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Truly the BEST!

Posted 2/5/21
As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at www.dmcityview.com, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at www.dmcityview.com/best-of:
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Welcome to Waukee Living Weekly!

Posted 1/29/21
    Some of you may recall the catchy jingle from the 1970s for the 7up soft drink, encouraging us to “Undo it with 7up.” One of the lines in the jingle said, “It’s the same thing, only different.” That never made sense to me as a kid, but as we rebrand the Waukee Adviser to match more closely with our Waukee Living magazine, it now makes total sense. After all, Waukee Living Weekly is the same thing as the Waukee Adviser — only different.  It’s “a more a natural way of doing things,” you might say. Well, whether these jingles are connecting with you or not doesn’t really matter, as long as they “naturally bring a smile.”  And that’s exactly what we hope all our publications do for you. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done.
    Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Your Waukee Adviser is now Waukee Living Weekly!

Posted 1/21/21
    You have likely noticed some changes to your Waukee Adviser — and it starts with a new name. Your Waukee Adviser is now Waukee Living Weekly. As many of you know, we also publish the Waukee Living magazine that is mailed to all residences in the Waukee zip code. As a monthly, it can be challenging to cover some events, activities and announcements. We used the Waukee Adviser to fill in those gaps and work together with Waukee Living magazine to cover the community. With that in mind, we decided to start branding the two publications together, both in print and digital formats. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done. As always, I appreciate your feedback.
    Have a great week, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

How to get the Adviser in your business

Posted 6/26/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Adviser available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out the Adviser by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read the Adviser tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at www.iowaadviser.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Waukee Police Department welcomes three new officers

Posted 4/9/21
    The Waukee Police Department recently hired three new police officers – Bryce Meeker, Johnathan Young and Jeff Schultz. Meeker is enrolled at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, with an April graduation planned. Young and Schultz are both certified officers; Young previously worked as a police officer with the Jefferson Police Department, and Schultz previously worked as a police officer with the Cedar Falls Police Division.
    With these three on board, the Waukee PD now has 28 sworn officers and three citizens working to protect and serve the community, with an estimated population of now more than 25,000 residents (and growing). 

Waukee Rotary presents local fishing event

Posted 4/9/21
    The Waukee Rotary, a club of business professionals dedicated to “Service Above Self,” has just announced their upcoming fishing event called “Fish Waukee.” With the help of their event partners: The City of Waukee, “Fish Iowa” and Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Program, the event will take place on Saturday June 5, 2021, at the Kettlestone Commons Ponds (North of Holmes Murphy along Grand Prairie Parkway) in Waukee.
    Using “Fish Iowa” Curriculum, participating children will learn key fishing skills such as baiting, casting, reeling, and fish and wildlife ethics. Participants will rotate between stations while learning about the vital skills necessary for fishing. There will be free fishing available from 9-11 a.m. for all ages, as well as two kids sessions. The free fishing session for all ages does not require registration, but adult supervision is expected at all times. Both of the kids sessions are for grades K-6 and require adult supervision and registration, which can be found at the City of Waukee activity website under “Fish Waukee.” While bait will be provided for all participants, it is asked that you bring your own fishing equipment, as there will be limited supplies available upon request. This is a great family or friend bonding opportunity and a chance for those of all ages to further develop their fishing skills.
    For questions, concerns or more information, contact Keegan Wilkening at keeganwilkening@gmail.com.

Dallas County now vaccinating all persons 16 years and older

Posted 4/9/21
    Effective Monday, April 5, Dallas County has opened eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to all persons 16 years or older. Those previously eligible will remain eligible for the duration of the pandemic.
    In Dallas County, nearly 40 percent of the eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, leaving just over 40,000 individuals still needing a vaccination appointment. The expanded eligibility does not guarantee instant availability. Demand for the vaccine is expected to be larger than the supply currently on hand. However, everyone that wants a vaccine will be able to receive one in the next couple months.
    To schedule a vaccine, visit vaccinate.iowa.gov and find a provider near you. Dallas County Health Department releases information every Monday at noon showing where vaccines have been allocated in the county for that week at www.dallascountyiowa.gov/vaccine. Hy-Vee and CPESN associated pharmacies are participating in the federal retail pharmacy program and will be receiving vaccine directly from the federal government. Check these pharmacy’s websites and social media for updates on how to schedule an appointment at their clinics.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 24

