Heart for the City - Episode 31
Guests include: Justin Brandt, Erin Dawson, Connie Svoboda
Waterloo Activates Downtown Inflatable DamThe City of Waterloo will activate the inflatable dam on the Cedar River Monday April 23, 2018. The inflation will take two days to complete.
Reading and Discussion of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, JrWaterloo Commission on Human Rights invites the community to participate in a reading and discussion of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson. Beginning April 17, 2018 participants will gather to discuss the subject matter. Discussions will run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Students proceed to STEM League FinalsFlaming Wheel Motorsports (FWMS) is a group of homeschool students from the Cedar Valley. They are a Ten80 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Team. Ten80 is comprised of engineers, scientists, educators, and marketing professionals who have developed a unique and innovative STEM Program curriculum utilizing the racing platform to illustrate various STEM principles.
Opportunity Zones NominationsGov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg announce nominations for Iowa Opportunity Zones.
Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), announced the 62 Iowa census tract nominations for Opportunity Zones designation on Thursday. Opportunity Zones is a new economic development program administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The program was established within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income zones by providing investors with a capital gains tax deferral.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDSOn or about May 9, 2018 the City of Waterloo, Community Development Board will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of federal funds (Community Development Block Grant) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended,(P.L.93-383) and Federal Funds (HOME Investment Partnership Program) under the National Affordable Housing Act Title ll ,1990, as amended, and in conjunction with the program guidelines to undertake projects known as Fiscal Year 2019 activities for the purpose of assisting eligible clients with housing, public services, public facilities, and clearance and demolition using an estimated $1,139,800 of Community Development Block Grant funds and an estimated $367,917 in HOME program funds in the City of Waterloo.
CONGER ST. CLOSURESBeginning Monday, April 23rd shortly after 7:00 a.m., Conger Street from Burton Avenue to Broadway Street will be closed. This closure is necessary to facilitate cleaning of a 36” sanitary sewer line by the City of Waterloo Waste Management Services Department. The work will be performed Monday through Friday for two weeks, from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Conger Street will re-open for weekend traffic. Detour signs will direct traffic north to Parker Street.
Highway 63 Reconstruction, from Franklin to Conger/NewellThis segment of Highway 63 is a two-year reconstruction project to build an overpass over the railroad is expected to be closed until November of 2019. A segment from Franklin to Dane will be completed by the end of this summer. The new overpass segment, from Dane to Newell, will be constructed over two construction seasons – 2018 and 2019.
Public Hearing On the Proposed Funding RecommendationsNotice is hereby given that on the 16th day of April, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the Harold E. Getty Council Chambers in the City Hall in the City of Waterloo, IA, a public hearing will be held by the Council of the City of Waterloo, Iowa, on the proposed funding recommendations set forth by the Community Development Board for the FY2019 One-year Action Plan for CDBG and HOME Program Funds for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls HOME Funds.
Phelps Youth Pavilion 10th Birthday Party!Join us in celebrating the Phelps Youth Pavilion's 10th Birthday and grand opening of our new Phelps PlayScape (indoor climbing and active play structure)!
Human Rights Award Recipients 2018Please help us celebrate these individuals next Wednesday at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 10 am
Lincoln Park Public Open HouseThe public is invited to an open house to discuss the conceptual design enhancements for Lincoln Park.
University AvenueThe City of Waterloo and the contractor continue to work on the reconstruction of the University Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase 1 from Greenhill Road to Evergreen Avenue.
Arbor Day Foundation Names Waterloo Tree City USA
Waterloo earns recognition as a 2017 Tree City USA. Residents of Waterloo should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,
LEAD SAFE-WORK PRACTICESThe Waterloo Community Development Office will be hosting Lead Safe Renovators training
Smoke Alarm InspectionWith the recent recall of smoke alarms by manufacturer Kidde, Waterloo Fire Rescue is urging residents to immediately check alarms in their homes and businesses. Kidde recalled nearly 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms models PI2010 and PI9010 on March 21, 2018.
Spring Clean-upThe City of Waterloo invites individuals, groups, and businesses to show their civic pride and make a positive contribution by participating in City’s Spring Clean Up Month throughout April. Residents are encouraged to organize teams of co-workers, club or church members, classmates, friends and family to collect litter and beautify areas of their choice or a designated area assigned by the City.
Plant Some Shade ProgramLeisure Services has partnered with MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources again this year in the Plant Some Shade program. Trees are available for purchase by MidAmerican Energy customers for $30/tree (Max. of 2 trees/ household).
Lane Closures on Southbound U.S. 63Intermittent lane closures on southbound U.S. 63 between Jefferson Street and Franklin Street in Waterloo begin Feb. 19
Waterloo is one of the safest cities in the MidwestAccording to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. They just announced their 2018 ranking of the Safest Cities in Iowa. Waterloo made the list.
City of Waterloo Development Update Winter 2018The Winter 2018 Development Update provides an overview of projects taking place in Waterloo. Learn more about downtown construction, what’s new with housing, and projects taking shape in the industrial parks.
Waterloo is where growing businesses choose to be. #PositivelyWaterloo!
Waterloo Crime Drops AgainWaterloo’s crime rate continues to trend down. The more serious group A offenses declined 8.1% from what was reported in 2016. This puts us at a point where our crime rate is the lowest it has been in decades.
