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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

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

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

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: 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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Public Works