News Flash

Posted on: February 18, 2020

Newton Complete Count Committee Meets

On February 3rd, the Newton Complete Count Committee met for the first time to learn about the upcoming Census and how each member can have an impact within our community. Tracy Stevens, US Census Partnership Specialist, addressed the group and described ...

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Community Development
Posted on: February 18, 2020

2020 Shelter and Pool Party Reservations

Pool Party Reservations

Online reservations for shelter rentals and pool parties are now being accepted for the 2020 season.

Rules and other information can be found by visiting the following:

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Community Services
Posted on: February 17, 2020

Water Pollution Control - Biosolids Land Application

WPC Biosolids Application

Each fall after field crops are harvested, Water Pollution Control personnel land apply biosolids to local farm ground. Biosolids are nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic sewage at the wastewater treatment facility. Bio...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Parks Operations - Ash Tree Removal

Ash Tree Removal

Parks operations staff continue to be busy with ongoing ash tree removal. Since January 1, 2020, 53 ash trees have been removed in through the city parks, Westwood Golf Course, and Newton Union Cemetery. Staff will continue to be very aggressive on the as...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Arbor Estates Update

Arbor Estates Plat 1

Phase 1 construction is on hold for winter, with a majority of the underground utility work already completed. When weather allows, the remaining work will be completed this spring, including paving. Plans are being finalized for the rough grading project...

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Community Development
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Ice Rink Resurfacing

Ice Rink Resurfacing

Parks operations staff also has been busy with other seasonal tasks, such as snow removal and upkeep of the Maytag Park Ice Rink.  The crews perform different ice resurfacing techniques several times each week.  Snow also has to be clear...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 12, 2020

2020 Census Information

WHAT? 

Count

The census is a count of everyone living in the United States. This mandatory count is required by the United States Constitution. 

WHO? 

Everyone

The population of the United States must be counted. This includes peopl...

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Community Development
Posted on: February 12, 2020

GPS for Snowplows

The streets division in Public Works has purchased and installed GPS units for the four-winged snow plow trucks and one for the street sweeper over the fall of 2019. These units will help monitor and assist with plowing operations for more efficiency and ...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Building Permit Stats

Building Activity

For the month of January 2020, 12 development permits were issued: 

  • 3 building permits
  • 4 electrical permits 
  • 2 plumbing permits
  • 3 mechanical permits.  

Project valuation for the January building permits issued was $625,000.  ...

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Community Development
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Newton Sanitary Landfill Employee Recognized For 5 Years of Service

Steve Pfander

Steve Pfander began employment with the City of Newton on February 9, 2015.  Steve has obtained the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Landfill Operator Certification and the 25 hour Hazardous Household Waster Certification (HHW). Curren...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Murphy Receives Key Award from Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Murphy - Key Award

During the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 122nd annual dinner in January at Baqara Coliseum in Newton, Jamie Murphy received the Key Award from the Chamber. 

As the Assistant Superintendent of Park Operations, Murphy was recog...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Snow Ordinance Parking Enforcement

Snow removal operations were declared on January 13th, 17th, 19th and 22nd.  Over 145 snow ordinance violation tickets were issued during that time period for vehicles illegally parked in residential and uptown business district areas. Snow ticke...

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Police Department
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Cops & Neighborhoods United Meetings

The Police Department will once again be hosting zone meetings in an effort to improve communication with residents and reduce crime or problems within neighborhoods. Officers will present the latest crime stats for the community and the specific zone the...

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Police Department
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: January 1, 2020

2020 Pet Licenses Available for Purchase

The Newton Police Department has 2020 dog, cat, and miniature pig licenses available for sale. Newton pet owners are being reminded that 2020 animal licenses must be purchased by Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to avoid a late fee of $20.00.

Licenses are availab...

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Police Department
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: 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 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
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: 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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Public Works