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Uniquely Urbandale, it is more than the City’s logo, it is our culture.  Urbandale is a modern suburb that has not forgotten its small-town charm.   Urbandale is known for our safe streets and neighborhoods, our rich parks and recreational trails, and business opportunities and places to work.  Urbandale is a community that has something for everyone.  You are invited to browse this website to learn more about Urbandale.  For more information, please feel free to contact the City at 515-278-3900 or by email.

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When There's Snow, Where Do Your Carts Go?

By the MWA - Among the many issues winter weather presents, garbage and recycling cart placement can also be tricky. Here are some cart placement tips to keep waste and recycling removal efficient and safe for all involved.

When you dig out of your driveway, be sure to make a spot for your carts. Have enough room (about 18 inches) on all sides of the cart for the truck’s arm to grab it and set the cart back down.  Do not place your cart on top of the snow piles. This causes carts to tip over and litter the street, and it also makes it difficult for collection trucks to set the cart back down.  Do not place your carts in the street. Carts can get hit by vehicles or taken away by snow plows.  

For more cart placement tips, and disposal and recycling options, visit Metro Waste Authority at www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 244.0021.



Urbandale Police Department Takes the I-PLEDGE

The Urbandale Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Urbandale youth.  Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Due to a change in Iowa law, alternative nicotine and vapor products are now considered age-restricted products and will be part of the I-PLEDGE program’s compliance initiatives this year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 93%. By participating in the program, the Urbandale Police Department has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.  

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. Although not required to retake the training if currently certified, ABD encourages clerks to repeat the training after October 3rd, in order to familiarize themselves with the newly age-restricted products.

“I-PLEDGE’s retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product sales,” Sgt. Stein said. “The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.” 

Officers will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement
officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.  

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.  

“By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community,” Sgt. Stein said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.”  

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to www.iowaabd.com.
For more information or to ask a question, contact Sgt. Dan Stein at 515-331-6813.

Urbandale to Conduct Special Census in 2015

The City of Urbandale will be working with the US Census Bureau to conduct a special census in summer, 2015.  In order to accurately count the number of residents residing in the city, the US Census Bureau will be hiring a number of temporary workers for the purpose of canvassing the city.  While the hiring process has not yet begun, we are gathering contact information for anyone interested in this temporary employment opportunity.

If you’re interested, please send your name, address, phone, and email address to: Karla Lower, Human Resources Director (klower@urbandale.org) or Kate Kanne, Human Resources Analyst, (kkanne@urbandale.org).  For those interested, we will provide employment dates and rates of pay as soon as that information becomes available.  

Steve Franklin, Urbandale’s Community Development Director, will be coordinating with the US Census Bureau officials to conduct the 2015 Special Census.  Urbandale’s population in the 2010 Census was 39,463 people.  Using the number of permits issued since 2010 as a basis, it is estimated the City’s population as of January 1, 2015 is 42,000, which represents an increase of approximately 2,500 residents. 

Urbandale Approves Westcom Amendment

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, approved an amendment to the 28E Agreement for Westcom.  Westcom is a regional public safety dispatch organization created by the cities of Clive, Urbandale and West Des Moines in 2000.  This amendment would add the City of Waukee as the second Contract User and would allow the Contract Users (Norwalk and Waukee) to share 1 Police and 1 Fire/EMS position on the Management Committee.  The amendment would also allow all participating communities to split the Westcom expenses based on population.  

2015 General Obligation Bond Sale

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, held a public hearing to consider the 2015 General Obligation Bond Sale.  The approval by Council authorized the issuance of $8,540,000 in essential corporate purpose general obligation bonds, the issuance of $105,000 in general corporate purpose general obligation bonds, and an additional $1,365,000 in urban renewal general obligation bonds. The proceeds from the sale of these bonds would be used for construction of various public improvement projects during FY15-16.  The City's Series 2015A and 2015B general obligation bonds were approved in an amount not to exceed $10,010,000.  The FY2015-16 proposed operating budget anticipated this bond sale and includes a debt service tax levy rate of $2.15/$1,000 of valuation to pay the outstanding debt costs and the principal and interest payments for the 2015 bond sales.

