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July 21, 2017 Construction equipment

Construction Zone Safety Concerns and Reminders

With a number of construction improvements underway throughout the community, the City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind the public of important safety tips and regulations on construction zone safety.  The City is appreciative of the public’s patience as permanent roadway improvements continue.     Read More

July 20, 2017 Street crews working on concrete

Traffic Alerts

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July 20, 2017 Tree section with signs of EAB

Emerald Ash Borer found within interior Cedar Rapids 

While Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was positively identified at the IDOT rest area along I-380 almost two years ago, the insect had not been seen within the interior core of Cedar Rapids. This week, a tree with EAB was found and removed on the southwest side. Read More

July 18, 2017 Two little girls petting a pig at Old MacDonald's Farm

Experience a County Fair at Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, operated by the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, will host a County Fair on Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages, but a $1 minimum donation is recommended. The first 1000 kids will receive a small door prize. Read More

July 17, 2017 National Night Out logo

Reminder to Register for National Night Out

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is encouraged by several individuals or neighborhood groups that have already registered for National Night Out activities.  As of today, there are at least 12 events scheduled throughout the city.  The Police Department wants to remind citizens that there is still time to register and plan an event to bring your neighborhood together Read More

July 17, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Shooting Incident at 424 Fairway Terrace SE Update

Sherman Hopkins, age 43, has been charged with Burglary-1st Degree, Robbery-1st Degree, and Kidnapping-1st Degree for his involvement in a June 21st break-in and shooting incident at 424 Fairway Terrace SE.  Read More

July 14, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

City Expands Online Bill Payment Options

The City of Cedar Rapids has recently expanded customer online payment options, making it easier and more convenient than ever to submit your City payments. Read More

July 13, 2017 Police department building signage

Police Station Access during Parking Lot Resurfacing Project

The parking lot at the Cedar Rapids Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, is being resurfaced beginning Monday, July 17th.   The project will include resurfacing of the visitor parking lot.  While the Police Station main walk-in entrance will remain open, citizens will need to park their vehicles in the 600 block of 1st Street SW on the west side of the road or along 5th Avenue or 6th Avenue SW to the west of the Police Station.

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July 12, 2017 A girl and a boy holding school supplies that they received at the Back 2 School Bash.

Register Now for Back 2 School Bash at McGrath Amphitheatre

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and Macaroni Kid are hosting the 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash & Expo on Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the McGrath Amphitheatre Cedar Rapids. This is a family event with the option of purchasing tickets for children, ages 18 and under, to receive a variety of school supplies from participating businesses. A limited number of tickets are available for $5 each. Advance registration is required by 4:00 p.m. on August 4. Read More

July 10, 2017 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Fire-Overhaul

Fire Operations Conclude at International Paper

The Fire Department responded to International Paper, 4600 C Street SW, on Saturday, July 8th at 7:36 a.m. for the report of a fire in a storage and conveyer building.  Firefighters worked for over two days with International Paper employees to remove and extinguish the bales of recycled cardboard.  Many of the bales contained fires that were deeply seated which required that the bales be removed from the warehouse with skid loaders, excavators, and forklifts. Read More

July 10, 2017 Police department building signage

Update on Saturday Shooting in 1500 Block of 1st Avenue East

On Saturday, July 8th at 9:02 p.m. Cedar Rapids police officers were advised of a shooting incident in the 1500 block of 1st Avenue NE behind Sam’s Liquor. 

Investigators determined that two individuals, a 32-year old male and a 29-year old male, sustained gunshot wounds.  A 39-year old male, who was with the other two individuals, sustained an injury believed to have been caused by glass shattering.  

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July 10, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Suspect Arrested for Armed Robbery

A suspect was arrested in an early Saturday morning armed robbery of the Casey's General Store at 1661 32nd Street NE. Read More

June 16, 2017 National Night Out logo

Time to Register for National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Read More

June 14, 2017 Police department building signage

Suspect Arrested for Scamming Area Churches and Residents

The Police Department has arrested Alan Michael Farha II, DOB/02-10-1976, age 41, for Theft – 2nd Degree.  Investigators determined that the suspect deceived several people and churches out of money, totaling $5,000-$6,000.   Read More

June 14, 2017 Animal and Control Shelter

June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month® Adoption Specials!

Finding loving homes for felines is a challenge in any season, and never more so than during the summer months.  Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has no shortage of cute and cuddly, or mature and mellow, cats and kittens waiting for a new home! Read More

June 13, 2017 Two dogs int the grass

Summer Care Tips for You and Your Pets

As you contemplate sharing your time outdoors this summer with your pet, please take these precautions to decrease the chance of endangering your pet.   Read More

June 09, 2017 Police department building signage

Police Warn Area Churches of Possible Scam

The Police Department is advising area churches to be vigilant about a male in his mid to late-30’s that has been attending area church services and committing alleged fraudulent practices to obtain money from members of the congregations and church funds. Read More

June 09, 2017 Safety Scoop Logo - with City of Five Seasons logo and Fire Department emblem

Fire Department to Offer "Safety Scoop" Monthly Program

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is pleased to announce monthly educational safety sessions for the community with a program entitled “Safety Scoop.” The monthly programs will focus on timely safety topics for older adults. Read More

June 06, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

City Council Records Now Available to Search, View Online

Residents can now use the City's new Public Access Viewer tool to search and view many Cedar Rapids City Council public records from their own computers and mobile devices. Read More

June 05, 2017 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Fire-Overhaul

Update on Fires at 512 12th Street SE and 202 23rd Street Drive SE

Firefighters responded to a house fire at 512 12th Street SE on Sunday afternoon and a detached garage fire at 202 23rd Street Drive SE early Monday morning.   Read More

June 01, 2017 Police car door

Three Arrested for Attempted Murder for March 11th Shooting

Police officers received a report of gunshots fired in the area of 16th Street and 1st Avenue East at 6:50 p.m. on March 11th.  Officers were advised that subjects had taken off running from the Coin Kleen Laundromat at 220 16th Street NE and that there was a victim inside the laundromat.

