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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Rogers Recognized Among Top Influencers in Local Government

Danielle Rogers, Community Marketing Manager

Danielle Rogers, Community Marketing Manager for the City of Newton, was recognized today among the top influencers in local government by Engaging Local Government Leaders. The ELGL Traeger Award honors the top 100 influencers in local government.&nb...

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Community Development
Posted on: December 12, 2019

November Building Permit Stats

Building Permit Stats

For the month of November 2019, 20 development permits were issued: 

  • 7 building permits
  • 8 electrical permits
  • 1 plumbing permits
  • 4 mechanical permits

Project valuation for the November building permits issued was $463,109.00. The year-to-date valuation...

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Community Development

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

2020 Maytag Pool Season

Maytag Pool

Community Services staff are busy planning for the 2020 season at Maytag Pool. Some items of note include:

  • Season passes for 2020 are now underway, with prices remaining unchanged from 2019.
  • Online pool party reservations will be available starting on Janua...
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Community Services
Posted on: December 19, 2019

2020 Summer Concert Series

Damon Dotson Summer Concert

The schedule is set for the 2020 Summer Concert Series at Maytag Bowl. The concerts will be held on Thursday evenings starting from May 20 through July 30, with no concert scheduled for Thursday, July 2. 

Also, on Thursday, June 11, the bowl may h...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Demolition Project 2019-03

Demolition Project 2019-03

On October 21, City Council approved a contract with Howe Excavating for the demolition of three structures. The structures are located at #7 Bungalow Ct, 211 E 12th St N and 509 W 2nd St S. 

Howe Excavating’s abatement subcontractor sta...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 18, 2019

Airport Improvement Program

Airport

On December 2, City Council approved the submittal of an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) pre-application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for proposed capital improvement projects at the Newton Airport.

The pre-application, which enables the...

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Community Services

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Badge Pinning Ceremony on November 1

Badge Pinning Ceremony on November 1

The Newton Fire Department hosted a Badge Pinning Ceremony for Jacob Halferty, Andy Owen, and Tanner Owen on November 1st. Mayor Mike Hansen has was in attendance and did the official swearing in of the newest members. Bagpiper Ron Husted assisted with ba...

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Library

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Posted on: November 30, 2019

Library Trick or Treat

Library Trick or Treat

The Library participated in Beggars Night and welcomed over 600 kids and adults to the Library. Participants were invited to walk through Candy Land, grab a few pieces of candy, and pick out a book to take home. While the Library staff thought they were r...

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Library
Posted on: December 17, 2019

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online

Are you preparing for the American Citizenship Test? Check out our FREE Transparent Language online database to access interactive practice tests! This database helps test takers to answer questions while teaching about the American government, history, c...

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Library
Posted on: December 16, 2019

First Graders Visit the Library

First Graders Visit the Library

Newton Community School District first graders visited the Library during October! First graders visit the Library to learn about all the books, programs, and fun that is available for free. 

The visits kicked off with a story-time explaining prop...

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Library
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Library Trustee & Staff Training

Library Trustee & Staff Training

On October 16, Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter and Library Director Nicole Lindstrom attended a State Learning Circuit in Coralville with Every Library presenting. In this workshop led by John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney from EveryLibrary, we lear...

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Library
Posted on: December 12, 2019

Library Building Master Plan & Building Conditions Analysis

The Newton Public Library Board has contracted with Studio Melee to create a Master Plan for the Library and conduct a Building Conditions Analysis. As the building is over 26 years old, analyzing the condition of the building will allow the Board to sche...

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Library
Posted on: December 11, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau Partnership

The Library partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau on October 21 & 22 to host drop-in informational sessions on the upcoming Census. Attendees received assistance applying for census jobs at the event. As the Census nears, the Library will designate a ...

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Library
Posted on: December 10, 2019

Winter Clothing Drive a Success!

Winter Clothing Drive a Success!

The Library held its annual Winter Clothing Drive from October 14 to October 19. Donations of cold-weather clothing for children ages 6-18 were collected all week, then given to schools in Newton and distributed to students in need. Collected items includ...

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Library

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Posted on: December 18, 2019

Officer Miller Sworn in to Newton Police Department

Officer Kurtis Miller

Congratulations to Officer Kurtis Miller on being sworn in as our newest police officer.

Officer Miller earned a bachelor's degree from Coe College and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2017. Officer Miller served nearly 3 years with the F...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Officer Popenhagen Graduates from ILEA

Popenhagen Graduates from ILEA

Today, Officer Nathan Popenhagen graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as part of the 288th Basic Academy class. Director Judy Bradshaw oversaw the graduation ceremony in West Des Moines and presented Officer Popenhagen with his certifica...
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Police Department
Posted on: December 10, 2019

2019 Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 7 the Newton Police Department hosted the annual Shop with a Cop event. The event, co-organized by Sgt. Dillon Lavely and SRO Julie Britton paired eleven officers with eleven children and allows them to shop for holiday gifts for the...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Citizens Public Safety Academy Graduation

Citizens Public Safety Academy Graduation

Graduation was held for the first annual Citizens Public Safety Academy hosted by the Newton Fire Department & Newton Police Department on November 26 at the Newton Fire Department. 

The Citizens Public Safety Academy is a collaborative effort...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Snow Removal Operations and Enforcement

Snow Wing on City of Newton Snow Plow

The City’s first measurable snowfall and the activation of snow removal operations occurred on November 11.

Snow removal operations are declared when 2 inches of snow has fallen. During snow removal operations vehicles are not allowed to park on...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Officers Participate in MercyOne Halloween Event

Officers Participate in MercyOne Halloween Event

Officers from the Newton Police Department participated in MercyOne’s annual Halloween event. Hundreds of kids and families had the opportunity to meet police officers, firefighters, and staff from MercyOne in a safe environment during Newton&am...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 6, 2019

SRO Attends School Security Assessment Training

Officer Tom McDonnell

School Resource Officer Tom McDonnell attended the NRA School Shield Security Assessor Training hosted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office during the week of October 21.

The school trained law enforcement officers in assessing current security ...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 5, 2019

GTSB Grant Funds Speed Signs

GTSB Grant Funds Speed Signs

The Newton Police Department finished its traffic safety projects for the 2018/2019 Governors Traffic Safety Grant with the installation of a solar-powered speed notification sign on N 4th Ave W.

The grant provided funding for one sign and required the de...

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Police Department

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Landfill Update

Landfill Compactor

From January 1 through November 30, the landfill accepted 35,233.17 tons of material that range from residential trash to construction debris, including 1,495.93 tons of asbestos. The Newton Sanitary Landfill has also diverted many items from being landfi...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Snowplow Storage Building

Snowplow Storage Building

As part of the City of Newton’s Capital Improvement Plan, City Council authorized the Public Works department to build additional storage for equipment. The new 45-ft x 60-ft addition to an existing equipment storage building at the public works...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 26, 2019

WPC Supervisor Attains Grade IV WW Operator Certification

Brad Hansen, Water Pollution Control Operations and Maintenance Supervisor

Brad Hansen, Water Pollution Control Operations and Maintenance Supervisor, recently received his Iowa DNR Grade IV Wastewater operator certification.

To receive the certification, Hansen had to complete and pass an exam from the Iowa DNR. 

Grade I...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 23, 2019

Parks Operations - Hike & Bike Trail Repairs

Parks Operations - Hike Bike Trail Repairs

In September 2019, City Council City Council authorized a Hike and Bike Trail repair project for $87,000. Many areas of the trail are showing their age, with some portions being nearly 25 years old. 

The repair project included removing and replac...

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Public Works
Posted on: November 11, 2019

What You Need to Know About Snow Removal in Newton

Public Works Operations / Streets - Snow Removal Operations

City of Newton Snow Ordinance

The City of Newton's Snow Ordinance states that there is no street parking at 2 inches of accumulation. You can find out if the City of Newton Snow Ordinance is in effect by calling 641-791-SNOW (7669). 

Snow ordinance...

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