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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
Colby Woods Trail Closed

This project will provide for the removal of the existing asphalt trail and installation of a concrete trail through the Colby Woods greenbelt from the 86th street underpass south and east to 78th Street and west of the creek from the Reserve on 82nd Place south to Hickman Road.  The project is anticipated to begin mid-June.  The projected completion date is August 31st.   

Colby Woods Trail Closed

National Night Out

National Night Out Event Flyer

Water Utility Board of Trustees Appointments

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved Mayor Andeweg's appointments for the Water Utility Board of Trustees.  Phil Noah was reappointed to fill an unexpired term and his term will end on December 31, 2015.  Newly appointed was Becky DeVries and her term will end on December 31, 2019.  The Mayor and Council welcomed Phil and Becky and thanked them for volunteering to help the community.

Economic Development Advisory Board Appointments

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved Mayor Andeweg's appointments for the Economic Development Advisory Board.  Appointments with terms expiring on June 30, 2015 include Wallas Wiggins, Kimberly Baeth, Lisa Hubbard and Curt Leaverton.  Terms expiring on June 30, 2016 include John Irving and Adam Kaduce.  Appointments expiring on June 30, 2017 include Emily Naylor and Dave Hansen; and those expiring on June 30, 2018 include Leisa Fox and Cheryl Paine.  The Mayor and Council welcomed all and thanked them for volunteering to help the community.

MAC Program - 2014 Successes

MAC Program

MAC Camp Photos

MAC Camp Photos

MAC Camp Photo

Collaboration with the Des Moines Social Club

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved a resolution of collaboration between the City and the Des Moines Social Club.  The Des Moines Social Club (DMSC) is a non-profit arts and entertainment organization based in downtown Des Moines and serving patrons across Central Iowa. The DMSC was founded in 2007.  City staff has developed a relationship with Des Moines Social Club Executive Director, Zachary Mannheimer, over the last year. The conversations, meetings and tours identified certain areas in which the City and DMSC could collaborate to advance the missions of both organizations. In particular, the departments of Economic Development and Parks & Recreation have identified the positive impact of the collaboration to further the work of those departments.

Economic Development - The confidence of businesses in the DMSC as an economic development asset may be seen in the substantial corporate support that the DMSC has received. Members of the Economic Development Advisory Board reviewed the proposal to formalize the City – DMSC collaboration and are supportive.  There is a recognition that metro-wide cultural and recreational assets directly benefit Urbandale and should be promoted as a part of positively positioning Urbandale as a place for business investment. Additionally, the retention and attraction of a talented workforce is key to business growth.  Arts and entertainment venues like the DMSC support the Department’s workforce development efforts.  

Parks and Recreation - Partnering will benefit the City and DMSC by increasing the scope of programming and diversity of enrichment opportunities for the community.  Examples may include: 1) instructors from DMSC coming to Urbandale to teach unique new classes; 2) bringing the DMSC mobile art truck to  community events where patrons get an chance to view art they might not otherwise be able to see; and 3) the DMSC can help provide resources for events such as entertainment (bands, art, performers, etc.) which benefits the community and event planners as well as provides opportunities for the performers to gain exposure. Additionally, the extensive park system with open spaces close to neighborhoods across the City will provide unlimited opportunities for the public and DMSC to interact.  

Senior Recreation Center - The City & DMSC collaboration has multiple benefits for Urbandale senior citizens, including: 1) access to art and culture programming beyond what is possible in their current environment; 2) enable senior citizens with driving limitations the ability to attend classes and/or programs outside of their community through group travel opportunities; and 3) increase the interaction of multiple generations through mutual appreciation of art and culture in diverse settings.  

National Night Out 2014 Proclamation

National Night Out Proclamation

City Recognizes Retiring Director Paul Dekker

Dekker Retirement

Public Hearing for 2014 General Obligation Bond Refunding Sale

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, held a public hearing to consider the 2014 General Obligation Bond Refunding Sale.  The refunding sale would issue $4,045,000 in essential corporate purpose bonds to finance the refunding of outstanding Series 2004B general obligation general fund capital loan notes and 2007 general obligation bonds.  The City’s Financial Advisor reports that the interest rates on the original bonds range from 3.65% to 4.45%, and the projected interest on the refunding bonds would be 0.35% to 2.2%. The above noted bonds were eligible for redemption/callable as of June 1, 2014.  The total refunding bond would be issued not to exceed that same amount, as we will cover all costs associated with the sale with cash on hand in the debt service fund. The 2004B bonds were being paid by through general fund, and will continue to be serviced by general fund after the new series is issued.  The refunding bonds will be issued as a separate Series 2014C and will plan to be sold in August 2014, which is a month earlier than the City’s normal GO bond issue for Series 2014A & 2014B in September 2014.

Public Hearing held to Vacate a Surface Water Flowage Easement

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, held a public hearing to consider the request to vacate a surface water flowage easement on Lot 1, Mandalay Plat 1 (15602 Wilden Drive).  The recorded plat established a surface water flowage easement on Lots 1 and 2 to provide storm water detention. The building permit issued for the proposed house on Lot 1, which included a rear deck and patio, indicated that it “must not encroach in the drainage and overland flowage easement - applies to foundation, deck, and any other part of the structure”, however a building inspector noticed that the deck and patio appeared to encroach into the easement. An as-built survey was required and confirmed that they in fact were built into the easement. The property owner was advised that the deck would need to be reconstructed to remove it from the easement.  

Snyder & Associates, Inc. then approached the City, on behalf of the owner, and proposed that the sediment within the easement be removed and the area regraded so the basin would contain the storage needed to meet the design volume, and a portion of the easement could be removed to allow the deck and patio to remain. Upon completion of the regrading work, Snyder & Associates, Inc. submitted an as-built survey of the revised detention basin and revised drainage calculations certifying that it meets the design capacity requirements, which were reviewed and approved by the City’s Engineering staff.  Therefore, a small portion of the original surface water flowage easement is no longer needed, and could be vacated to allow the deck and patio to remain as constructed.

