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November 20, 2017 Dogs and cats in front of pumpkins that spell

Be Thankful for Pets but Celebrate Wisely

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and celebrate with friends and family, but it can also be a time for distress for our animal companions if they munch on undercooked turkey or an unattended alcoholic drink. Read More

November 16, 2017 Police car door

Thanksgiving Traffic Project Focus on Seat Belt Usage

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be participating in the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau’s Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement project that focuses on seat belt usage.  During the upcoming Thanksgiving week, additional law enforcement officers will be on patrol making sure that motorists are buckling up.   Read More

November 16, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Suspect Arrested for Fatal Hit-and-Run Collision

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred on October 1, 2017, at approximately 3:17 p.m. at C Street and 20th Avenue SW.  The police investigation determined that the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Honda Accord, had been reported stolen on September 26, 2017.   The vehicle also had stolen plates on it.  Evidence collected at the scene and the subsequent investigation identified the suspect as Ashley Nicole Pennington, DOB/09-05-1992, age 25, of Cedar Rapids.


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November 15, 2017 Man and child catch fish

2000 Trout to be Released at Prairie Park Fishery

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 2000 trout near the boat ramp at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Road SE, on Friday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m.  Read More

November 14, 2017 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Homicide Investigation Update

The Police Department continues to investigate the homicide that occurred Sunday, November 12th at 1506 D Avenue NE.  When officers arrived on scene, a 40-year old male victim was found deceased on the front porch of the residence.

The victim has been identified as Tarrence Newman, DOB/01-16-1977, age 40.  According to the preliminary report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Newman sustained at least one gunshot wound.

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November 14, 2017 Seven people in kayaks practicing their skills at Bender Pool

Paddlers Invited to Practice at Bender Pool

Drop-in practice sessions for kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddle boarders are being offered from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on November 19, December 17, January 14 and 28, and February 11 and 25 at Bender Pool. Read More

November 09, 2017 Street equipment on the road

Traffic Alerts for November 2017

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November 08, 2017 Police department building signage

Suspect Arrested for Robbery in Target Parking Lot

Police officers have arrested a suspect in a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th in the Target parking lot at 3400 Edgewood Road SW.  

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November 06, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Update

First responders were called to a single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on Friday, November 3rd at 4:47 a.m. near E Avenue and 27th Street NE.  The 911 caller advised the motorcycle driver had died at the scene. 


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November 01, 2017 Clock Moving Back One Hour

Use Extra Hour to Check Smoke Alarms this Weekend

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to use the “extra” hour this weekend when Daylight Savings Time ends and clocks are turned back one hour to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 a.m. – citizens should turn their clocks back one hour.

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October 31, 2017 City-Hall-Mural

'History Restored' Mural Lecture Series

A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” will be offered this winter and next spring on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers. The lectures are free and open to the public. Read More

October 25, 2017 College-District-web-thumbnail

College District Action Plan Open House November 14

The City of Cedar Rapids continues to seek public input on the College District Action Plan, a comprehensive look at the strengths, weakness, and opportunities for the area that encompasses Mount Mercy University, the Irish District, Coe College, and the Mound View Neighborhood Association. Next open house is Tuesday, November 14. Read More

October 24, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Suspects Arrested for Robbery of Sprint Store

Two suspects were apprehended by Cedar Rapids police officers shortly after they robbed the Sprint Store at 2210 Edgewood Road SW last evening at approximately 8:45 p.m.  The suspects entered the Sprint Store and stole cash and cellular phones.  The suspects then left the scene in a vehicle.  The on-duty Sprint Store employee was not injured during the robbery.  Officers were able to locate the vehicle near Dean Road and Stoney Point Road SW.   Read More

October 23, 2017 Generic-City-News logo

Free Lecture: 'Top 10 for Membership Growth'

The City of Cedar Rapids is hosting a “Top 10 for Membership Growth” community presentation on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cherry Auditorium at Coe College. Read More

October 18, 2017 Police car door

Police Department Accepting Applications for Police Officer Positions from October 13, 2017 – January 11, 2018

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  If you are interested in joining the Police Department’s mission to actively involve everyone in a team effort to serve, protect, and prevent crime and disorder, as well as provide a safe and secure community in an effective and efficient manner, you are encouraged to apply.   Police Officer positions are full-time and offer an opportunity to serve the community.

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October 13, 2017 Leaf-vacuum-truck

Reminder: Fall leaf vacuum schedule requires all leaves be ready by 7 a.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Division will continue every-other-week leaf vacuum collection through Dec. 8 weather permitting. 

The leaf collection schedule is based on which quadrant a customer lives in. One week, leaves will be collected from the south quadrants; the following week, leaves will be collected from the north quadrants. For residents located in the northwest (NW) and southwest (SW) quadrants, all leaves must be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on Mondays. For residents located in the northeast (NE) and southeast (SE) quadrants, all leaves must be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesdays.  Read More

October 12, 2017 Police department building signage

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Award

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce that a grant application to facilitate enhanced collaboration with Foundation 2 to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders was approved by the United States Department of Justice.  The Department of Justice approved $71,182 through the FY2017 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP).  The grant will fund training, travel and some Foundation 2 staff time.   Read More

October 12, 2017 Smoke alarm with smoke near the sensor

Fire Department Remembering When Program Donation

The Fire Department’s Remembering When Program, a community outreach program designed to prevent injuries among older adults and help them live safely at home, will be receiving a donation from Frontier Co-op (Norway, Iowa) on Friday, October 13th at 11:30 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE. Read More

October 06, 2017 WaterPourIntoGlass

Public notification: Monitoring violation of the water testing schedule

The City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Department – Water Division violated a drinking water monitoring standard in September 2017 by only collecting 97 of the required 100 routine water samples to test for the presence of total coliform bacteria. Even though this oversight is not an emergency health concern, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. Read More

September 27, 2017 Painted plow blade

´Paint A Plow' Gives Children Chance to Decorate City Plows

The City of Cedar Rapids Public Works Department would like to invite area schools to participate in “Paint a Plow” and decorate a City plow blade, which will be used during winter snow removal efforts Read More

September 11, 2017 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

September 08, 2017 Traffic painting truck applying paint

Two-Way Conversion Begins on 3rd Avenue SW – Closure in Effect Sept. 11

Starting on Monday, September 11, crews will begin applying new pavement markings to convert 3rd Avenue SW from one-way to two-way traffic. The project area includes: 3rd Avenue SW, from 6th Street SW to 5th Avenue SW. Read More

July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Play Guide cover with a girl serving a volleyball

Parks & Recreation Fall Registration Begins Online July 31

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration begins online July 31 at 5:00 p.m. or by phone, 319-286-5566, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., beginning August 1. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, will be posted online at CRREC.org. It will be mailed the week of August 7 to all Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Robins residents inside Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine. 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

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

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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