Wednesday, December 11  | 10:00 am

The lives of two frail men are interrupted when detectives discover secrets from the past. Mystery discussion

LitFlicks: It's a Wonderful Life (PG)

Thursday, December 12 | 6:00 pm

A guardian angel shows George Bailey how important he has been to those around him. Based on The Greatest Gift by Philip Von Doren Stern. Classic movie


Movie night: Love, Actually (R)

Wednesday, December 18 | 6:00 pm

This holiday movie intertwines stories that examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Contemporary movie


Novel Conversations: The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark

Thursday, December 19 | 7:00 pm

Page is a geneticist with a son conceived via an anonymous sperm donor, but nothing has prepared her for the discovery that changes their lives. Book discussion

 

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 www.coralville.org/notifyme.


Legacy public art piece relocated to Riverfront Crossings Park

A piece of public art is shown in Iowa City.

A longtime Iowa City public artwork has been relocated to a new and elevated location.

Iowa City's Riverfront Crossings Park is now featuring one of the original sculptures acquired as part of the Iowa City Public Art Program: "Four Modular Piece" by Kenneth Duane Snelson.

The piece was first acquired in 1975 through a National Endowment for the Arts grant and local fundraising efforts spearheaded by area arts activists.

It was originally placed on the site of the current UI Biology Building at Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue in downtown Iowa City. The sculpture was then relocated to Terrill Mill Park in 1997. Each location has enabled the sculpture to be reconfigured to best relate to its surroundings.

The installation at Riverfront Crossings Park raises the sculpture up to be visible from many directions in the surrounding area. Lighting is planned to further accent the sculpture at night.

Snelson was a critically lauded American contemporary sculptor and photographer. He received The International Sculpture Center's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 1999. 

Combining art, science and engineering, Snelon's sculptural works can be seen throughout the United States in Washington D.C., 20 other states, and internationally in Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan. Composed of flexible and rigid components, his works are arranged according to the idea of 'tensegrity,' combining ‘tension’ and ‘structural integrity.’ 


City Steps 2025 draft available for comment

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- The City is now soliciting feedback on City Steps 2025, the City’s five-year Consolidated Plan for housing, jobs, and services for low- and moderate-income residents.

City Steps 2025 can be viewed online, and residents can provide public comment until Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

The Housing and Community Development Commission will hold a public meeting to accept oral or written comments, and to consider recommending City Steps 2025 to City Council, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Room 202 at the Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street.

City Council will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Emma Harvat Hall at City Hall, to accept oral or written comments, and to consider adoption of the proposed Plan.

City Steps 2025 identifies housing and community development needs, priorities, and goals, which will guide the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds for City Fiscal Years 2021 through 2025. The five-year plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Physical copies of City Steps 2025 are available at Neighborhood Services in City Hall, and in the Iowa City Public Library. Additional information is available by calling 319-356-5230. Comments may be submitted by email to Kirk-Lehmann@iowa-city.org, or by writing to the below address:

Neighborhood Services
410 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA, 52240

If you require special accommodations or language translation to attend the above public meetings, please contact Kirk Lehmann, Neighborhood Services, at 319-356-5230 or 319-356-5493 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.