News Flash

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Building Activity Summary

Building Activity

For the month of December 2018, 26 development permits were issued: 9 building permits, 6 electrical permits, 6 plumbing permits, 4 mechanical permits, and 1 demolition permits. Total valuation of the permits in December was $4,646,000.For calendar year 2...

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Community Development
Posted on: January 16, 2019

Off-Season Maintenance Work in the Parks

Off-season maintenance work in the parks

Parks Operations staff have been busy trimming trees in Union Cemetery. The facility is over 55 acres and contains many trees so the trimming of the trees improves aesthetics, the health of the trees and eliminates low branches for staff and public safety...

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Public Works
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Building Trades Board Update

City Hall Council Chambers

The Building Trades Board met on December 26, 2018, and reviewed a D&D 2.0 Grant for 203 S 3rd Avenue East.

The board recommended approval of granting funds for the rehabilitation project, which council approved at their meeting on January 7, 2019.

The ...

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Community Development
Posted on: January 15, 2019

New Golf and Pool Fee Changes for 2019

Westwood Golfer

On December 17, City Council approved a new fee schedule that affects Westwood Golf Course and Maytag Pool.

At Westwood, nearly all golf fees were lowered to make the course cost competitive with the majority of area golf courses. Also, City residents now...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Community Development Department Creation

Downtown Newton

In December, the City Council created the Community Development Department which includes planning & zoning, building, economic development, and marketing. Shortly after the holidays, the entire department held a kick-off meeting. 

It is of no...

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Community Development
Posted on: January 8, 2019

Rogers Named Finalist for 2018 YP of the Year Award

ROGERS NAMED FINALIST FOR 2018 YP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Danielle Rogers, Community Marketing Manager for the City of Newton, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 YP of the Year Ashley Okland Community Service Award. This award recognizes a young professional who exemplifies the volunteerism and spirit ...

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Community Development
Posted on: January 4, 2019

New Internet Station Furniture

Furniture

Thanks to a private donation to the Library, new furniture was purchased for our Public Internet Workstations! The new furniture gives a bit of privacy (and sound absorption) for users while maintaining the new, sleek, industrial, look of the Library. Whi...

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Library
Posted on: January 3, 2019

A Fitbit for Words?

A Fitbit for Words?

Starling Word Counters are now available to check out at the Library Circulation Desk - think of them as a Fitbit for vocabulary! Two Starling Word Counters were purchased by the Friends of the Newton Public Library and are available to check out for thre...

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Library
Posted on: January 2, 2019

STEM Kits @ Your Library!

STEM kits

The library was recently a recipient of 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) backpacks from the Coons Foundation and IPTV. STEM activities, books, and PBS KIDS DVDs are included in each backpack, with activities serving children between 3 a...

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Library
Posted on: January 1, 2019

Cops And Neighborhoods United Informational Meetings

Neighborhood Zone Map

The Newton Police Department has scheduled informational meetings for Zone 2, Zone 5, and Zone 6. Come and meet your officers & learn what the police department has to offer!

  • Zone 5 Informational Meeting on January 14 at 6 p.m. at the Christian Reforme...
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Police Department
Posted on: December 28, 2018

New Cardiac Monitors Placed In Service

New Cardiac Monitors Placed In Service

The Newton Fire Department has received the new cardiac monitors purchased with monies awarded from the 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Firefighters spent the past two weeks training on the new technology and have placed the units in service. Each ...

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Fire Department
Posted on: December 27, 2018

Captain Rex Heisdorffer Named Instructor of the Year

Instructor of the Year

The Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors presented Captain Rex Heisdorffer of the Newton Fire Department the Floyd Wm. Nelson Instructor of the Year Award for 2018 at their banquet in late November. This award is given for outstanding contributions in...