Posted 4/9/21
    The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Waukee area residents can be a part of the effort.
    The Waukee Public Safety Building at 1300 S.E. L.A. Grant Parkway will be open Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept pills and patches for disposal. Prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles. The PD will also collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers during the April 24 Drug Take-Back Day. However, the consumer is responsible for removing the batteries prior to drop-off. If the batteries cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal.
    A Drug Drop-Box is also located in the lobby of the Waukee Public Safety Building year-round for drop-off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park Restrooms now open

Posted 4/9/21
    All City of Waukee park restrooms are now open for the season. Parks & Rec staff have also turned on all park drinking fountains as well. Trailside Dog Park drinking fountains are already activated. 

City approves plan for dental clinic

Posted 4/9/21
    On April 5, the Waukee City Council approved the site plan for the construction of a 1,392-square-foot addition to Waukee Dental Clinic, which includes a 1,000-square-foot basement. Waukee Dental is located at 350 Hickman Road on approximately 0.88 acre of land.

Waukee Public Library Storytime Online

Posted 4/9/21
    The Waukee Public Library is bringing storytime to you while they are closed. Each Wednesday the library will be sharing a new online storytime for you to enjoy. Each storytime will include a book reading, songs and an activity you can do at home. Find the storytimes online at https://waukeepubliclibrary.org/storytime-online.

Pee Wee Golf registration now open

Posted 4/9/21
    Pee Wee Golf is coming back to Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course. Children ages 5-8 will develop a solid base in the game that will help them enjoy golf for a lifetime. Instruction includes an introduction to the full swing, putting, chipping, and rules and etiquette. Each class offers a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Sessions 1-3 are held June 5-26, and sessions 4-6 are held July 7-28. The price is $50 per child. Classes fill up quickly; reserve a spot at https://waukee.activityreg.com/clientpage_t2.wcs.

Kinship Brewing Company Announces Giving Program

Posted 4/2/21
    With their community giving program, (KIN)ship: Kindness In the Neighborhood, they aim to give back to the community that has already given so much.
    In addition to on-site fundraisers and donations for galas, events, etc., each year they will identify priority causes that are near and dear to their hearts and choose specific organizations to partner with. This partnership involves championing cause(s) through volunteer efforts, events, and even brewing a special beer and donating a portion of the proceeds. They prefer to donate to rescue animal programs, veteran programs, and arts and cultural programs. Organizations must be Iowa-based and officially classified 501(c)3 (or similar). For 2021, they have identified the following organizations to partner with on a quarterly basis: Q2: AHeinz57; Q3: Waukee Area Arts Council; Q4: Puppy Jake Foundation Donation requests and partnership proposals can be submitted through the website: kinshipbeer.com/kinshipgiving.

Fish Iowa!

Posted 4/2/21
    Utilizing the Fish Iowa! Curriculum, participating children will learn key fishing skills such as baiting, casting, reeling and fish and wildlife ethics. Participants will rotate between stations learning the vital skills necessary for fishing! “Free Fishing” areas will be available for children and adults of all ages.
    This will be held on Saturday, June 5 — in conjunction with Iowa’s Free Fishing Weekend and licenses are not required for adults.
    • Free Fish: Available from 9-11 a.m. for all ages
    • Kids Session 1: 9–10 a.m. Registration required. K-6th
    • Kids Session 2: 10–11 a.m. Registration required. K-6th
    The event will be held at Kettlestone Commons Ponds (North of Holmes Murphy along Grand Prairie Parkway). Parking located at Holmes Murphy, 2727 Grand Prairie Parkway.
    Register at https://waukee.activityreg.com and select “Fish Waukee.”

