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Senior Affordable Apartments for Rent

Apply now for a brand new spacious 2-bedroom apartment at Coral Ridge Apartments opening January 2018! At least 1 applicant per household must be 55 years of age and up. Rent amounts vary from $520-$975 (subject to change, income restrictions apply) and includes all major kitchen appliances, and in unit washer/dryer.  For more information contact Sand Property Management, LLC at 319-333-1602 National Voice Relay System 711 or email CoralRidge@SandCompanies.com. Equal Housing Opportunity, Accessible units.


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Monthly Video Feature: Single Stream Recycling, Cardboard Ban and more

Iowa City In Focus brings the people, places, and projects of Iowa City into clear view. This monthly video feature spotlights the community through in-depth storytelling. Click the play-button below to watch the entire video or select the individual images to skip to specific 


Iowa City In Focus


Single Stream Recycling

Learn about the changes to your curbside service as the City transitions to single stream recycling. Plus, get a tour of how the materials are sorted using state-of-the-art technology.

  Single Stream Recycling

Corrugated Cardboard Ban  

Corrugated Cardboard Ban 

 

Discover why the City is banning corrugated cardboard from the landfill, as well as the different ways you can recycle the materials instead.


Know Your Neighborhood

Take a trip back in time as we explore the people who first settled in the Goosetown Neighborhood. See how the community has grown while still paying homage to its modest beginnings.

  Goosetown Neighborhood

Bike Shorts  

Bike Shorts: How to properly lock a bike

 

This may seem like a simple task, but improperly locking your bike could leave you without transportation. Follow these simple steps ensure the safety of your bicycle.


Do you have an topic you would like to see covered on Iowa City In Focus? Email your ideas to info@citychannel4.com.


Entries for Poetry in Public 2018 now being accepted

It’s time once again for local writers to submit poems for consideration in the 16th annual Poetry in Public Program, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Writers of all ages, levels of writing ability and experience, are encouraged to submit entries to the contest. 

A panel of local judges will review entries and then select poems that will be displayed throughout the community and on local and literary websites. The winning poems will be on display on Iowa City buses, at the Iowa City Public Library and the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center from May through the fall. Selected poets will also have the opportunity to read their poem during the Iowa Arts Festival in June. 

The program was initiated in 2002 to celebrate, promote and nurture the rich writing culture that exists in Iowa City.


A graphic promoting 'call for entries' for the Iowa City poetry in public contest.

To learn more about the contest, and fill out a submission form, visit www.icgov.org/pip


Rules for entry:

  • Entrants must be residents of Johnson County.
  • Only one poem per author will be considered. Submitted poems will not be returned.
  • The poem can be no more than seven lines in length (not including the title), and can be either an existing or new work.
  • An excerpt from a longer poem will be considered if it can stand alone.
  • Poems are generally published as is. Teachers and/or parents are encouraged to work with students on proper spelling and punctuation before submission.
  • Poems will be judged on quality of writing as well as accessibility and suitability for public display before a general audience.
  • Special complex formatting, layouts, “word art,” and use of non-standard typefaces should be avoided.
  • If reprint permissions are required, please acquire permission prior to submitting work.

How to apply:

Entries should be accompanied by a 2018 Poetry in Public submission form, and must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, to marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or mailed to or dropped off at:

City Hall
Attn: Poetry in Public
410 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52240

For more information, the submission form, and other details, visit www.icgov.org/pip

Questions? Contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or email marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org.


Lane Reduction - Clinton Street

Weather permitting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, northbound traffic on Clinton Street will be reduced to one lane between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue to accommodate a crane for work on an HVAC system in an area building. 

Normal traffic is expected to resume by mid-afternoon the same day. 

Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, be cautious when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Crews to Resume Collection on December 11, 2017

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11th, leaf crews will continue collecting leaves in zone #3 and will be moving into zone #4. 

For more information about the City of Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program, including a zone map, instructions on how to prepare leaves and other helpful reminders be sure to visit www.icgov.org/leafvacuum

If you would like to receive schedule updates via email, visit www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions  and subscribe under “Service Notices.” 


Senior Affordable Apartments for Rent

Apply now for a brand new spacious 2-bedroom apartment at Coral Ridge Apartments opening January 2018! At least 1 applicant per household must be 55 years of age and up. Rent amounts vary from $520-$975 (subject to change, income restrictions apply) and includes all major kitchen appliances, and in unit washer/dryer.  For more information contact Sand Property Management, LLC at 319-333-1602 National Voice Relay System 711 or email CoralRidge@SandCompanies.com. Equal Housing Opportunity, Accessible units.


Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program Update: December 8, 2017

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8th, leaf crews will continue collecting leaves in zone #2 and will be moving into zone #3. 

