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Firefighters Respond to House Fire

Iowa City Firefighters responded to a house fire on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. 

Fire crews were dispatched at 4:48 p.m. to 120 North Dodge where they found light smoke coming from the rear of the home and determined the occupant was already out of the home. Firefighters located the fire in the first floor living room and searched the remainder of the home to be sure everyone made it out safely. 

The home took on approximately $20,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

The Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service and Mid-American Energy assisted the firefighters on-scene.

For more information, contact the Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255.


Reminder to use pedestrian detours on Dubuque Street

Pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to use the posted detour on Dubuque Street as the weather warms and work continues on the Iowa City Gateway Project.

Between Park Road and Church Street, walkers, joggers and bicyclists are still being re-routed off of Dubuque Street and over the Park Road Bridge to connect with the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge. Crews are working in the southbound lanes of Dubuque Street to install deep sanitary sewer. Plans are in the works to create a temporary path and remove the detour as spring approaches.

Entering the construction zone is dangerous and the detour is in place for safety. Community police officers are patrolling the area and will issue tickets to anyone found inside of the construction area.

Those looking to access Terrell Mill Park, the skate park and the University of Iowa Boat House can no longer use the crosswalk located across from Mayflower Residence Hall. People will need to follow the pedestrian detour to the north and instead use the access drive at Terrell Mill Park.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and following the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICgateway. To learn more visit icgov.org/gatewayproject


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, February 16, 2017

Upcoming Events

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

  • Family Storytime (February 18)
  • Primetimer’s Potluck (February 20)
  • Trash/recycling pickup one day late (February 20-24)
  • Meetings: Board of Adjustment (February 27), City Council (February 28), Library Board of Trustees (March 1), Planning & Zoning (March 1

View all upcoming events

 

Coralville Appoints New Police Chief

Chief Shane Kron is a familiar face

Following a national search, recommendation by City Administrator Kelly Hayworth, and unanimous City Council approval, Shane Kron was appointed and sworn in as Chief of Police on February 14.
 
Kron joined the Coralville Police Department in 1990. He has served as Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant, and Interim Chief of Police. He earned an MS in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University and a BS in public administration from Upper Iowa University. Kron replaced Chief Barry Bedford, who retired in January. Learn more
 

Golf Resumes at Brown Deer

Mild weather allows course to open early

Brown Deer Golf Club will open for the season on Friday, February 17 at 10:00 am, and will stay open as long as the weather allows. Carts will be available, but must remain strictly on cart paths to protect the course. Learn more

 

A Place to Wet Your Plants

Registration opens soon for community gardens

Registration begins on February 27 for plots at the Coralville Community Gardens. 
 
The gardens feature 10’ x 30’ and 10’ x 15’ plots, as well as 8’ x 4’ accessible raised beds adjacent to handicapped parking. Water spigots, mulch, a communal tool shed, and a garden waste disposal area are available on site. Learn more

 

What’s Open, What’s Closed

City schedule for Presidents’ Day holiday

On Monday, February 20, City offices and the Library will be closed for Presidents’ Day. Coralville Transit buses will run a normal schedule, and the Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will be open. All trash and recycling routes will be picked up one day later than usual the week of February 20. Learn more

 

On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Distinguished Young Women of Iowa 2017

Friday, February 17

This is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent in young women.

My Fair Lady

February 23-26

Presented by Regina High School. The fiery Eliza Doolittle becomes an unwitting subject in a phonetics professor's case study to transform the young working-class girl into a refined member of high society.


LEAP! 2017

February 27

Presented by Combined Efforts. Enjoy a memorable evening of music, song, dance, comedy, art, and a sword fight as local performers join the creativity of the Combined Efforts Theatre Company, Men’s Choir, Dance Company, Writers’ Group, and Expressive Visual Artists.

Iowa Arts Council Meet the Artists Series

February 28

Join us for an artist talk with 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellows Stephanie Brunia, Brent Holland, Jennifer Knox, Akwi Nji, and Yun Shin, followed by a casual reception.
 
Learn more

 

What’s Happening at the Library

Novel Conversations: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Thursday, February 16 | 7:00 pm

In this spoof of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, the modern-day Bennet sisters look for love while their family faces bills and second mortgages. Learn more


Stage on the Page Drama Discussion: The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry

Thursday, February 23 | 10:00 am

This 1948 romantic comedy tells of a war-weary soldier who just wants to die and of a woman accused of being a witch who very much does not. Learn more


Winter Adult Reading Month

Register for Winter Adult Reading Month, and read just three books during the month of February to be entered into a prize drawing! 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.


UPDATE: Iowa City Police Investigate Shooting

DavisonOn Monday, February 6, 2017 at approximately 5:27 p.m. Iowa City Police responded to the 2600 block of Bartelt Rd for a report of shots fired and a person on the ground.  Over the course of the subsequent investigation, it was determined that Darius Elmere Davison, 20, of Cedar Rapids, was involved in an altercation over a property dispute.  According to witnesses, Davison presented a handgun and fired at least four rounds striking the victim. 

