Press Release - 2022

June 13, 2022 - Cooling Center to Open in Urbandale

The City of Urbandale will be opening a cooling center for residents due to hot temperatures forecasted for the next several days. The center location and open hours are as follows:

Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street

  • Monday, June 13: 9AM–8:30PM
  • Tuesday, June 14: 9AM–8:30PM
  • Wednesday, June 15: 9AM–8:30PM
  • Thursday, June 16: 9AM–8:30PM
  • Friday, June 17: 9AM–6PM

Chairs are available for people to sit on while cooling off. Wi-Fi is available. Outlets are available for charging devices, but people must bring their own cords.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1.

June 10, 2022 - Road Closure Notice: Meredith Drive from 167th Street to 170th Street 

The City of Urbandale will begin reconstructing Meredith Drive from 167th Street to west of 170th Street and 170th Street from Meredith Drive to Waterford Road as a four-lane roadway with left turn lanes.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Meredith Drive will be completely closed to traffic from 167th Street to 170th Street.  The intersections of 170th Street and 167th Street will remain open.  The intersection of 169th Street will be closed.   Detours will be posted.  Local traffic will be maintained.

As work progresses, this complete closure will move, and updates will be posted on our website. 

This portion of the Meredith Drive reconstruction will be completed by the fall of 2022. The entire project including 170th Street Reconstruction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2023.

May 28, 2022 - Road Closure Notice: 128th Street from Douglas Parkway to Aurora Avenue

The City of Urbandale will be replacing pavement on 128th Street from Douglas Parkway to Aurora Avenue this summer.

On Thursday, June 2, 128th Street will be closed to traffic from Douglas Parkway to Aurora Avenue. The intersections of Douglas Parkway and Aurora Avenue will remain open.  The intersections with Timberline Cottages, Airline Avenue, and Prairie Drive will be closed and re-constructed.  Detours will be posted and the route is available on our website.  Local traffic will be maintained.  Project updates will be posted on our website as work progresses.

128th Street is expected to be re-opened to traffic by mid-August.  The project is expected to be completed by early October 2022.

May 20, 2022 - Mosquito Control Program to Begin

Mosquito spraying in Urbandale neighborhoods is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 23, weather permitting, and continue until Fall or when mosquito population thresholds are no longer exceeded. City staff will be treating area neighborhoods with EPA-approved mosquito control product between the hours of 9:30 PM to 3 AM.

Spraying will be done with City of Urbandale trucks, weather permitting, with no rain or winds over 10 miles per hour. All City trucks are white, with a blue diamond Urbandale logo, and will have an amber warning light blinking to alert residents that City staff are in the area.

While spraying reduces the mosquito population, it is still recommended that residents use mosquito repellent when outside early in the morning and late in the evening. Residences can do their part in the battle against mosquitos by eliminating sources of standing water such as disposing of old tires, any type of containers that collect and hold water, and maintaining gutters. Pet dish and bird bath water should be changed every two days.

City staff follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended label rates of application and procedure for this product.  

New residents, residents with apiaries, or pollinator gardens that would like to opt-out of mosquito spraying near their home should e-mail their name and address to Scott Hock, Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities at shock@urbandale.org. If you have called in before to ask to be placed on the no treatment list, we will still not treat in your immediate area. Residents with any questions concerning this program should contact the Urbandale Parks & Recreation Department at 515-331-6799.

April 20, 2022 - Urbandale’s Efforts to Understand and Address Local Business Needs Recognized with Award

The City of Urbandale has been honored with a BEST of Iowa Excellence Award for its efforts gathering information and data about current business trends in Iowa. 

Business Expansion and Strategic Trends (BEST) of Iowa is a unique collaboration of local economic development groups working with Iowa’s utilities and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The group’s mission is to meet with Iowa companies to identify local economic trends, business needs and opportunities. 

The BEST of Iowa Award honors communities that went above and beyond throughout the data gathering process. In addition to the City of Urbandale, three other communities were honored with the award: Iowa City Area Development, City of Boone and Mahaska Chamber & Development, and Mahaska County. 

“Building relationships and supporting our existing businesses is the first priority for our city’s economic development efforts,” Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg said. “This recognition is both an affirmation and motivation to continue to deliver on that commitment to our existing businesses.”

2021 BEST of Iowa identified trends that include workforce challenges and supply issues from interviews with more than 1,065 companies in 66 counties. The City of Urbandale economic development staff contributed to that effort by meeting with dozens of businesses in its targeted industries of information technology, insurance and financial services, logistics and advanced manufacturing. The City takes action on the information it receives to resolve minor issues and to address larger concerns like workforce by collaborating with partners.