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Fire Department
Posted on: December 26, 2018

New Police Officer Sworn In

New Police Officer Sworn In

Officer Shawn Dahlin was sworn in as the Police Department’s newest officer. Shawn has been a police officer since 2015, formerly serving with the Meskwaki Nation Police Department in Tama. He served with the Iowa Army National Guard as a combat engineer ...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 26, 2018

Shop with a Cop 2018

Shop with a Cop 2018

The Newton Police Department, in partnership with United Way of Jasper County, hosted the 13th Annual Shop with a Cop on December 1. Several children from the community paired off with police officers for the day. The children and police officers went sho...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 21, 2018

CIRTPA Representatives

CIRTPA

On November 19th, the Newton City Council reappointed Community Services Manager Brian Laube and Public Works Director Jody Rhone as the City’s primary and alternate representatives to the CIRTPA Technical and Policy Committees. The City of Newt...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Demolition Project 2018-04

Demolition Project 2018-04

Pre-demolition asbestos abatement work is completed at the three locations included in this project (#6 Bungalow Ct., #12 Bungalow Ct., and 925 E 5th St N). Lanphier Excavating of Reasnor, the prime contractor on the project, will begin demolition work th...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Demolition Project 2018-03

Demolition Project 2018-03

Pre-demolition asbestos abatement work is completed at both the former Mid-Iowa Motel (1803 1st Ave E) and the former Jasper Winery building (518 W 3rd St N). Howe Excavating of Newton, the prime contractor on the project, is set to begin demolition work ...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Newton Sanitary Landfill Scale House Update

newton sanitary landfill scale house update

Customers at the Newton Sanitary Landfill now have a windbreak at the front window of the scale house. The recently installed window reduce the effects of northwest winds and assists staff with the cold air coming into the office. Customer response has be...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 19, 2018

New Park Board Member

City Hall Council Chambers

On Monday, December 3rd City Council approved a resolution appointing Levi Michener to the Newton Park Board effective January 1, 2019. This appointment was needed to replace Jim Klier, who recently announced that he was stepping down from the Park Board ...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Annual Cleaning & Inspection of Storm Water Intakes

Jet/Vac Truck

Public Works Operations street crews have been doing annual cleaning and inspections of storm water intakes. The crews use the shared jet/vac truck between Public Works Operations and Water Pollution Control to vacuum out debris of the intakes. The walls ...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Water Pollution Control Pump Maintenance

Water Pollution Control Pump

There are dozens of pumps throughout the Water Pollution Control Plant in addition to the numerous pumps at each of the lift stations located throughout the city. Keeping these pumps running requires continuous maintenance by WPC staff. WPC staff spend ti...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Zoning Board of Adjustment Update

Hardees 11-28-18

The Zoning Board of Adjustment met on Wednesday, December 5th, to hold a public hearing on a variance request from Hardee’s for an additional sign to be erected on the front (east) building façade. During the meeting, the sign contractor for the project i...

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Community Development
Posted on: December 18, 2018

TPI Employees Volunteer at City of Newton Parks

TPI 2

This year, TPI had several groups of employees volunteer in numerous places throughout our park system. One project they worked included painting the restrooms using paint provided by a Paint Iowa Beautiful Grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful. The goal was to ...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 17, 2018

E 12th St S Sidewalk Improvements

E 12th St S Sidewalk Improvements

TK Concrete of Pella has substantially completed work on the E 12th St S (100-block) Sidewalk Improvements Project. The project consisted of the construction of new sidewalks and curb. In addition, three large driveway approaches were removed and replaced...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 17, 2018

Preserve Iowa Summit Update

hotel maytag

Planning for the Preserve Iowa Summit (June 6-8) is underway. Session proposals from preservation practitioners from across Iowa, and beyond, have been received. The State Historic Preservation Office is thrilled with the quality of the submitted proposal...

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Community Development
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Nuisance Presentation at ECIC Meeting

Nuisance Abatement Challenges and Successes

On Thursday, November 8th Community Services Manager Brian Laube and Code Enforcement Inspector Ryan Dannen gave a presentation at the East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC) meeting in Newton. The presentation, which was titled Nuisance Abat...

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Community Services
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Historic Preservation Commission Update

Residential Historic Districts

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Monday, December 3rd for their regular monthly meeting. The City received word from the State Historic Preservation Office that the grant request submitted in August to receive funding to cover the cost of hirin...

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Community Development
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Building Activity November Update

Building Activity

For the month of November 2018, the City issued 35 development permits. They included:

  • 9 building permits
  • 10 electrical permits
  • 5 plumbing permits
  • 7 mechanical permits
  • 4 demo permits

Total valuation (calendar year-to-date) for projects is $17,007,810.

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Community Development
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