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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
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

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.

Urbandale Wins Voice of the People Award

Steve Franklin, Community Development Director and members from the Department presented the Mayor and City Council the Voice of the People Award for Built Environment at the October 28th City Council meeting.  

The City of Urbandale won the Voice of the People Award for Excellence in Built Environment from the National Research Center (NRC).   The Award is based on responses from The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) conducted in 2013.  Urbandale residents reported the highest levels of satisfaction with built environment compared with responses from all other jurisdictions participating in The NCS™.

The Voice of the People Awards was presented by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to the City of Urbandale at the ICMA’s 100th Anniversary Conference in Charlotte, NC.  Urbandale was one of 18 communities that received a Voice of the People Award and the only one for Built Environment.  

Voice of the People Award Photo
Pictured left to right are: (Roger Schemmel, Annika Schilke, Mayor Andeweg, Steve Franklin, Maurice Dudney).

Highland Pointe Multi-Family Amendment Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, opened the public hearing to consider the Highland Pointe Multi Family amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Rezoning from P.U.D. (8800-8900 Plum Drive).  The request was made by the developer to allow multi-family residential housing to be a permitted use on the 7.25 acre parcel, which is currently designated for office and business park uses.  The City Council took action to continue the public hearing till November 11th.  

Snow and Ice Control Policy Updated

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved the updated Snow and Ice Control Policy.  This policy outlines the City’s program for responding to snow and ice events. Included in this policy is a priority ranking for the treatment of the City’s street system, equipment and route assignments, instructions to operators and the record keeping procedures associated with snow and ice removal operations.

Currently the Department of Engineering and Public Works, and the Parks and Recreation Department are responsible for 474 lane miles of streets, 293 cul-de-sacs, 18 parking lots and approximately 12 miles of trails and sidewalks. This requires a fleet of two anti-icing units, 15 dump trucks, 13 pickups, three tractor mounted snowblowers and various other pieces of equipment. A total of three supervisors and 34 full-time employees are assigned to keeping the street and public property system safe for motorists and pedestrians. In 2013/14 this crew dedicated over 6,600 hours to the City’s snow and ice control program.

Library Carpet and Reconfiguration Professional Services Agreement Approved

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved an agreement with FEH Associates for the carpet replacement and reconfiguration project of the Urbandale Public Library.  Replacing the carpet in the 56,000 square foot Library is a complex project.  A collection of approximately 190,000 items, 125 shelving units, and
numerous other furnishings and equipment must be moved. Installing the carpet provides an opportunity to reconfigure the Library floor plan. Phase 1 of the project includes reconfiguring and carpeting the public area of the Library, moving shelving units, and installing customized millwork features.

FEH Associates, Inc. will plan, implement, and monitor the carpeting, reconfiguration, and redesign of the Library floor plan for a fee of $43,500. When the Library was constructed in 2000, FEH Associates, Inc. performed all of the on-site construction administration since it was the local partner for the out-of-state architect.

Northwoods Place Plat 1 Approved

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved the preliminary plat and site plan for Northwoods Place Plat 1 (8411 Plum Drive).  This preliminary plat and site plan pertains to a vacant property located east of 86th Street and south of Interstate 35/80, and known locally as 8411 Plum Drive. The property is legally described as Lot 4, Final Plat of Northwoods Business Park, an Official Replat, and has a total area of 1.436 acres and 188.53 feet of frontage along Plum Drive. An amendment to the “Northwoods” P.U.D. Master Plan to allow single-family attached residential town homes in lieu of office park development was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2014. 

The site plan proposes 14 two-story town homes, to be constructed in 2 6-plexes and a 2-plex. Each unit will have a 2-car garage. Architecturally, the buildings will have gabled roofs, and vinyl siding with bat and board sections on front elevations with cultured stone accents. Access to the town homes will be via a private street from Plum Drive. Sidewalk will be constructed along Plum Drive, and both sides of the private street. A total of 5 parking spaces are provided along the Plum Drive frontage. A minimum of 5 parking stalls are required by the Zoning Ordinance, on the basis of 1 space/3 dwelling units.

Northwoods Place Plat 1

New Hope Assembly of God Church North Driveway Extension Site Plan

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved the driveway extension site plan for the New Hope Assembly of God Church (4425 70th Street).  This site plan sets a second driveway access onto 70th Street for the New Hope Assembly of God church. The 24-foot wide concrete driveway was shown as part of future improvements on the original site plan for the church, which was approved by the City Council on March 8, 2011. The site plan also includes the demolition of an existing house, driveway and shed located on the church’s property, in order to make room the proposed driveway. No additional improvements are proposed at this time. The church property has a total area of 7.95 acres, and has 595 feet of frontage on 70th Street, 160 feet on Townsend Avenue and approximately 30 feet of frontage on 69th Street.