“Getting firsthand feedback from businesses across our state is critical to making sure we’re setting the stage for economic success,” said Drew Conrad, Director at the Institute for Decision Making, The University of Northern Iowa. “We hope that this information will help leaders pinpoint how to best support the hardworking people of Iowa.” 

For more details about the study, visit www.iowaeda.com.

April 18, 2022 – Road Closure Notice – Aurora Avenue from NW Urbandale Drive to the UGRA Softball and Soccer Club Complex

The City of Urbandale will begin reconstructing Aurora Avenue/104th Street/100th Street from NW Urbandale Drive to Brookview Drive as a three-lane roadway with a center left turn lane. 

Starting on Monday, April 25, Aurora Avenue will be completely closed to traffic from NW Urbandale Drive to the UGRA Softball and Soccer Club Complex. The entrance to the UGRA complex and Townhomes will remain open; access to this entrance will only be from Meredith Drive.

As work progresses, this complete closure will move, and updates will be posted on our website. Detours will be posted. Local traffic will be maintained. 

This project is expected to be completed by the end of November. You can follow all the project updates at www.Urbandale.org/projects.

April 1, 2022 - Urbandale’s Strong Credit Rating Announced; City Lowers the Tax Levy

Urbandale, IA – Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday, March 29, affirmed the City of Urbandale’s Aa1 bond rating. Economic growth continues to drive revenue, leading to stable financial operations with healthy reserves. Urbandale is also lowering the tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year.

“This excellent rating is one factor that helps the City of Urbandale decrease the tax levy for our residents this coming year," said Nicci Lamb, Director of Finance. "A strong bond rating allows us to borrow money at lower interest rates—and the less interest Urbandale pays—the more money we can save Urbandale taxpayers.”

Urbandale’s tax levy will be lowered 10 cents from last year’s amount to a new total of $10.01. This lowered levy will go into effect for the 2022-2023 fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2022. 

“The City of Urbandale appreciates the affirmation by Moody's of Urbandale's fiscal stability in issuing these strong ratings,” said Mayor Bob Andeweg. “It underscores the long-term commitment of the City Council and staff for strong fiscal discipline and operational excellence, and it allows us to continue providing high quality services at a reasonable rate.”

Aa1 is immediately below rating of AAA as one of the highest possible bond ratings that Moody’s can give an organization. This rating allows the City of Urbandale to manage timely debt strategies and will lead to more investment into the improvement of the community. Moody’s Investors Service is a global provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis.

March 29, 2022 - Urbandale Moving Plans Forward for a New Community Recreation Complex

At a Council meeting last week, the Urbandale City Council directed staff to prepare preliminary plans for a Community Recreation Complex at Walnut Creek Regional Park near 152nd Street and Meredith Drive.

“Constructing a new recreation amenity at 152nd and Meredith is something that has been identified in our master plans for more than 16 years,” said Director of Parks & Recreation Jan Herke. “The Recreation Complex will be a unique community hub providing wellness, recreation, educational, and leisure opportunities for current and future generations.”

Earlier this year, a survey of Urbandale residents showed that 77% were in favor of constructing a new complex. Urbandale will be conducting a second survey to narrow down community preferences for the types of amenities this complex will offer. This survey will be completed in April, and further community forums and public input will follow. Urbandale is planning to hold a bond referendum for the complex in March of 2023. More information on the project can be found here.

Urbandale Parks & Recreation manages 57 parks, more than 50 miles of paved trails, and offers more than 300 athletic, instructional, recreational, and wellness programs during the year. Indoor and outdoor programs are provided throughout the year and can be found online at www.Urbandale.org/Spring or call the Parks & Recreation Office at 515-278-3963.

March 9, 2022 - Urbandale Opening Restrooms

Urbandale's Parks & Recreation Department announced Friday, April 1, 2022 as the start date for the parks’ portable restroom service. A total of eight portable restrooms will be opened across seven parks in Urbandale. These will include two handicap accessible toilets and one ADA toilet in Walker Johnston, Dunlap, and Waterford parks.  

“Urbandale is proud to offer various amenities throughout our more than 50 parks,” said Director of Parks & Recreation Jan Herke. “Opening these portable restrooms is just one way we can create a more enjoyable and convenient experience for people who want to get out and enjoy the Spring weather.” 

Urbandale also plans to open flushable restrooms and water fountains throughout all parks starting the week of March 28. This is to ensure that the weather will not fall below freezing to prevent pipes from bursting in Urbandale parks. 