New Satellite Recycling Location
The City of Waterloo has opened a new satellite recycling location on the south side of Crossroads Mall at 2325 Crossroads Blvd. The recycling bins are located in the parking lot of Key West Fitness, Capri and Plato’s Closet.
PARTY TOWN SHUTTLE INTRODUCEDA new Downtown Attractions Shuttle bus will be available to bring fans to the rink from remote parking locations during Waterloo Black Hawks home games.
Check out 2018's yardwaste & recycle schedule
Waterloo Awarded $4.9M
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today approved a tax credit award for Advanced Heat Treat Corporation. The Waterloo company qualified for a sales tax credit on construction materials and a 3 percent investment tax credit for a $4.9 million expansion project of its north Waterloo facility.
Waterloo to be Honored by Federal AgencyGrand Crossing development project receives the 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award
Waterloo Compost Facility to OpenCompost Facility will open Saturday, March 31st.
2018 Dog And Cat Licenses Deadline ApproachesThe City of Waterloo 2018 dog and cat licenses and Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park passes are now available at the City Clerk’s office, 715 Mulberry St., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pet owners may also purchase dog or cat licenses from Waterloo Animal Control officers, at the Cedar Bend Humane Society or by mail. Licensing fees double after March 31st.
Kids Ride SafeTraffic Safety Campaign Aims to Save Kids’ Lives
Hart elected to Iowa League of Cities Executive BoardQuentin Hart, Mayor of Waterloo, was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Iowa League of Cities. Hart became a League Board Director on September 29 during the League’s Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with their Annual Conference & Exhibit in Davenport.
Residential Contractor ExamsThe Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.
Exams will be given for one week each month during business hours. Two applicants per day will be scheduled. Exam time is 1:30 pm on your designated day. The exam will be given at the Building Department located on the second floor of City Hall.
Rental Unit Registrations DueRental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, will expire on December 31, 2017. All landlords are required to register properties each year within 30 days of purchase and every year thereafter. The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit and will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2018 for failure to timely register. Registration instructions are available on the city website.
Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, will expire on December 31, 2017. All landlords are required to register properties each year within 30 days of purchase and every year thereafter. The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit and will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2018 for failure to timely register. Registration instructions are available on the city website.
Naming of Sullivan Brothers PlazaThe City of Waterloo and Leslie Hospitality Company are pleased to announce that the square block where Waterloo’s convention center resides will be dedicated as Sullivan Brothers Plaza and incorporated into the convention center’s new name: Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza.
Proper Use of Bike LanesThroughout the month of August six demonstrations will be offered, led by seasoned cyclists from across the Cedar Valley. A booth will be set up at each event where residents can review materials and ask questions. It will serve as a gathering point for demonstrations. The demonstrations will be bicyclist-focused, with information provided for drivers as well. Some of the topics to be addressed include: understanding symbols and signs, following pavement markings, proper parking procedures, and intersection interaction.
Waterloo Housing Development Wins HousingIowa Award
The Iowa Finance Authority recently recognized a collaborative project between Waterloo Community Development and Echo Development Group as an outstanding affordable multi-family development initiative. The project received a HousingIowa Award at the 2017 HousingIowa Conference in Cedar Rapids.
Northeast Iowa Food Bank And Waterloo Airport Spread AwarenessThis holiday season, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Waterloo Regional Airport will partner in an effort to spread awareness of hunger. Holiday travelers throughout November and December will notice displays sharing facts and faces of hunger throughout the Waterloo Regional Airport’s terminal building, reminding those traveling to focus on what they can give this holiday season and not just what they can get.
Waterloo Police Department to institute speed cameras beginning November 15, 2017
Carpetland Recycling Site RelocationEffective November 15th, 2017 there will no longer be recycling bins at Carpetland located at 1234 Flammang Dr., they will be moved to Singing Bird Lake Park located near the corner of Ansborough and Black Hawk Rd (where they were previously located).
Waterloo awarded $2.9 million to protect children and familiesWaterloo awarded $2.9 million to protect children and families from dangerous lead and other home hazards Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier.
Improvements to University Avenue MeetingPublic Information Meeting
Proposed improvements of University Avenue in Waterloo was held Tuesday, October 17 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts Schoitz Conference Room
225 Commercial Street.
Waterloo #46 in Forbes 2017 Best Small Cities for Business and CareersForbes released their 2017 best small cities for business and careers….Waterloo, Iowa ranks #46. The last ranking that GCVAC recorded is 2015 @ #49. We still rank amongst the top 50 amongst 200 cities compared…not bad.
Mayor Quentin Hart appointed Iowa Workforce Development BoardWaterloo Mayor Quentin Hart has been appointed to the Iowa Workforce Development Board by Governor Kim Reynolds. His term began on November 9, 2017 and runs through the end of April 2019.
Tyson Fresh Meats to Expand in WaterlooTyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $28 million to expand its Waterloo pork processing facility, creating 245 new jobs at or above the qualifying wage of $17.29/hour.
City of Waterloo Launches Facebook PageToday, the City of Waterloo, Iowa launched an official City Hall page to provide quick access to news and information from across departments.
Waterloo Public Library Launches New WebsiteWaterloo Public Library Launches New Website: waterloopubliclibrary.org
Fats, Oils, and Greases InformationThe City of Waterloo is committed to providing safe, cost-effective
wastewater service to commercial and residential customers within our
city. We are equally dedicated to operating our wastewater system in an
environmentally responsible manner.
GraffitiThe City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report
graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and
remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will
not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.