Parking changes to go into effect at Chauncey Swan Ramp

IOWA CITY -- With the opening of The Chauncey Tower, users of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp at 415 E. Washington St. will see some changes.

The City of Iowa City's Transportation Services Department has been working to best accommodate current users and new neighbors. There will be additional signage on the second and third level of the ramp to help both visitors and permit holders. 

The spaces from Level 1-3 that do not have signage can be used by visitors or permit holders.  The upper level of the ramp will be reserved for permit holder only from Monday - Friday.

Visitors to the ramp will see increased parking enforcement staff over the next few weeks to help with this transition.

Cedar Rapids Police Department to Participate in “Operation Clear Track,” the Single Largest Railroad Safety Detail in the U.S

Violators will receive citations or warnings

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Tuesday, September 24 during Rail Safety Week, September 22-28, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, will participate in “Operation Clear Track,” along with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The goal is to raise awareness and enforce state railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws. The 3rd annual rail safety detail, carried out in 48 states, is the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in the U.S.

During “Operation Clear Track,” Cedar Rapids Police Officers will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing locations to issue citations or warnings to violators. Officers will also disseminate railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness and enforcement.

WHAT:  “Operation Clear Track” - Police enforcement/education event to be held in 48 states at railroad grade crossings that have a high number of vehicle and/or trespasser incidents or near misses.

WHERE/WHEN:  During the day on Tuesday, September 24, Cedar Rapids Police Officers will be enforcing traffic laws near railroad crossings in the 1500 block of Wilson Avenue SW and the 300 block of 1st Avenue SE.

WHY: Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. “Operation Clear Track” is an effort by law enforcement, Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak and rail safety partner organizations to raise awareness of the dangers around railroad tracks during Rail Safety Week, which is being observed in the U.S. September 22-28, 2019.

MORE INFO:  Visit Operation Lifesaver’s national website for safety tips and statistics or contact STAYOFFTHETRACKS.ORG for more information on “Operation Clear Track.”

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

2019-13854 Suspect Photograph 1CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect.  The suspect allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at several businesses in northeast Cedar Rapids on August 22, 2019.

The suspect is pictured in the attached surveillance photographs.

Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5532 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time.  Please reference case #2019-13854.

2019-13854 Suspect Photograph 2Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Cedar Rapids Wins US Water Prize for Outstanding Work in the Public Sector

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Today the US Water Alliance announced the winners of the US Water Prize, a prestigious award for outstanding work towards changing how water is viewed, valued, and managed. Awards were given in six categories to outstanding individuals and organizations that inspire us to create a more sustainable water future for all: Cross-Sector Partnership, Public Sector, Private Sector, Non-Profit, Outstanding Journalism on the Value of Water, and Outstanding Public Official.

The City of Cedar Rapids won in the Public Sector category for its leadership in the Middle Cedar Partnership Project (MCPP). The MCPP is a collaboration between downstream water users, upstream conservation entities and local farmers. Led by the City of Cedar Rapids, these groups partner to increase the implementation of nutrient-management and flood-reduction practices in targeted areas of the Middle Cedar watershed. The project’s goals are improved water quality, water quantity, and soil health.

“There is an urgent need to address increasing concentrations of nitrates and extreme flood events in the Cedar River,” said City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Steve Hershner. “We believe that MCPP has demonstrated a successful model for information outreach and conservation practice implementation.”

US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox said, “Water is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the water challenges we face are complicated. These innovative and inspiring leaders are demonstrating to the nation what is possible and how we can build a better water future for all.”

The US Water Prizes will be distributed on the evening of September 18, 2019, in Austin, Texas as part of the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit, the premier national conference focused on sustainable water management that bringing together close to 1,000 leaders from across the country.

Hershner will receive the award on behalf of the City of Cedar Rapids. He will also participate in a panel discussion at the summit on Thursday titled, “Agriculture and Water — Stronger Together,” highlighting the stories, economics, and incentives of collaborative watershed approaches.

US Water Alliance advances policies and programs to secure a sustainable water future for all. Established in 2008, the Alliance is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that educates the nation on the true value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. The Alliance brings together diverse interests to identify and advance common-ground, achievable solutions to our nation's most pressing water challenges. Our membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, policy organizations, and more. 

Learn more about the Middle Cedar Partnership Project at

ICFD extinguishes house fire at 2550 Nevada Avenue

At 7:59 p.m. on Saturday, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a kitchen fire at 2550 Nevada Avenue.   The first fire unit arrived in approximately 4 minutes and reported flames showing in the kitchen area of the house.  Fire crews entered the structure and brought the fire under control within 16 minutes. 

Sixteen fire personnel responded on the initial alarm. Outside agency support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Communications Center and Mid-American Energy.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The fire caused damage to the first-floor kitchen area of the structure and smoke damage throughout.  Damage to the home is estimated to be $20,000.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the ICFD Fire Marshal.

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

Cubs set team HR record, clobber Pirates 14-1

Cubs WCHICAGO -- Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Chicago Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1 on Saturday.

Bryant hit a two-run shot in the fourth and had four RBI. Hoerner's second homer in two days, a three-run drive in the sixth, broke the Cubs' old mark of 235, established in 2004.


Rizzo's slam among 5 Cubs homers, Chicago rips Bucs 17-8

Cubs WCHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam, Willson Contreras launched two long solo homers and the Chicago Cubs kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Rookie Nico Hoerner hit a two-run shot for his first major league homer and had four RBI for the Cubs, who entered tied with Milwaukee for the second NL wild card and four games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. The Cardinals hosted the Brewers on Friday night.


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Get Moving into a Healthy Fall

Fall is a great time to start a new workout, and our recreation department can help. Starting in mid-September, we're launching two new music-infused cardio classes, Zumba and Pound, to add to our roster of no-judgement fitness opportunities, including yoga, barre, and other cardio classes. Zumba is a cardio focused class infused with Latin dances and…

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