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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
Call to Artists for the Urbandale Art Park

The Urbandale Public Art Committee has issued its 2015-2016 Call to Artists for the Urbandale Art Park.  The Urbandale Public Art Committee invites you to submit an application to participate in the Urbandale Art Park Exhibition.  The Urbandale Public Art Committee will oversee the selection of 2-3 sculptures which will be secured to concrete pads in the Urbandale Art Park for a 10 month exhibition during 2015-16.  Selected artists will receive a $1,200 stipend for loaning the work for the exhibition time period. There is no application fee.  For more information contact, Parks and Recreation Director, Jan Herke at 515-278-3963. 

No DART Services On:

No DART service on Christmas Day - DART will not operate bus service on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in observation of Christmas Day. On Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, DART service will run modified weekday service, ending two hours early, in observation of Christmas Eve. The last trips will depart DART Central Station at 8:40 p.m. Additionally, on Friday, Dec. 26, 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, Dec. 27, 2014. DART reminds riders to plan their trips accordingly.

No DART service on New Year’s Day - DART will not operate bus service on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in observation of New Year’s Day. DART reminds riders to plan their trips accordingly. 

Christmas Tree & Winter Yard Waste Collection

 

Christmas trees are collected from the curb and recycled into compost, no yard waste sticker is needed. Trees are picked-up on your regular garbage day between Dec. 29 and Jan. 9.  Please remove all decorations. Wreaths and garland are not accepted.  Keep in mind, Thursday's route will be delayed one day due to New Years Day, and will picked up on January 2nd.

This is also the last chance to have any remaining yard debris collected before spring. Be sure to use your Compost It! yard waste cart, Compost It! bags, or attach Compost It! stickers to generic bags to ensure your yard waste is picked up.

For more information about yard waste collection, call the Public Works at #278-3950.

Winter Driving Tips

From the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council:

Be Able to See and Be Seen - Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors. Equip your car with good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid.  If visibility is poor, use headlamps.

Get a Feel for the Road - When you first start out, accelerate carefully to test wheel-spin and brake gently to test skidding.

Be Gentle - Use the accelerator and brakes slowly to maintain control of your vehicle. Fast acceleration can make wheels spin on ice and snow. Brake with a gentle pumping action. Stepping too hard on the pedal will lock the brakes and cause loss of steering control.

Increase Your Following Distance - Ice or snow can multiply your stopping distance up to ten times.

Make Turns Slowly and Gradually - Heavily traveled intersections can become "polished" and slick. Brake before you come to a curve, not while you are in it.

Turn in the Direction of the Skid - If the rear of your car begins to slide, turn into the direction of the skid. Expect a second skid as the car straightens out, and be prepared to counter this  sliding action.

Scattered Slippery Spots - Icy spots on the road surface can cause loss of  steering control. Do not use your brake. Take your  foot off the gas and steer as straight as possible until your car slows to a safe speed.

Avoiding a Collision - In an emergency situation, you can intentionally steer your car off the road and into a snow bank. You may get stuck, but you'll avoid a crash.

Making a Winter Driving Survival Kit

From the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council:

Use an empty three-pound coffee can or any similar container with a plastic cover to store the following items:

  • Small candles and matches
  • Small, sharp knife and plastic spoons
  • Red bandanna or cloth
  • Pencil and paper
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Safety pins
  • Whistle
  • Snacks
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • Plastic flashlight and spare batteries

Reverse batteries in the flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.  Warm batteries before using them.  Store safety items in the passenger compartment when severe winter weather threatens in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.  Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

Suggested Food Items:

  • Raisins in small packets
  • Semi-sweet chocolate in pieces for sharing
  • Miniature candy bars
  • Chewing gum
  • Wrapped hard candies
  • Food bars
  • Canned soup, meat and poultry

Store bulky and heavy items in an accessible place:

  • 30-foot cord to use as homing line when you must exit the vehicle
  • Booster cables
  • Basic tools
  • Sand, cat litter or other grit in a plastic milk carton
  • Shovel
  • Tow cables or chain
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Road flares and reflectors
  • Snowmobile suit and heavy boots
Residential Scrap Tire Collection Program

The City Council approved working with the Metro Waste Authority, at its December 9th Council meeting, to hold a residential scrap tire collection program in 2015.  This program would allow residents to deposit a maximum of five scrap tires at the Public Works Facility, from May 4, 2015 to May 9, 2015.  