On February, 8th, 2017, arrest warrants were issued for Davison with the charge of Attempted Murder, Class B felony.  On February 14th, 2017 Davison was taken into custody by the United States Marshall’s Service in Bloomington, Illinois.  Davison will be transported to the Johnson County jail pending extradition.

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in the apprehension of Davison by the United States Marshalls service, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

UPDATE: The investigation into the shooting that happened Monday, February 6, 2017 remains ongoing. The victim remains in stable condition pending further medical treatment. The investigation thus far has confirmed that the shooting stemmed from an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the Iowa City community. Updates will be released at a later time as more information becomes available. 

Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in this investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5276. Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. CrimeStoppers information is available below.  


ORIGINAL MESSAGE:  On Monday, February 6, 2017 at approximately 5:27 p.m. Iowa City Police responded to the 2600 block of Bartelt Rd for a report of shots fired and a person on the ground. As officers were responding to Bartelt Rd. the Johnson Country Joint Emergency Communications Center received a call advising that a gunshot victim was at the University of Iowa Hospital emergency room.

 Preliminary investigation has found an adult male was shot in a parking lot of the Pheasant Ridge Apartments located on Bartlet Rd. This appears to be the only victim and Iowa City Police Detectives believe that the shooting does not appear to be a random act and there is no further threat to the general public.

 The Iowa City Police Investigations Division is actively investigating this incident. The victim remains at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics where he remains in stable condition.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 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.


City of Iowa City Presidents' Day Holiday Schedule 2017

City Hall administrative offices in Iowa City will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in observance of Presidents' Day. The following schedules will be in effect for other City facilities on the holiday:


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

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 icgov.org/parkingoptions.

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

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. 21.
  • 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 icgov.org/transit.

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. 21. 

For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058 or shannon-mcmahon@iowa-city.org.


City of Iowa City drinking water safe to drink

The University of Iowa notified its campus consumers that it has received notice that its water system had violated a drinking water standard. City of Iowa City Water is not experiencing the same issue as the University supply. 

In 2003, the City of Iowa City began treating its water in a state-of-the-art multi-source water purification facility. That facility provides the best water quality possible for Iowa City and University Heights residents. Iowa City's rolling (TTHM) average for 2016 was well below the Safe Drinking Water Standard at 32.9 parts per billion. 

University officials say this is not an emergency, but notified the campus that their water system had exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Standard of 80 parts per billion (ppb) Total Trihalomethanes(TTHM’s) in their drinking water. 

Those with questions about City of Iowa City drinking water can contact Water Superintendent Kevin Slutts at 319-356-5162. 


Coralville Interim Chief Recommended for Permanent Position

KronCoralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth is recommending appointment of Lt. Shane Kron of the Coralville Police Department to replace the recently retired Barry Bedford as Chief of Police. In addition to his duties as Administrative Lieutenant, Kron was named Interim Chief on February 1.

A native of this area, Kron joined the Coralville Police Department as an Officer in 1990, and has served as Patrol Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant prior to his current role. He earned an MS in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University and a BS in public administration from Upper Iowa University.

Kron’s appointment is pending approval of the Coralville City Council at a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14, at 6:30 pm at Coralville City Hall.

In making the recommendation, Hayworth noted, “The selection process made it clear that Shane’s dedication and commitment to public safety, Coralville citizens, and our community as a whole are second to none.”

About the search:

Hayworth’s recommendation follows a national search process. In October 2016, the City hired Des Moines-based Moulder and Associates Police Management Consultants to guide the search process for Chief of Police. The firm has led police chief searches for multiple cities in Iowa, including North Liberty and Marion.

In fall 2016, the position of Coralville Chief of Police was posted nationally and 27 applications were received. Moulder and Associates then reviewed and evaluated the applications and applicants. The Coralville Civil Service Commission then narrowed the list to six candidates, which was further narrowed to four by City Administrator Kelly Hayworth. Those four candidates participated in a public reception, final interviews, and assessment center process in January 2017.

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Iowa City Police Investigate Shooting

On Monday, February 06, 2017 at approximately 5:27pm Iowa City Police responded to the 2600 block of Bartelt Rd for a report of shots fired and a person on the ground. As officers were responding to Bartelt Rd. the Johnson Country Joint Emergency Communications Center received a call advising that a gunshot victim was at the University of Iowa Hospital emergency room.

Preliminary investigation has found an adult male was shot in a parking lot of the Pheasant Ridge Apartments located on Bartlet Rd. This appears to be the only victim and Iowa City Police Detectives believe that the shooting does not appear to be a random act and there is no further threat to the general public.

The Iowa City Police Investigations Division is actively investigating this incident. The victim remains at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics where he remains in stable condition.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 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.