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Polk City, Iowa

Polk City Iowa Blog

Phillip Jensen Receives the 2015 Iowa Urban Forestry Outstanding Volunteer Award

by jgschreier 4/10/2015
Phil Jensen is one of the founding members of The Polk City Arbor League.  Twenty two years ago Phil expressed his interest in helping to form a tree planting group in Polk City.  Phil lives just outside the City limits where he takes care of his own acreage and trees.His passion for horticulture spilled over into the City of Polk City from the beginning; as he has attended and helped with virtually every tree planting project in town.  Phil has a strong horticulture background that has been invaluable to the City.  He played a crucial role in the planning and planting projects at the Polk City Sports Complex, Kiwanis All Seasons Park, the City’s Town Square, Leonard Park, the Polk City Public Library, and the West Elementary School.  With Phil’s help, the Polk City Arbor League has planted hundreds of trees throughout Polk City.  An example of his work includes Arbor Day plantings he helps perform every year at the local elementary school.On top being a proficient planter, Phil is a highly experienced tree pruner and has donated hundreds of hours of his time to help maintain all of the trees planted by the Arbor League within Polk City.  As an added bonus Phil is ambidextrous which has allowed him to truly master his craft by being able to wield and use pruners in each hand at the same time, giving him an incredible advantage when it comes to his pruning abilities.  Phil is also one of the founding members of the Central Iowa Arbor Society and has helped with the Spring and Fall tree sales every year since its inception nearly 20 years ago.On 4/9/2015 Phil Jensen received the 2015 Iowa Urban Forestry Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Iowa Urban Tree Council.  The City of Polk City would like to thank Phillip Jensen for all of his years of dedicated service and congratulate him on receiving the 2015 Iowa Urban Forestry Outstanding Volunteer Award!

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Imagine Polk City.....

by jgschreier 3/31/2015
The City of Polk City is updating our Comprehensive Plan and we need YOUR participation!A Comprehensive Plan is a guide for decision makers about the city’s growth and development. It represents the community’s vision for the future and is therefore heavily dependent upon public participation.  Residents, businesses and city staff work together to identify the assets, opportunities, issues and challenges that are facing the community and collaborate on developing a vision of the community in the future.  Then they prioritize those items and develop a plan of action to achieve that vision.  We have developed two surveys – one for residents and one for business owners.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey(s) appropriate for you.  This is extremely valuable information that will help us set goals for the future of the community.The planning process will continue throughout the year, so there will be many opportunities to get involved.  Please check the website to learn more about the process, review draft documents, and provide your feedback!    You may also contact us anytime at ImaginePolkCity@polkcityia.gov.  

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

by jgschreier 3/20/2015
March 23-27, 2015 The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 23 through March 27, 2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives. Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics Monday – The focus on Monday will be flash flooding. Flash flooding is the most deadly thunderstorm threat in the United States. Never drive into a flooded area! Tuesday – On Tuesday we will discuss warning reception. Over the years, the ways to get hazardous weather warnings have changed. Today, we will focus on how to get a warning. Do you know how you get a warning? Storm Spotter Training: Join us March 24th at 7:00 PM at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center (1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines) for a multi-media presentation containing information about severe weather, how to identify severe weather in the field, thunderstorm types and threats, how to report severe weather, safety, and more. It is free and open to the public. No prior registration is required. Wednesday – This is tornado day. In 2011, over 500 people died in the United States from tornadoes! Do you know where the safest place is in your home or car? Statewide Tornado Drill: 10:00 AM Storm Prediction Center issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa. Each Iowa NWS office will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages. Test watch will be toned alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio. 10:15 AM NWS Des Moines issues test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties. 10:30 AM Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings. 11:00 AM Test tornado watch expires. Thursday – This is severe thunderstorm day. Hundreds of severe thunderstorms hit Iowa each year. Did you know severe thunderstorms can be as dangerous as tornadoes? Friday – Family Preparedness. Learn about family safety from natural and man-made hazards.   For more information, preparedness resources and information about the outdoor warning siren activation policy in Polk County see the following sources and join our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Webhttp://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/emergency-management/ Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Polk-County-Emergency-Management-Agency/194139479525 Twitterhttps://twitter.com/PCEmrgManAgency

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

by jgschreier 3/18/2015
Toxic. Corrosive. Reactive. Flammable.How to dispose of household hazardous waste.When was the last time you cleaned out under your kitchen sink? What about your garage or storage shed? Do you know what to do with unused and unwanted products you’ll find like oven cleaner, furniture polish and insect repellent? What about old automotive stuff like car wax, motor oil and antifreeze?Common items such as these, as well as any product that says toxic, flammable or “keep out of reach of children,” are considered hazardous waste and DON’T BELONG in your regular trash. Knowing how to properly get rid of these items benefits everyone – including the environment.Smart, Safe and Convenient DisposalPolk City residents have several options to dispose of hazardous materials for free, including four convenient Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events. •    March 28 - Urbandale•    May 9 - Waukee•    June 27 - West Des Moines•    Sept. 26 - Windsor HeightsWhat to BringCome prepared by reviewing a list of accepted and not accepted items.What NOT to Bring•    Latex paint (learn how to safely dispose in garbage)•    Electronic waste (find other local options)•    Pharmaceuticals (read about local take-backs)•    Tires (area drop-offs)Year-Round OptionsIf these dates or locations don't work for you, visit the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, a year-round drop-off in Bondurant.For more information about safe and smart disposal options, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.comAnd remember... Polk City's Clean Up Day is May 2 and DOES NOT collect most of the materials mentioned above.  For details on what is and isn't collected check out Polk City's Events Calendar.  Polk City's Clean Up Day will be available to all residents that live within the City Limits of Polk City.

