News Flash

Posted on: May 22, 2018

Newton Public Library Event - Working with the Enemy: WWII POWs in Iowa

As part of a relatively quiet government program, thousands of WWII enemy soldiers were brought to Iowa as prisoners of war. What began as an experiment eventually led to more than 400,000 soldiers interned in the United States, including two camps in the...

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Library
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

Summer Reading starts June 4th! Bookworms of all ages are invited to visit the Library and register for the library’s Summer Reading program and events. A free hotdog picnic for children will be provided on the lawn, courtesy of Newton Hy-Vee. M...

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Library
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Summer Youth Police Academy 2018

Summer Youth Police Academy

The 22nd session of the Summer Youth Police Academy will begin June 18, 2018. The academy is targeted for students entering 5th - 8th grade in the Fall of 2018. Classes will meet for four sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on June 18, 19, 21, and 22.

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Youth Academy Application Police Department
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Library Renovation Update

Painting is wrapping up with their second coat and painting trim. New electrical wiring is being run and old wiring removed by Van Maanen this week. Carpet is expected to be delivered by Friday, May 11th. Book Movers will be back next week to begin coordi...

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Library
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Newtonia Yearbooks Online

Alumni weekend is fast approaching in Newton and we have just the thing that past Newton graduates will be looking for - seven decades of Newton High School yearbooks available online! Newtonia yearbooks dating back to 1911 can be viewed on the library we...

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Library
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Maytag Pool Update

Pool Fence Upgrades

Community Services and Public Works staff continue on completing facility and operational improvements ahead of Maytag Pool’s May 31st opening. In addition to the normal cleaning and painting in the pool itself, numerous repairs and upgrades hav...

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Community Services
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Demolition Project 2018-01 & Demolition Project 2018-02

DEMOLITION PROJECT 2018-01

Con-Struct of Marshalltown, Iowa has completed demolition work on two of the four properties in this contract, with demolition of the remaining two underway this week. The two structures already removed are at 319 and 321 E 8th St S, while the two being d...

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Community Services
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Public Works Operations Division City Garage Shop Floor Project

PUBLIC WORKS OPERATIONS DIVISION CITY GARAGE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT

April was cooler than usual, which allowed staff time to remove and replace 63 cubic yards of PC concrete in the Public Works Building shop. The project included removing 40 feet of old rusted steel grates, that no longer were able to carry the weight of ...

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Public Works
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Public Works Water Pollution Control Division Update

Ultraviolet light disinfection project

Calacci Construction Inc.(Iowa City) recently began construction of the Ultraviolet light disinfection project at the wastewater treatment plant. Providing disinfection of treated wastewater before being discharged to Cardinal Creek was mandated by the Io...

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Public Works
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Parks Operations Update

Maytag Disc Golf - 1

With the spring athletic season underway, Parks Operations staff has been very busy getting all the fields/ courts ready to go. This includes the prepping the playing surfaces, turning on the water to all the parks and the individual bathrooms, concession...

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Public Works
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Planning & Zoning Commission Update

The Planning and Zoning Commission met on May 1, 2018 and reviewed the Fairmeadows North Plat 8 easement amendments, three alley vacations and an industrial subdivision plat for former Maytag Plant II property. The commission recommended approval on the F...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Building Activity in April 2018

Building Activity

For the month of April 2018, the City issued 29 Development Permits - 4 Building Permits, 12 Electrical Permits, 4 Plumbing Permit, 5 Mechanical Permits, and 4 Demolition Permits. Total valuation Year-to-Date for projects is $10,499,100.00.

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Building Trades Board Update

The Building Trades Board met on May 2, 2018 and hosted an open forum on the Building Code Updates and the final draft of the codes. Several local contractors attended. The robust conversation between the board and contractors was positive and helpful. At...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Zoning Board of Adjustment Update

The ZBA met on May 2, 2018 and held hearings on three items:

  • CU18-4: Discover Hope 5:17 Community Center, 733 1st Ave E, approved with the condition that no more than 12 residents can live at the location at any given time.
  • CU18-5: Global Fiberglass Storage...
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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Historic Preservation Commission Update

Main Street Awards

On April 13th, Historic Preservation Commission Chair Larry Hurto was honored with a Main Street Leadership Award at the statewide award ceremony held in Des Moines. City staff, members of City boards and commissions, and Main Street Board members were pr...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Newton Housing Development Corporation Updates

Newton Housing Development Corp Ribbon Cutting

  • A ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 13th to officially open Fairmeadows North Plat 8. Over 30 people attended on a windy, drizzling, chilly day to celebrate our newest sub division.
  • Two houses are currently under construction and three more have start...
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Economic Development
Posted on: May 3, 2018

Eye Care Center of Newton Expanding

Eye Care Center

The Eye Care Center of Newton is in the midst of an expansion and renovation. Dr. Chad Klein said the main purpose of the expansion is to give them more space to add another provider.

“We’ve experienced enough growth over the past sever...

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Economic Development