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Increase in Malicious/Scam Calls

The West Branch Police are reporting an increase in calls regarding malicious phone calls in West Branch.  The current frequent call is regarding a block in your social security number if you con’t call back, sometimes claiming to be the IRS or Federal Marshal’s office.

The WBPD would like to remind everyone:

  • Don’t take calls from someone you don’t know, even if the numbers appear to be local
  • Do not respond to the phone numbers the provided in the phone calls
  • Do not give out any personal information

Please call the WBPD with any questions at 319-643-2222


Solarize Johnson County 2020

Solarize Johnson Co 2020 logoLearn about getting affordable solar for your home, farm or business

If you live anywhere in Johnson County or West Branch, you can participate in a discounted solar purchase for your home, business or farm. The City of West Branch is among the partners offering this program. The more people who participate, the greater the discount!

The next few online, educational sessions for this opportunity are listed below. Please attend a session then get a free, safe, no obligation site assessment from our installer, Eagle Point Solar. You have until September 30, 2020, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

7/15 Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

7/22 Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

7/28 Tuesday 6:30-7:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

For additional sessions later in the summer, visit www.solarizejohnsoncounty.org


Restaurant Guide for Carryout

Main Street Sweets

Regular menu carry out available
Mon- Sat 11-8 319-643-5001 or mainstreetsweetswb.com

Herb & Lou’s

Regular menu carry out and curbside pick up available. Delivery service will begin Monday March 23.
Monday- Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm 319-643-7373

Jack and Jill

update will be coming

Reid’s Beans

Regular menu carry out available
Beginning Monday March 23 a Take and Bake menu will be available with delivery possibilities to residences in immediate West Branch
Lasagna
Tomato sauce, Ricotta Cheese, Ground Beef and Italian Sausage layered with pasta and topped with Mozzarella Cheese. Comes with green salad and fresh garlic bread. 2 portion 18.00 4 portion 35.00
Shepherd’s Pie
Savory stew of Beef and vegetables, topped with whipped potatoes. Comes with green salad and fresh baked bread. 2 portion 18.00 4 portion 35.00
Chicken Pot Pie Full of chicken, vegetables, potatoes and wrapped in pie crust. Served with green salad and fresh bread. 2-3 portion 18.00
Soup and Salad
12 ounces homemade soup, mixed green salad, and fresh baked bread. 1 portion 6.00
Monday- Saturday 7am-2 pm 319-643-3432 or text 319-359-8397

Mexico Lindo

Full menu available.
Doing business at 15% off all orders until further notice.
Daily 11 am- 8 pm 319-877-8025

Down Under

Regular menu available for carry out or curbside. Daily specials posted on Facebook.
Open 7 days a week 4-8 pm 319-643-4115


Community Development Group Hiring Executive Director

West Branch Community Development Group, a Main Street Iowa organization, is currently seeking a part‐time Executive Director. This person will be responsible for planning, execution, and documentation of the Main Street policies and guidelines for historic preservation and economic development. Areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to; advocacy, committee oversight, fundraising, governance, meeting participation, program evaluation, public relations, and risk management. This position entails a flexible 25-hour work week with some evening and weekend events.

For details, visit: https://www.indeedjobs.com/west-branch-community-development-group/jobs/187e05cd5becdf66aab8


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
  • DRIVERS: DRIVE WITH CAUTION AND BE ALERT!

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!