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January 17, 2018 City-Hall-Mural

West Wall Highlighted in Mural Lecture Series February 15

The next lecture in the “History Restored” mural lecture series will be held Thursday, February 15,  2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Read More

January 17, 2018 Street equipment working

Traffic Alerts for January 2018

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January 15, 2018 Deer running through a field

2017-2018 Urban Deer Management Program Results

The 2017-2018 Urban Deer Management program season concluded on January 10, 2018.  78 hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt with 25 of the hunters successfully harvesting at least one deer. Read More

January 09, 2018 Flood-control-logo

Open House on Flood Control Initiatives

The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a public open house to provide an update on key initiatives underway as part of the Flood Control System. Read More

January 04, 2018 Police car door

Suspect Arrested for December 30th Shooting

Leon Tyrone Barnes, DOB/04-27-1991, age 26, of Illinois, was arrested for the December 30, 2017 shooting of a 41-year old female in the 1600 block of Bever Avenue SE. Read More

January 03, 2018 Police department building signage

Bank Robbery at U.S. Bank, 129 16th Avenue SW

Police officers responded to U.S. Bank at 129 16th Avenue SW at 11:47 a.m. this morning for the report of a bank robbery. Read More

January 03, 2018 Safety Scoop Logo - with City of Five Seasons logo and Fire Department emblem

2018 Safety Scoop Presentation Schedule Announced

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department offers a monthly presentation of safety topics of interest to older adults and/or families.  All are welcome to attend.

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December 19, 2017 photo of City Hall building

City Initiating New Camera Citation Collection Strategy

The City of Cedar Rapids has initiated a new collection strategy for delinquent camera citation fines. The City’s new collection agency, Municipal Collections of America, Inc. (MCOA) is mailing notices informing debtors of these changes. The letter will include payment options and MCOA contact information. Read More

December 14, 2017 Paving-for-Progress-sign

2017 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2017 Paving for Progress season has wrapped up, which includes approximately 7.63 linear miles of pavement improvements (or 14.3 lane miles) on local and arterial roads. This year marked the fourth construction season of the program – an estimated $17.2 million investment in our infrastructure this year (as of the end of October). Read More

December 07, 2017 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Fire-Overhaul

Fire Department Recognition Ceremony

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department held its Annual Recognition Ceremony earlier this week and honored firefighters and civilians for distinguished and life-saving actions. Read More

December 05, 2017 Sinclair-Levee-construction

Sinclair Levee Ribbon Cutting December 8

City officials will mark a milestone in permanent flood control during a ribbon cutting for the Sinclair Levee on Friday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. The public and media are invited to celebrate and acknowledge the newest segment of the Flood Control System and the public officials who have advocated for its construction.  Read More

December 04, 2017 911 dispatcher works at telecommunications station in the Joint Communications Agency.

Text-to-911 Operational at all Linn County 911 Centers

All Linn County Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), including the Cedar Rapids Joint Communications Center, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and Marion Police Department, have text-to-911 capabilities.   All three PSAPs have completed necessary upgrades and tested the technology so that cellular phone users can send a text message to 911 in an emergency. Read More

November 30, 2017 NewBoMarket

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Phoenix Award for NewBo District Development

The City of Cedar Rapids has been awarded a regional Phoenix Award for redevelopment of the New Bohemia District. The Phoenix Awards are part of a nonprofit organization, The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc., which recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation relating to environmental and community issues. Read More

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 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

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

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

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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