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Update: Structure fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue

The Iowa City Fire Department has released the name of the victim found in a house fire on Sunday, Jan.8. Seventy-two year old Richard Nicking Thomson was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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One person died in an early morning house fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue.  Another occupant escaped through a second story window.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation; identification of the deceased is pending notification of family.

At 1:40 a.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017 the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue.  Initial arriving fire department units encountered heavy smoke conditions and found fire in the basement of the residence.  Crews contained the fire and extinguished it within one hour of arrival. Damage to the residence is estimated at $100,000.

Sixteen on-duty Iowa City Fire Department personnel participated in fire suppression efforts. Off-duty personnel and mutual aid fire departments were called in to staff fire stations during the incident.  Personnel from the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance, Johnson County Emergency Communications Center, Johnson County Medical Examiner and Mid-American Energy also provided assistance.

For more information, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org.


City of Iowa City holiday closures announced for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017

Administrative offices at City Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A list of community events, programs and activities planned in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is available online at www.icgov.org/humanrightsinfo.

Other offices or facilities that will be closed or will operate on a revised holiday schedule are as follows:

Airport: Office will be closed, but Jet Air (FBO) will be open regular business hours. Details at www.icgov.org/airportinfo 

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed.

Oakland Cemetery: Closed.

Landfill and Recycling Center: Closed.

Library: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parks and Recreation: Offices closed, but Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Mercer/Scanlon and pools will be open regular hours. Details at www.icgov.org/pr

Parking: Parking will run normal operations. Details at www.icgov.org/parkingoptions

Police: The Police Dept. will function as normal. Records and administrative office closed.

Senior Center: Closed. Senior meals will not be served.

Trash & Recycling: Refuse, recycling, and yard waste will not be picked up on Monday. Residents on the Monday route should have their materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected.

Transit: On Monday, Iowa City Transit will operate on a "Saturday schedule," from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information at www.icgov.org/transit

Water: The Water Division office will be closed; residents with a water emergency should call the 24-hour emergency line at 319-356-5166 for assistance.

City offices and operations will return to normal schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 17.


Structure Fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue

One Fatality in Rochester Avenue Structure Fire

One person died in an early morning house fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue.  Another occupant escaped through a second story window.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation; identification of the deceased is pending notification of family.

At 1:40 a.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017 the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 1516 Rochester Avenue.  Initial arriving fire department units encountered heavy smoke conditions and found fire in the basement of the residence.  Crews contained the fire and extinguished it within one hour of arrival. Damage to the residence is estimated at $100,000.

16 on-duty Iowa City Fire Department personnel participated in fire suppression efforts. Off-duty personnel and mutual aid fire departments were called in to staff fire stations during the incident.  Personnel from the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance, Johnson County Emergency Communications Center, Johnson County Medical Examiner and Mid-American Energy also provided assistance.

For more information, contact Battalion Chief Brian Rohr at 319/356-5255 or brian-rohr@iowa-city.org.


Coralville Hosts Public Reception for Police Chief Candidates on January 13

Coralville residents and members of the business community are invited to a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 13 to meet the four candidates interviewing to be Coralville’s next police chief. The reception will take place at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street.

The City of Coralville is seeking a candidate to succeed Barry Bedford who will retire at the end of January. Four candidates, one internal and three external, are interviewing for the position. Residents are encouraged to meet the candidates and ask them questions in an informal environment. There will be no formal presentations during the reception. The candidates, listed alphabetically, include:

  • Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam.  Elam has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served the Marion Police Department in a variety of capacities, including police officer, member of the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. He obtained his master’s in criminal justice from Mount Mercy University in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Iowa State University.
  • Coralville Police Lt. Shane Kron.  Kron was hired by Coralville as a police officer in 1990 and has served as a patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and, since 2006, the administrative lieutenant. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern Orange Beach and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University.
  • Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Greg Stallman.  Since joining the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, Stallman worked in the jail, jail SWAT, patrol, K-9, SWAT and professional standards divisions, and has been a member of the drug task force. During his career in the sheriff’s office, he has also had oversight over each division and currently oversees the jail and patrol divisions. He has degrees in Spanish and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy management training program.
  • Clive Police Chief Michael Venema.  Before he was hired as the Clive Police Chief in 2012, Venema worked for the Davenport Police Department. Venema started in Davenport in 1985 as a patrol officer and later served as a sergeant and lieutenant. He has a master’s degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Following the reception, the candidates will participate in an assessment center and final interviews, with appointment by City Administrator Kelly Hayworth, subject to approval of the City Council, expected in late January.

