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As part of the 2013 legislative session in Iowa, the State of Iowa made a new property-tax credit available for certain commercial, industrial and railroad property.
One credit is available for each qualified property unit. A property unit consists of a single parcel or contiguous parcels of the same classification that are owned by the same person and operated by that person for a common use and purpose. Applications for credit against 2013 property tax assessments must be received by the county assessor by Jan. 15, 2014.
There is only one credit available per building (so a strip mall or large mall will only receive one credit) and the amount of the credit depends upon the appropriated $50 million divided by the total number of eligible properties statewide.The Legislative Services Agency has estimated that the first year credit amount could be as much as $523.
Applications are available for download. Details about online applications and additional information about the credit is in the county assessor’s 2013 third-quarter newsletter. Questions about this initiative should be directed to the Johnson County Assessor’s office at (319) 356-6078.
It’s been a month since members of the North Liberty Police Department hung up their razors for a good cause — participating officers were allowed to grow goatees in exchange for a monetary donation to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s annual toy drive. Now, just days away from the reinforcement of the department’s no-beards-in-uniform policy, Officer Chuck Tygart discusses how the idea came to be and what the cause means to him and others within the force.
Since North Liberty’s Water Pollution Control Facility came online in 2008, it has produced a super-clean outflow that normal wastewater facilities cannot match. The facility, a Membrane Bio-Reactor plant, was the first of its kind in Iowa, and it produces an effluent, or outflow, that routinely exceeds drinking water standards for turbidity.
This fall, Drew Lammers, Operations Supervisor at North Liberty’s Water Pollution Control Facility, took us through the process of treating wastewater and explained how then MBR plant has turned the once muddy and turbid creek into an oxygen-rich habitat for a thriving fish community.
The North Liberty Police Department, in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff and the police departments of the University of Iowa, Coralville and Iowa City, are offering the Citizens Police Academy with the goal of promoting a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning.
The academy meets weekly on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 11 weeks beginning Jan. 27, 2014.
Space is limited and applications are due by Friday Jan. 24, 2014, by 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Citizens Police Academy page or contact Officer Mitch Seymour through e-mail or by phone at (319) 626-5724.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, North Liberty residents and visitors are invited to gather at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry, for a group photo to help commemorate the city’s centennial year.
The photo will conclude the day’s Centennial Finale’s activities, which begin at 8 a.m. with a waffle breakfast benefiting the Friends of the Community Library, and continue at 10 a.m. with free kids’ activities, a mural unveiling, time capsule, and, of course, birthday cake. A detailed schedule of the day can be found at northliberty100.org.
The evening — and centennial year’s celebrations — will conclude with a gala event at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N Front St., starting with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the red-carpet event include dinner, drinks and entertainment by engaging pianist Eben Seaman.
Tickets to the gala event are $100 a pair and can be purchased at North Liberty branches of Great Western Bank and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, North Liberty City Hall, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the arrival of winter weather, the City of North Liberty reminds residents that snow emergencies go into effect automatically when there are two inches of snowfall or when one is declared by city administration. The goal of the city’s snow ordinance is to allow North Liberty’s streets to be cleared efficiently, so travel is safer and melting snow can drain quickly.
When a snow emergency is in effect, on-street parking is prohibited; cars can be ticketed every 12 hours or towed.
The city will notify residents of declared snow emergencies by posting on the city website, its Facebook page and its Twitter profile. It will also appear on NLTV, available in North Liberty on Mediacom’s channel 5 or South Slope’s channel 268, and other local stations and news outlets.
You can read find more information about snow emergencies on the Snow Ordinance page.
North Liberty’s police department is redesigning its uniform shoulder patch and would like your help. The final patch will be determined by which of these two finalists pictured above, designed by Officer Juan Santiago from ideas by the department’s officers, gets the most likes, shares and comments on the city’s Facebook account by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
So head over to Facebook and vote, and make sure to rally your support for your favorite patch!
Hundreds of kids joined the Recreation Department and the North Liberty Optimist Club for their annual Haunted Happenings. Photos from the event are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/northliberty/
Starting Nov. 1, North Liberty police officers will have a short reprieve from the department’s strict no-beards-in-uniform policy. Participating officers will make donations to the 19th Annual Domestic Violence Intervention Program Holiday Toy Drive.
The department has a history of supporting the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s toy drive; members of the department donate annually to the program’s toy drive, and officer Juan Santiago is in his 10th year of working with the DVIP and its toy drive.
“Forgoing our normal no-beards policy seemed like a good way to build awareness of the program and for the department to have some fun at the same time,” said Officer Chuck Tygart, who suggested the department’s participate in No Shave November.
Participants are asked to donate money to the DVIP’s toy drive, and keep their goatees until the City of North Liberty’s annual holiday potluck in December. Officers who shave prematurely are asked to make an additional donation to the drive.
While the department won’t forgo all shaving (participants are limited to a tidy quarter-inch goatee), they are encouraged to give each other’s facial hair nicknames (Chief Diane Venenga holds veto power). Residents are encouraged to compliment the officers’ facial hair and offer appropriate nicknames as well.
On Nov. 16, North Liberty is rolling out the red carpet for the final celebration of its centennial year.
The swanky evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. Guests at the North Liberty Centennial Gala celebration will be treated to dinner, drinks and mingling with the Centennial’s patrons while engaging pianist Eben Seaman will provide the evening’s entertainment with his interactive show.
