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March 24, 2017 Paving-for-Progress-sign

2017 Paving for Progress Season Kicking Off – Open House March 29

The fourth construction season of the Paving for Progress campaign is underway, with 30 projects planned for the 2017 year. The public can learn more about Paving for Progress, as well as other infrastructure improvements taking place across the community, at an open house on Wednesday, March 29, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Open house sessions are 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Read More

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2017 Assessment Notifications

The Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s Office will mail  residential, commercial, industrial, multi-residential and agricultural assessment notices to Cedar Rapids property owners on March 27, 2017 informing them of the January 1, 2017 assessment. Properties with no change in value from 2016 will not receive a notice from the City Assessor’s Office. Read More

March 21, 2017 Police department building signage

Hit and Run Investigation

The Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a vehicle that may have been involved in a hit-and-run accident on March 18th. Read More

March 21, 2017 Three women playing Ultimate at Tuma Soccer Complex

Old Capitol Open Ultimate Tournament is March 25-26

The Iowa Hawkeye Ultimate Club (IHUC) and Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation will co-host the fifth annual Old Capitol Open (OCO) Ultimate Tournament March 25-26 at Tuma Sports Complex, 3239 C Avenue Extension, Marion. Read More

March 20, 2017 Street crews working on concrete

Traffic Alerts

Traffic Alerts issued the week of March 20, 2017 Read More

March 10, 2017 Don't Rely on the Luck of the Irish, Designate a Sober Driver

Police Department Encouraging a Safe St. Patrick's Day

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches next week, the Police Department wants citizens to have fun, but also remember that drinking and driving don’t mix. Read More

March 10, 2017 Police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel respond to a car crash at 15th Street and 1st Avenue East in Cedar Rapids.

Cardiac Arrest Victim Expresses Gratitude for Successful Chain of Survival

Dan Clarahan of Wisconsin will be back in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, March 21st to thank everyone involved in his successful recovery from cardiac arrest.

The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st in the Community Room at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th Street SE. Read More

March 10, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Police Department Promotion and Annual Awards Ceremony

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will hold its Promotion and Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 21st.  The ceremony honors officers who have earned promotions and will include the presentation of several awards.

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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

March 07, 2017 Picture of a clock moving ahead one hour and a smoke alarm with a battery to remind citizens to change your clocks and change the batteries in smoke alarms.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries this Weekend

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 12th. Read More

March 02, 2017 Tree planting

Plant Some Shade Trees Available for $30

The “Plant Some Shade” partnership allows residents to purchase 5-10 foot deciduous and ornamental trees and 3-6 foot conifer trees at a reduced rate of $30 per tree. Each household is limited to two trees and must be a resident of Iowa and a current customer of MidAmerican Energy. Read More

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Applicants Sought for City Boards & Commissions

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees. Read More

February 28, 2017 Flags flying in front of PD Department

CRUSH Support Group Meeting to be held on March 1st

The Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative and CRUSH of Iowa (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) will be hosting a support group meeting for all of those who are currently recovering from opioid addiction and parents and family members who have lost loved ones from opioid or heroin overdose on Wednesday, March 1st from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mission of Hope, 1700 B Avenue NE. Read More

February 28, 2017 Students pose for a picture with a police shield during the Police Department Youth Academy.

Registration Open for 2017 Police Department Youth Academy

Registration is open for the 2017 Cedar Rapids Police Department Youth Academy.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade have the opportunity to learn more about being a Police Officer and serving the community by participating in a Youth Academy at the Cedar Rapids Police Department, 505 1st Street SW. 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 23, 2017 Police car door

Arrests Made as Part of Ongoing Gunshots Fired Investigation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to investigate a gunshots fired incident that was reported at 7:49 p.m. on February 15th in the 300 block of 31st Street Drive SE.  Police officers responding to the incident found shell casings and damage to at least one residence in the block. As a part of the ongoing investigation, police have made several arrests.

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February 17, 2017 Fire-Dept-Media-Release-Rescue-Vehicle

Firefighters to Receive CPR Training Unit from NADA Foundation

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department Emergency Medical Services training program will benefit from a generous donation from Randy Kuehl Honda on Monday, February 20th.  Randy Kuehl Honda, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, will present a Resusci Anne CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) unit to the department. Read More

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

February 10, 2017 Police department building signage

Police Substation Open at 1233 1st Avenue SE

The Cedar Rapids Police Department’s Police Substation at 1233 1st Avenue SE, Suite F, is now open.   The previous location at 1501 1st Avenue SE is closed.  The annual cost savings of the relocation is up to $60,000. 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

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City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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Temporary City Hall Relocation Information Effective Immediately

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FY18 Budget Presented to City Council

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 beginning July 1, 2017 was presented to the Mayor and City Council on February 9, 2017. Read More

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