SPRING FEVER SYMPOSIUM

Posted 4/2/21
    The Iowa Arboretum is hosting an online symposium on Foliage and Focal Points with speaker Karen Chapman on April 6 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.
    We all have sections of our garden that we are less than satisfied with, yet understanding what has gone wrong can be frustrating. Instinct sends us shopping for more plants and we typically gravitate toward whatever is blooming that day in the hope that the injection of fresh color will solve the problem. Yet as we add in these new treasures, the sense of dissatisfaction quickly grows, especially when the flowers finish blooming, and we are left with a muddled sea of nondescript leaves.
    In this presentation, Karen will explain the importance of establishing focal points, a key component of good garden design, and analyze three areas where they play an important role. She will explore the use of containers, structures, water features and artistic sculptural elements as focal points and discuss how to frame and enhance these with interesting foliage to create a memorable vignette. With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes. Register at https://iowaarboretum.org. Cost is $20 per person.
    SAVE THE DATES
    • Garden Social and Auction Online Auction: April 25-29. Registration begins April 15 on their website.
    • Spring Plant Sale: May 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and May 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kleinwolterink Named Firefighter of 2020

Posted 3/26/21
    The Waukee Fire Department awarded Firefighter/EMT Cole Kleinwolterink with its 2020 Firefighter of the Year honor. Known as “K-wink” around the fire station, Kleinwolterink has continually pushed himself and the organization to be better since he started as a paid-on-call employee in 2019. He was promoted to a full-time Firefighter/EMT in July 2020.
    “Cole is a hard worker. He’s dedicated to improving himself and those around him every day,” said Fire Chief Clint Robinson. “Cole sets a great example and is a great resource for his peers. We congratulate him on this recognition.”
    Several members of the Waukee Fire Department also marked service milestones:
    • Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Hutton: 15 years
    • Lieutenant Tony Clemen: 10 years
    • Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Larson: 10 years
    • Firefighter/Paramedic TJ Hardin: 5 years

Safety City Registration Opens April 1

Posted 3/26/21
    Incoming Waukee Community School District kindergarten students can participate in the Waukee Police Department’s annual Safety City program. Attendees will learn about safety from officers and volunteers during this week-long course. Online-only registration is available beginning April 1 at 8 a.m. at www.Waukee.org/registration under Youth Camps & Activities.
    A miniature city will be used to teach students correct street crossing techniques along with vehicle safety by using tricycles as automobiles. Safety City will also include many other lessons including: bullying, pedestrian rules, street crossing, poisons and drug abuse, bus rules, calling 911 and more.
    The cost of the program is $50 per student; participants receive a new bicycle helmet and a T-shirt. Students also get to ride a school bus and tour the Waukee Public Safety Building.
    Safety City is very popular, and sessions are limited to 40 participants. Early registration is encouraged. Citizens can call 515-978-7979 with questions. 

Move. Breathe. Stretch. Grow.

Posted 3/26/21
    Kids Yoga is for 3-10 year olds. Students will practice breathing, stretching and moving their bodies in mindful and playful ways as they learn basic yoga poses. Students will challenge the strength and balance of their bodies while also learning to slow down and focus their minds. The next sessions are May 4-25 or May 5-26. Students should bring their own yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. Parents or guardians are encouraged to accompany their 3-5 year-olds. Register for this program at www.Waukee.org/registration.

City Council Unanimously Approves Budget

Posted 3/19/21
    On March 15, 2021, the Waukee City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2022.
    The budget is a reflection of the Waukee Mayor and City Council’s Vision and Priorities and serves as the major policymaking tool of the organization. The budget maintains the existing property tax levy at $13.30 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The City’s portion accounts for approximately 37 percent of Waukee property owners’ consolidated levy rate.
    The budget for the City of Waukee is comprised of basic operating expenditures totaling approximately $16.3 million, business/proprietary expenses of $28.7 million, debt service expenditures of $14.5 million, capital improvement expenditures of $45.1 million and $17.6 million in other expenses, with all totaling $122.2 million.
    The City of Waukee currently has 120 full-time staff positions. The FY 2022 staffing plan includes the addition of three new full-time public safety positions, one full-time Building Inspector, one full-time Traffic Signal Technician, one full-time IT Help Desk position and more. Public safety improvements and efficiency of City services are of high importance to the Waukee Mayor and City Council.
    The City Council also approved the annual utility rate adjustments. The water rate will increase by 2.75 percent, and the irrigation rate will increase by $1 to $2 on top of the domestic water rate. Sewer utility rates will increase by 1 percent. Stormwater utility and natural gas rates will stay the same. The City is also decreasing to the monthly solid waste charge by $0.50. Beginning July 1, 2021, there will be a $1.22 (1.01 percent) monthly billing increase for the average Waukee household. This minimal increase will help keep up with increased operation and system costs.
    Both the budget and the Capital Improvement Plan are reviewed extensively each year by the Waukee City Council in open work sessions.