Tickets to the exclusive event, available in limited quantities, are $100 per pair and can be purchased at North Liberty branches of Great Western Bank and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, North Liberty City Hall, or by e-mailing email@example.com. The gala will be held at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N Front St., until 11:30 p.m.
Earlier in the day, the Centennial’s Grand Finale will include activities for kids and adults at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W Cherry St., starting at 8 a.m. with the Friends of the Library’s annual Belgian Waffle breakfast. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., various kids’ activities will be held, including the construction of time capsules for kids to take with them at 11 a.m. following the sealing of North Liberty’s full-size time capsule. At noon, a new public mural will be unveiled.
The entire community is invited to gather at the North Liberty Community Center at 1 p.m. for a giant group photo.
The Recreation Department’s Jason Egly talks new indoor “campsite” at the Community Center.
Disruptions to traffic on Highway 965 are expected while workers complete various projects at three intersections on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 31, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, equipment controlling the traffic signals at Highway 965 and Westwood Drive will be replaced. The work will begin after 8:30 a.m. and will require the traffic lights be taken off line. The work should be complete by 4 p.m. While work is being completed, the intersections will temporarily be controlled by a four-way stop.
Similar work will take place on Thursday at the intersection of Highway 965 and Zeller Street. This work has been postponed until Monday, Nov. 4 due to weather. Again, the intersection will be controlled by a four-way stop while work is completed between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Additionally, a traffic sensor at the intersection of Highway 965 and Ashley Court will be replaced on Tuesday and Thursday as time allows.
During this work, drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or find alternative routes.
South Jones Boulevard in North Liberty, which has been closed to through traffic since the beginning of the 2013 construction season, will reopen completely today, Friday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m.
Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits.
The reconstruction of Jones Boulevard, an upgrade to curb-and-gutter, is now complete, giving North Liberty another urban cross section, north-south connection from Forevergreen Road to Penn Street.
Halloween is already just around the corner (boy, that’s scary), so we’re getting the annually oft-asked question:
When is trick-or-treating?
It’s on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to only knock on doors at houses that have their outdoor lights on and be safe.
Trick-or-Treat at the North Liberty Fire Station
North Liberty Fire Department will be hosting its annual Halloween party at the station, 25 W Cherry Street, and the public is invited to join the department for an evening of fun. Between 5 and 8:30 p.m., the public can stop at the fire station for hot chocolate, juice, candy and a treat of your choice! NLFD hosts this event annually to provide a safe, dry place for children to treat or treat.
Don’t forget Haunted Happenings
The Recreation Center and the North Liberty Optimists Club host the annual Haunted Happenings at the Community Center, 520 W Cherry St., on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event costs $5 per participant at the door, no pre-registration required, and offers a tunnel, mazes, carnival games and fun! Come in costume and have a great night!
Disruptions to traffic at Interstate 380 and Penn Street in North Liberty are expected on Monday, Oct. 21, while workers replace traffic signal control equipment there. The intersections will be controlled by flaggers while the work is being performed, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Additional disruptions are expected when similar work is completed at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Penn Street on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Two more intersections, Highway 965 at Westwood Drive and Zeller Street, will have traffic control equipment replaced yet this fall. That work has not been scheduled due to backordered components.
Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or find alternative routes.
The North Liberty Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., for safe disposal. This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
Unused, unwanted and expired medications can pose public safety and health concerns. Left in home medicine cabinets, the medications are susceptible to dangerous misuse and abuse. Improper disposal, such as flushing drugs down a toilet or sending them to the landfill, poses risks to the environment and public health.
In addition to the scheduled drop off, unwanted medications will be accepted for disposal until Oct. 28, at the North Liberty Police Department’s headquarters, 25 E. Cherry St., during its regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
It’s for kids 48 inches or shorter, free to use, but limited to 49 people (adults and kids) at a time. We ask that everyone remove their shoes and follow a few other rules to keep everyone safe and having fun.
The Kids Campsite is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m.. On weekends its open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Notice of Good Neighbor Meeting on October 24, 2013, for Property on East Penn Street and North Liberty Road
The City of North Liberty will host a Good Neighbor meeting on Oct. 24, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at City Hall located at 3 Quail Creek Circle in North Liberty. The City may soon consider a rezoning and plat (the subdivision of land into lots) for property in the area, and to invite you to an open house-style meeting being held to explain the proposal. The property is on East Penn Street/North Liberty Road just east of the current North Liberty corporate limits, but is expected to be annexed soon. The rezoning and plat being considered would split the property into two lots and establish City zoning on the lots to allow continued use of the property without substantial change. A location map is shown on the right. This memo is being sent to property owners within 200 feet of the proposed development.
A PDF version of this memo, including location maps, are available here.
This good neighbor meeting is being held to explain the potential rezoning and subdivision being considered by the owner and to gather any comments. No Planning Commission or City Council action has been taken, but is anticipated within the next several months. Note that this meeting is intended to notify the public early in the process and to help the developer understand neighborhood concerns. Other formal public meetings will be held by the Planning Commission and City Council if the development applications proceed.
Please feel free to drop into the good neighbor meetings any time within the period shown above. There will not be a formal meeting or presentation; instead, city staff and the developer will be available for informal open-house discussions with maps and information regarding the proposal.
For more information, please contact Dean Wheatley, City Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the above PDF are being sent to property owners within 200 feet of the proposed developments.