RISE ABOVE (Triumph Over Adversity)

We are so excited and proud of our community partners at the National Park Service for bringing this Exhibit to West Branch. Come Ye, Come All, to West Branch, Iowa to experience this amazing exhibit. Join us and beckon a time when our differences served as motivation to make us all greater. Learn or reacquaint yourself with these heroes who achieved what many said could not be done.

Downtown East Redevelopment Project

Downtown East Redevelopment Project – The City of West Branch is very interested in hearing from qualified developers (individuals or firms) interested in presenting a viable design and development concept for a mixed-use development on 3.450 acres of real estate located in Downtown West Branch, Iowa, owned by the City of West Branch.  The site has recently been used as concrete ready-mix plant.  Using existing grain elevators… the city is looking for a creative approach to development that accommodates entertainment venues such as a city market, hotel, housing, brewery and/or other significant mixed-used developments on the site (all ideas will get considerable review and investigation).  The following documents are intended to provided interested developers and investors with background information that could assist their research and value propitiation processes.

  • Reuse Report (large file)
  • Scheme 1 Video
  • Scheme 1 Fly-through Video
  • Scheme 2 Video
  • Scheme 2 Fly-through Video

College Street Bridge Project

The City of West Branch has awarded the construction of College Street, Second Street and the College Street Bridge to Taylor Construction, Inc. of New Vienna, Iowa.  Work on the project is anticipated to begin on Monday, March 25, 2019.  The sequence of work will start with removal of the bridge and relocation of utilities near the bridge.  The Contractor proposes to work on relocating water main and installing storm sewer on College Street and Second Street west of the bridge while bridge construction is underway.  College Street east of the bridge will not be impacted until the new bridge is completed.

There will be temporary disruption to driveways when storm sewer or water main installation is underway.  The area will be back filled with gravel to provide temporary surfacing until the Contractor is ready to reconstruct the road.  The contractor will set up a location for temporary mailboxes.  Once location has been approved by the Post Master, information will be posted on the City website. Garbage and recycling will continue as usual unless the collection agency requests alternate pickup locations.  If this occurs, the Contractor will provide notice and will work with the collection agency to continue the service.

The City of West Branch recognizes that this road reconstruction project will be an inconvenience to the residents involved.  Although we thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during the construction process, we are well aware that issues will arise as construction progresses.  If you have any questions or concerns during construction, please contact either:

Dave Schechinger, P.E. Eric Gould
dschechinger@v-k.net egould@v-k.net
319-466-1000 319-466-1000

More information will be provided as the project progresses.

Project Updates / Project Notes:

Christmas Past Road Closure

A note for the upcoming Christmas Past event!

To ensure pedestrian and event safety, Wetherell St. will be closed from Friday December 7th, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until Saturday December 8th, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. from the intersection of South Poplar Street east to the intersection of North Downey Street.

Vehicles entering the area from Main Street will do so by entering through the Enlow parking lot and exiting via South Poplar Street.

Trick or Treating 2018

Trick or Treat – Oct. 31st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The downtown businesses will be participating in the ‘Trick or Treat Downtown’ event again this year from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pick up your Trick or Treat bags at Heritage Square and trick or treat at the participating businesses. Stop back at Heritage Square for free hot dogs, chips, drinks and drawings for prizes!

Sponsored by West Branch Parks & Rec, West Branch Public Library and the West Branch Community Development Group (CDG).

Halloween Safety

The West Branch Police Department would like to remind everyone that the first part of having a Happy Halloween is everyone being safe when its done!

Tips for Halloween Safety:

  • Try non-toxic face paint – masks can obstruct your vision
  • Costumes should be light colored and not long to avoid tripping
  • use reflective tape on costumes, flashlights, or glow sticks
  • Don’t carry swords or sharp sticks
  • Don’t snack while trick or treating – inspect your candy first
  • Consider decorating pumpkins with markers
  • If you carve a pumpkin, use battery powered candles
  • Walk (don’t run), stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks, and walk with a group
  • Don’t go into strangers’ homes and don’t knock on doors of houses that are dark
  • If kids go trick or treating alone, know the route and have a return home time
  • Kids 12 or under should be with a parent

Fireworks Use Prohibited

With the Independence Day holiday approaching, the West Branch Police Department would like to remind residents that it is illegal to use fireworks within the city limits of West Branch.

  • 1st Violation – $100.00
  • 2nd Violation – $500.00

Please respect your neighbors this holiday season and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

TIF 101 Workshop

On April 12th, Maggie Burger of Speer Financial provided a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) 101 Workshop for city council, representatives, and members of the community. Anyone interested in the basics of TIF and it’s possible use within our community are invited to view the recording of the workshop below:

Solar Power Hours Coming to West Branch

Residents in Johnson County and West Branch have an opportunity to learn more about solar energy and potentially invest in affordable solar through a new program called Solarize Johnson County. The program builds on the success of Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County, where more than 500 individuals attended free solar education sessions and nearly 100 property owners added solar to their properties in 2017.

Now, Johnson County, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Conservation, and six municipalities are teaming up with a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization to launch a similar program. Cities helping host free educational events, called Solar Power Hours, include Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, Shueyville and West Branch. Regardless of where a person lives in the county, or West Branch, and regardless of whether a city is a formal partner, residents throughout the county are welcome to attend any Solar Power Hour that is most convenient for them. The free educational sessions will help prospective participants learn how solar works and get their questions answered.

For detailed information, visit SolarizeJohnsonCounty.com.

Solar Power Hours for West Branch:

May 3, 2018 – Thursday – 6:30pm
West Branch Public Library
300 N Downey St., West Branch

June 27, 2018 – Wednesday – 6:30pm
West Branch Public Library
300 N Downey St., West Branch