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Polk City, Iowa

Polk City Iowa Blog

lnterim Police Chief Appointed to Polk City Police Department

by jgschreier 10/9/2015
POLK CITY, IOWA -- Polk City Mayor Jason Morse announces the appointment of Roger Sanders as interim police chief of the Polk City Police Department. The appointment of Sanders follows the retirement of long-time Police Chief Mark Bowersox. "It's tough to lose the expertise of someone like Chief Bowersox after so many years of dedicated service as he has been a valuable asset to this city ," Morse said. "But I believe Roger Sanders, with his years of service as a law enforcement officer, leader, and consultant, will bring some valuable experience and insight to Polk City and our police department." Sanders brings more than 40 years of experience to Polk City, including 39 years with the Des Moines Police Department and more recently 3-and-a-half years as police chief of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department. Sanders met with city staff and police department personnel and was sworn in Friday afternoon. He joins a staff with five other law enforcement officers. "I am looking forward to working with the mayor and city council and the officers of the Polk City Police Department to maintain continuity of service to the citizens and a smooth transition period as the council and the department move forward and plan for the future." Sanders said. "I want to wish Chief Bowersox a well-deserved long and happy retirement and on behalf of the department thank him for his many years of dedicated service to it and the citizens of Polk City." Future of the Police DepartmentDuring this interim period, the city will be examining future options for the police department, as announced during the Sept. 28 city council meeting. A five-member committee, including the mayor, council members, and city staff, has been appointed to look at options and provide recommendations back to the city council. The committee's task is to review the city's law enforcement needs and what options may be able to meet those needs. All options will be examined, including keeping the current structure of the department, as well as other alternatives that may be viable. The committee has not met yet, and no further discussion has taken place nor decisions made. During the process, committee members will be looking at some key elements to help them make a recommendation. These include, but are not limited to: Maintaining a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week law enforcement presence in Polk City. Having law enforcement officers that are connected with and involved in the community. Finding a solution that is financially feasible for the city. And finding a solution that can meet both the current needs of the city, and future needs as the city continues to grow. Any recommendations will be presented and discussed at future city council meetings, as well as public meetings to gather community feedback. City council members welcome feedback at any time concerning the issue or comments can be directed to city hall.

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Preventative Sanitary Sewer Cleaning

by jgschreier 10/5/2015
The City of Polk City has contracted with a company named Hydro-Klean to perform preventative maintenance by cleaning the sanitary sewer. This will improve the sewer's performance and significantly reduce the chance for future sewer backups and related problems.  The map to the right shows where cleaning is scheduled to take place. The cleaning process causes a vacuum in the sewer. This will not affect most homes, but some homes may be affected that have inadequate or partially blocked drain vents. The vacuum may cause "P-traps" (the little S shaped bend in the pipe under sinks and drains) to be sucked dry. Should you notice a sewer smell resulting from this, run a little water in your drains to refill the P-traps. It is recommended that you shut the water valve off to your toilet(s), put the toilet seat(s) down and cover floor drains with car mats on the days that the sewer cleaning is scheduled. This will minimize any possible splashing of the P-trap water in homes that are poorly vented. Please take these precautions during the following dates: October 6 - 16th, 2015. You may contact the City at (515) 984 -6233 or support@polkcityia.gov if you have any questions about this process.

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Polk City City-Wide Fire Drill

by jgschreier 10/1/2015
Does your family know what to do when there is a fire in your house? Polk City's Fire Department is holding a City-Wide Fire Drill October 6th at 6:00 PM.  All residents are encouraged to take part in this City-Wide safety event.  Outdoor sirens will sound at 6:00 PM signaling the start of the City-Wide Fire Drill.  When you hear the sirens have your family practice your fire escape plan.  Fire Department members will be on the lookout throughout the City for families who have practiced their escape plans! Don't have an fire escape plan?  No problem!  The U.S. Fire Administration is an excellent resource for all the information you need, from information on putting together a fire escape plan to smoke alarm placement.  Find a few of their fire escape plan materials below: Fire Escape Planning Materials Smoke Alarm Information Special Instructions for Babies & Toddlers Special Instructions for Older Adults Special Instructions for Smokers

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Plant Some Shade® Polk City!

by jgschreier 8/20/2015
Plant Some Shade® order forms now available for MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa residential customers!Plant Some Shade® is a residential tree-planting program funded through MidAmerican Energy Company in cooperation with Polk County Conservation, Great Outdoors Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau. Des Moines & Surrounding Area Distribution Details: Date: Saturday October 10th, 2015 Time: 8:30 - 11 AM Location: South Parking Lot (Lot #3), Hoover State Office Building, 1305 E. Walnut St., Des Moines, IA Available Species ($30 per tree, limit 2 trees per household)Click on the species name to view detailsDeciduous Trees (5-8’)Northern Red Oak (50-75’ tall/wide)Littleleaf Linden ‘Glenleven’ (50-70’ tall, 35-50’ wide)Yellowwood (30-50’ tall, 40-55’ wide)Katsuratree (15-25’ tall, 10-15’ wide)Ornamental Trees (5-7’)American Hornbeam (20-35’ tall/wide)Pagoda Dogwood (15-25’ tall, 20-30’ wide)Conifers (3-4’)American Larch/Tamarack (40-80’ tall, 15-30’ wide)White Fir (40-70’ tall, 20-30’ wide)Black Hills Spruce (20-40’ tall, 10-15’ wide)To order, please visit www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade; click on the link for Des Moines and follow the instructions on the website.