Based on the subsequent investigation, there were 3 juveniles charged with Attempted Murder, Willful Injury-Causing Serious Injury, and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

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May 04, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt and Aa2 Bond Rating on Revenue Debt

The City of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 (stable) rating to the City’s $36 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017A and $1.1 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017B. Read More

April 12, 2017 Police car door

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of an individual who is suspected of using a credit card that was reported stolen.  The suspect used the credit card to make purchases at a local retailer on March 14, 2017. Read More

March 31, 2017 Row of historic residential homes

Iowa Finance Authority Announces More than $73.6M to Build and Preserve Housing

Affordable Housing Projects in Eight Iowa Counties Receive Federal Housing Tax Credits

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March 08, 2017 2016 Five Seasons Award Winners

City of Cedar Rapids Accepting Nominations for Citizenship Awards

The City of Cedar Rapids is accepting nominations for the Five Seasons Citizenship Awards program, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, through Friday, April 28, 2017. Read More

February 24, 2017 Street equipment on the road

42nd Street Paving for Progress Project Wins Engineering Achievement Award

February 19 kicked off National Engineers Week, which recognizes the engineering workforce and calls attention to the many ways engineers enhance the quality of life for their communities. The Public Works Engineering Division has recently been recognized with the Engineering Achievement Award in the Transportation Category for the 42nd Street NE Paving for Progress project.

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February 16, 2017 Engineer talking with students

Science Classes Explore Bridge Designs with City Engineer

In advance of Engineers Week February 19 – 25, Public Works Engineering staff visited Prairie Creek Intermediate School and provided 5th grade science students in several classrooms with insight into engineering career fields. Students learned that careers in civil engineering include working on bridges, trails, parking structures, roads, and much more. Read More

February 15, 2017 downtown skyline

Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force  Report

The Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force was formed in early February of 2016 to address the problem of gun violence in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas in the county. The Task Force worked to investigate the current state of the community and explore solutions to youth violence. Read More

December 14, 2016 Row of historic residential homes

City of Cedar Rapids Joins Nextdoor

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined Nextdoor to help make our community stronger and safer. Nextdoor is a free private social networking website for neighborhoods. Read More

December 13, 2016 Dog and cat outside in the snow

Brrrr – It's Cold Outside! Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

When the mercury dips into freezing temperatures, it’s important for you to protect your companion animals from the cold.  Here are a few guidelines that will help you keep them safe. Read More

December 02, 2016 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2016 Paving for Progress Impacts

The 2016 Paving for Progress season is nearing completion, which includes approximately 10 linear miles of pavement improvements. This year marked the third construction season of the program, which will include an estimated $18.4 million investment and a completion of 28 streets.  Read More

October 12, 2016 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

City Breaks Ground on Sinclair Levee

City officials celebrated a milestone in permanent flood protection during a groundbreaking for the Sinclair Levee on October 11. The ceremony acknowledged the construction of the first permanent flood protection since the adoption of the Flood Control System Master Plan in June 2015. Read More

September 28, 2016 Barricades around Veterans Memorial Building

Flood Update and Revised Evacuation Area

The Cedar River level is slowing dropping after cresting at nearly 22 feet yesterday. The river will likely remain high for the next several days, and is expected to reach approximately 18 feet by Thursday early evening. The evacuation area has been adjusted to a smaller perimeter. Barricades and access control points have been moved to the revised perimeter and will continue to be monitored for public safety. Read More

September 27, 2016 Flooding around May's Island, evening of September 26

Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response

The Cedar River is cresting at 22 feet and will likely remain high for the next several days. Residents are still urged to stay out of the evacuation area and to heed curfew times until the flood risk has passed. Do not go near the temporary flood control system or go near water. Read More

September 26, 2016 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control Measures in Place

Cedar Rapids’ temporary flood control measures are in place and Public Works engineering teams as well as US Army Corps of Engineer teams will actively monitor for any weaknesses and re-enforce the system as necessary 24 hours a day. Read More

September 25, 2016 City workers prepare for flooding

Flood Preparation and Evacuation Plans Continue

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cedar Rapids will see a river crest of 16 feet by Monday morning, which is considered major flood stage.  The City’s Incident Command Team activated at 7:00 this morning and is utilizing a cross-departmental team of Public Safety, Public Works, and other City departments. Read More

September 25, 2016 View of empty street taken from third avenue

Important: Flood Evacuation Notice

Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave the area. Returning to your residence may be restricted because of the potential safety risks in the evacuation zone.  Public safety personnel are recommending that you leave immediately, but no later than 8:00 p.m. this evening.  Remaining in the evacuation area places residents at risk and will place safety personnel at risk. Read More

September 22, 2016 Generic-City-News logo

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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Temporary City Hall Relocation Information Effective Immediately

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Bow hunter with sunset in the background

Urban Deer Hunt - September 16, 2017 to January 10, 2018

The City of Cedar Rapids will continue its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2017-2018 season as authorized by City Council Resolution # 0762-09-07.  The Urban Deer Hunt is scheduled for September 16, 2017 through January 10, 2018.   Read More

Flags flying in front of PD Department

Police Station Access during Parking Lot Resurfacing Project (Update – Expected Completion Date of August 7th)

The visitor parking lot at the Cedar Rapids Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, will remain closed until approximately August 7th.   The resurfacing project that began this week has some additional construction modifications that need to be completed before the lot can be reopened
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