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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.

What's New – Urbandale News and Announcements
DART News for January 2015

February Service Change - The next DART service change is effective Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. For complete details on routes with changes please visit www.ridedart.com.

Tips for Winter Bus Riding - DART advises residents to plan accordingly when using bus services during winter weather conditions.

  1. Check www.ridedart.com. Conditions can change quickly, and DART may be forced at times to detour or cancel service. Check detours before you head out and utilize MyDART Tools for real-time bus location information, both available at www.ridedart.com.
  2. Leave early. Heavy traffic and poor road conditions require operators to slow down for safe travel, causing delays in the schedule. If winter weather conditions are present, consider taking an earlier trip ensure on-time arrival at your destination.
  3. Be visible. Make yourself visible to an approaching bus by wearing light color or reflective clothing. It is also helpful to carry a small blinker light or flashlight, especially on dark winter mornings or evenings.
  4. Play it safe. Be visible when waiting for the bus and wait for the driver to make a complete stop before your approach. Melting snow and ice can make the bus floor slippery; for safety, please hold onto handrails and seat backs when walking on the bus. When exiting the bus be sure to move directly away from the door and do not walk along the bus. 
  5. Dress warmly. Dress in layers to stay warm while walking to your stop and waiting for the bus. Don’t forget to cover your head, neck and feet appropriately to keep in body heat and keep out moisture.

Coming Soon: Real-time bus location information available via text and phone.  Riders will soon be able to get the real-time arrival/departure information for their buses via MyDART Text and MyDART Phone, both part of the growing suite of MyDART Tools. To get the next expected bus times for a particular stop, simply text your bus stop ID number and quickly receive a response via incoming MyDART text message.

For more information, please visit www.ridedart.com or call DART Customer Service at 515-283-8100. 

Metro Home Improvement Program

The City of Urbandale with the collaboration of nine other metro cities participates in The Metro Home Improvement Program with the purpose to preserve affordable housing stock in these communities. The participating cities are Ankeny, Altoona, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. The Program is currently accepting applications from Urbandale homeowners interested in the program.  The Program is able to assist three to four homeowners per funding period.  Homeowners that are not assisted presently will be placed on a waiting list for the next available funding.

The assistance is for housing repairs and correcting code violations up to $12,500. The awards are in the form of a five-year forgivable loan to eligible households with income less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Polk County. Eligible property types are single family dwellings and do not include mobile homes, homes being purchased on contract, duplexes or rental units. The house assisted must be the primary residence of the applicant and assessed below $161,212. Property taxes, mortgage payments and insurance must be current.  The Metro Home Improvement Program is administered by the City of West Des Moines. The program is funded through the participating cities and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.  For further information, please contact Christine Gordon or Kay Schoon at (515) 273-0770.

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.

 

 

Radon Action Month

By the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council - A silent killer lurks underground. Radon, a naturally occurring gas, cannot be seen, tasted or smelled-yet kills 21,000 people from lung cancer in the United States each year.  

The radioactive gas is released in rock, soil, and water and can build up to create dangerous levels inside homes and work places. The EPA has designated January "Radon Action Month" since 1999 in an effort to raise awareness and encourage businesses and homeowners with the tools to get tested.

The EPA encourages home owners and businesses to undergo and initial radon test before contracting a professional radon mitigator.  

Step 1: Take a short ­term radon test. There are various radon test kits which use activated carbon, charcoal liquid scintillation, or ionization chambers to absorb and measure radon. You can purchase a $15 short­term radon test kit from the American Lung Association.

Step 2: If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher take another short ­term test. If the average of both short ­term tests is above 4 pCi/L, or the result of your long ­term test is above 4 pCi/L-contact a radon mitigation service provider to eradicate the problem. If your test results are below the action level of 4 pCi/L, retest within six months.

For more information, visit Epa.gov/radon or contact the National Radon Program Services hotline at 1­-800­-SOS­-RADON. 

City Hall Remodeling Project

The City Council approved an architectural services agreement for the Urbandale City Hall Remodeling Project at its January 20th Council meeting.  This project would implement recommendations from a 2014 Urbandale City Hall Building Envelope and HVAC Study performed by SVPA Architects Inc., in addition to minor remodeling of City Hall to create two new offices and relocate the work room. This project would be constructed during the summer of 2015.  The agreement with SVPA Architects Inc. totals $31,340.

72nd Street Maintenance Project

The City Council approved bidding the 72nd Street Maintenance Project and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider the project.  Plans and specifications have been completed for the 72nd Street Maintenance Project. Under this program, 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. This program would supplement the efforts of the City’s street maintenance crews.  The estimated cost for this project is $750,000.  

Douglas Avenue Urbanization Project

The City Council approved bidding the Douglas Avenue Urbanization - 100th Street to 111th Street project and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider this project.  Plans and specifications have been completed for the Douglas Avenue Urbanization. The project will constructed curb and gutter, fill the rural ditches and install 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.  The estimated cost for this project is $1,656,000.  

Douglas Streetscape Improvements

The City Council approved bidding the Douglas Streetscape Improvements - East Corporate Limit to 72nd Street and 70th Street - Monroe Court to Madison Avenue Project, and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider this project.  Plans and specifications have been completed for the Douglas Streetscape Improvements. The project will 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 estimated cost for the project is $235,000.

156th Street Paving Project Right-of-Way Purchased

The City Council approved the Right-of-Way purchase for the 156th Street Paving Project.  The 156th Street project will involve the reconstruction of 156th Street from Meredith Drive north to Waterford Road as a four-lane roadway with left turn lanes including grading and storm sewer. The project design will also include the removal and replacement of the bridge over Walnut Creek. 