Douglas Streetscape Improvements Approved

The City Council approved the Douglas Streetscape Improvements - East Corporate Limit to 72nd Street and 70th Street - Monroe Court to Madison Avenue, at its February 17th meeting.  This project would provide for concrete paver replacement, acid washing and sealing of the roadway pavers, general cleaning, and retaining wall repairs. The intersection of 70th Street and Douglas Avenue will need to be closed for the acid washing and sealing of the roadway pavers. It is anticipated the closure will take 48 hours and it will be scheduled on a weekend. The work is anticipated to be completed by October 2, 2015.  The Council approved the low bid of Concrete Technologies, Inc. in the amount of $312,593.75

UGRA Softball/Soccer Complex Parking Lot Improvements Approved

The City Council approved the UGRA Softball/Soccer Complex Parking Lot improvements at its February 17th meeting.  this project would provide for approximately 12,000 SY of 7” PCC pavement, storm sewer improvements and grading. Also included in this project would be PCC sidewalk, pavement markings, and restoration.  The work is anticipated to be completed by October 2, 2015. The Council approved the low bid of Absolute Concrete Construction, Inc. in the amount of $678,516.43

72nd Street Maintenance Project Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, continued the public hearing for the 72nd Street Maintenance Project.  The 72nd Street Maintenance Project would provide for approximately 5,300 square yards of concrete pavement would be replaced at 89 locations. 72nd Street was chosen for rehabilitation based on the 2014 Street Management Report Update. The repairs will take place on 72nd Street from Hickman Road to Douglas Avenue. 72nd Street will be closed for this work. Within the project limits, the existing asphalt will be removed, the existing pavement patched and a new 3 inch asphalt overlay constructed. It is anticipated that all of the work would be completed by September 11, 2015.

Douglas Avenue Urbanization Project Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, continued the public hearing to consider the Douglas Avenue Urbanization - 100th Street to 111th Street Project.  The project would provide for the construction of curb and gutter, filling the rural ditches and installing storm sewer to urbanize the area. Also included in this project would be PCC sidewalk, pavement markings, and restoration. The work is anticipated to be completed by October 2, 2015.

2015 HMA Project Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, continued the 2015 HMA Project public hearing.  The 2015 HMA Project would provide for the construction of asphalt repair patches and a 4” asphalt overlay of Meredith Drive from ½ mile west of Alice’s Road to Alice’s Road, on 142nd Street from Meredith Drive to Aurora Avenue and on Aurora Avenue from the north leg of 142nd Street to the south leg of 142nd Street. It is anticipated that all of the work would be completed by July 31, 2015.

Storm Sewer Intake Rehabilitation Program Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, continued the public hearing to consider the Storm Sewer Intake Rehabilitation Program.  The Program would provide for the replacement of approximately 49 intakes and 486 square yards of concrete pavement in an area north of Meredith Drive and between 72nd Street and 86th Street. It is anticipated that all of the work would be completed by August 15, 2015.

Public Hearing Set For The Urbandale Senior Recreation Center HVAC System Project

The City Council set March 17, 2015 as a public hearing date to consider the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center HVAC System Project, at its February 17th meeting.  Plans and specifications have been completed for the Senior Center HVAC modification project. The project would provide for addition of a variable air volume (VAV) system to the existing HVAC equipment. The VAV system would provide more precise temperature control, reduced compressor wear, lower energy consumption by system fans, and additional passive dehumidification. The work is anticipated to be completed by May 15, 2015.  The estimated project cost is $185,000.

Asbestos Abatement Contract Awarded

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, approved a contract for asbestos abatement at the City's Wellness Center and Public Works/Parks Maintenance building.  This project would provide for removal of floor tile and ceiling tile containing asbestos in the heated shop area of the Public Works / Parks facility located at 9565 Hickman Road. In addition, floor tile, mastic, glazing and caulking will be removed from the employee Wellness Center located at 3310 86th Street. It is anticipated that this project would be completed by March 13, 2015.  The low bid by Controlled Asbestos, Inc., in the amount of $11,305, was approved by Council.  

