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Polk City, Iowa

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UPDATED Emergency Proclamation regarding community spread of COVID-19 III

by City Hall 3/31/2020
    WHEREAS, The World Health Organization has declared Novel Coronavirus-19 WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the public health and safety of the City of Polk City, Iowa; and WHEREAS, On March 17, 2020 the Honorable Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency throughout the State of Iowa; and  WHEREAS, As directed by SECTION THREE of Governor Kim Reynolds Proclamation, pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3) and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of Iowa Department of Public Health:  1.       Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. 2.       Fitness Center:All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed. 3.       Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed. 4.       Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed. 5.       Mass Gathering: Social,community,spiritual,religious,recreational,leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster. 6.       Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed. 7.       All retail businesses.   WHEREAS, Unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of Iowa Department of Public Health, this order is effective from March 17, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020; and WHEREAS, Governor Reynolds declared the State of Disaster Emergency effective on March 16, 2020 and shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on April 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing; and  WHEREAS, Section 15.02(2) of the Code of Ordinances and Section 372.14(2) of the Code of Iowa (2019) grant the Mayor powers to declare an emergency and govern through proclamation to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Polk City. NOW THEREFORE, I, Jason Morse, the duly elected Mayor of the City of Polk City, do hereby proclaim the following: 1.       That a state of emergency or public danger exists within the City of Polk City because of the threat of the spread of COVID-19 virus. 2.       That based upon the advice of the CDC and other public health agencies, I hereby declare that the Public Library and City Hall will be closed to the public beginning upon execution of this Proclamation. Staff shall report as normal. 3.       All Polk City Parks and Playground equipment are closed to the public until further notice. 4.       That pursuant to the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency issued by Governor Reynolds, mass gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited from March 17, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 7,2020. 5.       That pursuant to the Governor’s mandate that all restaurants, bar, fitness centers, theaters, senior citizen centers and adult day care facilities in Polk City be closed; with the exception to allow food being served by carry-out, drive-through or delivery. 6.       That all residents are encouraged to regularly monitor trusted sources including Federal, State and local informational resources for possible emergency communications, updates and additional recommendations. 7.       That this Proclamation of Emergency may be modified and/or superseded by future proclamation of the Office of the Mayor of Polk City as future events warrant.  8.       That any violation of any proclamation of the Office of the Mayor shall be enforceable by the Polk City Police Department and any violation of the same shall be a violation of Section 15.02(2) of the Code of Ordinances and punishable as a simple misdemeanor.   DATED this 31st day of March 2020   Signed by: Jason Morse, Mayor

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COVID-19 UPDATE

by City Hall 3/31/2020
Until further notice, all Polk City Parks and Playground Equipment are closed to the Public. People may still use the trails, but we ask that you please be cautious of practicing social distancing when utilizing our trail system. 

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COVID-19 Information

by City Hall 3/25/2020
The City of Polk City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to follow guidance from Governor Kim Reynolds to help prevent community spread.  The City is committed to protecting the health of its staff, residents and businesses during this pandemic.  We are emphasizing precautions to decrease the spread of diseases and asking everyone to practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes.  We are asking people to stay home and stay safe as much as possible. With social distancing encouraged the City of Polk City has restricted access to all municipal buildings to authorized personnel only.  Many programs and events have been canceled or postponed.  Several City services have been suspended or switched over to remote options only.  Please continue to check this website for updated information posted as needed for Polk City.  For statewide information visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/  City Hall City Hall Staff will be available M-F from 8a-5p to assist you over the phone at 515-984-6233 with utility billing, building permits, pet licensing and other questions/concerns as necessary.  Staff can also be reached at support@polkcityia.gov Some services are available online at https://polkcityia.gov and we do have a 24/7 drop box in front of City Hall. Public Meetings will continue as scheduled but will not be open to public attendance.  Meetings will be broadcast live at https://polkcityia.gov/page/LiveStream for viewing.  The public can participate in the meeting by dialing in to 515-329-8019, participant code 593054 or by providing comments prior to 4:30 p.m. on the date of the meeting.  Comments can be sent by email to support@polkcityia.gov or by calling 515-984-6233.  All comments received prior to 4:30 p.m. on the date of the meeting will be made a part of the public hearing. Suspended services: Notary Services have been suspended Peddler’s Permits will not be issued at this time Facility Rentals are canceled through April 16, 2020  Fire/EMS - Community outreach has been suspended and the FD is taking extra precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Library Services - You can continue to reserve materials online http://www.polkcitylibrary.org/ reservations can be picked up at the Library M-F 10a-5p, please follow instructions on the automated sign upon arrival.  Parks & Recreation programs postponed until further notice.  Summer registrations are also postponed until further notice. Parks & Trails remain open and can be used at your comfort level, however, please note that we do not sanitize outdoor play structures, playgrounds or equipment.  Restrooms and water fountains in all parks continue to be closed.  We encourage people to practice appropriate social distancing and follow all the CDC guidelines when it comes to safely interacting with other people and preventing community spread of diseases.  Public Works - Meter installation and repair has been suspended except for new construction and non-critical tasks within occupied residences are suspended except for emergencies on a case by case basis. Police - Community outreach has been suspended and fingerprinting services have been suspended. The PD is taking extra precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure.

