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Community Updates

  • Council meeting August 25, 6:30 PM.
  • Parks Commission Vacancy: Volunteer position.  Meets every 1st Monday at 6:00 PM.  Turn in resumes to City Hall.
  • Polk City’s Water & Sewer Rate Increase goes into effect in July’s billing cycle.
  • The latest Water Quality Report is now available.
  • Mosquito spraying as needed starting June 12th through September 30th.
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Fall is Just Around the Corner! How to Properly Dispose of Yard Waste.

Did you know that Polk City has a Recycle Center located at 301 East Northside Drive?  The recyclables section is open to everyone and handles cardboard & mixed paper, plastic bottles, and tin cans.  This area is funded by the Metro Waste Authority.

Only Polk City residents (which are residents that live within Polk City’s City limits and have Polk City utility services) can use the yard waste side of the recycle center.  Disposal of routine maintenance items such as grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings and organic landscaping waste can all be done here.  This area is provided by the City of Polk City and is funded by local taxes.

Polk City also participates in the Metro Waste Authorities Compost It! Program.  Compost It! allows you to place your leaves and other yard and garden waste at the curb.  For more information on the MWA’s Compost It! program click here.

Americana Festival 2014

Bring your lawn chairs and kids to Polk City’s Town Square August 31st for a great Sunday afternoon experience with the 2014 Americana Festival!  The festival starts at 1 PM and goes until 5 PM.  Live music will be performed by CW Hobbs Flatland String Band, the Don Perschall Band, and by Mary Schmelzer Piano.  This event will have free activities for kids plus local food and arts & crafts vendors.  Presented by the Polk City Arts Council.

Big Creek Historical Society Special Open House

The Big Creek Historical Society will host a special Open House on Saturday, July 19 from noon until 3 PM.   Explore the area’s past in our 150 year old museum building.  Check out our displays about Polk City’s Square and businesses, Madison Township’s part in the Civil War and how Saylorville and Big Creek Lakes were built.

Enjoy Local Art at the Four Seasons Festival

The Polk City Arts Council is excited to present a great group of talented artists at Polk City’s Four Seasons Festival.  The festival will be open Friday, July 18th from 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday, July 19th from 8 AM until 5 PM.  We have several returning artists and authors as well as many new artists.  Artists will have paintings, photographs, caricatures, drawings, fine art gourds, pottery, woodburning, woodworking, jewelry, metal art and more at this annual event.  The artists and authors included are: Zach Conrad, Michael J. Dennis, Wendie Fagen, Kaitlin Flury, Kay Gettler, Julie Hamm,Becky Kusmaul, Luke Hubbard, Julie Brown, Louise MciLhon, Carol McCaslin, Jordan Meryl, Ann Morris, Sue Raymond, Brandon Reed, Mike Roate, Ken Sims, Elaine Sutherland, Matt Umthun, Kathyrn Riemersma, Pam Vacco, LaVina Vanornay-Barcus, Shannon Schanus, and WCM MetalWorks.

Come out and support local artists during the Four Seasons Festival!

Swimming Pool/Hot Tub Reminder

It’s finally getting hot outside!  Polk City would like to remind all of those that beat the heat in a pool at home that a pool/hot tub containing more than 24 inches of water requires a 5-foot fence surrounding the pool/hot tub.  The Uniform Building Code also includes specific regulations regarding the latch system, etc.  Contact City Hall to get more information about pool and hot tub regulations or for more information on this and other City Codes visit the International Code Council’s Website.

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Text & Drive Demo

Come join the Polk City Police Department this Saturday, June 7th at the Polk City Library to try out the Text & Drive Simulator.  This event will last from 10 AM to 2 PM.

North Polk Students Tour City Hall & Museum

On May 22 3rd grade students from North Polk West Elementary visited city hall to get a quick explanation of how city government works.  The students also toured the Big Creek Historical Society museum.

Four Seasons Festival 2014

The Four Seasons Festival will be July 18 and 19. This year the parade will come down Tyler street instead of Booth because of construction on Booth, it will then turn on Broadway and head for the square as normal. The 8k run and 5k run/walk will be on Saturday July 19.   The start and finish will be at the Polk City town square at the corner of 3rd and Broadway. Entry form.  You may want to visit the Four Seasons Festival website for many more details.

New Librarian

Dan Balzer is the new part time librarian.  Dan was born and raised in Polk City and will primarily work evening and Saturdays.

Police Officer Honored

Polk City Senior Patrol Officer Ron Lamfers is shown receiving the Heart Saver Award from the American Heart Association.  Using an automatic defibrillator officer Lamfers is credited with saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while riding his bicycle on the recreation trail near 118th Ave.  On his left is fire chief Dan Gubbins and to his right is assistant chief Adam Vanderleest.  The presentation was made during the April 14 council meeting.

Recognition Evening was April 11

The annual city recognition event was held April 11 at the Tournament Club of Iowa.  Mayor Jason Morse and City Administrator Gary Mahannah recognized many of the city staff and volunteers.  The keynote speaker was Greg Edwards who is the President/CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Greg detailed the many accomplishments and goals of the bureau. From left to right are Mayor Morse and Edwards.

Ken Morse Receives Urban Forestry Award

The Iowa Urban Tree Council is proud to announce Ken Morse as an Outstanding Civic Leader for 2013. The award was presented at the 24th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon on April 3, 2014 held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston.

Ken Morse has been a longtime advocate for trees in Polk City. He was a driving force in creating a city ordinance that made the community tree friendly and he was also instrumental in creating the Polk City Tree Board. You can often find Morse in a local school teaching children the importance of trees in our communities. Morse also takes it upon himself to frequently inspect the health of the city trees and he is always on top of the latest news on Emerald Ash Borer, keeping Polk City’s city council well informed.

Ken Morse is an outstanding example of Iowa’s community forestry civic leaders, by enhancing our forest resources.  The numerous projects he has worked on and helped spearhead will benefit his community for future generations.

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Polk City has received the 2013 Tree City USA award at the 24th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon.

State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.”  The City of Polk City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations. Polk City was one of 70 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status.  Press Release.

Washington Ave. & Booth St. Reconstruction Project

The city council has approved plans to reconstruct Booth Street from Broadway to Washington Avenue and Washington Avenue from Booth to the area east of the Tyler street intersection.  The reconstruction will include replacing the current street surface with a 2-lane concrete surface with curb and gutter.   Drainage improvements will include a storm water system with intakes on both streets. 

The plans call for a 4-ft wide sidewalk on both sides of Washington and on the East side of Booth.

A public information meeting was held on March 13 in the community room.  This project would start in May-June 2014 and should be completed by October.

Below are a drawing and documents pertaining to the project (the drawing is a large file).  The council approved this project at the March 24 meeting.

Project drawing
Responses to frequently asked questions


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