Parks Maintenance Facility Lighting Project

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, approved the Parks Maintenance Facility Lighting project.  The project would retrofit 18 exterior lights. The current lights are a mixture of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting. In addition, a pole with electrical receptacles and two LED lights within the bull pen area of the facility would be installed.  The Council approved the low bid by Cox Electric, in the amount of $14,540. 

FY2015-16 Operating Budget Public Hearing Date Set

The City Council set March 3, 2015 as the public hearing date to consider the FY2015-16 operating budget of the City.  As proposed, the recommended tax levy for FY2015-16 would be set at $9.82, which is $0.10 higher than the FY2014-15 levy of $9.72. The General Fund levy will remain at $7.17, the Debt Service Levy will remain at $2.15, and the Chapter 411 Fire and Police Retirement Levy would increase $0.10 from $0.40 to $0.50.  The recommended FY2015-16 budget anticipates total revenue of $49,051,345 which includes debt service revenue, compared to the adopted FY2014-15 budget of $46,374,304, which is an increase of $2,677,041 (5.8%).  The recommended FY2015-16 budget for operations, debt service and special revenue fund anticipates total expenditures of $48,088,835, an increase of $996,306 (2.1%) more than the adopted FY2014-15 budget of $47,092,529. 

Hickman Road Maintenance Agreement with the City of Clive

The City Council approved a 28E Agreement with the City of Clive for shared maintenance responsibilities for Hickman Road, from Cobblestone Road to 149th Street.  The agreement outlines the maintenance responsibilities for the medians, traffic signals, streetlights, sweeping and cleaning responsibilities on Hickman Road from Cobblestone Road to 149th Street. The agreement also establishes the responsibility for Police protection on this portion of Hickman Road.

Public Hearing set for 142nd Street Widening Project Property Condemnation

The City Council set March 3, 2015 as a public hearing date to consider property condemnation for the 142nd Street Widening Project.  City Staff has been negotiating with the property owner of 2455 142nd Street to obtain a temporary easement related to the project. Those negotiations have been unsuccessful so far. Therefore, the City would initiate condemnation proceedings related to the land owned by Brian and Cheryl Broderick, at 2455 142nd Street. Approximately 0.32 acres would be condemned for a temporary construction easement.

Right of Way Purchased for the 156th Street Paving Project

The City Council, at its February 17th meeting, approved the right of way purchase for the 156th Street Paving Project - Meredith Drive to Waterford Road.  A right-of-way acquisition has been negotiated with Gary and Joy Wiggins, for the property at 5133 156th Street. The area of the right-of-way being acquired is 0.28 acres, which includes 0.16 acres of existing roadway easement, and the temporary easement area is 0.23 acres. The value of the property was negotiated and agreed upon by the property owners. The purchase price for this property and the necessary easements would be $21,384.00.

Housing Tomorrow Survey

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) is developing Housing Tomorrow, the region’s first plan for housing. The plan will address the health, financial, and environmental impacts of housing necessary for Greater Des Moines to grow and prosper well into the future. Housing Tomorrow cannot be written without the help of individuals (like you!) who make up this community, please take five minutes to participate in this survey

Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event:
Date: 3/28/2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Urbandale Public Works, 9401 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA  #278-3950

Accepted Items
Aerosol cleaners and paints, Acids/Bases, Antifreeze, Batteries (only rechargeable), Cell Phones, Cleaners, Fertilizers, Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) , View accepted ones in Recycling Guide, Floor Care Products, Glues, Gasoline & Kerosene, Motor Oil (used), Oil Filters (used), Oven Cleaner, Paint: Oil Based Only, Petroleum-Based Adhesives, Pesticides, Poison, Pool Chemicals, Roofing Tar, Rust Removers [Sharps Contained Properly], Sharps: Must be contained in detergent bottles or sharps containers (not milk jugs or pop bottles). Lids must also be taped., Shellac, Stains, Varnishes, Thermostats, Thermometers (mercury), Vegetable Oil, Weed Killers, Windshield Fluid,