Under the agreement, the City would be responsible for designating a dropoff site at 9401 Hickman Road. The MWA would be solely responsible for the cost of collecting,  transporting and processing the scrap tires deposited at the site. The MWA would also arrange for a contractor to provide a 40-cubic yard collection receptacle for scrap tires. The location would be constantly monitored during the day, and the collection trailer would be in a secured and screened area. To make it convenient for residents to drop off scrap tires, the collection site would remain open through Saturday, May 9, 2015.   Businesses would not be allowed to deposit scrap tires at the drop-off site. 

Colby Woods Planned Unit Development Master Plan Amended

The City Council approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and rezoning from "C-O" Office/Service District to "P.U.D." Planned Unit Development District, to the "Colby Woods" Planned Unit Development Master Plan (8003 Douglas Avenue), at its December 9th Council meeting.  

The approved request amended the “Colby Woods” PUD Master Plan, and to amend the Comprehensive Plan and rezone an existing parcel located in the northwest corner of Douglas Avenue and 80th Street. The property, known locally as 8003 Douglas Avenue, is 0.493 acre and has about 142 feet of frontage on Douglas Avenue and about 150 feet of frontage on 80th Street.  The rezoning of the property was proposed so that it may be incorporated into the existing “Colby Woods” Planned Unit Development. The parcel was purchased by Corey DePenning, owner of Redfox Home Services, LLC, with the intent of operating a home inspection and radon mitigation business. However, the purchaser had not verified that the property could be utilized for the intended use: businesses classified as Business Services (SIC Major Group 73), which includes Home Inspections (7389), are NOT included in the list of uses that are permitted in the property’s existing “C-O” Office/Service zoning classification.

Colby Woods PUD

Lot 1-Grayceland Estates Grading Plan Site Plan Approved

The City Council approved the Lot 1-Grayceland Estates Grading Plan Site Plan (170th Street and Meredith Drive), at its December 9th Council meeting.  This plan is a preliminary grading plan for two vacant parcels and a portion of another located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Meredith Drive and 170th Street. 

Grayceland Estates

Walnut Ridge Business Center - Phase 2 Site Plan Approved

The City Council approved the Walnut Ridge Business Center, Phase 2, Site Plan (10800 Douglas Avenue), at its December 9th Council meeting.  This site plan proposes a single-story building addition with approximately 38,616 square feet of floor area adjacent to the east end of the existing building, and located on Lot 3, Walnut Ridge Business Park Plat 4.  The proposed addition will contain approximately 28,416 square feet of showroom area, and about 10,200 square feet dedicated to warehouse space. The existing Fireplace Superstore business located in the existing building will relocate to this proposed addition. Architecturally, the front and visible sides of the addition will need to be predominately brick with architectural block or concrete panels on walls generally not visible from the street, in accordance with the P.U.D. Master Plan standards. The building will be fire-sprinkled as required by the Fire Code.

Walnut Ridge Business Center

Walker Johnston Slides Playground Project

The City Council approved the purchase of a custom slide for the Walker Johnston Slides Playground Project, at its December 9th Council meeting.  At its meeting on April 16, 2013, the City Council awarded the Swings and Slides playground project at Walker Johnston Park to Boland Recreation in the amount of $85,000. The equipment was installed in October 9, 2013.

In the past year, safety and product quality issues were discovered with the slides portion of this project, and the slides had to be closed down. Ultimately it was determined by the contractor and park staff that the product purchased for the slide
project could not meet the safety and quality standards needed for the hill at Walker Johnston Park. An agreement has been reached with Boland Recreation to refund the City for the slides portion of the project. The amount refunded would cover the cost for a new slide by another vendor at that site.

