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1st Avenue Downtown Lane Reduction

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Wednesday, June 28, eastbound traffic on 1st Avenue between 1st Street SE and 2nd Street SE will be reduced to one lane for crane operations. Work is expected to take three days to complete, weather permitting.

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For an additional list of road closures please check: www.Cedar-Rapids.org/Street Closures.


Coralville Transit Layover Change for Jazz Festival

As a result of road closures for the Jazz Festival in downtown Iowa City, Coralville Transit will not serve the following stops all day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, June 29-July 3, 2017:

  • Downtown Iowa City interchange (stop #0001)
  • Iowa Memorial Union (stop # 0125)
  • Macbride Hall (stop # 0120)

All routes will be diverted to the Court Street Transportation Center (150 E. Court Street) between Clinton and Dubuque Streets in Iowa City for layovers. No other stops are scheduled to be affected. Service delays are anticipated. Any changes to service will be posted at www.coralville.org/transit.

Route changes, road closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, www.ebongo.org) inaccurate from June 29-July 3, however, the real-time maps on Bongo with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

There is no transit service on Tuesday, July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday. Normal transit service and Bongo operations will resume on Wednesday, July 5. For more information, contact Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.

via www.coralville.org


Independence Day Schedule of City Services - Coralville

The City of Coralville will observe the following for the Independence Day holiday on July 4, 2017:

City Offices

City Hall and Police administrative offices, along with the Parks, Water, Wastewater, Streets, and Sanitation Departments will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

The City Hall building will be open for 4thFest information and restroom access on Monday, July 3, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, July 4 from 10:00 am until dark.

Library

The Coralville Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Read on via www.coralville.org


Iowa City Investigate Armed Robbery

On Saturday June 24th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 pm, Iowa City Police responded to the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue in Iowa City for a report of an armed robbery.  According to the adult, male victim, he arranged through an online website to meet a female in the area.  When the victim arrived in the area, he was approached by two (2) black males, one armed with a large knife and the other carrying a board.  The victim reported being drug inside a residence where he was struck in the head with the board approximately three (3) times before being robbed of cash and a cell phone.  

The victim received minor injuries as a result of this incident.  The victim described the subject brandishing the knife as a black male wearing a mask and loose clothing and the subject who struck him with a board as a black male wearing a baseball cap.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the 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. 


Road Closure: Davenport Street - Iowa City

Davenport Street, from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street, will be closed to to through traffic, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to complete utility improvements and brick street reconstruction. 

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume in mid August. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.  

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Lane Closure: Raven Street - Iowa City

Raven Street, near address 3117 between Kenwood Dr. and Court St., will be reduced to one lane of traffic for pavement repairs, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting.

Traffic blocked by the construction must yield to oncoming vehicles and proceed around the construction zone when clear. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Friday, July 7.

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Construction begins on Riverfront Crossings Park - Iowa City

Phase one construction for Riverfront Crossings Park, 1101 S. Clinton St., will begin Monday, June 26, 2017.

Phase one will focus on restoration of Ralston Creek, wetland creation, trail connections to the surrounding neighborhoods, a bridge connection to 2nd St., and the addition of a new parking area at the north end of the park. The majority of the work is set for completion in the fall, with the parking area construction expected to be completed in spring 2018. 

The work beginning on Monday will include grading, as well as tree removal along the Iowa River Trail and Ralston Creek. Priority will be given to keeping at least one trail open in the park throughout construction, however temporary closures may occur. In the event there are closures, alerts will be posted on the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website, icgov.org/pr

The Riverfront Crossings Park master plan was completed in May, 2015 and a public open house meeting discussing the first phase of the project was held Nov. 2, 2016.

To stay up-to-date on all Iowa City park planning projects, visit icgov.org/parksrecmasterplan.


Northbrook Drive NE Closure - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – June 23, 2017 – Effective Monday, June 26, Northbrook Drive NE will be closed between Cimarron Drive NE and Nixon Drive NE, for pavement repairs. Work is anticipated to take one week, weather permitting.

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For an additional list of road closures please check: www.Cedar-Rapids.org/Street Closures


Closure: Friendly Avenue - Iowa City

Update 06/23/17

Delays have pushed the reopening of Friendly Avenue to the afternoon on Tuesday, June 27.


Friendly Avenue from Lukirk Street to Pickard Street will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday, June 22, 2017, weather permitting, to repair a sanitary sewer service. 

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Friday, June 23. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


July 1 Deadline to File for Homestead, Military, Disabled Veterans Homestead and Business Property Tax Credit

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, June 23, 2017—Property owners are reminded that the deadline for applying for the 2017 Homestead Property Tax Credit, Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit, Military Exemption as well as the Business Property Tax Credit is July 1, 2017. As July 1 falls on a Saturday in 2017, the Assessor will accept applications through Monday, July 3rd.

Homestead Property Tax Credit (Iowa Code Section 425) was originally adopted to encourage home ownership through property tax relief. The current credit is equal to the actual tax levy on the first $4,850 of actual value. To be eligible you must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible. The claim is allowed for successive years without further filing as long as eligible.

The Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credit (Iowa Code Section 425.15) was originally adopted to encourage home ownership for disabled veterans. The current credit is equal to 100 percent of the actual tax levy. Veterans with 100 percent service-related disability status qualify for this credit.  Veterans also qualify who have a permanent and total disability rating based on individual unemployability paid at the 100 percent disability rate.  The veteran must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible.  A surviving spouse of a disabled veteran receiving DIC payments also qualifies. The surviving spouse as a beneficiary of the estate of a veteran who received the credit may continue to receive the credit as long as the spouse resides in the qualified homestead and does not remarry. A claim must be filed on or before July 1. A current Benefits Paid letter and a DD214 must be included with your application.

The Military Property Tax Exemption reduces the taxable value of the property for military veterans. To qualify for a military exemption the property owners must be a resident and domiciled in the State of Iowa as well as the equitable or legal owner of the property upon which the claim for exemption is filed. A DD214 (honorable discharge) must be recorded with the Linn County Recorder stating the dates and eligible service period. Each honorable discharged veteran is allowed one military exemption within the State of Iowa.

Properties classed as Commercial or Industrial by their local Assessor may qualify for a Business Property Tax Credit. Property owners that have an existing Business Property Tax Credit and have not changed the ownership, use, purpose, legal description of their property are not required to reapply.  This is a one-time filing if there have been no changes. All applications must be in the possession of the Assessor’s office by 4:30 p.m. July 1, 2017, or sooner, to be considered timely filed. As July 1st falls on a Saturday this year, applications for these credits will be received through Monday, July 3rd. Any applications received after that date will be considered an application for the 2018 credit.

Information and applications may be found on the Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s website at cedarrapids.iowaassessors.com. Property owners may also apply at the Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s office located on the second floor of the City Services Center at 500 15th Avenue SW between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call the City Assessor’s Office at 319-286-5888 if you have any questions regarding the credits or exemptions.

Property owners outside the Cedar Rapids city boundaries may apply at the Linn County Assessor’s Office located on the second floor of the Jean Oxley Public Service Center located at 935 2nd Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Office hours for the Linn County Assessor’s Office are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be reached at 319-892-5220 or visit their website at linn.iowaassessors.com.