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City Council Approves New Council Member

by jgschreier 3/10/2015
Councilman Jeff Walters regretfully announced his resignation from the Polk City Council during the February 9th, 2015 Council meeting.  Mr. Walters’ resignation became necessary due to his family relocating to the Fort Dodge area where he and his wife are pursuing career opportunities.  The City of Polk City is incredibly thankful to Jeff for his past 3 plus years of service to our community and wish his family the best.On February 23rd, 2015 the City Council unanimously approved appointing Robert Sarchet to fulfill the remainder of Mr. Walters term.  Due to multiple recommendations and because of his work over the last 4 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mr. Sarchet was deemed to be a great fit for the vacancy.  Polk City welcomes Rob to his new role and looks forward to his leadership on the City Council.Top-photo: Mayor Jason Morse presents Jeff Walters a Certificate of Appreciation from Polk City on February 23rd, 2015.Bottom-photo: Rob Sarchet and Mayor Jason Morse shake hands after being sworn in before the March 9th, 2015 City Council meeting.

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Federal Flood Insurance Now Available for Polk City Local Property Owners

by jgschreier 2/25/2015
The City of Polk City was recently approved to enter into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The City started working towards being a part of this program on February 12, 2014.  A Public Hearing held last September 22 led to three separate readings of an ordinance required before applying to enter in the NFIP.  The ordinance was passed on October 27, 2014.  Within less than a month’s time Polk City sent its application into Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval.  FEMA approved Polk City’s application on December 1, 2014 and flood insurance officially became available to local property owners on January 1, 2015.If you or someone you know in Polk City would like to apply for or needs more information on this newly available federally backed flood insurance, please visit Polk City’s National Flood Insurance Program webpage.

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When there’s Snow, Where Do Your Carts Go?

by jgschreier 1/9/2015
The Metro Waste Authority has some helpful tips for cart placement this winter: Among the many issues winter weather presents, garbage and recycling cart placement can also be tricky. Here are some cart placement tips to keep waste and recycling removal efficient and safe for all involved. When you dig out of your driveway, be sure to make a spot for your carts. Have enough room (about 18 inches) on all sides of the cart for the truck’s arm to grab it and set the cart back down. Do not place your cart on top of the snow piles. This causes carts to tip over and litter the street, and it also makes it difficult for collection trucks to set the cart back down. Do not place your carts in the street. Carts can get hit by vehicles or taken away by snow plows. For more cart placement tips, and disposal and recycling options, visit Metro Waste Authority at www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 244.0021.

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Polk City Thanks Retired Clerk & Welcomes New Clerk

by jgschreier 1/6/2015
Polk City's City Clerk of the past 31 years retired December 24th, 2014.  Sharon Nickles (pictured top-left) started as Polk City’s Deputy Clerk in 1983 and became the City Clerk in 2004.  During her time with the City she has worked with 4 mayors, seen 31 elections, and has attended an estimated 220 Council meetings. Her years of service have been invaluable to the City of Polk City and its officials, workers, and residents.  The City's past and present Mayors, Council members, and City staff alike thank Sharon Nickles for her more than 3 decades of dedicated service to the City of Polk City! Polk City welcomes our new City Clerk Jennifer Ratcliff (pictured bottom-right).  Jennifer was sworn into office on December 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  Her past work experience includes 6 years with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  Jennifer’s new role as City Clerk is welcome in our ever expanding City environment!    

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Police & Fire Giant Holiday Stocking Raffle

by jgschreier 12/8/2014
UPDATE:  The Polk City Police Officer’s Association along with the Polk City Fire Fighter’s Association is excited to announce that the winner of our Holiday Raffle Fundraiser is Kim Kellogg of Polk City.  We would like to thank the community for your continued support! The Police Officer Association and the Firefighter Association of Polk City are excited to announce their raffle for a giant 8 foot long Holiday Stocking filled with toys! Raffle ticket information can be obtained at the Polk City Police or Fire Departments, City Hall or the Polk City Library. Tickets need to be purchased by December 31st and are $1 for one ticket and $5 for 6 tickets. The drawing will be held January 1st at the Polk City Police and Fire Department and the winners will be notified by telephone.  Proceeds will go towards furthering community programs provided by Polk City Police, Fire, and EMS.  Together we make Polk City a Safe Place to Live!

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2014 Polk City Square Lighting!

by jgschreier 11/26/2014
2014 Polk City Square LightingPolk City's 2014 Square Lighting is next week on Tuesday, December 2nd!  This event will be fun for the whole family with festivities starting at 5:00 PM and going until 8:00 PM. Make sure to be there at 6:00 PM when Santa appears just as the Square Lights are turned on!  Stop into Polk City's local businesses for special holiday deals and to enter into a raffle for a chance to win great prizes! Children will also have the opportunity to meet and receive a free gift bag from Santa in City Hall after 6:00 PM!

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


Phone: 515-984-6233
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