Not Accepted Items
Ammunition & Explosives, Appliances, Asbestos, Computers & Electronics, Dry Cement Mix, Fire Extinguishers, Joint Compound, Latex Paint, Medications, Propane Tanks, Radioactive Materials, Tires

Nominate A Remarkable Young Person For the ACLU of Iowa Mannheimer Youth Advocacy Award

Do you know of a young Iowan age 14 to 19 who has shown an exceptional passion for civil liberties? Consider nominating that person for the ACLU of Iowa’s Robert Mannheimer Youth Advocacy Award.  The deadline for entries is Monday, April 20.  A brief nomination form and more details about the award can be found at the ACLU of Iowa web site at www.aclu-ia.org. Or call Veronica Lorson Fowler at 515-243-3576 or email her at veronica.fowler@aclu-ia.org.   

The $500 cash award will be given to a young person who has demonstrated a passion for civil liberties and a record of advocacy for civil liberties, such as free speech, free expression, LGBTQ issues, immigrants' rights, racial and gender equality, bullying, religious freedom, reproductive freedom, privacy issues, or disability rights.           


Urbandale Centennial Logo Selected

Urbandale Centennial LogoWhen Cari Wasmund of Des Moines entered the Urbandale Centennial Steering Committee’s logo contest, her inspiration was heartfelt: She did it for her dad.  Wasmund’s father, Urbandale resident Donald Johnson, died unexpectedly last February from a heart attack.  “I know he would have been tickled about the logo,” she says.

The Centennial Steering Committee received 15 entries in the contest. Wasmund, 39, will be awarded $350 for her winning entry. Finalists Kim Wright Jones and Bella Roth each will receive $100.

The logo will be used on items such as letterhead, Web sites, signage, T-shirts, memorabilia and other items related to the Centennial celebration from July 4, 2016, to July 4, 2017.  “Finalists were chosen by a committee of media and marketing experts, and their recommendation was approved by the Centennial Steering Committee,” says co-chair E.J. Giovannetti. 

Wasmund – a pre-media specialist at Meredith Corp. and a freelance graphic designer – says her mother, Linda Johnson, initially told her about the logo contest. She also saw news about the contest while checking the City of Urbandale Web site for information related to Olmsted Elementary School, where her daughter, Annie, 4, attends the Adventuretime child care program and preschool.  

Wasmund says her father loved Urbandale.  "My parents’ home is on 74th Street, right over by the high school,” she says. “They love the Fourth of July festival. They love their street. They love their neighbors. He would have loved to see his daughter’s work on a banner or a T-shirt out in his community and to see it everywhere.”

Her family also was appreciative of the response last year from the Urbandale fire and rescue and police departments, she says.  “They were really very sweet and kind when my father passed away,” she says. “I did the logo for all those reasons.”

Wasmund’s winning design features a “U” within each zero on a prominent “100” figure, representing “Uniquely Urbandale.”  The logo will begin appearing around town immediately, says Centennial Steering Committee co-chair Scott Raecker. “The Urbandale Centennial is all about inclusion of our great residents, and the logo we will see around town comes from one of our own,” he says. “It’s a great start to our efforts to celebrate.”

Plans are underway to kick off the Centennial celebration with a community picnic on July 2, 2016, Raecker says. Activities will continue throughout that year and will be topped off with a gala on June 30, 2017, and an all-Urbandale High School reunion on July 1, 2017.  Wasmund is eager to see her logo put to use.  “I’m hoping there will be a T-shirt or a hat with the logo, and I’ll take it out to my father and put it on his grave,” she says.  For more information about plans for the Urbandale Centennial celebration, go to www.urbandalenetwork.org/centennial.  

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