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled for April 3

Posted 3/19/21
    The Waukee Easter Egg Hunt will be held this year on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m.  at Centennial Park.
    In an effort to distance participants and limit attendance size, there will be several egg and candy hunting locations within the park, and advance registration is required at https://waukee.activityreg.com. Online registration will open March 22 at 12 p.m. to Waukee residents only, who are ages 0-10. Registration will close March 31 at 5 p.m. or sooner if spots are full.
    Masks are required to be worn by all Easter Egg Hunt attendees ages 3 and up. The Waukee Parks & Recreation Department will email a park map and further instructions to registered participants on April 1.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Begins April 5

Posted 3/19/21
    Weekly curbside yard waste collection will begin Monday, April 5 and will continue to occur every Monday through November. However, it will take place on the Tuesdays of Memorial Day week and Labor Day week.
    Yard waste is vegetation including materials such as grass clippings, leaves, brush and garden waste. Here are some tips to ensure your yard waste gets picked up:
    • Yard waste must be put into biodegradable bags or reusable containers with a 40-pound maximum weight.
    • Sticks, brush and branches must be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled (with string or twine) with a 40-pound maximum weight per bundle.
    • Please do not use your garbage or recycling containers for yard waste.
    • Place approved items at the curb for collection prior to 7 a.m. each Monday.
    For any garbage, recycling or yard waste questions, please call ASI at 515-964-5229.

2020 Waukee Chamber Member of the Year

Posted 3/12/21
    Because of donations, volunteer hours and overall support, Waukee Area Christian Services was given the distinguished honor of being selected as the 2020 Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year..

Citywide garage sale and spring cleanup

Posted 3/12/21
    The 2021 Waukee Citywide Garage Sale date is Saturday, April 24. Curbside Spring Clean-Up Week for City/ASI garbage customers will be April 26-30. And, on May 1, the Hazardous Waste, Appliance and Tire Drop-Off sites will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
    See all the details and a list of accepted items: https://www.waukee.org/765/Spring-Clean-Up-Week.

Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course to Open March 22

Posted 3/12/21
    Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course in Waukee will open for the 2021 season on Monday, March 22 at 10 a.m. During the spring months, the course will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk. When warm, dry weather persists, the course will announce regular hours of 7 a.m. to dusk. Check Facebook for any weather-related closures throughout the season. Call 515-987-5247 to schedule a tee time.

Warrior Lane Closure and Construction

Posted 3/12/21
    Stage 1 roadway improvements are slated to begin on S. Warrior Lane on Monday, March 15. At this time, S. Warrior Lane will be closed from Ashworth Drive south to the north driveway of Waukee Middle School. Northview Drive and Bel Aire Drive will both be closed to through traffic at S. Warrior Lane. See Stage 1 site map.
    Sidewalks on the east side of Warrior Lane will remain open for the remainder of the 2021 spring Waukee Community School District semester. All Waukee Middle School driveways will remain open during that time period as well. Pedestrian access to S. Warrior Lane from the west will be made available at the Bel Aire Drive crossing.
    Detour signs will be posted during construction. Drivers wishing to access Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waukee Middle School, the Waukee Public Library and other destinations located south of the five-way intersection will need to utilize Ashworth Road, University Avenue and/or S. Warrior Lane. Residents located in the adjacent neighborhood to the west of the five-way stop intersection will need to take Northview Drive west to 2nd Street and then exit onto Ashworth Road. See Stage 1 detour map.
    It is necessary to close a portion of S. Warrior Lane during the spring school semester in order to complete the full Warrior Lane Improvements project prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year in August 2021. Thank you for your patience as the City of Waukee works to make traffic more efficient and to improve safety.

