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Leaf Drop Off Event

City of Urbandale

Leaf Drop Off


Saturdays from November 1 – November 15, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Urbandale Public Works Facility

9401 Hickman Road


Urbandale residents may drop off leaves, free of charge, at the Urbandale Public Works Facility, 9401 Hickman Road, on Saturdays from November 1 thru November 15, 2014.

Residents may bring leaves in any paper yard waste bag from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Containers and plastic bags will also be allowed as long as the yard waste is emptied from the container or bag at the site.

Please bring identification as checks will take place to make sure only Urbandale residents are utilizing the free service.

If you would like further information on this free program, please call the Urbandale Department of Engineering and Public Works at 278-3950 ore email engpw@urbandale.org

Endow Urbandale Provides Grants to Four Urbandale Organizations

At the October 14th City Council meeting, Endow Urbandale Community Fund provides four grants to Urbandale organizations.  Endow Urbandale is a tax-qualified community foundation managed by Urbandale citizens to facilitate charitable giving in Urbandale. It supports the charitable, cultural and civic needs of our community now and for generations to come. Endow Urbandale also provides a resource for other community organizations and individuals who wish to create their own charitable endowments funds.  

Gifts to Endow Urbandale are not immediately spent, but are left to accumulate and grow through prudent investment. Grants from the fund are used to enhance Urbandale’s quality of life by targeting education, youth development, community development, cultural amenities, the arts and health and human services.  Endow Urbandale has selected these four organizations to receive grants in 2014: 

  • The Urbandale Historical Society will receive $4,000 for the repairs of the memorial walkways in front of the Olmsted-Urban House and the walkway around the parking lot of the property. The brick walkways need to be raised and repaired for the safety of visitors.  
  • The Urbandale Centennial Steering Committee will receive $3,580 to pay for design, marketing and promotional materials in connection with plans for the City’s centennial celebration beginning July 4, 2016, and concluding July 4, 2017.  
  • The Urbandale Police Department will receive $1,800 to purchase workbooks, T-shirts and graduation supplies for students taking its “Culture of Integrity” program at the Urbandale Middle School. This program aims to instill values and keep students safe by teaching them about bullying, keys to success, personal safety and social media.  
  • The American Legion Post 663 will receive $600 to cover administration costs and cash prizes for its annual Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest. This program offers students an opportunity to write essays about what the American flag means to them.
Private Halloween Fire Works Display Approved

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a request from Eric Lewis (3936 156th Street), for a fireworks display on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM for approximately 15 minutes. The request meets all of the requirements within the Fire Code. The petitioner is required to notify residents in the area within 1,000 feet of the display.  Since the 1,000 feet notification exceeds the Noise Waiver guidelines, the Council again was asked to approve the Noise Wavier. As approved in the past, a segment of the park trail would be closed for the event. Mr. Lewis would again be required to provide 3 reflective barricades and 3 adult monitors on the trail for the duration of the fireworks display, and immediately remove the barricades after the event.  The professional pyrotechnics company J & M Displays will provide a Certificate of Insurance and name the City as an Additional Insured. There is no rain date.

Local Government Collaboration

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, reaffirmed the City's support of the Local Government Collaboration effort.  The Local Government Collaboration effort seeks ways to make collaboration sustainable between local governments in 11 different study areas. In August, 2012, the City approved Resolution 107-2012 to participate in the first round to prioritize collaboration opportunities in Public Works, and in Fire/EMS. Proposed is the continuation of this collaboration project. The focus of the second round is to review the areas of Law Enforcement, and Parks and Recreation. The Des Moines Area Community College Business Resources will again facilitate the process with the entities for these two study areas, at an estimated project cost of $28,000. Urbandale’s pro-rated share for this second round is $1,900.

Pet Licensing Update

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a recommendation by the WestPet Executive Board to keep the pet licensing fee the same amount in 2015.  The fee structure will change, but the total cost to the pet owner will remain the same.  At the May 16, 2014 WestPet management meeting, it was approved by the WestPet Executive Management Committee to internally manage the billing and collection of animal license and fees for WestPet. Consolidated billing and collection of animal control license fees, between WestPet and Humane Enterprises of Omaha, Nebraska expired on June 30, 2014 and was not renewed. Through WestPet management action, West Des Moines will assume administrative responsibility for the licensing and fees collections.  Urbandale and Clive personnel will assist in the processing of animal control licenses.  

