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The Urbandale Council Recap is a brief highlight of the City Council meetings. The recap is not minutes of the Council meeting. Minutes are considered and approved at the subsequent Council meeting.

January 24, 2023 - Regular Council Meeting

The Mayor and City Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 24. 

The City Council approved a preliminary plat for Urban Loop Commerce Park near 128th Street and Plum Drive and approved a site plan for a new warehouse nearby.

The City Council approved artwork pieces by various artists for display at the Urbandale Art Park. The Urbandale Art Park is a permanent outdoor sculpture park with annually changing exhibits. The Art Park is located just south of City Hall.

With an ongoing commitment to sustainability, the City Council approved purchasing a fully electric cargo van for the Parks & Recreation Department's Mobile Recreation Program for $64,000. Plans are underway to wrap the van with custom graphics.

You can watch all the City Council meetings on YouTube and find council agendas here. The Mayor and City Council will meet again on Saturday, January 28, for a budget worksession.

January 10, 2023 - Regular Council Meeting

The City Council approved a project that will install solar energy panels on the roof of the newly-constructed Parks and Public Works Maintenance Facility on Hickman Road east of 100th Street. When complete, the 225 kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to reduce City energy costs by approximately $25,000 per year. The project is expected to be complete in January 2024. 

The Council held a public hearing on the City’s five-year Capital Improvements Plan. Attendees at the public hearing addressed projects in the categories of stormwater management and on-street bike lanes on Aurora Avenue. After the public hearing, the City Council approved the 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Plan. The Plan is available for review on the City’s website.

The City Council established a Tuesday March 7, 2023 special election for voters to consider this question: “Shall the City of Urbandale, Iowa, issue its General Obligation Bonds or Capital Loan Notes in an amount not exceeding the amount of $43,000,000 for the purpose of designing, constructing, equipping, and furnishing a new community recreation complex, with related recreational site improvements?” More information on the project is available at this page on the City website.