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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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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.           

   
  
 

Mayor's Bike Ride - UCANLOOP Urbandale

UCAN Loop Urbandale Bike Ride

Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Area Announces Smart911 as Enhanced Public Safety Service

Public safety officials in the Polk County E911 service area that includes the communities of Alleman-Altoona-Ankeny-Bondurant-Clive-Des Moines-Elkhart-Grimes-Johnston-Mitchellville-Norwalk-Pleasant Hill-Polk City-Runnells-Urbandale-West Des Moines-Windsor Heights announced today that they have taken a step forward in public safety with the addition of Smart911, a free service now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  If that citizen needs to dial 9-1-1, their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen, saving seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency. 

 “We take great pride in providing the best available resources to enhance safety in our community,” said Polk County Supervisor and Chair of the 9-1-1 Board, Robert Brownell. “By utilizing this technology, our citizens are now able to give us the information we need to better help them during a time of great distress, when communicating even the simplest of details can be difficult.”

Citizens can visit www.smart911.com to sign up and create a free Safety Profile for their household, providing information such as the names and photos of family members, health conditions, medications, pets in the home, vehicle details and emergency contacts.  All information in each profile is voluntary, and each household can determine what details are important to include, as each household is different and therefore the potential rescue needs will also vary.   

“Even the simplest of details can help our officers during an emergency,” said West Des Moines Police Officer, Sgt. Brent Kock “From knowing the access points to the home, whether there is a pet we need to be aware of when approaching or entering the home or just knowing the name of the person in distress can enhance the safety of our citizens and our officers.”

With over 450,000 residents living in the area covered by the Polk County E911 Service Board and more commuting into the area every day, the three Metropolitan 9-1-1 centers receive over 240,000 9-1-1 calls in a given year. Smart911 will give 9-1-1 call takers the ability to send the appropriate response teams to the right location and with more information.  Examples of situations in which Smart911 can assist include:

  • If a call is made from a mobile phone, a Safety Profile can provide an address which will allow first responders a location to respond to, even if cell service is poor or the call is dropped. 
  • If there is a fire in the home, a Safety Profile can immediately provide details on how to gain access into the building, the number of residents and pets inside, and a floor plan detailing the location of bedrooms and nearest exits.
  • During a medical emergency, a Safety Profile can deliver important details on how to treat a patient, ranging from potential allergies to medical conditions such as epilepsy or autism. 
  • In a collision, the Safety Profile can include vehicle information, the citizen’s medical treatment restrictions and emergency contact details.

“We often spend the first few minutes during an emergency gathering information and assessing the scene," said Des Moines Fire Department Inspector Brian O’Keefe. “By having this information, such as photos of family members, details of those who may need evacuation assistance and even utility shut off locations, while we are en route we can begin our on scene efforts more quickly.”

Smart911 has been adopted in 38 states and over 1,000 communities. Your Smart911 profile will work in any of these locations if you call 9-1-1.  It has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a missing child case in Arkansas and a heart attack victim in Tennessee and saving lives including a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan.  In Iowa, Smart911 is also available Dubuque County. 

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Smart911 and create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com to ensure 9-1-1 will have access to their information during an emergency. Smart911 is private and secure, and is only made available to 9-1-1 when an emergency call is made. 

Miracle League Field Site Plan Approved

The Urbandale Miracle League Field got one step closer to being a reality Tuesday night.  The City Council approved the Field's site plan.  The Field would be at Northview Park (4935 78th Street).  

The approved site plan proposes the construction of playground improvements, driveway and parking improvements, and renovation of an existing small ball field to be designated as a Miracle League Field at Northview Park. New amenities include an all-inclusive playground, batting cages and bleachers, and upgrades and expansion of the existing parking lot together with other related improvements. Northview Park is accessed from 78th Street and Plum Drive. 

The site plan also proposes the removal of the existing asphalt parking lot and adjoining
gravel areas and replacing those with a concrete parking lot that will accommodate 116
parking spaces, 7 of which are accessible parking spaces.  

Northview Park is approximately 61 acres and features picnic tables and walking trails. Northview Park is also home to the Urbandale Little League, which utilizes approximately 18 acres of land for youth baseball leagues.  

Miracle League fields can be found across the country, and provide accommodations for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities who may not otherwise be able to participate in a sport like baseball. The Miracle League Field steering committee for this proposed field consists of representatives from City staff, Polk County, the Urbandale Little League, the Urbandale School District, and representatives from the community. The committee is involved with a fundraising campaign to secure the money necessary for the improvements, most of which will be raised through private donations.

Miracle League Field

Waterford Landing North Site Plan Approved

The City Council approved the site plan for Waterford Landing North (170th Street and Waterford Road) on Tuesday, April 14th.  The approved plan is a preliminary grading plan for the undeveloped portion of the "Waterford Landing" Planned Unit Development District that is north of Waterford Road, and located near the intersection of 170th Street and Waterford Road. The subject property consists of three individual parcels totaling approximately 95 acres.  The property is adjacent to the parcel owned by the City of Urbandale but the City’s property is not included in this grading plan. The grading plan has been designed to accommodate the future residential development of Waterford Landing by lowering the existing grades and removing excess material.

Excess fill is being taken off-site and will be used for the City’s 156th Street reconstruction project.  Approximately 6.1 acres will be disturbed on the western grading area and 8.9 acres on the eastern grading area. A construction entrance is proposed to access Waterford Road near the south west corner of the subject property.  This parcel is surrounded by agricultural properties, and is located in the Waukee School District. The parcel drains to the north to a major tributary of Walnut Creek.

Waterford Landing North

Public Hearing Set for Storm Sewer Easement Vacation Request

The City Council set April 28, 2015 as a public hearing date to consider a request to vacate a storm sewer easement at 4700 84th Street.  This request has been initiated by the owner of the subject property, Urbandale Assisted Living, LP, an Iowa limited liability partnership d/b/a Senior Suites of Urbandale. A recent ALTA Survey of the property showed that the easternmost portion of the building encroached into a small triangular portion of an Easement for Storm Sewer granted to the City of Urbandale. This easement was recorded on October 21, 1983 in Book 5296, Page 713 of the Polk County Recorder’s Office.  The owners are requesting that the City vacate the small triangular portion of the easement area the lies underneath the building in order to eliminate the encroachment.

Easement Vacation Request

City Seeks Department of Justice Grant for Body Armor

The City Council approved a grant application by the Police Department seeking a Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program award.  The Council authorized a grant application to the Department of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, to purchase 7 vests at an estimated unit price of $620.  The vests would be purchased in FY2015-16 and would be for new and replacement body armor for Police Officers. The grant program would reimburses 50% of the purchase cost for each qualified body armor purchased.

City to Bid Fuel Purchase Contract

The City Council approved staff to solicit bids for 84,000 gallons of fuel under a fixed price contract at its April 14th meeting.  Bids would be received on April 28, 2015 and would be presented before the City Council for approval that evening.  In addition to the fixed price contract, the City would use State rack prices for the estimated 58,800 gallons of fuel needed.  

Snow Plow Blade Purchase Approved

The City Council approved the purchase of snow plow blades at its April 14th meeting.  The approved purchase would be grouped into the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) bid.  Recently the IDOT invited political subdivisions to participate in their letting for snow plow blades. Under this purchasing process, IDOT takes orders from subdivisions and combines them into one bid. As approved, Urbandale would seek 102 blades at an estimated cost of $15,000.

Urbandale Signs Equipment Sharing Agreement

The City Council approved an equipment sharing agreement at its April 14th meeting.  The agreement is with the Cities of Clive, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights that creates a system for sharing equipment. The term of the initial two (2) year agreement would be through June 30, 2017, and would automatically renew for additional two (2) year periods unless terminated by the parties.

The purpose of the agreement is to create a system for the sharing of motor vehicles, equipment and machinery. Public Works maintenance activities require a number of pieces of specialized equipment. Often that specialized equipment is used sparingly and is available for other Cities to utilize. Conversely, a City may have a need for a piece of equipment but cannot justify the cost based on how infrequently it is used. 

According to the agreement, each City would provide a catalog of available equipment to the City of West Des Moines. West Des Moines would maintain the catalog that contains a description of each piece of equipment, the rental fees, and applicable rules or restrictions for each piece of equipment (e.g. if a trained operator must accompany the rental).

Amendment to Chapter 4 of Code or Ordinances

The City Council approved on first reading an amendment to Chapter 4 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Urbandale, 1999.  The proposed Chapter would authorize a Municipal Citation for the City of Urbandale to address both criminal and civil violations of the ordinances for the City of Urbandale.  The amendment would become effective after three readings and approvals by Council.  

Professional Services Agreement for the Police Station Geothermal Retrofit Approved

The City Council approved a professional services agreement with Alvine Engineering for the Police Station Geothermal Retrofit, Phase 1, project.  Phase 1 of this project would retrofit the existing 8.5 ton mechanical unit that handles the heating and cooling for the Police Station roll call room.  This phase of the project was anticipated when the original boiler was replaced in 2012 and retrofitted with a geothermal system. Limited modifications would be needed to the existing geothermal system and no additional loops are needed within the geothermal loop field to handle this phase of the project. The professional services agreement would provide the project’s plans and specifications to retrofit the 8.5 ton rooftop unit with a geothermal rooftop unit.  The total cost would be $9,000 for the agreement's work.  

Underground Power Lines for Douglas Avenue Approved

The City Council approved a proposal by MidAmerican Energy Company to underground the power lines on Douglas Avenue, from 100th Street to 111th Street.  This proposal would remove the overhead power lines on the south side of Douglas Avenue from the west side of the railroad crossing to the west side of Interstate 35/80. All electric lines  crossing Douglas Avenue in this section will also be removed with this project. This work would be completed in the spring/summer of 2015.  The total cost for this work would be $488,000.  

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