New Hope Assembly of God Church Site Plan

Lot 1 Interstate Acres Plat 11 Site Plan for Phase 2

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved the site plan for Phase 2 of Lot 1 Interstate Acres Plat 11 (10800-10858 Meredith Drive).  The site plan proposes the second phase of development for this parcel, and includes a single-story office building along the Meredith Drive frontage with a total of 19,890 square feet of floor area. The site plan for the initial building, approved by the City Council on May 13, 2014, included an 18,000 square foot single-story office building and associated parking fronting on NW Urbandale Drive. Architecturally this building, like the first building, is proposed to be constructed of masonry block on the front elevation and wrapping partially around the sides, and painted precast panels on most of the side and rear walls. This property does not have any specific architectural requirements for materials or design. The building will be fire-sprinkled as required by code.  

The property has a total area of 4.71 acres, for a Floor Area Ratio (F.A.R.) of 0.185, including both buildings. The lot has about 239 feet of frontage on NW Urbandale Drive and about 403 feet of frontage on Meredith Drive. The property will be accessed from both NW Urbandale Drive and Meredith Drive from existing full access locations. A total of 83 additional parking spaces will be provided with this second building, including 25 in front of the building along Meredith Drive, and another 58 spaces will be constructed behind the building adjacent to the spaces provided for the first building. A minimum of 190 total spaces for both buildings are required by the Zoning Ordinance, on the basis of 5 spaces/1000 square feet of gross building area for office uses. A total of 241 spaces are being provided.

Lot 1 Plat 11

2015 Special Census

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, approved a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a special census of Urbandale in 2015.  The City will undertake the 2015 full Special Census (Polk County and Dallas County) with the expectation that the City will recoup the cost over approximately 2½ years through additional revenue from future Road Use tax revenues.  The most recent census figures available for the City are from the decennial census conducted in 2010. In that year, the population count for the City was 39,463. Since then, the City has experienced substantial growth and the Director of Community Development has estimated the current population to be 42,300.

This estimate is based on housing development patterns over the past five years and an estimate of the number of people per household.  Obtaining an up-to-date, accurate census figure would have a significant financial benefit for the City. The State of Iowa distributes the Road Use Tax Fund revenues on a per capita basis. If current population estimates are accurate, the City's share of the Road Use Tax Fund could increase by approximately $268,000 per year, using current IDOT road use tax rates.  The U.S. Census Bureau has a total cost to $659,642 to conduct the special census.

Second Reading of Proposed Municipal Code Postponed

The City Council, at its October 28th meeting, postponed the second reading of the proposed Municipal Code of the City of Urbandale, Iowa.  The October 28th date was set by the Council, at its September 30, 2014 public hearing to consider the code.  Due to scheduling conflicts and additional information requested, the second reading was postponed till December 9, 2014.  The City Clerk will continue to field questions and take comments on the proposed Code.  Comments can be made via email or by calling 278-3900.

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. 

Change Your Clock – Check Your Smoke Detector Batteries

As our nation moves back to Standard Time beginning this weekend, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Urbandale Fire Department encourages you to mark the occasion as a time to test your home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if more than one year old.

Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.

In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the USFA recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

  • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
  • Test alarms once a month using the test button.
  • Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms. 
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.

For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/smokealarms or our web site at http://www.urbandale.org/hot-topics.cfm

City Funding Requests Now Being Accepted

Download the Funding Policy.  Download the Funding Form.

The City Council considers funding requests (November-December) from community and external organizations (“Organization”) when it develops the annual operating budget for the following fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). 

Funding for these agencies can come from Hotel Motel Tax Fund dollars or General Fund dollars, depending on the nature of the Organization and the purpose of the request. This policy addresses the City’s guidelines for each funding source separately, as each has separate criteria. 

For funding to be considered from either revenue source, the Organization must meet one of the following base criteria:

  1. Submit a request using the City’s Funding Request Form, as prescribed by this policy, and include all requested information outlined in the next section, by the deadline indicated on the funding request form, OR 
  2. Be part of a 28E intergovernmental agreement with the City’s which obligates a contribution to the Organization; these entities do not need to complete the Funding Request Form.

All non-28E entities must submit the following, along with their Funding Request Form

  1. Balance sheet/statement of cash position as of the most recently ended month.  
  2. Income statement/statement of cash flow for the most recently completed fiscal year or calendar year, which at minimum, must include one full year of activity.  
  3. For applicants that have received City funding in a prior year, a full accounting of use of prior funds is required. Detail records relating to use of funds must be retained by the entity to support subsequent applications, and if requested, must be provided to the City. 

Once applications documents are submitted, unless additional information is requested by the City for clarification or review, changes cannot be made to the funding request.

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