The Council approved a flat rate fee that incorporates the pet license and administrative fee into one total billing.  The pet license fee will remain the same at $19 for an altered dog and $29 for a intact dog; $17 for an altered cat and $24 for an intact cat; and a late fee of $25.  

Vegetative Debris Management

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a new vegetative debris management policy.  The Capital Crossroads Governance Committee sponsored an initiative to test a new model of collaboration among 15 cities and three counties in central Iowa. The theory was that with some structure and support, it would be possible to accelerate and sustain the use of collaborative approaches to make local governments more efficient and effective. Members of the committee presented various goals of the collaboration effort to the City Council at its meeting of January 21, 2014. One of the initiatives was the creation of a uniform regional standard for handling private and public tree debris caused by natural disasters (severe storms, wind, ice/snow).

The City of Urbandale does not have a policy in place to assess and respond to storms that produce vegetative debris. Historically, debris has been collected from private property when FEMA declares a natural disaster where the City would receive reimbursement of costs to collect and dispose of the vegetative debris, and when damage is determined to be widespread throughout the City and moderate to severe in  nature.According to the policy, a damage assessment report will be created utilizing the US National Grid System and FEMA guidelines. Based on this report, the Director of Engineering and Public Works will develop an applicable recommendation on the level of response to the storm event to the City Manager.

The damage in each grid will be classified into three categories; minor, major or destroyed. A description of each and level of response is summarized as follows: 


  • Widespread minor damage to trees and isolated moderate damage 
  • Standard yard waste collection rules apply (Compost It! and log and limb collection program).


  • Widespread moderate damage and isolated destroyed trees.
  • Standard yard waste collected at no cost (bundled yard waste and standard yard waste bags). These items will be collected on the resident’s regular garbage day.  
  • Branches up to 8” in diameter and up to 8’ in length will be collected at no cost. A plan for collection will depend on the distribution of debris and efficiency of collection.


  • Widespread destroyed trees.
  • Standard yard waste collected at no cost (bundled yard waste and standard yard waste bags). These items will be collected on the resident’s regular garbage day.
  • All other trees and branches will be collected at no cost within the capability of the equipment utilized.
  • Drop off locations may be made available.

The level of response may vary between grids. For example, there may be minor damage in one grid where no special provisions are made. At the same time, another grid may contain major damage where a curbside
collection takes place at no cost to residents. The policy states that if in 75% of grids vegetation is deemed damaged or destroyed, a city wide collection of vegetative debris will take place.

Bids Rejected for the Walnut Creek Regional Tree Planting

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, rejected the bids received for the Walnut Creek Regional Tree Planting.  At its meeting of March 4, 2014, the City Council adopted the FY2014-15 operating budget, which included an allocation of $35,000 for the reforesting and annual landscaping enhancements in the Walnut Creek Regional Park.  Three companies submitted bids for this project.  The low bid of Timberpine, Inc. in the amount of $41,850, is $6,850 (19.6%) more than the budget amount of $35,000 for the project. Based on the budget for the project and the proposed cost based on the three bids received, the Council rejected the bids and staff recommends rebidding the project again this Fall.

Senior Recreation Center HVAC System Project

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a design services agreement for the Senior Recreation Center HVAC System project.  The agreement would include design services for the modification of the Senior Recreation Center’s existing HVAC system to address humidity issues and install a more universal (non-proprietary) control system. The Council approved an engineering services agreement with KJWW Engineering Consultants, in the amount of $17,000.

Halloween Safety Tips for Motorists

From the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC).
All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween and Beggar's Night because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets. 

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Never use your cell phone while driving.
  • Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.
Costumes - Halloween Safety Tips

From the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC).
When making or purchasing Halloween costumes, follow these safety precautions to ensure your children remain safe while looking great:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible.
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.  Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider on-toxic makeup or decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • If masks are worn, they should have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings.  Encourage your children to remove their masks before crossing the street.
  • Children should only wear well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.
  • Do not allow your children to wear decorative contact lenses, as they present a risk for serious eye injury.
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects. 

Did you know?  The leading cause of injury on Halloween is falls. 

