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President's Day Holiday 2016 - Coralville

City Hall and Police Administration Offices, along with the Library, Parks, Water, Wastewater, Streets and Sanitation Departments will be closed on Monday, February 15.

The Recreation Center will be open normal business hours, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, on Monday, February 15. The Indoor Pool will be open normal business hours Monday, February 15. A more detailed Indoor Pool schedule with lap swim and open swim times can be found at www.coralville.org/indoorpool.

Bus service will run normal routes and schedules on Monday, February 15.

Trash and recycling will be collected one day later than usual the week of President’s Day (February 15 through February 19). Monday’s route will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s route will be picked up Wednesday; Wednesday’s route will be picked up Thursday; and Thursday’s route will be picked up Friday.

The Recycling Center will be open 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, February 15.

As always trash and recycling should be at the curb at 7:00 am the day of collection. February white goods and electronics will be picked up Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26. For questions on trash and recycling collection, please call 319-248-1740.


Johnson County residents invited to comment on transportation issues through online survey

The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), the county-wide planning organization for Johnson County, announces that the first of five Future Forward 2045 transportation surveys is open for responses. Feedback on the initial survey will be used to develop more detailed surveys for the following modes of transportation -- automobile, bicycle, and transit -- and the youth population.

The survey is available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPOJC and will remain open until March 1, 2016. All responses are anonymous and the complete survey results will be used at a series of public workshops be held in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty in late March and early April.

Survey responses will help guide the development of the Future Forward 2045 Transportation Plan, a requirement for securing state and federal funding for transportation projects, that will help guide metropolitan area decision-making regarding transportation improvements and investments extending 25 years into the future.

To find out more information about MPOJC or to access the current Long Range Transportation Plan, visit www.mpojc.org. Follow us on Twitter @MPOJC for other public input opportunities.

For more information, contact Kent Ralston, Executive Director, at kent-ralston@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5253.


Johnson County Republicans picked Rubio to be the party's nominee

By Mike Thayer

He may have finished third statewide, but he finished first in Johnson County.

Marco Rubio dominated Johnson County caucus voting last night, generating 2,174 votes and 30.4 percent support.

Ted Cruz, who won the statewide contest, finished second in Johnson County scoring 1,396 votes for 19.5 percent support.  Coming in a surprise third, was Donald Trump who led in virtually all the polls leading up to caucus night, but only generated 1,383 votes in the county for 19.3 percent.

Here are the numbers for the state (98% reporting):

Ted Cruz:  51,649 votes - 27.7%

Donald Trump:  45,416 votes - 24.3%

Marco Rubio:  43,132 votes - 23.1%

Marco Rubio almost embarrassed Trump into third.

On a historical note, since the inception of the caucus process, Iowa Republicans have a poor track record for predicting the party's eventual nominee.  They've only picked the right candidate in two of six caucus contests.  Odds are, Ted Cruz will not win the nomination.

Iowa Caucus History

 


Weather Advisory for Linn County, Feb. 1, 2016

Weather for Linn Co.... ...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT PARTS OF EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT... .A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE PLAINS AND LIFT NORTHEAST THROUGH THE REGION EARLY THIS WEEK. HEAVY SNOW IS FORECAST TO SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL IOWA INTO PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL IOWA...BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY NIGHT. STRONG WINDS MAY CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES TUESDAY. IN ADDITION...A WINTRY MIX OF SLEET AND SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE AT TIMES. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES * TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 30S. * WIND...NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND PERIODS OF SLEET...AS WELL AS BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.


ICPL to Debut 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Sharing books and stories is important to a child's brain development, which is why the Iowa City Public Library is pleased to partner with Pearson for our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to do just that: read 1,000 books before the child starts kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers. With the support of a $10,000 Employee Challenge Fund for Literacy grant from Pearson, the Library will assist and encourage parents and caregivers as they help children become lifelong readers.

The program will launch at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, following Book Babies. Staff from the Library and Pearson will be on hand to register children for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Children also can register at the Children's Desk during regular Library hours after Feb. 5.

Each participant will go home with a bookmark to track their first 250 books. Once it’s complete, children can bring it to the Children’s Room for their next bookmark, each one in 250 increments, until they’ve read 1,000 books. Children also will receive a prize after completing each level of the program: a book bag after 250 books; a book plate to be inserted in any children’s book in the Library’s collection after 500 books; a growth chart after 750 books; and a new book of their own at 1,000 books.