Urbandale Parks & Recreation manages 57 parks, more than 50 miles of paved trails, and offers more than 300 athletic, instructional, recreational, and wellness programs during the year. Indoor and outdoor programs are provided throughout the Spring and Summer and can be found online at www.Urbandale.org/Spring or call the Parks & Recreation Office at 515-278-3963. 

January 31, 2022- $217 Million to be Invested in Urbandale’s Infrastructure, Trails, and Art

The Urbandale City Council approves five-year plan for improvements across the city.

Formally known as the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), the approved plan allocated $217 million worth of funding for projects to positively impact Urbandale residents, visitors and businesses. 

The CIP prioritizes and plans for construction and purchases to meet the City’s future needs for public art, buildings, equipment, technology, parks, bridges, sidewalks, storm sewers, streets, street lighting, traffic signals, and water systems. Nearly $29 million will be spent in 2022.

“We are very pleased to approve this plan,” said Urbandale Mayor Robert Andeweg. “It will help fuel Urbandale’s growth and allow us to become an even more attractive option for businesses and residents looking for a place to call home.” 

The CIP includes important community-shaping projects for 2022, including:

  • Douglas Avenue Urbanization - this project will modernize and enhance the area by adding public art, street curbs, storm water management, trails, sidewalks, landscaping and pedestrian/cyclist access.
  • Community entrance signage - this on-going project will place monument signs at key city entrance points to help identify Urbandale for visitors and area residents, convey a welcoming entrance to Urbandale, promote community identity, and support economic development initiatives.
  • Adding public art to enhance the appearance of Urbandale. 
  • Paving new trails and constructing new parks in various locations around Urbandale. 

Many more projects are planned for the City of Urbandale in the coming years. To view all the upcoming projects, as well as specific details of the Capital Improvement Plan, please visit online at https://www.urbandale.org/230/Finance-Records.

January 5, 2022 - Building Boom: Urbandale’s 2021 Permit Valuation Highest on Record

The City of Urbandale's Community Development Department issued a total of 1,388 residential and commercial building permits in 2021, with a total valuation of more than $220.6 million. This is the highest valuation on record, surpassing the previous record from 2003 of $188 million.

Building permits issued by the City include many different types of commercial and residential projects such as additions, remodels, fences, and decks. Urbandale saw the construction of 417 single-family homes and 25 new commercial buildings in 2021 which helped set the new record for permit valuation.

“These strong numbers are an endorsement of the work of city leaders, businesses, and residents,” said Mayor Bob Andeweg. “It’s no secret, people are putting roots down in Urbandale thanks to our outstanding amenities, great schools, and wonderful residents and businesses.”

Urbandale maintains a vast array of investment-attracting amenities including the Urban Loop commercial development area which boasts seven I-35/80 interstate access points, one of the lowest city tax rates in the metro, an extensive park and trail network, and the ability to grow northwest and annex land in unincorporated Dallas County.

The City recently began the process to update its Comprehensive Plan, creating a vision with goals and objectives to guide future growth and development. Urbandale has grown significantly since 2003, when the current plan was adopted, and the development landscape has evolved significantly. 

For more information and to view the online permit portal, visit www.urbandale.org/permitportal.

January 3, 2022 - Urbandale Public Library Hosting Traveling Exhibit

The Urbandale Public Library will host the “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All” traveling exhibit from January 27 - February 4, 2022. In partnership with the City of Urbandale Civil Rights Commission, the Urbandale Library is hosting the following events to highlight the history and message behind the exhibit, as well as stimulate discussion about the current state of affairs.

 

  • January 27, 6 p.m. Keynote speaker Karen Kedrowski: Join us for opening remarks from Karen Kedrowski, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center (registration encouraged).
    • About the exhibit: The product of a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of Women, the Central Iowa Community Museum and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All” highlights the contributions of African Americans in Iowa to the suffrage movement.

 

  • Saturday, January 29, 10 a.m. Judge Romonda Belcher: Judge Romonda D. Belcher will be presenting Sojourner Truth’s "Ain’t I a Woman" speech which was originally given at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851. Judge Belcher will share other details about this historical figure and her involvement with the suffrage movement. 
    • Target Audience: Middle school age and up
    • Registration encouraged

 

  • Sunday, January 30, 2 p.m. Continuing the Conversation: Discussion Panel: Join us for a panel discussion with a group of women who will share their experiences as African American community and business members in Iowa. Registration encouraged, guest speakers include:
    • Linda Franker, owner of Optimal Health & Wellbeing
    • Dwana Bradley, with Iowa Urban Media & Des Moines School Board
    • State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
    • Renee Hardman, CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Iowa & West Des Moines City Council member
    • Teree Caldwell Johnson, Des Moines School Board & Oak Hills Neighborhood Association member
    • Betty Andrew, President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP