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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Mayor Hansen Hosts Coffee with the Mayor

Coffee with the Mayor

Newton Mayor Michael L. Hansen will host a Coffee with the Mayor the third Saturday of each month from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Newton Public Library located at 100 N 3rd Ave W.

2019 dates for Coffee with the Mayor are January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20...

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City Administration

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Project Fastpitch Announces Softball Complex To Be Built In Newton

Project Fastpitch Siteplan

Project Fastpitch and City of Newton leaders announced a new tournament softball development located on seventy acres north of Rusty Wallace Drive across from Iowa Speedway along Interstate 80 in Newton. The development is designed to provide an amazing e...

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Community Development

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Posted on: August 6, 2019

Erin Yeager Announced as Executive Director for Newton Main Street

Erin Yeager

Newton Main Street, along with Main Street Iowa, would like to announce the hiring of Erin Yeager as the Executive Director for Newton.

Erin has been a Store Manager at two Subway locations in Grinnell for the past nine years, as well as a hairdresser at B...

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Community Economic Development Partners

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Demolition Project 2019-02

Demolition Project

Community Services staff recently received bids, and has a signed contract for, the demolition of the structures at 124 E 4th St N and 115 E 4th St N. DW Zinser Co. of Walford, Iowa will be completing asbestos abatement, lead paint abatement, and demoliti...

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Community Services
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Newton Cares Classic Golf Tournament

Newton Cares Classic Golf Tournament

On July 25th, the inaugural Newton Cares Classic was held at Westwood Golf Course. 68 golfers and 17 celebrities enjoyed the morning sign-in and reception at the Newton Club at the Iowa Speedway, a catered lunch and 18 holes of golf at Westwood, and the a...

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Community Services
Posted on: August 19, 2019

2018-02 Asphalt Resurfacing Project

HMA

Manatts, Inc. of Brooklyn, Iowa has begun work on milling and asphalt resurfacing of several local streets throughout Newton. The project includes the removal of the old street surface, placement of a new hot-mix asphalt surface, and construction of ADA-c...

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Community Services
Posted on: June 24, 2019

Remember: Don't Mow Grass Into City Streets

Now that the lawn mowing season is in full swing, residents are reminded that grass clippings are not to be blown into the street. When yard waste is discarded or blown into the street, it can cause drainage and storm sewer problems. Grass clippings in th...

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Community Services
Posted on: June 22, 2019

Maytag Pool Open for the Season

Maytag Pool Open for the Season

Maytag Pool is now open for the summer. Following the last day of school on June 4th, the warm weather brought out large crowds to the pool in the first week of its opening. A reminder that with admission being half price every day after 5 p.m., Monday&am...

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Community Services

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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Fire and Police Departments Receive Children’s Bicycle Helmets for Distribution

Helmets

Firefighters participated in the Hot Dogs & Helmets event on Friday, July 12. The donated helmets from organizer Joe Urias were given to the Newton Fire Department and Newton Police Department to distribute. These helmets are available free of charge ...

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Fire Department
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Firefighters Participate in Helmets and Hot Dogs Event

Firefighters Participate in Helmets and Hot Dogs Event

Those who attended engaged in activities designed to teach bicycle safety. Firefighters displayed their equipment and talked to children about the importance of safety while riding their bicycles. 

Fire Department
Posted on: July 24, 2019

New Ambulance In Service Soon

New Ambulance

The Newton Fire Department recently took possession of the newest vehicle for EMS services. Finishing touches like installing the radio and mobile computing equipment are in process. The ambulance is expected to be on the road within the next couple of we...

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Fire Department
Posted on: July 23, 2019

Hydrant Testing has Started in Newton

Fire Hydrant

Newton Fire Department staff has started hydrant testing in the community for 2019. Hydrant tested this year are in the area from the east side of 1st Street to the west side of E 8th Street. Crews are starting along 1st Avenue and moving north to the cit...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Safety Fest

Fire Department - Safety Fest

Safety Fest was a big hit at Newton Fest again this year.  The Fire Department displayed the fire safety house on site as well as a variety of fire vehicles.  The event was moved to the DMACC/Legacy Plaza area this year to get the equipm...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 25, 2019

Fire Department Completes Hose Testing

Fire Department Completes Hose Testing

Newton Fire Department staff completed annual hose testing during October.  Annual hose testing is done to ensure that fire hose condition is monitored lessening the chance for failure on emergency scenes. 

All totaled the department unlo...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 24, 2019

Hydrant Testing to Start Soon in Newton

Fire Hydrant

Newton Fire Department staff will begin hydrant testing in the community for 2019.  Look for specifics on areas to be tested to be released in the next couple of weeks.  

The inspections ensure that the hydrants are operational and determ...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 28, 2019

Fire Chief Attends Sports Event Risk Management Class

Fire Chief Attends Sports Event Risk Management Class

Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik attended a Sports Event Risk Management Class in Des Moines conducted by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center.  

The two-day course focused on specific strate...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 27, 2019

National Fire Safety Council Firepup® Program Kicks Off for 2019

National Fire Safety Council Firepup® Program Kicks Off for 2019

Each year the Newton Fire Department works collaboratively with the National Fire Safety Council to raise money through the Firepup® program.  In May, letters went out to local businesses to help raise money to be used for the purchase fi...

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Fire Department

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Library

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Meet Brainfuse!

Meet Brainfuse!

Brainfuse is the online resource provider for career services, test prep, and software tutorials for cardholders of the Newton Public Library. One feature that sets Brainfuse apart is the live coaching and live veteran support available during most aftern...

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Library
Posted on: July 29, 2019

Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary

Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary

The picnic was in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved book! The kid’s had an exciting snack - the ate what the caterpillar ate in the book! They got to eat one slice of salami, one slice of watermelon, a piece of cher...

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Library
Posted on: July 26, 2019

Drones in the Library

Drones in the Library

Erikson is an Emmy Award-winning journalist; an advisor for the Women and Drones organization, and an FAA certified remote pilot. Attendees learned about the many ways drones are impacting our lives in agriculture, search and rescue, commerce, and more. A...

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Library
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Kindness Rocks at Maytag Park

Kindness Rocks at Maytag Park

The programs combined had 320 participants! There are multiple websites claiming they began the Kindness Rock Project but all stem back to spreading kindness in either an inspirational message or beautiful painting on a rock that is placed strategically o...

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Library
Posted on: July 24, 2019

Feel the Cosmos

Feel the Cosmos

Attendees learned about Braille and the planets with different sensory items.

Library
Posted on: July 23, 2019

Newton Library Receives Accreditation from the State Library of Iowa

Newton Public Library

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Newton Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a signif...

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Library

News Flash

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Newton Walmart Awards NPD with a $2500 Grant

Newton Walmart Awards NPD with a $2500 Grant

Newton Walmart recently awarded the Newton Police Department with a $2500 Local Community Grant for the purchase of traffic safety equipment to be used at public events to educate community members about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving...

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Police Department
Posted on: August 1, 2019

New SRO Selected for Middle School

Officer Tom McDonnell

Officer McDonnell has been with the Newton Police Department since 2015 and is currently assigned to an evening patrol shift. 

He has served as a field training officer, firearms instructor, chemical munitions instructor, tactical team member, and...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Helmets and Hot Dogs Event

Helmets and Hot Dogs Event

Parents as Teachers and MOJO Cycling hosted this free community event that included a bike rodeo, a safety course, story walk, hot dogs, chips and free children’s bike helmets. The event was a great opportunity to reinforce safety while bicyclin...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 30, 2019

Fireworks Calls for Service

Fireworks

From June 1 – July 12 the department responded to 124 fireworks calls and issued nine citations for violations. The number of fireworks calls is down slightly from 2018 when the department responded to 142 calls and issued seven citations.&n...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 29, 2019

Traffic Safety Project

Seatbelt

The project took place between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m., resulting in 20 traffic stops on motorists. During the project, officers issued 35 citations and warnings for violations of the Iowa Traffic Code. These violations included 18 seat belt citations an...

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Police Department
Posted on: June 22, 2019

Safety Fest 2019

Safety Fest 2019

The annual Newton Police/Fire Department Safety Fest was held on June 8th at the Newton DMACC campus in conjunction with Newton Fest. The event was well attended with attendees having the opportunity to meet police officers and firefighters and see the eq...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 1, 2019

TPI Donates to Police Department

TPI Donates to NPD

TPI held a trivia night in an effort to raise funds for the Police Department to purchase “stop the bleed” trauma kits for each of the department’s 7 patrol vehicles. The trauma kits are a vital piece of lifesaving equipment ...

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Police Department
Posted on: June 29, 2019

Community Service Officer Intern Begins Duties

The Police Department’s new Community Service Officer Intern, Lauren Slings, started on May 28. The CSO Intern is a new program to the City and is only one of a handful of paid law enforcement internships in the state. Slings will be working 15-...

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Police Department
Posted on: June 28, 2019

Community Service Officer Begins Duties

The Police Department’s new Community Service Officer, Dustin Brisel, began his duties on June 10. Brisel is a Newton native and has experience working in education and the fire service. The CSO is a non-sworn position and will focus on code enf...

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Police Department

News Flash

Posted on: August 21, 2019

Public Works Operations Street Crews Rebuilding Storm Sewers

Public Works Operations Street Crews Rebuilding Storm Sewers

The street crews have been actively working on rebuilding storm sewer catch basins all around the city. Due to aging infrastructure, the storm sewers and the designed structures are falling apart at a steady pace. The street crews encounter storm sewers t...

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Public Works
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Water Pollution Control Update

Water Pollution Control Sampler Slab

Water Pollution Control staff is tasked not only with the maintenance of the collection system and the process equipment but also with the upkeep of plant buildings and grounds. In this photo, the staff is seen pouring the concrete floor for a new effluen...

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Public Works
Posted on: August 19, 2019

Parks Operations Update - Trail Reconstruction

Agnes Patterson Trail Reconstruction

Staff is completing a few sections of hike and bike trail repairs at Agnes Patterson Park. There is a much larger hike & bike trail reconstruction project being placed out to bid for contract work, to be completed yet this year.

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Public Works
Posted on: August 8, 2019

Downtown Traffic Signal Improvement Project

Downtown Traffic Signal Project

The Downtown Traffic Signal Improvement Project is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 14. During this time, traffic signal and sidewalk improvements will be made along 1st Avenue between W 4th St and E 4th St. Questions on this project should be dire...

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Public Works
Posted on: July 30, 2019

HMA Resurfacing Project Begins

The City contractor for the HMA Resurfacing Project, Manatt's, began working on various streets throughout the City on Tuesday, July 30. This project does not require a complete closure of any streets but periods of delay should be expected. Questions on ...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Landfill Convenience Center Litter Net Replacement

Convenience Center Net Replacement

The landfill convenience center was constructed in 2014. A part of the project was to install litter netting around the outside of the structure to reduce windblown litter. A 25’ X 40’ net is hung to create a curtain that can be pulled...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Public Works Operations Street Crews Begin Annual Painting

Paint Spraying

Street crews have started their yearly line striping around the city. The crews do some of the painting during day time hours but mainly work overnight to avoid as much traffic, parked cars, pedestrian traffic as possible. The line striping consists of pa...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Water Pollution Control Update

exposing the existing 16-inch pipe where it crosses under Highway 14

Legacy Corp of East Moline, Illinois recently began work on the replacement of 3057 feet of 16-inch sewage force main for the south west pump station.

The existing 34-year-old ductile iron pipe is being replaced due to chronic leaks caused by corrosive so...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 25, 2019

Parks Operations Update

Newton Sign with Flowers

Parks Operations have been busy with the spring routine of planting flowers and mulching in the city’s parks, cemeteries, right-of-ways, hike-and-bike trails, and golf course. Each year, hundreds of annuals are planted and the staff keeps up wat...

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Public Works

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