The Council approved the vacation request and waived the readings to make the approval valid on July 22nd.  

Des Moines Christian School Athletic Complex

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved the site plan for the Des Moines Christian School Athletic Complex (13007 Douglas Parkway).  The school is part of the “Timberline” P.U.D. and is a permitted use. An amendment to the P.U.D. Master Plan to reduce the minimum setback requirements from a minimum of 50 feet from all property lines, to a minimum of 30 feet from Douglas Parkway, and to a minimum of 40 feet from the west property line was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2014.  

Proposed are improvements to the athletic facilities west of the school building, and include construction of an 8-lane all-weather track, an artificial turf field for football and soccer, a restroom and concession building, a gate with brick piers for access of emergency vehicles and pedestrians at the entrance to the facility, a fence enclosing the improvements, and an emergency access lane along the east side of the track. Future improvements include bleacher seating for 1,200 people and a press box on the east side of the track, and lighting for the football/soccer field.

Polk County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved the Polk County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  In 2009 the City of Urbandale joined other metro communities in a joint effort of Hazard Mitigation planning. As part of that effort, each city reviewed and updated their hazard mitigation plan and a county-wide Hazard Mitigation plan was developed.  FEMA requires that these plans are reviewed and updated every five years and that plan has once again been updated.

To update the plan, a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) was formed. The HMPC is comprised of representatives from Polk County and each of the participating communities and school districts. The HMPC began the project with a risk assessment that identified hazards that pose a risk to participating entities, an assessment of the vulnerability to these hazards, and an examination of the capabilities in place to mitigate them. Several hazards are identified, profiled, and analyzed in this plan. River and flash flooding, winter storms, tornadoes and windstorms are among the hazards that can have a significant impact and are included in the plan.

Based on the risk assessment, the HMPC updated goals that are aimed to reduce the risk from those hazards. The goals identified were: 1. Protect the public health, safety, and welfare by increasing public awareness of hazards and by encouraging collective and individual responsibility for mitigating hazard risks.  2. Improve capabilities, coordination, and opportunities at municipal and county levels to plan and implement hazard mitigation projects, programs, and activities, including incorporation of lessons learned from previous events and exercises. 3. Improve data collection, use, and sharing to reduce the impact of hazards. 4. Protect the most vulnerable populations, buildings, and critical facilities through the implementation of cost-effective and technically feasible mitigation actions.

To be able to meet the goals identified, mitigation plans were identified. Those plans include implementation strategies, possible funding sources, cost estimates, identification of responsible agencies and timeliness for implementation. This action is consistent with the approach of facing disasters through a regional approach. When disaster strikes, none of us are self-sufficient enough to manage widespread damage within on our community without the assistance of others. The plan takes the approach that disaster response and management can best be accomplished by working together. This plan is an excellent example of the communities within Polk County working together for the betterment of each agency.

Traffic Signal Preemption Bid

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved bidding the traffic signal preemption project.  This project would provide for the installation of a traffic signal preemption system at 3 intersections, on 14 Fire Department vehicles and the installation of the software in 2014/2015. It is anticipated that this project would be completed by February 27, 2015.  The estimated cost for this project is $134,500.  A public hearing to consider the bids will be held on August 19, 2014.  

100th Street Widening - IDOT Funding Agreement

The City Council, at its July 22nd meeting, approved an Iowa Department of Transportation Funding Agreement for the 100th Street Widening Project, Plum Drive to north of I/35-80.  This project would provide for the widening of 100th Street from Plum Drive to north of Interstate 35/80 to a five-lane roadway including a new bridge over Interstate 35/80 in 2016.  Recently, the MPO notified the City that STP funds had been awarded to this project for construction in 2016. In order to finalize the funding for the project, the Iowa DOT has prepared a Surface Transportation Project (STP) funding agreement. Under the agreement, the Iowa DOT would provide STP grant funds of $1,100,000 for the 100th Street Widening – Plum Drive to north of Interstate 35/80. The total estimated project cost is estimated at $7,000,000 with an anticipated bid date in 2016, through the Iowa DOT.  

The proposed funding agreement would require the City to follow various State and Federal guidelines in the design and construction of this project.  The City would also hold the State harmless for any claims arising from the construction of the improvement project. Finally, the agreement would require the Iowa DOT supervision of the bidding process for the project.

Urbandale Public Art Committee Seeks Members

Urbandale, IA – July 28, 2014 – The City of Urbandale seeks to fill two openings on the Urbandale Public Art Committee. Committee members are appointed by the Mayor and work to establish and implement community and public art projects in Urbandale. The areas of focus within the committee include marketing and communications, logistics, and fundraising. The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Urbandale City Hall. Members must be Urbandale residents and be willing to serve a three-year term.

The application deadline is September 30. Interested individuals should complete the online application online at www.urbandale.org/boards-and-commissions.cfm. “The Public Art Committee is making a huge impact on the development of public art within Urbandale,” said Jan Herke, Director of Urbandale Parks and Recreation. “We are seeking two new members who will keep the momentum moving forward and share our passion for integrating public art into our community!” 

The Public Art Committee also oversees and selects the pieces for The Urbandale Art Park. The Art Park opened in spring 2013 as a permanent outdoor sculpture park with annually changing exhibits. Four exhibits are currently on display. The Art Park is located at 3600 86th Street, just south of Douglas Avenue and the Urbandale City Hall in Urbandale. For more information please contact Jan Herke, Director of Parks and Recreation at the Parks and Recreation office 515-331-6793 or jherke@urbandale.org

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