“Bike With Cops” on May 22

Posted 3/4/21
    The Waukee Police Department will again host “Bike With Cops,” an annual bike ride event for kids in the Waukee Community School District. Children in 2nd-6th grades can enjoy a safety talk, two-mile bike ride and lunch with Waukee police officers.
    Bike With Cops will be held Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 per child. This bike ride is for experienced riders only; no training wheels, please. Helmets are also required. Register now at https://waukee.activityreg.com.

City Offering Assistance to Help Impact of February Heating Costs

Posted 3/4/21
    A large portion of Waukee utility bill customers experienced higher than normal bills during the February billing cycle, which is not unusual for winter. What is unusual this winter is that extreme weather and unforeseen market conditions outside of the City of Waukee’s control were present.
    The City is working with residents to spread billing amounts over several months if needed, for example over 12 months. Many utility providers throughout the impacted area are automatically spreading the increased costs over several months. The City of Waukee is allowing its utility customers to choose what works best for their individual households/situations. Residents can call 515-978-5502 on weekdays or email Utility Billing to set up flexible payment plans if needed, regardless of income levels.
    For low-income Waukee residents, additional assistance may be available. On March 1, the Waukee City Council approved the allocation of up to $50,000 for low-income residents utility bill relief. $15,000 of that funding will be split among existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) participants based on the residents’ current levels of LIHEAP assistance. The remaining $35,000 will be utilized through a contract with Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS). WACS will distribute relief funds on a case-by-case basis, based on need. WACS can be reached at 515-987-5523.

DSM Airport adds onsite COVID-19 Testing

Posted 3/4/21
    The Des Moines Airport Authority has partnered with Exemplar Care to provide travelers the convenience of onsite COVID testing at the Des Moines International Airport. Beginning March 4, 2021, Exemplar Care will offer three types of COVID tests at the airport: PCR, Rapid Antigen, and an Antibody test. International travel, as well as some domestic travel destinations, require a PCR test. Exemplar Care can test travelers at the airport or their West Des Moines location to meet this requirement. To book an appointment, visit www.FlyDSM.com and click the button at the top of the page.
    All three tests are offered at rates to the Des Moines metro: the PCR test is $90, Rapid Antigen $65, and the Antibody test is $25.  It is recommended appointments be scheduled online before travel, especially for the PCR test. However, for returning passengers, walk-in services for Rapid Antigen tests and the Antibody test are offered onsite. PCR test results are back within 24 hours, whereas the other two tests provide results within sixty minutes.
    All ticketed passengers within 72 hours of travel are eligible to be tested at the easy-to-access airport testing site. Appointments and walk-in testing are available to anyone at Exemplar Care’s West Des Moines location at 7300 Westown Parkway, Suite 330.  For more information on test options or to book an appointment at either location, visit www.exemplar.care.

Vaccine Availability Update

Posted 2/26/21
    Vaccine supply in Dallas County remains limited. Appointments are expected to fill quickly. As vaccine continues to arrive in Dallas County, additional appointment slots will become available in the upcoming weeks. Current eligibility includes:
    • Healthcare workers
    • Long term care residents
    • Individuals ages 65 and older
    • First responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers, and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers)*
    • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers*
    *First responders and school staff should check with their administration regarding upcoming on-site clinics before scheduling with a local pharmacy.
    • Dallas County Health Department, 25747 N Ave. Ste C, Adel. Scheduling will open promptly at noon on Fridays.
Call 515-993-3750 to schedule your appointment or visit https://hipaa.jotform.com/210063792690153.
    • Medicap Perry, 601 First Ave. Perry, 515-465-3391, https://book-ch.appointment-plus.com/ctyk54js#/
    • Exemplar Care, 7300 Westown Parkway, Suite 330, West Des Moines, 515-650-4370
    • Medicap Dallas Center, 504 14th St., Dallas Center,
515-992-3784.
    • The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program began on Feb. 11. This program will provide vaccine directly to select Hy-Vee and CPESN pharmacies in Iowa. Check these pharmacy’s websites and social media for updates on how to schedule an appointment at their clinics.
    For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