via www.coralville.org


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News and Notes from the City of Coralville, December 22, 2016

Upcoming Events

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

  • Holiday Trash Schedule (Dec. 26-Jan. 6)
  • Meetings: City Council (December 27)
  • Family Storytime (December 31)
  • Snowball Soiree (January 3)

View all upcoming events

 

What’s Open, What’s Closed

Holiday hours and schedules

City administrative offices will close at noon on December 23 and 30, and will be closed on December 26 and January 2

 

On December 24 and 31, bus service will end at 6:00 pm. On December 27, buses will run a Saturday route and a modified 1st Avenue route. There will be no bus service on December 26 and January 2.

 

The library will be closed on December 24-26 and January 1 and 2.

 

The Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will be closed on December 24, 25, and January 1, with modified hours on December 31.

View the full holiday schedule

 

Trash & Recycling Dates to Know

Set your trash out one day later than usual

Due to holidays, all trash and recycling routes will be picked up one day later than usual during the weeks of December 26 and January 2. Learn more

 

'Tis the Season to Recycle

Holiday wrappings

Gift wrap, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap are not recyclable. However, cardboard wrapping paper tubes, holiday cards and envelopes without foil or embellishments, and some types of tissue paper can be recycled. Learn more


Holiday trees & greenery

Throughout January, we'll pick up live holiday trees at the curb. To be recycle-ready, greenery should be free of decorations, lights, bags, and stands. Learn more


Holiday lights  

Do you have strings of holiday lights to get rid of? The City offers free holiday light recycling at five drop-off locations in Coralville until January 9Learn more
 

BrrrFest Will Be Hoppin' 

General admission tickets on sale

Celebrate the beers of winter and the brewers who make them at the annual Coralville BrrrFest on January 28, 2017. A portion of the proceeds supports Coralville’s 4thFest! Tickets are on sale now at www.brrrfest.org.

 

Tour the Twinkling Lights

The best holiday light displays in Coralville

‘Tis the season for holiday light displays with twinkling lights, inflatables, music, and more. We’ve mapped the community’s recommended holiday light displays to help those taking self-guided tours of lights in Coralville. Enjoy! Learn more

 

What's Happening at the Library 

Free Family Movie: Zootopia

Wednesday, December 28 | 1:00 pm

Warm up during this free winter break program for the whole family! Bring your own snacks and enjoy the fun.
Learn more

Snowball Soiree

Tuesday, January 3 | 3:00 pm

Teens are invited to kick off the new year with Igloos, snacks, sox-snowballs, and snUGLY sweaters! Registration is required. Learn more

New Year’s Make & Take

Saturday, December 31 | Noon-2:00 pm

Families can drop in to make a festive New Year’s crown. After crafting, explore the library for great books to start the new year! 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.


Chauncey project breaks ground in downtown Iowa City | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — With shovels, inscribed with the word “finally,” in hand, local developer Marc Moen and community leaders kicked off a project that was more than four years in the making.

The Moen Group broke ground on Chauncey, a 15-story residential and commercial building planned for the corner of College and Gilbert streets in downtown Iowa City during a ceremony Sunday afternoon. Moen said the building is targeted for a mid-2019 opening.

via www.thegazette.com


Iowa City police take young people in need holiday shopping

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police officers in Iowa City are being called to a local discount store - not for a crime, but to help children get a few presents they wouldn't otherwise this holiday season.

The Iowa City Police Department will take local youth shopping Sunday at a Wal-Mart as part of the Iowa City Police Association's Shop with a Cop program.

via www.kcrg.com


Coralville Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community

Coralville has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!  Coralville joins a cutting-edge group of 404 communities across the United States that are transforming the American landscape.

Coralville City Council will celebrate the award at the December 13 City Council meeting at 6:30 pm.

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.

 “We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Vice President of Programs at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable, and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels.”

The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes Coralville’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The BFC program provides a benchmark for communities to evaluate these conditions and policies, while highlighting areas for improvement.  To learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.

via www.coralville.org