“We’re so excited to bring this program to our community and want to thank Pearson for their help in making it an experience that will benefit our young patrons for years,” Library Director Susan Craig said.


Results announced for Severson Holiday Charity Challenge

Staff from the City of North Liberty won this year’s Severson Holiday Charity Challenge, and as a result will display the engraved Severson Cup traveling trophy in their office throughout 2016 for earning the greatest percentage growth in donations over last year.

Five government entities -- Coralville, Iowa City, Johnson County, North Liberty, and University Heights -- participated in the annual charity drive for local nonprofits. The event is named for the late Linda Severson, who worked with all the participating entities in her role as Human Services Coordinator for the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC).

As part of the challenge, each government office selected a nonprofit to support, and then attempted to win the competition by collecting more donations than last year for their agency of choice.

North Liberty staff members collected 3,286 items for the North Liberty Community Pantry, representing a 67% increase in donations over last year. Staff from Coralville took second place, increasing their volume of donations to the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry by 45% over last year. They donated more than 6,700 items to the Coralville pantry.

Other participants were the City of Iowa City, supporting the Joan Buxton School Children’s Aid Fund; Johnson County, collecting for Cassie’s Mittens and the Crisis Center; and University Heights, whose charity was the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

In total, 12,182 items and $1,335 in monetary gifts were donated.

This was the fifth year for the challenge, which carries on the charitable holiday drives that Severson spearheaded every year. The first Severson Holiday Charity Challenge was organized during the 2011 holiday season, four months after her death.

This is the first time North Liberty has won the contest. Previous winners have been University Heights, which took the trophy for three consecutive years, and Coralville.

For more information, contact Sarah Walz, MPOJC Assistant Transportation Planner, at 319-356-5239 or sarah-walz@iowa-city.org.

 


ICPD collaborates with community organizations to launch LOST program

The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD), in collaboration with the East Central Iowa Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Autism Center, Iowa City Area Autism-Asperger Syndrome Family Group, Handicare, The Village Community and the Autism and Safety Risk Initiative, has launched Loved Ones Safe and Together (LOST), a program to assist in identifying and locating community members who have been separated from their families or caretakers.  

Individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other medical conditions which involve memory loss or confusion, may wander away from their home. In these situations, police officers are called to assist in locating them. In addition, officers may come across individuals who are lost but have not been reported as such. Time is a critical factor in safely locating missing persons, especially in dangerous weather conditions. Prompt dissemination of information about the missing person to the police and the public is essential. Providing necessary information to the police in advance may result in a timelier reunification. 

The LOST program consists of an ICPD database that contains information about the person including name, address, physical description, birth date and a photograph. It also includes information about the potential activities of the person, where they may be heading or where they have been found when lost previously and what symptoms they may exhibit when located by the police officer. Additional information can include communication differences or techniques, unusual behaviors, sensory needs, triggers and ways to effectively interact with the individual.

The ICPD plans to utilize funds from the FY2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice to provide awareness and risk reduction training for ICPD officers and utilization of tracking devices that can send electronic alerts about a missing person’s location.

There is no cost to participate in this program. For further information or to enroll in the LOST program visit https://icgov.org/LOSTprogram or contact the ICPD at 319-356-5275. If you are unable to download the online application form, it can be sent to you with a stamped envelope for its return to the ICPD. In addition to the completed information form, applicants should include a recent photograph of the individual to be included in the database. If a recent photograph is not available, arrangements will be made for an officer to take a photograph for the database.


Structure Fire at 819 S. 1st Avenue

At 9:50 am on Thursday, January 28th, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 819 S. 1st Avenue – Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill.  The first units arrived to find smoke showing from multiple roof vents.  Fire crews located active fire in the walls and attic space near the kitchen area.  Crews contained the fire and brought it under control within 12 minutes of arrival.  All occupants had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.     

16 on-duty Iowa City Fire Department personnel participated in fire suppression efforts. A callback of off-duty personnel was initiated and 15 responding personnel were assigned to reserve apparatus to maintain response capability during the fire. Personnel from the Johnson County Ambulance, Iowa City Police Department, Mid-American Energy, Iowa City Water Department, and Johnson County Emergency Communications Center also provided assistance.  Fire crews were on scene for approx. 1.5 hrs.  The property, valued at $297,120.00, suffered damage that is estimated at $40,000.00.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

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