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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


Cubby Park Bid Documents

Cubby Park Improvement Construction Meeting

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • West Branch Council Chambers- 110 N Poplar Street, West Branch
  • Contact Parks and Recreation Director Melissa Russel at 319-930-0393 or melissa@westbranchiowa.org with any questions or concerns.
  • This meeting is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend with any questions or concerns they have regarding the construction phase.

 

 

Following are the links to download the plans, specifications, and contract documents for the Cubby Park Improvements.

2017_1114 16-072 Ph2 Bid

2017_1114_16-072 Ph1 Bid

2017-11-03 BID SET Cubby Park – West Branch – D0576-01

Specifications Book

Performance, Payment, Maintenance Bond (rev.1)

Cubby Park is proposed to be bid as one large project with the project to be completed by November 2, 2018. There is an intermediate milestone to have the ball fields constructed and seeded by June 15 in order to establish the playing surface adequately to allow for use in the 2019 season. Also note there is a proposed 4-year maintenance bond (warranty) period for the entire project. Some individual items will have extended warranties depending on supplier/manufacturer.

The proposed schedule for bidding the project is as follows:

December 4 (regular meeting) – approve plans and specs; set dates for hearing and letting

December 5 – issue plans and specs to contractors (mail notices)

Publish notice between December 23 and December 28 (this will be a problem for the Times since they do not publish between Christmas and New Year’s; could publish in the Press-Citizen instead)

January 2 (regular meeting) – public hearing on plans and specs

January 11 – letting

January 15 (regular meeting) – review bids and award

 

January 16, 2018 Update

Cubby Park Project received 5 responsive bids on January 11, 2018.  The lowest bid was Needham Excavating, Inc. from Walcott, IA..  January 16, 2018 the  West Branch City Council accepted and awarded the Cubby Park Project  to Needham Construction for a total of $2,945,427.39.

Click here for Cubby Park Bid Tab.  16-072 – Bid Tab

Click here for Cubby Park rendering. 16-072 Cubby Park Render

 

 


Public Safety News Release

The City of West Branch has recently experienced a criminal phenomenon that has never happened before in our community. This criminal activity commonly referred to as ‘car shopping’ has already plagued other neighboring communities both large and small. Unfortunately, this type of activity will probably not go away with our close proximity to I-80 and this makes our community very vulnerable.
We are asking the community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity. If you see suspicious persons don’t confront them yourself, call 911 or Cedar County Dispatch at 563-886-2121 and West Branch Police will be notified. For non-emergencies, call 643-2222.

The crimes committed on Sunday 10-15-2017 were committed by at least four people on foot with unknown number of support vehicles or look out vehicles. These people came from outside our community.

As a result of this criminal activity, the West Branch Police are actively:

  • Reviewing surveillance videos from area businesses
  • Reviewing evidence and working with the DCI Lab and other outside agencies
  • Increasing patrols and after hour traffic stops.
  • Enforcing the curfew for minors as a safety pre-caution (see Chapter 46 of the West Branch Code of Ordinances)
    • Sunday – Thursday 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
    • Friday and Saturday 12:00 midnight to 5:00 a.m.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Lock your vehicle, house and your garage door
  • Have house numbers marked clearly
  • Don’t leave valuable items visible from the outside of the vehicle (including extra key fobs)
  • Use motion lights
  • Try to park in well lighted areas
  • If you don’t take valuables inside, put them in the trunk. (purses, billfolds, cameras,etc.)
  • If you hide keys don’t keep them in typical locations
  • Never store unattended firearms in a vehicle
  • Inventory valuables (by make model and serial numbers.) Use a digital camera and keep the SD card in a safe, separate location
  • Be careful what you post on social media (personal information, checking – in, photos, etc)
  • The West Branch PD would also recommend video cameras for area businesses

When on going on vacation

  • Notify neighbors that you trust to watch your house (with emergency call numbers)
  • Call the West Branch Police Dept.to be put on a vacation list – (phone 643-2222)
  • Use inside light timers
  • Make arrangements for mail, newspapers, and mowing.
  • Be careful what you post on social media (photos, checking –in, etc)