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Polk City, Iowa

Polk City Iowa Blog

Water & Sewer Rate Increases

by jgschreier 5/22/2015
In order to keep the citizens up to date with ongoing utility developments, it was felt that an update to the reasons Polk City is increasing the water and sewer rates would be helpful. The Mayor and City Council are in the process of approving Ordinance No. 2015-400 to increase the City’s current water and sewer rates in order to help sustain our City’s growing water and sewer infrastructure.  The water and sewer rate increase is currently in its second reading with the third reading being held on May 26th at the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting.Water RatesWater is a little confusing as there are two parts to the water bill, but the first usage up to 1000 gallons is at a higher rate; and the remaining rate is based on the number of gallons used after the first 1000 gallons. The chart below explains the increase and is in the format of rate per 1000 gallons: Rate Old Rate 5% Increase New Rate First 1000 $8.95 $ .45 $9.40 (minimum bill) All over 1000 $3.57 $ .18 $3.75 per 1,000 gallons Utilizing the average family in Polk City, with a usage of 5000 gallons of water per month, this proposed rate increase would have the impact of a monthly bill of $24.40, or an increase of $1.17. The old rate would have resulted in a charge of $23.23. (New rate – $3.75 x 4 + $9.40 = $24.40) (Old rate - $3.57 x 4 + $8.95 = $23.23) Remember in this example there is 1000 gallons figured into the first rate, thus resulting in a multiplication factor of only 4.An irrigation/garden rate has been added for irrigation meters. These meters are separate from the domestic meter and are used solely for irrigation/gardening purposes and will only be charged to residents that have and use their irrigation/garden meter. This rate is displayed below: Gallons Used per Month Rate All usage/1000 gallons $4.50 (minimum bill) The irrigation/garden rate is a straight rate, meaning that for every 1000 gallons of water a resident uses that a $4.50 charge will be applied to their utility bill. If a resident doesn’t utilize their irrigation/garden meter then they will receive no utility bill for that meter. The minimum bill is applied to any use up and equal to 1000 gallons of use. This means that if a resident used 650 gallons of water that they would be charged the minimum of $4.50. Sanitary Sewer RatesSewer is a straight forward increase of 10%. There are two components of the sewer rate; the first is called a service availability charge. This charge is for the sewer to go by your property and the regular maintenance of the city owned sewer lines. The second part of the monthly charge is the usage fee. This is based on the number of gallons of water used. The fee is per 1000 gallons. Service Current Fee Increase of 10% New Rate Availability Charge $9.79 $ .98 $ 10.77 Usage Fee $3.69 $ .37 $ 4.06 An average a family of four would use in the neighborhood of 5,000 gallons, this increase would have a monthly impact of a sewer bill of $31.07, an increase of $2.83. The old rate would have resulted in a charge of $28.24. (New rate – $4.06 x 5 + 10.77 = $31.07) (Old rate - $3.69 x 5 + $9.79 = $28.24)Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Polk City City Hall at (515) 984-6233.

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Smart911 Now Available in Polk City

by jgschreier 4/24/2015
Smart911, is a free service now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  If that citizen needs to dial 9-1-1, their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen, saving seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.  Smart911 Fact SheetThrough the Polk County E911 Service Board all three 911 centers within Polk County (Des Moines, Polk County, WestCom) that cover the cities of Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights now have Smart 9-1-1 implemented within their centers. Citizens can visit www.smart911.com to sign up and create a free Safety Profile for their household, providing information such as the names and photos of family members, health conditions, medications, pets in the home, vehicle details and emergency contacts.  All information in each profile is voluntary, and each household can determine what details are important to include, as each household is different and therefore the potential rescue needs will also vary.    Smart911 will give 9-1-1 call takers the ability to send the appropriate response teams to the right location and with more information.  Examples of situations in which Smart911 can assist include: If a call is made from a mobile phone, a Safety Profile can provide an address which will allow first responders a location to respond to, even if cell service is poor or the call is dropped. If there is a fire in the home, a Safety Profile can immediately provide details on how to gain access into the building, the number of residents and pets inside, and a floor plan detailing the location of bedrooms and nearest exits. During a medical emergency, a Safety Profile can deliver important details on how to treat a patient, ranging from potential allergies to medical conditions such as epilepsy or autism In a car accident, the Safety Profile can include vehicle information, the citizen’s medical treatment restrictions and emergency contact details Smart911 has been adopted in 38 states and over 1,000 communities. Your Smart911 profile will work in any of these locations if you call 9-1-1.  It has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a missing child case in Arkansas and a heart attack victim in Tennesee and saving lives including a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan.  In Iowa, Smart911 is also available Dubuque County. You do not have to live within the Polk County E911 service area to sign up as it is a national service. However your profile will only work if you call within a 9-1-1 service area that has the software implemented. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Smart911 and create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com to ensure that 9-1-1 will have access to their information during an emergency. Smart911 is private and secure, and is only made available to 9-1-1 when an emergency call is made.  

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CodeRED Automated Notification System

by jgschreier 4/22/2015
The CodeRED system may be used for significant incidents and events where the timely notification of an effected population or geographic area of the City/County is essential or highly desirable. Calls can be made in a radius around a given location, by streets, custom drawn areas or by contact groups.Some examples of the types of incidents or events where the CodeRED system may be effective in notifying our citizens include the following: Environmental (Natural Disasters): Fires, Floods, Dangerous Water conditions, Water Safety Alerts, Dam/Levee Breaks Search and Rescue: Missing Children, Missing Elderly, Missing Disabled, Evacuation Notices, Evacuation Routes Crime: Prisoner Escape Warning, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Sexual Predator Alerts Man-Made Disasters: Terrorism Threats, Bomb Threats, Nuclear Hazards, Bio Terrorism Threats, Chemical Spills, Hazardous Material Emergencies, Gas Leaks, Hostage Situations Public Works: Drinking Water Contamination, Utility Outages, Street Closings, Public Notifications Expect the numbers 1-866-419-5000 or 1-855-969-4636 to appear on your phone if you receive a call from CodeRED. Visit Polk County Emergency Management's Website View more information about the CodeRED program Sign up for the CodeRED program

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City of Polk City Receives the Tree City USA Growth Award

by jgschreier 4/21/2015
The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Polk City  has received the 2014 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 25th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on April 9, 2015.   State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA Growth award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.”  The city of Polk City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.  Polk City was one of 17 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements in the following categories: 1) Education and Public Relations, 2) Partnerships, 3) Planning and Management, and 4) Tree Planting and Maintenance.

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9th Annual Polk City Community Garage Sale Registration

by jgschreier 4/20/2015
Polk City's 9th Annual Community Garage Sale will be Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Rain or Shine).  Registration for this event is available until June 15.  Registration forms are available online here as well as at the Reising Sun Cafe, local Casey's General Store and Kum & Go, the Polk City Library, and at City Hall.  Ads will be placed in the Polk City Square E-mail list, Polk City Iowa Swap and Shop, North Polk Sun, DSM Register, Tri-County Times, Bullseye, Ankeny Press Citizen, Kiwanis web site and more!This event is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

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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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