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Nintendo Switch added to ICPL’s video game collection

The Iowa City Public Library recently added Nintendo Switch to its young adult and juvenile video game collection.

Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever gamers go, with the ability to transform from home console to portable system. The games join others in the Library’s collection, which includes Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Sony Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

All video games in the Library’s collection may be checked out for one week. There is a two games per person limit. Video games may be renewed once if a patron has not placed a hold request on the item. The fine for late video games is $1 per day.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

City of Iowa City Presidents Day Holiday Schedule 2018

City Hall administrative offices in Iowa City will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in observance of Presidents Day. The following schedules will be in effect for other City facilities on the holiday:

A graphic showing Presidents Day closures for the City of Iowa City.

Airport: Office closed. Jet Air (FBO) will operate regular hours. Details at

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed

Landfill and Recycling Center: Closed

Library: Closes at 6 p.m.

Oakland Cemetery: Closed

Parking: Normal operations. Details at

Parks and Recreation: Administrative Offices closed. Recreation centers and pools will operate regular hours. Details at

Police: Normal operations. Records and administrative offices closed.

Senior Center: Closed and no senior meals. 

Trash & Recycling: Refuse and recycling will not be collected. 

  • Residents on the Monday route should have items curbside by 7 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday - Friday routes should have items curbside by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day.
  • The City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected.

Transit: Normal operations. Details at

Water: Closed

  • Residents with a water emergency should call the 24-hour emergency line at 319-356-5166.

City offices and operations will return to normal schedules on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058 or

Watch for ice! Remember to clear icy sidewalks

As snow melts and temperatures fluctuate below and above freezing, remember to check walks for ice and clear them, especially first thing in the morning for the safety of those traveling to work or school. 

Those who do not remove ice and snow may be fined. 

A graphic reminding Iowa City residents to clear their sidewalks.

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property. The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Reporting snowy or icy sidewalks

Those who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared can contact the City of Iowa City:

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app for your smartphone or tablet. 
    Search GoRequest where you get your apps. 
  • Visit
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being investigated by staff due to complaints from the public.


If a complaint is received about an uncleared property, an inspector will visit the address to verify the violation, and leave a notification tag at the property. A Notice of Violation will also be mailed to the property owner and an additional 24 hours will be given to clear the pavement. If not completed by the deadline, the City will hire a private contractor to shovel, and the property owner will be billed those costs plus a $100 administrative fee. Only one notification will be given per snow season. Subsequent violations at the property will be cleared without further notification.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

Be a good neighbor and keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for pedestrians with limited mobility.


For more information, contact Stan Laverman at 319-356-5135 or

Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On Saturday February 17th, 2018 at 2:37 AM, the Iowa City Police Department was called to the Walgreens at 2214 Muscatine Avenue for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect, who had displayed a handgun, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money prior to the arrival of police. The area was checked however, the suspect was not located. No injuries were sustained by any of the store’s employees. 

The suspect is described as a white male possibly in his 20's, wearing a grey/black winter coat, blue jeans, and a black hood over his face. 

Anyone with information related to the armed robbery is asked to call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. 

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

Fatal Fire at Shamrock Apartments

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at Shamrock Apartments at 222 Jacolyn Drive SW at 9:42 a.m. this morning.  Firefighters were advised that an occupant was trapped inside a burning apartment unit.

Prior to the Fire Department’s arrival, neighbors were alerted by smoke alarms sounding and found smoke coming from the closed door of an apartment unit.  The neighbors gained access to the apartment unit and used portable fire extinguishers to knock down a fire inside the apartment.  There was a 57-year old male victim inside the apartment unit who had sustained severe burns.

Firefighters arrived on scene and removed the victim from the apartment where he was treated by firefighter/paramedics and transported by Area Ambulance Service to Mercy Medical Center.  The victim was subsequently transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Fire Department was notified this afternoon by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office that the victim had died.

The fire remains under investigation.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Fire damage was contained to the one apartment unit.

No further information is available at this time.

Fire at 3 East Benton Street

Boyson Road and C Avenue NE Lane Restrictions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IAEffective Wednesday, February 14, 2018, lane reductions will be in effect at the intersection of Boyson Road and C Avenue NE for utility work. Lane restrictions will include westbound traffic on Boyson Road, and southbound traffic on C Avenue. Restrictions will be in place for approximately one week, weather pending.

Video Update: Need-Based Discounts, Jingle Cross and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include need-based services, Jingle Cross Festival and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

Need-Based Discounts and Services

Watch to learn how the City is offering different ways to help out community members who need it most.  

Jingle Cross Festival & UCI World Cup

Get the scoop on the return of the world cup races, which will run alongside a full schedule of amateur races and great activities for the entire family.

Reuse & Upcycling Series

Transform trash into treasure during the final classes in this fun series designed to reduce waste.

Wine Tasting Benefit for ICPL

Learn how attending a wine and craft beer tasting can help support the Iowa City Public Library.

Presidents’ Day Holiday Schedule

Discover what services will be impacted during the observance of the upcoming holiday.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Move your car to avoid tickets & towing for snow removal in designated areas

On-street parking will be limited in designated areas in Iowa City on Feb. 14 and 15, 2018, for snow removal. Crews will be clearing the full width of the streets for public safety. 

‘No Parking’ signs will be posted at least 48-hours in advance of the work. Vehicles that remain when clean up begins will be towed.

Snow removal schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, beginning at 7 a.m.

  • Iowa Avenue, from Muscatine Avenue to Van Buren Street (north side only)
  • Washington Street, from Muscatine Avenue to Johnson Street (north side only)
  • College Street, from Van Buren Street to Summit Street (south side only)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, beginning at 7 a.m.

  • Jefferson Street, from Gilbert Street to Evans Street (south side only)
  • Iowa Avenue, from Van Buren Street to Muscatine Avenue (south side only)
  • Washington Street, from Johnson Street to Muscatine Avenue (south side only)
  • College Street, from Summit Street to Van Buren Street (north side only)

A map of where Iowa City snow trucks will plow on Feb. 14 & 15, 2018. Vehicles must be moved off of the street in these areas or will be towed.

A map showing the plow route for Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15.

University students who typically park on the street should be especially mindful of the signage and schedule to avoid towing. Iowa City does not allow on-street vehicle storage. Drivers must move their car every 48-hours, regardless of snow removal, or may be ticketed and/or towed.

If your vehicle is towed, call the Parking Division at 319-356-5151 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or the Iowa City Police Department at 319-358-5275. Do not call 911. For more information on how to recover a towed vehicle, visit  

For more information on snow removal, call the Streets Division at 319-356-5181.

Snow Emergency in Effect until Noon Sunday

CEDAR RAPIDS -  IA - Public Works crews began plow operations at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10. Main arterials and residential streets will be plowed today. 
A Snow Emergency remains in effect until noon on Sunday, February 11. Vehicles should not be parked on Emergency Snow Routes. 
A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website:
Snow routes are designated with signage, and are often found near hospitals, schools, and serve as transit routes.
In residential neighborhoods: please follow the odd/even rule when parking on side streets: 
On Saturday, February 10, please park on the even-address side of the street in residential neighborhoods. 
On Sunday, February 11, please park on the odd-address side of the street. 
The odd/even rule does not apply to emergency snow routes, parking-metered areas, or any street where the alternate side parking rule would conflict with permanently posted parking restrictions.