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Posted on: March 22, 2019

2019 City of Newton Projects Open House

2019 City of Newton Projects Open House

Join the City of Newton Public Works Department and Community Services Division for the 2019 City of Newton Projects Open House from 4 - 6 p.m. on April 2. The open house will take place at the Newton Public Library located at 100 N 3rd Ave W. Learn about...

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Public Works
Posted on: March 22, 2019

Parks Operations Update - Caring for the Cemeteries in Winter

Cemetery

Preparing sites for burials is a challenge this time of year. With the snow and thick frost layer, it adds extra steps and time to the process. The first step is to locate the grave site itself. This requires the staff to remove snow from the immediate ar...

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Public Works
Posted on: March 21, 2019

Parks Operations Update - Continuing Education

Parks-Operations

The Parks Operations has been busy with snow removal, cemetery burials, ice rink maintenance, and some continuing education. Several Parks Operations staff members attended the Shade Tree Short Course in Ames, Iowa. This two-day event has a trade show wit...

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Public Works
Posted on: March 20, 2019

Public Works Operations / Landfill Cover Dirt

Landfill Cover Dirt

Landfill operators are tasked with properly covering trash at the Newton Sanitary Landfill. The Iowa Department of Resources (IDNR) requires compacted clay “cover material” to be placed and maintained over waste in the active portion o...

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Public Works
Posted on: March 19, 2019

Public Works Operations / Street Maintenance

Street Maintenance - Potholes

With the major amount of snow, cold temperatures and numerous freeze-thaw cycles, potholes have become more apparent throughout the community. The crews have been out filling up these holes with a “cold patch” mix material. This materi...

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Public Works
Posted on: March 18, 2019

Forck Attains Wastewater Operator Certification

Matt Forck Waste Water Operator Certification

Water Pollution Control Operator, Matt Forck, recently took the exam for Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Grade 1 Wastewater operator certification. Matt passed the exam and is now certified as Grade 1 Wastewater Operator. The IDNR requires 12 ...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 16, 2019

Public Works Operations / Landfill Dozer Repair

Public Works Operations / Landfill Dozer Repair

Cold weather and frozen conditions are a challenge for staff and equipment at the landfill. Temperatures in negative zero degree weather contributed to a hydraulic line leaking on the John Deere 850K. The City mechanic and landfill staff are utilizing the...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 16, 2019

Public Works Operations / Streets - Snow Removal Operations

Public Works Operations / Streets - Snow Removal Operations

Even though 2019 started out with warmer than average temperatures, winter finally arrived with vengeance. Mother Nature showed up with snow, freezing rain, extremely cold temperatures, and exceptionally high winds.

Public Works crews have worked many 24 ...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 22, 2019

Water Pollution Control Operation & Maintenance Supervisor Attends Certification Workshop

WPC Operations and Maintenance Supervisor, Brad Hansen

WPC Operations and Maintenance Supervisor, Brad Hansen, recently attended the Wastewater Grade IV Certification Exam Prep Workshop held at the DMACC Ankeny campus. 

The 2-day, 15-hour comprehensive workshop is for wastewater operators preparing fo...

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Public Works
Posted on: February 21, 2019

Parks Operations Update - Winter Maintenance Work

Snow Plow

Parks Operations staff has been busy assisting with a lot of snow removal this past month. Parks Operations staff is equipped with three pickups with snow plows and two small tractor units with snow removal attachments. Crews are responsible for downtown ...

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Public Works
Posted on: December 1, 2018

City of Newton Snow Ordinance Information

Snow Wing on City of Newton Snow Plow

Preparing for cold weather and coping with winter is always a challenge but here's the information you need to know.

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 ca...

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Public Works
Posted on: January 24, 2019

Public Works Maintenance Shop Ceiling Installation

Public Works Maintenance Shop Ceiling Installation

Public Works personnel recently completed installing a metal ceiling in the maintenance shop at the Newton Sanitary Landfill. Due to the mild winter, this is a project that was able to be completed utilizing City staff and save the City some money. Plans ...

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Public Works
Posted on: January 23, 2019

Street Sweeper Back on the Streets

Street Sweeper Back on the Streets

With the exceptionally warmer temperatures in December Public Works Operations were able to get the street sweeper out of cold storage and head out to residential neighborhoods. Sweeping this late in the year helps pick up any late falling leaves and also...

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Public Works