For more information about the City of Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program, including a zone map, instructions on how to prepare leaves and other helpful reminders be sure to visit www.icgov.org/leafvacuum


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, December 7, 2017

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Beginning English for Foreign-Born Adults (Wednesdays & Fridays)
  • Family Night at the Library (December 11)
  • Meetings: City Council (December 12), Board of Adjustment (December 18), Parks and Recreation Commission (December 18)
  • Senior Potluck (December 18)

View all upcoming events

 

Luminarias Shine On

Be part of the Aisle of Lights tradition

Sunday, December 10 | 5:00-9:00 pm 

Coralville, you are invited to turn on your holiday lights and light luminarias along your sidewalks on December 10. Free sacks and sand to make luminarias are available. Sponsored in part by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union; sand donated by Hawkeye Ready Mix. 

Tour the lights on your own or by bus on Sunday, or visit the festive weekend events hosted by Coralville organizations and businesses.  Learn more

 

See Holiday Lights in Coralville

Be added to the map or tell us your favorites

‘Tis the season for holiday yard displays with lights, inflatables, and music. As December shines bright, we’re mapping the community’s recommended displays in Coralville. Learn more

 

Yard Waste Collection Dates

Thanks to weather conditions, crews will continue to pick up yard waste on:

  • Regular collection days through December 7 
  • Both Tuesday, December 12, and Thursday, December 14, for all Coralville residences
Garbage collection schedules remain unchanged.

If you have yard waste to set out, now is the time to do so. Once the extended forecast indicates snow or ice, yard waste collection will be suspended until the spring.  Learn more
 

New Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center Opens

New location, expanded hours

The Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center is open at 950 Hughes Street, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Coralville residents can drop off paper, plastics #1-5 and 7, aluminum and tin, and cardboard to be recycled. The former Recycling Center on E. 7th Street has closed permanently. Learn more

 

Lane Reduction on 1st Avenue

1st Avenue is reduced to one lane in each direction between E. 7th Street and E. 9th Street to facilitate connecting the Drury Parking Ramp project to the existing sanitary sewer and water main that are under the 1st Avenue pavement. Normal traffic patterns should resume the week of December 18, weather permitting.
Learn more

 

From Swimming to Spy School

Parks & Recreation registration begins December 9

The latest Coralville Parks & Recreation activity catalog is now available. Registration begins December 9 for many winter and early spring activities. Learn more

 

The Right Place for Cardboard

Mandatory cardboard recycling begins in January

Cardboard is recyclable and will not be allowed in your regular trash beginning January 2. The Iowa City Landfill is instituting a corrugated cardboard ban for their service area, which will divert about 4,000 tons of cardboard from the landfill each year. Recycle cardboard curbside or at the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center at 950 Hughes Street

 

On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

December 8-10 & 15-17

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. This is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Holiday Cabaret: Late Night Edition

December 15 & 16

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Join the area’s most talented performers for another helping of froth, frivolity, sophisticated wit, and a tiny bit of naughty spice.

Learn more
 

What's Happening at the Library

It’s a Mystery Discussion:
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Wednesday, December 13 | 10:00 am

Take your pick of novels from this series about former maid Maisie Dobbs, a private investigator who solves crimes in the aftermath of World War I. Learn more


LitFlicks Free Film: The Bishop’s Wife

Wednesday, December 13 | 6:00 pm

When an Episcopal bishop loses sight of why he became a churchman, an angel is sent to keep him on the right track. Starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Learn more

 

Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at www.coralville.org/notifyme.


Recycle cardboard! Landfill no longer accepting cardboard

A graphic promoting a new cardboard rule coming to the Iowa City Landfill.

With the New Year comes a new rule –cardboard can no longer be landfilled and will need to instead be recycled.

The Iowa City Landfill will not accept cardboard in the trash beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. It must be recycled either curbside, or taken to a local recycling facility.

Residents who place cardboard in their curbside garbage bin will have to instead place it in their recycling bin, and haulers that do not comply will be charged twice their regular tipping fee.

This new rule will divert millions of pounds of cardboard out of the landfill. While new 2017 waste study data showed a marked decrease in the amount of cardboard in the landfill since the previous study in 2011, more than 4,000 tons of cardboard still end up in the landfill annually.  

“Waste reduction is one of our biggest goals at the Iowa City Landfill,” Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch said. “We want to really reduce the amount of resources going in to the landfill, and especially valuable material such as cardboard.”


An image promoting a video that explains the new cardboard rule at the Iowa City Landfill.

Watch a video that explains the new cardboard rule at the Iowa City Landfill. Learn why this rule is being implemented and what you need to do to dispose of your excess cardboard. 


Residents who receive City of Iowa City curbside services, should cut their cardboard into pieces no larger than 2 ft. by 2 ft., and place them in their blue recycling bins. Excess cardboard can be placed under the bin for pick-up.

If you live in an apartment greater than four units and do not currently have recycling, you’ll need to take your cardboard to an area recycling center. However, all apartments in Iowa City will be required to offer recycling by this time next year.

This change will impact more than just Iowa City residents – anyone served by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will need to follow this rule, including Johnson County, Riverside and Kalona residents.

The new rule applies specifically to corrugated cardboard, which is typically used in shipping and packaging materials, like boxes you receive when you order products online. 

To learn more, visit www.icgov.org/recycle or contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org