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

From the Iowa/Illinois Safety Council (IISC).
Most importantly, all children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, but before trick-or-treating, parents should:

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home.
  •  Agree on a specific time for your children to come home.
  • Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them.
  • Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.

Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children.

  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.  
  • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.

Children will be anxious to stuff themselves with treats, but parents need to take these necessary precautions first:

  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten, then examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before your children eat them.
  • Give children an early meal before going out to prevent them from filling up on Halloween treats or eating anything before you can inspect it.
  • Only let your children eat factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
Meredith Drive Closure Notice

As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain our natural gas system, MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) is continually upgrading facilities in order to maintain service integrity. MEC is currently working on a large gas main installation that will run from the intersection of NW Urbandale Drive and Meredith Drive, heading north to Plum Drive, along Plum Drive to 86th Street, south on 86th Street to Meredith Drive. In order to complete the project MidAmerican Energy will need to close down the westbound lanes of Meredith Drive at 86th Street for approximately 10 days. This has been tentatively scheduled to begin October 23rd, 2014 (see the attached aerial).

MEC sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause and will continue to monitor the progress to ensure that the lane closure is kept to a minimum. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Jeremy Beyer directly at 515-252-6980.

Meredith Drive Closure Map

EXTRA! EXTRA! Recyclables

Did you know that items left outside of the cart can’t be recycled due to limitations of automated collection? So what do you do with extra recyclables or larger items that won’t fit in your green Curb It! recycling cart? Check out these tips and resources for those experiencing a one-time or routine cart overflow.

Curb It! Extra – Residents who routinely have more recyclables than fit in their cart may want to enroll in this program, which provides a second cart for $30 per year. To enroll, call Metro Waste Authority at 515.244.0021.

Recycling Drop-Offs - Residents can take recyclables to local drop-offs for free. For a list of locations go to WhereItShouldGo.com/locations/recycling-drop-offs.

Conserve Cart Space – Refresh your memory on what is accepted and not accepted in your recycling cart by reviewing recycling guidelines at WhereItShouldGo.com. Items that are not accepted by the program could be taking up valuable cart space. It’s also a good idea to breakdown boxes and crush bulky items, such as milk jugs.

For more information about safe, smart disposal and recycling options, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 515.244.0021.

Centennial Logo Contest Extended

Entrants now have until Nov. 30 to submit a design in the Urbandale Centennial Steering Committee’s logo contest. Individuals of all ages who have a current or previous vested interest in Urbandale, either by residence, business or community involvement, are eligible. 

“We extended the deadline because we want entrants to have ample time to prepare their designs,” said E.J. Giovannetti, co-chairman of the committee. “And we’re eager to collect a variety of ideas before making a final selection.”

The logo may be used on letterhead, Web sites, signage, T-shirts, memorabilia and other items related to the Centennial celebration from July 4, 2016, to July 4, 2017.

Finalists will be chosen in three categories: Ages 12 and younger, Ages 13 to 18 and Ages 19 and older. Each finalist will be awarded $100, and the winner will receive $250.

For a complete list of contest rules and submission requirements, go to www.urbandalenetwork.org/centennial. For more information about the centennial or the logo contest, or for sponsorship information, contact UCAN Program Director Mary Polson at 515-278-3936 or e-mail info@urbandalenetwork.org.

DART News for November 2014

New tools making riding DART easier
DART recently launched a suite of MyDART Tools, which use both schedule and real-time bus location information. Visit www.ridedart.com to check them out:

  • Trip Planner is an online trip planning tool, which now includes the Next DART Bus feature. 
  • Real-Time Map is an online map that lets riders monitor buses on route in real time. 
  • Alerts is an email-notification program that allows riders to set reminders for regular transit trips.

No DART service on Thanksgiving Day
DART will not operate bus service Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in observation of Thanksgiving Day and DART Central Station and the administrative offices will be closed. Additionally, on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, DART will operate on its Saturday schedule. Hours for the customer service window and schedule information phones will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and administrative offices are closed. Regular service and office hours will resume on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

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

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City Code of Ordinances
Peddlers Licensed in Urbandale
Current Street and Roadway Projects
GovDeals - Surplus Asset Auction
Online Water Utility Accounts
Hazardous Waste House-Side Collection
Beggar's Night
Proposed Municipal Code - 2014
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