Posted on: April 19, 2018

2018 Get to Know Newton Graduation Held on March 20

GTKN Leadership Graduation

The eight week course met on Tuesday evenings for 2 hours at various locations to hear from community leaders on Economic Development – City Government – Edu-cation & Workforce – Law Enforcement and Crisis Management, - H...

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Economic Development
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Maytag Pool Update

Maytag Pool

With the opening of Maytag Pool scheduled for May 31st, City staff continues making preparations for the 2018 pool season. In addition to the hiring of seasonal lifeguards and concession stand workers later in April, updates and revisions are being made t...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 12, 2018

Cemetery Rules & Regulations Update

Union Cemetery

The City of Newton has operated Union Cemetery for many years, and had recently assumed control of Memorial Park Cemetery. Because the City’s cemetery rules and regulations did not apply to the operations of Memorial Park Cemetery, a new set of ...

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Community Services
Posted on: April 11, 2018

Public Works Operations Snow Plow Operator Appreciation

Public Works Operations Snow Plow Operator Appreciation

Newton Public Works Operations staff recently was thanked for their efforts in snow removal operations.Students from the Newton Christian School hand wrote thank you cards and presented the operators with a poster showing appreciation for the long hours a...

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Public Works
Posted on: April 11, 2018

Key Cooperative and Land O’Lakes Foundation Provide $1000 Grant to NPD Body Cam Program

Chief Burdess, Zack Gardner, and Lt. Cook

Key Cooperative and Land O’Lakes recently awarded the Newton Police Department a $1000 grant for the body worn camera program. The video system upgrade and body worn camera program has a total cost of $80,000 and is scheduled for a summer 2018 i...

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Police Department
Posted on: April 11, 2018

Public Works Wastewater Division Update

Public Works Wastewater Division Update

Public Works Wastewater Division operates and maintains the city’s sanitary sewer collection system. Duties include, televising, flushing, and root cutting of sanitary main lines.

Sewer televising is performed by a robotic camera that is lowered ...

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Public Works
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Parks Operations Update

Park Clean Up at Sunset Park

The winter storm on March 25th included a lot of ice accumulation on trees. This resulted in a lot of cleanup work for the Parks Staff. We have had a couple of groups volunteer their services to help with the cleanup process. The boys golf team will be ha...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Zoning Board of Adjustments Update

Building Activity

The ZBA met on April 4, 2018 to continue discussion on the Conditional Use Permit for Global Fiberglass Solutions Storage Yard located in the southwest corner of 927 N 19th Avenue E (accessed from East 8th Street North). The conditional use permit was gra...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: April 9, 2018

Building Trades Board Update

Building Activity

The Building Trades Board met on March 21, 2018 to continue their review and discussion on the 2015 Building and Fire Codes and any possible local amendments. In general, the goal for the update is to remain consistent with the State of Iowa and the Centr...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: April 9, 2018

City of Newton Building Activity

Building Activity

For the month of March 2018, the City issued 38 development permits.

  • 10 Building Permits, 
  • 12 Electrical Permits,
  • 6 Plumbing Permit, 
  • 6 Mechanical Permits,
  • 4 Demolition Permits. 

The total valuation, year-to-date, for projects is $7,4...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Police Department to Present at Bi-State Alternative Fuels Vehicle Summit

Newton Police Department

The Police Department was contacted by the Bi-State Regional Commission to develop an educational presentation on the department’s acquisition and use of an electric vehicle for government use based on the success the department has had with the...

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Police Department
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Police Officers Attend Church Security and Active Shooter Training

Newton Police Department

Two police officers attended church security and active shooter training in Pleasant Hill on March 19th and 20th. The training focused on active shooter events and case studies relating to past violent acts on church property, sex crimes within churches, ...

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Police Department
Posted on: April 4, 2018

Police Officers Attend Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Newton Police Department

During the month of March four police officers attended crisis intervention training in Ames and Iowa City. This 40 hour program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency department...

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Police Department
Posted on: April 3, 2018

Recycle Yard Waste and Don’t Burn It

Yard Waste

As the weather starts to get warmer and people are cleaning up their yards, the Newton Fire Department reminds residents that burning yard waste is not allowed within the city limits. The City offers residents a place to dump yard waste 24 hours a day at ...

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Fire Department
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Memorial Bridge Naming Project

Newton Police Department

The Police Department presented a memorial bridge naming project to the Newton City Council on March 19th and Jasper County Board of Supervisors on March 20th to name 3 local bridges in honor of fallen Newton Police Department Officers Bobby Barrickman, D...

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Police Department
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Smoke Detector

We recently set our clocks ahead and the Newton Fire Department reminds residents that it is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detector. If you detector is more that 10 years old it should be replaced. Spring is a great time to make sure ...

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Fire Department