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2015 Polk City Four Seasons Festival

by jgschreier 7/14/2015
The Polk City Chamber of Commerce, Polk City Development Corporation, and the City of Polk City have partnered to sponsor this Summer's 2015 Four Seasons Festival, a two-day City wide celebration in Polk City.  The Fifth Annual Four Seasons Festival will take place on July 17 & 18.  The Festival has many fun activities planned; including numerous new to this year attractions!  We would like to invite you to come to Polk City and join in our yearly celebration!  Enjoy food from a variety of food booths as well as a full Beer Garden, serving both beer and wine.  There will be street dance opportunities both nights of the Festival.  Friday will feature Standing Hampton and be sure to come back on Saturday when Becker will be your featured entertainer.  Other Festival features include the following: Classic Car Show Bike Night        Water Fights Arts Festival Multiple Food Booths Bill Riley Talent Search Mechanical Bull Parade Inflatables Wii Bowling Tournament Train Rides Princesses Petting Zoo And much more!      This is an excellent opportunity to experience Polk City, Saylorville Lake, Big Creek State Park, Jester Park, and all the beautiful scenery that goes along with it!  For more details on this event, please visit www.fourseasonsfestival.com.

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Polk City Thanks Retiring Police Chaplin & Reserve Officer

by jgschreier 6/30/2015
Pastor Mark Schwalenberg has been part of the Polk City Police Department for more than 12 years by volunteering his time for community programs and technical support.  Mark also spent his time supporting and strengthening our officers mental fortitude throughout the years; something that is often overlooked but needed in their line of work. During the 12 years that Mark worked with the department he became an official member and has carried the title of Chaplin and Reserve Officer in the Polk City Police Department.  He has dedicated countless hours of his time making Polk City a better and safer place to live.  Schwalenberg spent much of his time with the Polk City Police Department focusing on programs that involved the youth of Polk City.  On top of all of this, Mark was also the Police Department's go to guy for computer and technical issues. Mark Schwalenberg (pictured right in photo) received an award of recognition from the Polk City Police Chief Mark Bowersox (pictured left in photo). Mark Schwalenberg will be missed greatly by the Officers of the Polk City Police Department.

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9th Annual Polk City Community Garage Sale

by jgschreier 6/25/2015
Polk City's 9th Annual Polk City Community Garage Sale will be this Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Rain or Shine).  Ads are placed in the Polk City Square E-mail list, Polk City Iowa Swap and Shop, North Polk Sun, Des Moines Register, Tri-County Times, Bullseye, Ankeny Press Citizen, Kiwanis web site and will also be available at the Kum n' Go and Casey's gas stations in Polk City!This event is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

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UPDATE: Polk City Works to Improve NW Polk City Drive/Highway 415 Safety

by jgschreier 6/18/2015
UPDATES In 2013 the City of Polk City requested a Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) to perform a study to analyze what options the City had to make the southern entrance to the City on NW Polk City Drive (also known as: Highway 415, S 3rd Street) safer.  The panel, which was led by Andy Swisher and H.R. Green presented their results to the Mayor and City Council in May of 2014. The study contained several recommendations, one of which was to extend street lighting along NW Polk City Drive from Davis Street to McBride Drive (entrance to Sandpiper Recreation Area) to better alert incoming traffic of the urban setting, increase visibility at night, and to help increase awareness of the posted City speed limits.  Seeing the immediate benefit of increasing the safety of this stretch of road, the Mayor and City Council directed City staff to proceed on this project by collecting the various permits needed. The NW Polk City Drive street lighting project will consist of upgrading and replacing five existing poles with 250 watt lighting north of W Bridge Road, adding 250 watt lighting to four existing poles north of W Bridge Road, and installing seventeen new thirty foot tall wood poles with 250 watt lighting south of W Bridge Road. MidAmerican Energy Company completed this portion of the proposed safety improvements in February, 2015. One of the other safety improvements that the TEAP study recommended was to install a fixed speed radar sign on the northbound lane of NW Polk City Drive near the intersection of McBride Drive.  This improvement has been installed by the City and will operational within the next week. If you have any questions or concerns about this project please contact City Hall at (515) 984-6233.

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Summer 2015 Mosquito Spraying

by jgschreier 6/12/2015
The Polk City Public Works Department will start spraying for mosquitoes June 20.  These applications will be done twice a week, weather permitting and will continue until the mosquito season comes to an end. In order for a successful application to be applied, the wind speed must be less then 10 mph and there can be no threat of rain two hours after the application. If you have any questions concerning Polk City's mosquito spraying, please contact City Hall at (515) 984-6233 or e-mail us at website@polkcityia.gov.

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Polk City Thanks Retired Deputy Clerk & Welcomes New Deputy Clerk

by jgschreier 6/2/2015
Polk City's Deputy City Clerk of the past decade retired May 27th, 2015.  Charlotte Loter (pictured top-right) started her position as Polk City’s Deputy Clerk in 2005.Charlotte’s position was vital to the City since oftentimes she was a resident’s, developer’s, or official’s first contact when people phoned City Hall.  The City of Polk City would like to thank Charlotte Loter for her 10 years of service with the City!Polk City welcomes our new Deputy City Clerk Jenny Gibbons (pictured bottom-right).  Jenny was sworn into office on April 17th, 2015 at 4:15 PM.  Jenny’s new role as Deputy City Clerk is welcome in our ever expanding City environment!

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


Phone: 515-984-6233
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