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Polk City, Iowa

Polk City Iowa Blog

Street Repair Project Update

by City Hall 5/11/2017
Repairs on 3rd Street will begin today just south of Northside Drive.  This work will be constructed in stages with lane shifts and traffic being maintained in both directions.  Anticipate construction delays, and lane closures during working hours.  This work may last two to three weeks allowing for pavement cure time.

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Street Repair Project 2016 Update

by City Hall 5/10/2017
The street repairs on Julianna Court are scheduled for May 11-May 26, 2017.  Work consists of pavement repairs and joint sealing that will cause lane closures but one lane of traffic will remain open at all times.  Turning movements for large vehicles may be restricted.  On street parking will be limited as well. Work is subject to weather delays.  

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Mayor Morse Proclaims May 2017 as Poppy Month

by City Hall 5/9/2017
MAYOR PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, America is the land of freedom, preserved and protected willingly and freely by citizen soldiers; and WHEREAS, millions who have answered the call to arms have died on the field of battle; and WHEREAS, a nation at peace must be reminded of the price of war and the debt owed to those who have died in war; and WHEREAS, the red poppy has been designated as a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in all wars; and WHEREAS, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower which pays tribute to the war dead, and aids the living veterans and their families; and WHEREAS, the American Legion Auxiliary has pledged to and will remind American’s annually of this debt through the distribution of memorial flowers. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jason Morse, Mayor of Polk City, Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May, 2017 as Poppy Month and ask that all citizens pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom by wearing the Memorial Poppy during this month. Dated this 8th day of May, 2017 _________________________________________ Jason Morse, Mayor        

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11th Annual Polk City Community Garage Sale Registration

by City Hall 4/25/2017
Polk City's 11th Annual Community Garage Sale will be Saturday, June 24 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Rain or Shine).  Registration for this event is available until June 9.  Registration forms are available online here as well as at City Hall.  Completed applications plus the $10.00 registration fee payable to Polk City Kiwanis are mailed to PC Kiwanis, 532 W Trace Drive, Polk City, IA, 50226. This event is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

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2017 Spring/Summer Construction Projects

by jgschreier 4/18/2017
Spring has arrived in Polk City and with the nicer weather comes new and repair construction of City roadways.  Construction projects are often scheduled over wide ranges of time to allow for the numerous variables that can affect each project.  Many construction projects are dependent on multiple circumstances including crew and material availability, jobsite workability, and weather. Known notable projects planned for 2017’s construction season include: 2016 Street Crack RepairWork is beginning on Polk City’s 2016 Street Repairs (street repair lists are always labelled with the year they were approved within the City’s budget).  The City’s contractor, TK Contracting has begun crack sealing operations this week on Parker Boulevard.  After work on Parker Boulevard has been completed they will move on to Madison Street and 6th Street.  No street closures are anticipated but there will be spot lane closures in work zones.  Weather will play a role in these repairs since proper patching can only be performed on dry pavement.  Concrete patching will commence on Forest, Phillips, Lincoln Streets as well as Hillcrest Drive once work is completed on Madison and 6th Streets. From there work will commence on the remaining repair areas including; Westside Drive, Juliana Court, Wolf Creek Drive, and South 3rd Street.  Along with crack sealing, saw cutting operations may occur at designated repair sites. Davis Street ReconstructionPreliminary design is underway for the Davis Street Reconstruction Project, scheduled for construction in the Spring and Summer of 2018.  Preliminary work on utilities in the area will begin within the 2017 construction season.  The project will include full pavement reconstruction with curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides from Tyler Street to 3rd Street.  The project will also include storm sewers, replacement of the water main and fire hydrants, as well as the installation of sump drain collectors and sump service stubs.  The project also proposes to include the installation of cluster mail box units for the corridor.  Snyder & Associates is seeking input from the corridor residents on locations of sump services, drainage issues, and other resident comment.  A second Public Information Meeting is planned for mid-May.

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City of Polk City Receives 2016 Tree City USA Growth Award

by jgschreier 4/14/2017
 Arbor Day Foundation Names Polk City Tree City USA, Growth Award WinnerPolk City, IA was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.Polk City achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters."Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.

