Community Sign

  • See article below, about the Mile Long Bridge, for weekly pictures showing progress.
  • Council meeting April 28, 6:30 pm.
  • Hydrant flushing starts April 21, see below.
  • City Curb Side Clean-up May 17, Flyer
  • Lost & Found Size 5 Miss Jane Girls Fleece coat was found in the Bandstand.  Please call City Hall at 984-6233 with questions.
  • The Polk County Election Office is searching for individuals to serve as Chairpersons on Election Day in Polk County.  Flyer

Job Opening

The city of Polk City is accepting applications for a City Maintenance Level 1 position, including Saturday shift.  Submit completed applications and resumes to city hall by 4:00 pm May 5th, 2014.  View the ad.

Two Finally Home Events

Operation Finally Home will have a Letters of Love Event on April 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the home being built for US Army Specialist Nathan Mason at 1408 West Washington.  Complete details.

A 5k run and golf tournament will also be held on May 9.  Run and tournament details.

Police Officer Honored

Polk City Senior Patrol Officer Ron Lamfers is shown receiving the Heart Saver Award from the American Heart Association.  Using an automatic defibrillator officer Lamfers is credited with saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while riding his bicycle on the recreation trail near 118th Ave.  On his left is fire chief Dan Gubbins and to his right is assistant chief Adam Vanderleest.  The presentation was made during the April 14 council meeting.

Recognition Evening was April 11

The annual city recognition event was held April 11 at the Tournament Club of Iowa.  Mayor Jason Morse and City Administrator Gary Mahannah recognized many of the city staff and volunteers.  The keynote speaker was Greg Edwards who is the President/CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Greg detailed the many accomplishments and goals of the bureau. From left to right are Mayor Morse and Edwards.

Ken Morse Receives Urban Forestry Award

The Iowa Urban Tree Council is proud to announce Ken Morse as an Outstanding Civic Leader for 2013. The award was presented at the 24th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon on April 3, 2014 held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston. 

Ken Morse has been a longtime advocate for trees in Polk City. He was a driving force in creating a city ordinance that made the community tree friendly and he was also instrumental in creating the Polk City Tree Board. You can often find Morse in a local school teaching children the importance of trees in our communities. Morse also takes it upon himself to frequently inspect the health of the city trees and he is always on top of the latest news on Emerald Ash Borer, keeping Polk City’s city council well informed.

Ken Morse is an outstanding example of Iowa’s community forestry civic leaders, by enhancing our forest resources.  The numerous projects he has worked on and helped spearhead will benefit his community for future generations.

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Polk City has received the 2013 Tree City USA award at the 24th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon. 

State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.”  The City of Polk City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations. Polk City was one of 70 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status.  Press Release.

The Mile Long Bridge is Closed

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has closed the mile long bridge, as planned, on March 31 for repairs.  The work will replace the “back walls” on both ends of the bridge.  The back walls are 18 inch thick concrete walls that protect the ends of metal I beams that support the weight of the bridge and traffic.  The walls are located below the road surface that makes up the approach to the bridge.  About 20 feet of the approach will have to be removed while the work is done, so the bridge will have to be closed during this time.  The bridge should be open again by May 22.

General information regarding the proposal is available from Tony Gustafson, Assistant District 1 Engineer, Iowa DOT, 1020 S. Fourth Street, Ames, Iowa, 50010, phone 800-899-0623 or 515-239-1635 or tony.gustafson@dot.iowa.gov.  

More information, concerning this project, will be posted as it becomes available at the Iowa DOT’s website: http://www.iowadot.gov/pim.
detour map is available.     More Pictures of construction taken weekly.

Yard Waste Collection Starts March 31

Yard waste collection runs weekly from the first week of April through November. Through Metro Waste Authority’s Compost It! program, residents can get rid of yard waste (which is banned from the landfill) right from the curb on garbage collection day.  Complete details.

All Polk City citizens can continue to self haul all of their tree limbs, brush and leaves to the city Recycling Center.  The center is located at 409 E. Northside Drive and is open from 7 am to 7 pm 365 days a year. There is no charge for using the center.

Washington Ave. & Booth St. Reconstruction Project

The city council has approved plans to reconstruct Booth Street from Broadway to Washington Avenue and Washington Avenue from Booth to the area east of the Tyler street intersection.  The reconstruction will include replacing the current street surface with a 2-lane concrete surface with curb and gutter.   Drainage improvements will include a storm water system with intakes on both streets. 

The plans call for a 4-ft wide sidewalk on both sides of Washington and on the East side of Booth.

A public information meeting was held on March 13 in the community room.  This project would start in May-June 2014 and should be completed by October.

Below are a drawing and documents pertaining to the project (the drawing is a large file).  The council approved this project at the March 24 meeting.

Project drawing
Responses to frequently asked questions

Summer Rec. Program 2014

Summer will be here soon, below are the documents for you to review and sign your child up for the 2014 Summer Rec. program.  

All forms need to be completed (including liability form) and registration fees paid for the kids to be enrolled in the program of choice.  Registration packets can also be picked up at City Hall and Polk City Library.  This year swim lessons will be available for children as young as 4 years old.

Open registration for Swim Lessons will be Saturday April 12, 2014 from 9am-12pm at Miller Park.  No early registrations.  Families may also sign up for other Summer Rec. programs at this time. They may choose to drop off, or mail, their registration to City Hall. 

Registration is due by May 15, 2014 to avoid an additional processing fee.
If you have questions contact Terri Keasey, Director of Polk City Summer Rec. at 515-964-8983 or tkeasey@polkcity.org

New Business On The Square

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 6 for Three Chicks Bakery.  Amanda Laurich opened the business at 212 West Van Dorn Street, Suite D on March 1.  The bakery offers many items from cookies to specialty cakes.  You may visit their website at www.threechicksbakery.com.

Hydrant Flushing to Start on April 21.

Hydrant Flushing will be April 21-25 with alternate dates of April 28 – May 2.  Hydrant flow testing will be April 28 – May 2.  Residents could experience temporary discoloration of water and a loss of water pressure. Check water before doing laundry during this time.

Past Events