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UPDATED Emergency Mayor Proclamation

by City Hall 3/17/2020
Whereas, On March 17, 2020 the Honorable Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency throughout the State of Iowa.  In an effort to follow the Governor's directions, Mayor Morse has proclaimed the following: 1) That a state of emergency or public danger exists within the City of Polk City because of the threat of the spread of COVID-19 virus 2) That based upon the advice of the CDC and other public health agencies, I hereby declare that the Public Library and City Hall will be closed to the public beginning upon execution of this Proclamation.  Staff Shall report as normal. 3) That pursuant to the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency issued by Governor Reynolds, mass gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited Noon today, March 17, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020. 4) That pursuant to the Governor's mandate that all restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, senior citizen centers and adult day care facilities in Polk City be closed; with the exception to allow food being served by carry-out, drive-through, or delivery. 5) That all residents are encouraged to regularly monitor trusted sources including Federal, State, and Local information resources for possible emergency communications, updates, and addition recommendations. 6) That this Proclamation of Emergency may be modified and/or superseded by future proclamation of the Office of the mayor of Polk City as future events warrant. 7) That any violation of any proclamation of the Office of the mayor shall be enforceable by the Polk City Police Department and any violation of the same shall be a violation of Section 15.02(2) of the Code of Ordinances and punishable as a simple misdemeanor. Please click here to view the proclamation in its entirety.   

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Emergency Mayor Proclamation

by City Hall 3/16/2020
Today, March 16, 2020 Mayor Morse signed an emergency proclamation regarding community spread of COVID-19.  Click here to view the proclamation in it's entirety.  Until further notice, the City of Polk City will restrict public access to all city facilities, including City Hall and the Library. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, however, we are taking all precautions regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are encouraging the public to conduct their business with the City electronically at support@polkcityia.gov  or over the phone 515-984-6233 if possible. In situations where this is not an option, we will make arrangements. We will be monitoring this situation and will make a determination about reopening city facilities as the situation evolves.    

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Franchise Fee on electric and gas utilities

by City Hall 2/11/2020
The City of Polk City has initiated a 1% franchise fee on the electric and natural gas utilities. This change will replace the current 1% Local Option Sales Tax that is currently being charged to residents.  The main reason for this change is to reallocate the dollars collected from the 1% LOST fee which are disbursed among all LOST participating cities and to instead collect a 1% franchise fee where all of the revenue will stay in Polk City.  It is in the best interest of the City and its residents to change from LOST to the franchise fee to capture all of the funds collected on the utility bills instead of just a portion of them.  This change will be reflected on your MidAmerican and/or Midland Power bills beginning March 1st and should not reflect any change to the amount charged as it will still be at the same 1% rate.   

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Polk City's Goals and Objectives Report

by City Hall 12/13/2019
In this post you will find a report of the Mayor & City Council Goal Setting Report 2020.  It is important that the citizens of Polk City are informed about the goals and objectives that have been established by the Mayor and City Council.  To view a full digital copy of the report, please view this full post and click the included image.  A copy of the Goals and Objectives report is also posted at City hall and the Polk City Library.   

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Winter Weather Guide

by City Hall 11/11/2019
Winter has arrived.  Please be sure that you are aware what your responsibilities are as a resident or business owner regarding snowfall and ice accumulations. The City of Polk City has a convenient checklist to make sure you are always compliant with Polk City's weather codes.  A snow ordinance is in effect any time there is one inch (1”) accumulation of snow or any accumulation of ice.  Therefore, no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street during such times of any snow fall or ice accumulation or for a period of twenty-four hours (24) after the termination of any snow fall or ice accumulation.  The checklist reminds residents and business owners that when snowfall accumulates to 1 inch or greater, or during any ice storm, it is your responsibility to: Ensure all vehicles are moved off of any roadway Remove any obstructions from the right-of-way Within 24 hours after the end of 1 inch or greater snowfall, or any ice storm, ensure that you have: Cleared sidewalks of snow and ice Cluster mailbox is clear of snow and ice Recommended: Fire hydrant has a 3 foot perimeter & road access clear of snow to help reduce the Fire Department's response time.   Please download or print out the full PDF checklist for more detailed information, reminders, and pertinent winter weather city codes.  

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Polk City Parks and Recreation Programming Survey

by City Hall 10/9/2019
The City of Polk City would like your feedback regarding Polk City Parks and Recreation Programming as we plan for the future. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey.    We appreciate your cooperation. 

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Library Survey

by City Hall 9/3/2019
The Polk City Community Library is going through it's re-accreditation process. Our community has changed a great deal since the last time we were accredited. We would like your feedback as we plan for the future. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey.  We appreciate your cooperation. 

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112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226

Monday-Friday
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Phone: 515-984-6233
Fax: 515-984-6177

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112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226

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