Corridor/Local News Feed

Iowa City Fire Department presents Lifesaver Awards and announces staff changes

Lifesaver AwardIn a ceremony held Feb. 5 at City Hall, Iowa City Fire Chief John Grier presented the Lifesaver Award to six members of the Iowa City Fire Department for exceptional lifesaving measures. They were Firefighter Thomas Hartshorn, Firefighter Ryan Haxmeier, Firefighter Merv Miller, Firefighter Glenn Pauley, Lieutenant Timothy Recker, and Firefighter Andrew Wulfekuhle.

On July 10, 2015, these firefighters were part of a crew that responded to a garage fire with a report of an individual trapped inside and shouting for help. Personnel worked together to gain access, attack the fire, and rescue the male victim who was trapped in the garage. The victim survived due to the quick-thinking actions of the crews involved.  

During the ceremony, Fire Chief Grier also announced recent promotions and hirings.

Tim Recker, a six-year veteran of the Iowa City Fire Department, was recently promoted to Lieutenant. In his new assignment, Recker will be in charge of a three-person engine company at Station 4. He will be responding to emergency incidents, performing commercial building inspections, code enforcement, conducting company training, and maintaining logs and special activity records.

Two new firefighters, Brock Kraxner and Joshua Wutke, have also been hired. Both have completed their six-week orientations and have been assigned to Station 1, where they will perform fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, code enforcement, and public education duties. Firefighter Kraxner previously worked as a police officer with the Eldridge Police Department in Eldridge, Iowa. Firefighter Wutke was previously a firefighter with the Tess Corners Fire Department in Muskego, Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Grier at 319-356-5260 or john-grier@iowa-city.org.


Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On February 6, 2016 at approximately 5:11pm, the Iowa City Police Department responded to the Acapulco Mexican Bakery at 1937 Keokuk St for a report of an Armed Robbery.  According to the victims, a Hispanic or black male entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanding money.  The suspect fled the business southbound with an undisclosed amount of money.  No one was injured in this robbery.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or black male, approximately 5’8” and heavyset wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white shoes and a white face covering.

This incident remains under investigation.  The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect(s). 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 Hall Revenue Office to be closed for construction

The Revenue Office at City Hall, where residents set up City utility accounts and pay water bills and other City fees, will be closed for the next three to four weeks for a remodeling project that will improve the customer service area, making it ADA-accessible. Construction will get underway Monday, Feb. 8.

As part of the renovation project, the southeast door to City Hall will be closed to the public.  Access to the Revenue Office and the building’s lower level will be available from the front lobby door off Washington Street, where the City’s Information Desk is located, and the northeast door off of Van Buren Street, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Both entrances are ADA-accessible. Residents and visitors conducting business at City Hall will be able to park in the adjacent lot free of charge.

The southeast door will remain closed to the public even after construction is finished, redirecting visitors to the two accessible entrances and the City’s Information Desk.

During the Revenue Office remodeling project, customers will be able to pay their bills at the Information Desk in the City Hall Lobby, where Cashiers will be temporarily located. Customer Service Representatives will be temporarily stationed in the lower level of the building to assist customers with utility account issues. Normal hours of operation will be in effect, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on Presidents’ Day on Feb. 15, when City Hall will be closed.

The construction project in the City Hall lobby has been completed, but work continues on the Police Station lobby. That project is expected to be completed by Feb. 17. People who need to conduct business with the Police Department should continue to use the Customer Service walk-up window that has been installed on the exterior of the building off Washington Street.

For more information, contact Kumi Morris, City of Iowa City Architectural Services, at 319-356-5044 or kumi-morris@iowa-city.org.


Tax Forms at the Iowa City Public Library

Many individuals come to the Iowa City Public Library around tax time to pick up the forms they need to complete their Federal Income Tax return. However, due to cuts within the Federal government, the Library will no longer be able to offer the wide variety of forms it has in the past free of charge.

The Library will continue to offer the 1040, the 1040 A and the 1040 EZ forms free of charge, as well as some Business Federal Tax Forms, including W2 and W3 forms. These can be found on the Library's second floor. Staff at the Information Desk will help individuals find and print other forms and instructions on the IRS’ website. Individuals will need to pay a 10 cent per page printing fee.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

via www.corridorsearch.com


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.