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UPDATE: 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

by jgschreier 4/7/2017
UPDATE: Applications are still being accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Be sure to get applications in before April 28, 2017. Call 515-985-7633 for more information on this program. A letter from our friends at IMPACT Community Action Partnership concerning the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: Applications will be taken starting November 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 2701 SE Convenience Blvd., Suite 2 Ankeny Iowa will be taking applications from November 1, 2016 through April 28, 2017 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled member). Applicants will need to furnish social security cards for all household members, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members' gross income for the past three months or for the past calendar year.The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines: INCOME MAXIMUMS HouseholdSize LIHEAPThree MonthGross Income LIHEAP AnnualGross Income 1 $5,198 $20,790 2 $7,009 $28,035 3 $8,820 $35,280 4 $10,631 $42,525 5 $12,443 $49,770 6 $14,254 $57,015 For households with more than six members, add $1,820 / $7,280 for each additional member. `THIS PROGRAM IS NOT DESIGNED TO PAY A HOUSEHOLD'S TOTAL ENERGY COSTS. THE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL ASSISTANCE BASED ON SEVERAL FACTORS. THOSE FACTORS INCLUDE TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME, HOUSEHOLD SIZE, DWELLING TYPE AND TYPE OF HEATING FUEL, AMONG OTHERS.'

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Bring Your Plastic Bags to City Hall and Receive a FREE Reusable Bag

by jgschreier 3/31/2017
Do you have dozens and dozens of plastic bags stashed around your house and never remember to take them back to the store? You are in luck! Metro Waste Authority presents the Earth Month Plastic Bag Swap! During the month of April, simply bring a bagful of plastic bags to your City Hall (112 3rd Street, Polk City, IA 50226), place them in the designated Earth Month Plastic Bag Swap container and receive a Metro Waste Authority reusable tote bag for FREE (one bag per household while supplies last). In addition, you can help our city win a beautiful park bench from Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls, made from durable 100% recycled plastic. Communities across the Metro are participating, and the bench will be awarded to the city that collects the most plastic bags (all bags are recycled locally) during the month of April.   Do your part to stop plastic bags from littering our neighborhoods and waterways, get yourself a nifty reusable bag and help our city win! For more information, go to www.WhereItShouldGo.com/bag-swap Article content provided by Metro Waste Authority.

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2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week

by jgschreier 3/24/2017
March 27-31, 2017 The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 27 through March 31, 2017 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 Events Storm Spotter Class - Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00-8:30 pmPolk County Emergency Operations Center, 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, IAMultimedia presentation containing information about identifying/reporting severe weather, severe weather safety, severe weather climatology in Iowa, thunderstorm types and threats, and more. Runs 90 to 120 minutes in length, is open to the public, and free of charge. Instructors are National Weather Service Meteorologists – Questions and discussions are encouraged!Register here: https://us.eventbu.com/des-moines/polk-county-storm-spotter-training/1085614 Iowa Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 29 (In case of severe weather, March 30th or 31st are the backup days)10:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch issued for Iowa. The test watch will tone alert on NOAA All Hazards Radio.10:30 AM – NWS Des Moines issues test tornado warnings. The test warning will alert on NOAA Weather Radio and Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated.11:00 AM – Test tornado watch expires.We encourage everyone to participate in the drill by practicing the implementation of your severe weather plan (alert and notification, internal communications and coordination, seeking your place of refuge, and staying informed of threat conditions).Watch: A National Weather Service product indicating that a particular hazard is possible, i.e., that conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. A watch is a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness (i.e., to be alert for changing weather, listen for further information, and think about what to do if the danger materializes).*Warning: A product issued by National Weather Service local offices indicating that a particular weather hazard is either imminent or has been reported. A warning indicates the need to take action to protect life and property. The type of hazard is reflected in the type of warning (i.e., tornado warning, blizzard warning, etc.).**Definitions taken from the National Weather Service Website: http://www.weather.gov/   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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2016 Polk City Building Permits and Taxable Valuation Report

by jgschreier 2/24/2017
Polk City has recently released its 2016 Polk City Building Permits and Taxable Valuation Report.  Within this comprehensive report readers will be able to review Polk City’s 2016 building permits, total taxable values, a list of the City’s active subdivisions and more.  Released in conjunction with this report is an infographic which showcases the reports biggest revelations. When asked about the report, Polk City’s Mayor Jason Morse stated, “This type of growth has never before been seen by Polk City and it is truly unprecedented.  I am excited to see the progress we've experienced this year and can honestly say that I am very optimistic about what the future holds for Polk City.”  In addition Gary Mahannah, the City's Administrator had this to say concerning the report, “This report is an excellent example of the amount of growth Polk City has seen over the past decade.” Among the interesting statistics that this report contains are: Building Permit Totals for the last 14 years Historical Average Single Family Structure Values Including Land Polk City’s Total Taxable Valuation Growth

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


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