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!
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:
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
Main Street West Branch has submitted an an application for a $25,000 grant to help spruce up the Historic Downtown Main Street District and make it more user friendly for residents and visitors alike. The more votes we get the better the chance to win the grand prize. You can vote once a day through April 22 at the link provided.
The City of West Branch has officially adopted the following budget for the fiscal year running July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
A public meeting was held on March 8th, 2018 on the work that will be carried out on Cubby Park. Below are the documents and recording from that meeting.
The Televising of Well 6 was conducted this August (2017) and is available to watch below.
On Tuesday, February 20th, the West Branch City Council approved proceeding with the City Administrator’s recommended budget. This budget is available at the link below. Final approval and a public hearing will be held at the regularly scheduled city council meeting on March 5th.
Video recording of the December 1, 2017 meeting of the Wastewater Task Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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)