The City will purchase property from Robert and Myrtle Wright, for 0.71 acres, which includes 0.40 acres of existing roadway easement and the temporary easement area is 0.25 acres. The purchase price for this property and the necessary easements would be $10,200. 

The City will purchase property from Michelle Azinger, for 0.91 acres, which includes 0.69 acres of existing roadway easement and the temporary easement area is 0.31 acres. The purchase price for this property and the necessary easements would be $25,000.

The City will purchase property from David and Margaret Drury, for 2.89 acres, which includes 1.59 acres of existing roadway easement, the storm sewer easement area is 0.32 acres and the temporary easement area is 2.75 acres. The purchase price for this property and the necessary easements would be $122,700.

UGRA Softball/Soccer Complex Parking Lot Improvements

The City Council approved bidding the UGRA Softball/Soccer Complex Parking Lot Improvements Project and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider the project.  This project would provide for the construction of a concrete parking lot at the UGRA Softball/Soccer Complex located at 101st Street and Meredith Drive. It is anticipated that this project would be completed by October 2, 2015.  The estimated cost for the project is $735,000.  

Storm Sewer Intake Rehabilitation Program

The City Council approved bidding the 2015 Storm Sewer Intake Rehabilitation Program and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider this project.  Under this program, 49 intakes and 486 square yards of concrete pavement would be replaced in an area north of Meredith Drive and between 72nd Street and 86th Street. It is anticipated that the project would be completed by August 15, 2015. This program would supplement the efforts of the City’s stormwater maintenance crew.  The estimated cost for the program is $250,000.  

2015 HMA Project

The City Council approved bidding the 2015 HMA Project and established February 17th as a public hearing to consider the project.  The project would provide for the construction of asphalt repair patches and an 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 this project would be completed by July 31, 2015.  The estimated cost of the project is $628,000.  

Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract

The City Council approved the Traffic Signal Maintenance contract with Iowa Signal Inc. at its January 20th meeting.  The traffic signal maintenance contractor is required to inspect and repair traffic signals at 51 locations throughout the City. Additionally, the contractor must maintain the interconnect equipment installed on the City’s arterial streets. Finally, the contractor must be available to repair traffic signals on a 24-hour basis. The cost for this maintenance service is based on an approved hourly labor rate and approved materials cost factor. The Department of Engineering and Public Works oversees this contract.  The estimated annual cost is $25,000.  

Cisco Network Switches Purchase

The City Council approved the purchase of Cisco Network Switches at its January 20th meeting.  The three Cisco network switches would replace existing switches that are at least 10 years old and are no longer supported by the manufacturer.  The total cost of the purchase is $19,872.  

Electrical Systems Maintenance Contract

The City Council approved an electrical systems maintenance contract at its January 20th meeting.  The electrical maintenance contractor is required to inspect and repair electrical and lighting systems in the City’s facilities on an as needed basis.  The contractor must inspect and test the fire alarm systems at the Police Station, Library, Public Works Facility, Fire Station #42, Pool and the Administrative Office complex. Additionally, the contractor must maintain specialized electrical apparatus at the Park Maintenance Shop, Pool, both Fire Stations, Library and at the Public Works Facility. Finally, the contractor must be available for emergency service calls on a 24-hour basis. The cost for this work is based on an approved hourly labor rate and approved materials cost factor. The Parks and Recreation Department oversees this contract.  The contact would run from
January 21, 2015 to December 31, 2017.  The estimated annual cost is $35,000.  

Heritage Park Lots 6 & 7 Site Plan Approved

The City Council approved the site plan for Lots 6 & 7 of Heritage Park (11881-11899 Hickman Road) at its January 20th meeting.  This site plan proposes 2 single-story buildings with a total area of 16,800 square feet on Lots 6 and 7 in the Heritage Park development. Each building is proposed to have 8,400 square feet of floor area, and the potential for a drive-thru lane at the west end of each building. The buildings will be separated by a distance of 20 feet. Both buildings are anticipated to accommodate retail or restaurant uses, which the Heritage Park P.U.D. Master Plan allows. Architecturally, the buildings will be predominately brick with EIFS and glass to comply with the Heritage Park P.U.D. Master Plan. The buildings will be fire-sprinkled, as required by the Fire Code.

City Vacates Surface Water Flowage Easement

The City Council approved and waived the required three readings to approve, at its January 20th meeting, a request to vacate a surface water flowage easement at Lot 5, Bent Creek Ridge Plat 1 (14811 Brookview Drive).  The recorded plat established a surface water flowage easement on Lot 5 to provide a graded area for the flowage of storm water. A building permit issued for a proposed party house on Lot 5, located southwest of the main house, indicated that the structure “must not encroach on any easements”. An as-built survey was required and confirmed that the party house does not encroach into the surface water flowage easement. However, the property owner wants to construct a 240 square foot addition to the southwest side of the existing structure that would encroach slightly into the easement.

Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Approved

The City Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) at its January 20th meeting.  Based on resident concerns the City Council amended the CIP Committee's recommended Program by deleting the proposed dog park within the Dunlap Park.  The CIP reflects the Capital Improvements Committee's infrastructure priorities for the next five years.  The CIP would keep the General Obligation Bond debt service levy for 2015 at its current rate of $2.15 per $1,000 property valuation.  The CIP includes 107 projects that reflect the long-term vision for the City, while maintaining existing infrastructure.  

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