Graham Construction Co. enrolls Elite Eye Care in the WORKSAFE Program

Posted 2/26/21
    Graham Construction Co. is partnering with Iowa OSHA Consultation and Construction Safety Specialists, Inc. by enrolling their project, Elite Eye Care, in the WORKSAFE program. Through this partnership, all parties work together to ensure safer construction sites. The Elite Eye Care project is located in Waukee and is scheduled to be completed October 2021.
    WORKSAFE is the nation’s first safety program involving a public-private partnership. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Iowa OSHA) and Master Builders of Iowa launched WORKSAFE in September 2012 by offering a safety service that is a customized approach, unique to each project owner and job site team. WORKSAFE is a construction job site safety program that consists of pre-construction planning, job site surveys focused on preventing hazardous conditions from occurring, and job site recognition that safety is a top priority for all involved in the project.
    For more information on the WORKSAFE program, visit www.iowacssi.com/worksafe or contact Mark Wieland at (515) 577-7622 or mark@iowacssi.com.

Warrior Lane road construction

Posted 2/26/21
    Due to Waukee’s community growth and traffic congestion in the area, S. Warrior Lane will soon be widened to three lanes from Marshall Drive to Bel Aire Drive. The current five-way intersection at S. Warrior Lane, Northview Drive and Ashworth Drive will transition into a four-leg, one-lane roundabout to move traffic more efficiently and to increase safety. Northview Drive will be permanently disconnected from the existing intersection and will be connected to Ashworth Drive 300 feet to the west of the new roundabout intersection. Moving the connection of Northview Drive from Warrior Lane to Ashworth Drive will decrease pass-through traffic on Northview Drive while maintaining local access for residents.
    Construction will occur in the spring and summer of 2021. Depending on weather, the first stage of construction could begin as early as March and will include the closure of Warrior Lane south of Ashworth Drive to the north entrance of Waukee Middle School. Northview Drive and Bel Aire Drive will be closed at Warrior Lane.
    A lot of studies, engineering and planning were factored into the decision to transition this intersection to a roundabout.
    Federal Highway Administration studies and others show a large reduction of crashes, particularly injury-related crashes, at roundabouts.

‘Library Express’ services

Posted 2/26/21
    The Waukee Public Library is now open with “Library Express” services on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Up to 10 patrons are allowed in the building at a time, for up to 20 minutes. Visitors are asked to wear a mask to keep themselves, library staff and other patrons safe. Distancing of at least six feet from others is also encouraged.
    • Teen Maker Monday, March 8, 9 a.m. This week’s activity is DIY temporary tattoos. Materials for this activity will be distributed in the Teen Makers’ Curbside Kits on March 5 and 6. Supplies needed: parchment paper, gel pen, wet rag, scratch paper and pencil for practice design (optional).
    • Library Board Meeting, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
    • Women in History, March 13, 1 p.m. History comes alive in this engaging program by Educational Entertainer Martina Mathisen, giving a fascinating look at dynamic women that impacted history and our lives today.  The video of this class will be publicly available from March 13-27. The video will be viewable via the Library’s social media accounts and their website.
    • Magic Workshop, March 19, 3 p.m. Calling all aspiring magicians! The only thing more fun than watching magic tricks, is learning how to perform them yourself. Local magician, Jonathan May, will be sharing tips for performing magic tricks and promoting his new book, “Amazing Magic With Jonathan May.” Recommended for ages 5-10 years. This program will be held live via Zoom and will not be recorded. Registered participants will be sent a link the day of the workshop. Registration opens on Feb. 26.

Waukee Chamber Silent Auction

Posted 2/19/21
    The Waukee Chamber’s 2021 Silent Auction is now live  through Feb. 19. Check out local merchandise and get involved by supporting the local business community. Visit www.waukeechamber.com for details and to bid.

Waukee parks & rec registration

Posted 2/19/21
    Spring/summer program registration will open March 1. Visit www.Waukee.org/parksandrec to see the program guide.

