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Controlled burns scheduled for three city parks in the coming weeks

The City of Iowa City will conduct controlled burns at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and Hickory Hill Park within the next several weeks.

A comprehensive burn plan was prepared and approved by the Iowa City Fire Department, and considerations will be made for wind direction and required weather conditions. Privately-owned land areas and structures will be protected, and fire breaks will be established along all sides of the burn area.

Seasonal burning of native vegetation in Iowa promotes species diversity, habitat and suppression of invasive species. Controlled burning is an established and powerful conservation management tool that, when utilized by professionals under strictly defined parameters, can be safely used for great benefit to natural areas.


UPDATE: Walk-away from Iowa City Mental Health Facility

Vanessa JonesUPDATE: For the last 24 hours, eight public safety agencies have searched for missing adult, Vanessa Jones. The search has utilized over 50 personnel and various specialized equipment but has turned up no sign of her. 

The Iowa City Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help in locating Jones and requests the residents of Johnson and surrounding counties check their property and buildings. 

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jones, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center at 319-356-6800.


UPDATE at 9:42 a.m. 03/20/17: Law enforcement and other responding agencies continued the search overnight for Jones and she was not found. The search for Jones is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-356-6800. 


ORIGINAL MESSAGE at 7:58 p.m. 03/19/17: Law enforcement officials from several jurisdictions are currently looking for a female who walked away from Chatham Oaks, a treatment residence for individuals with chronic mental illness, located at 4515 Melrose Avenue. 

At 5:34 p.m., Vanessa Jones, 35, was reported to have left the facility and walked to the west and entered a field to the south. She is described as a white female with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5'4" and weighing approximately 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a red sweater, pants, and pink Crocs sandals. 

If located, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-356-6800.


Walk-away from Iowa City Mental Health Facility

Vanessa JonesLaw enforcement officials from several jurisdictions are currently looking for a female who walked away from Chatham Oaks, a treatment residence for individuals with chronic mental illness, located at 4515 Melrose Avenue. 

At 5:34pm, Vanessa Jones, 35, was reported to have left the facility and walked to the west and entered a field to the south.  She is described as a white female with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5'4" and weighing approximately 160 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a red sweater, pants, and pink Crocs sandals. 

If located, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319.356.6800.


Iowa City Police Repsond to Armed Robbery

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, at approximately 11:14p.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to 525 Highway 1 West, Deli Mart, for an employee stating he was just robbed by a male who brandished a handgun.  The victim stated the suspect demanded property from him and he complied.  The Iowa City Police checked the area and didn't locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as black male, 6'2, lean build, wearing a grey sweatshirt and black sweatpants.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the 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.


Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, at approximately 4:08a.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to the 2600 block of Roberts Road for an adult male reporting he was just robbed by two males and one of the males brandished a handgun.  The victim stated the suspects demanded property from him and he complied.  The Iowa City Police checked the area and didn't locate the suspects. 

The suspects were described as black males and both were wearing dark clothing. 

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the University Heights Police Department. 

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects. 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.


Iowa City Fire Department reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries during daylight saving time

The Iowa City Fire Department is reminding residents to change smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors batteries when changing clocks forward one hour during daylight saving time on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Maintaining smoke alarm carbon monoxide detector batteries is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce injury and death caused by a fire. 

As we “spring forward” the Iowa City Fire Department recommends residents do the following:

  • Change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with removable batteries
  • Check 10-year sealed smoke alarms or those with 10-year batteries installed for date of installation of alarm or battery and replace as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Check smoke alarms for date of manufacture usually located on the back of the alarm and replace smoke alarms older than 10 year.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button monthly
  • Develop a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room in the house
  • Practice the fire escape plan with your entire family
  • Prepare a home safety kit that includes a working flashlight and fresh batteries

Those with questions can contact Iowa City Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257.


Fire Hydrant Flushing in Coralville

The City of Coralville Water Department will begin to flush fire hydrants in Coralville starting in mid-March, weather permitting, through late April.  The Water Department will flush fire hydrants north of Interstate 80 in the spring of 2017. Hydrants south of Interstate 80 will be flushed in the fall of 2017.

Crews will begin flushing hydrants in the northeast part of Coralville the week of March 13 as weather conditions permit.

As a result of hydrant flushing, residents in the vicinity may notice water running down the street, or a temporary discoloration of their water which does not affect the water safety. In the event of discolored water, run cold water from a faucet until the water clears.

Hydrant flushing is an annual water system maintenance practice that moves water through the pipelines fast enough to remove sediment, and allows the City to service fire hydrants and check water pressure. For more information, please contact the Coralville Water Department at 319.248.1770 or the Utility Billing Department at 319.248.1715.

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Yard Waste Collection Begins March 20

Yard Waste Collection Dates

Beginning the week of March 20, yard waste collection resumes in Coralville with curbside yard waste pickup on regular garbage collection days. The yard waste collection season lasts until late November, weather permitting.

Coralville Yard Waste Bags & Stickers

Place yard waste in a Coralville biodegradable yard waste bag, or place it in a 33-gallon container that has an annual yard waste sticker. There is a 40 pound weight limit per bag / container. 

Coralville biodegradable yard waste bags, available for $5 for five bags, are sold at Lowe's, Coralville Hy-Vee, Theisen's, and Coralville City Hall. The 2017 annual yard waste stickers are on sale at City Hall for $25 each.

Beginning in spring 2017, our yard waste bags have a new design with yard waste information and tips. Coralville yard waste bags purchased prior to spring 2017 will still be accepted for curbside pickup.

Brush & Tree Limbs

Curbside pick up of brush and tree limbs is available during yard waste collection season on your regular trash / recycling day at no charge. Brush and tree limbs must be tied in bundles, with each bundle under 18 inches in diameter. Individual limbs in the bundles should be no larger than 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet long.

Learn More

For more information, please visit www.coralville.org/yardwaste or call Coralville Streets and Solid Waste at 319.248.1740.

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