In order to attain a slide that would be viable for and functional at the Walker Johnston site, it was determined a custom slide would be required. Parks Department researched possible vendors for a custom embankment slide for Walker Johnston Regional Park, and determined AB Creative Play Equipment, a vendor from Urbandale, could provide a viable and safe custom slide for the site. The custom embankment slide for Walker Johnston Regional Park be obtained through a cooperative government contract with Greenbush Cooperative Purchasing Program and AB Creative and Berliner Play Equipment. The total cost of the delivery and installation of a custom slide for Walker Johnston Regional Park would be $19,767.68.

Municipal Code Second Reading

The City Council approved the second reading of the proposed Municipal Code of the City of Urbandale, Iowa, 2014, at its December 9th Council meeting.  The proposed Municipal Code would update the City's code of ordinances, which was last completed in 1999.  The Council set January 6, 2015 to consider specific sections of the Code that have had questions raised during the reading process.  In addition, the Council set January 20, 2015 to consider the Municipal Code for a third and final reading.  

FarmHer Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz Recognized by Mayor Andeweg

Mayor Andeweg and the City Council, Public Art Committee and the City recognized FarmHer photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz at the December 9, 2014 City Council meeting.  Marji Guyler-Alaniz is a photographer from Urbandale, Iowa and FarmHer is about documenting women in agriculture.  A sample of Marji's photographs are being displayed at City Hall (3600 86th Street) during the month of December, 2014.

This is a long-term project for Marji and she believes in the idea of FarmHer.  She believes that the only way you change ideas and perceptions is consistency over time. These changes might be subtle, but she believes they will occur. When people see an image or idea regularly, they come to believe that it is the way that things actually are. By infusing images of women in agriculture into farm imagery we can change the way people perceive a farmer. 

FarmHer Photo

Walnut Hills Elementary Recognized for Recycling Old Shoes

The Mayor and City Council recognized Walnut Hills Elementary School for its excellence in collecting old athletic shoes, as part of the City's Nike ReUSA A SHOE campaign.  Principal Marron, P.E. teacher Roberts and students from Walnut Hills Elementary attended the December 9th City Council meeting.  At the meeting Mayor Andeweg provided Principal Marron a certificate and a check equal to a $1.00 per pair of shoes collected.  Walnut Hills Elementary collected 498 pairs of shoes.  

The City's ReUSA A SHOE campaign collected just over 1,300 pairs of shoes in 2014.  A generous grant from the Metro Waste Authority (MWA) helped fund the campaign.    The collection was done at four schools, St. Pius X Catholic School, the Urbandale Middle School, Walnut Hills Elementary School and Webster Elementary School.  Lightly worn shoes were separated out and donated to the Urbandale Food Pantry.  Worn shoes were sent to Nike's recycling center to become Nike Grind material.  This material is used in basketball courts, track stadiums, soccer pitches and football fields.  

Walnut Hills Elementary

Trash/Recycling Holiday Schedule

The only route that will be affected for Christmas and New Years is the Thursday route.  Pick up will be delayed one day, and picked up on, Friday, December 26th, and Friday, January 2nd.

If questions, please call #278-3950.

Thank you.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

By the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council - 

Picking a Tree
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. 

Placing the Tree
Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Add water to the tree stand.  Be sure to add water daily. 

Lighting the Tree
Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.  Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry.  Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left int he home or garage, or placed outside against the home.  Check with your local community to find a recycling program.  Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. 

DID YOU KNOW?
ONE of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures.
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every five of the fires.

Governor Branstad Awards Urbandale Certified Connected Community Designation

Governor Branstad and Connected Nation officials presented the Connected Community Certification to the Mayor of Urbandale at a ceremony Wednesday morning, December 17 at Urbandale City Hall. Urbandale is the eighth community in the state to achieve this recognition.

Economic development was identified as a strategic priority by the Urbandale City Council in 2014. Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg remarked at today’s presentation: “This Connected Community certification is another sign that Urbandale will do what it takes to ensure our infrastructure is ready for today’s businesses.’’

A key component of the Connected Community certification is the Technology Action Plan. Formulated through collaboration with community stakeholders, the Action Plan includes improving online business services offered by the City, a telecommunications infrastructure study and improving the existing telecommunications infrastructure in Urbandale neighborhoods.

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