Vaccine Availability Update

Posted 2/12/21
    Vaccine supply in Dallas County remains limited. A small number of appointments will be available for the week of Feb. 15-21. These appointments are expected to fill quickly. As vaccine continues to arrive in Dallas County, additional appointment slots will become available in the upcoming weeks. Current eligibility includes:
    • Healthcare workers
    • Long term care residents
    • Individuals ages 65 and older
    • First responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers, and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers)*
    • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers*
    *First responders and school staff should check with their administration regarding upcoming on-site clinics before scheduling with a local pharmacy.
    Dallas County Health Department, 25747 N Ave. Ste C, Adel. Scheduling will open promptly at noon on Fridays.
Call 515-993-3750 to schedule your appointment or visit https://hipaa.jotform.com/210063792690153.
    Medicap Waukee, 10 Warrior Lane, Waukee. Visit https://hipaa.jotform.com/203497248190157.
    Adel Health Mart Pharmacy, 113 N. Ninth St., Adel. Visit https://www.adelhm.com/covid19-vaccine.
    The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program began on Feb. 11. This program will provide vaccine directly to select Hy-Vee and CPESN pharmacies in Iowa. Check these pharmacy’s websites and social media for updates on how to schedule an appointment at their clinics.
    We encourage Dallas County residents to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. It is also critical to continue practicing mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
    For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Open House

Posted 2/12/21
    Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Waukee is holding their next New Student Open House Week from Feb. 15-19. They have programs for ages 4 to adult. Come in and learn more about them, take a free class and begin your new journey in the martial arts. Develop self-confidence, discipline, focus and coordination, all while learning life skills. Call 515-978-8070 for available class times for your age group or visit https://tigerrockmartialarts.com/waukee/ to view their class schedule.

Assistance with scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine

Posted 2/12/21
    Many Iowans may need assistance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Here are some ways you can help. Visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/vaccineinformation and use the map to find a provider in your area. From there you can call the provider to schedule an appointment, or schedule an appointment online, on your loved one’s behalf.
    You can also contact your local Area Agency on Aging to assist older Iowans who are home-bound. Simply go to www.IowaAging.gov or call 1-866-468-7887, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Dialing 211 is also a resource for assistance.

‘Library Express’ services

Posted 2/12/21
    The Waukee Public Library is now open with “Library Express” services on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Up to 10 patrons are allowed in the building at a time, for up to 20 minutes. Visitors are asked to wear a mask to keep themselves, library staff and other patrons safe. Distancing of at least six feet from others is also encouraged.
    Visitors can:
    • Browse for items
    • Check out materials
    • Return items
    • Use computers
    • Get a new library card
    • Ask questions
    •  Pick up holds
    The following resources are not yet available:
    •  Meeting/study rooms
    • In-person programs
    •  Children’s activity centers
    • Museums
    Staff looks forward to returning to more normal library services as soon as possible, later this year. Curbside pick-up services will also continue. Library staff members are available by phone to answer any questions on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For contactless checkout, use the library’s self-checkout computers or its new app on your device (available through the App Store or Google Play).

Kids Yoga

Posted 2/12/21
    Kids Yoga is now open for registration. There are sessions for ages 3-5 and ages 6-10 starting March 2 and 3. This program is good for children who are new to yoga and those that have some experience. Sign up at www.Waukee.org/registration. Spots are limited.

Adult Trivia Series

Posted 2/12/21
    Looking for something to do that’s indoors this winter? Gather a team of four for the Adult Trivia Series on March 4 at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the most points. Test your knowledge with this fun event sponsored by The Bricks Waukee East. Register at www.Waukee.org/registration.

Spring Recreational Girls Softball

Posted 2/12/21
    Don’t miss the deadline to register for Spring Recreational Girls Softball with Waukee Parks and Recreation. Sign up girls in K-7th grade by Feb. 17 for the fun league that runs April-June. The cost for grades K-2 is $69, and the cost for grades 3-7 is $89. Visit www.Waukee.org/registration.

Waukee Head Start

Posted 2/5/21
    Waukee Head Start is taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2021. Head Start is a no-cost quality preschool with licensed teachers. They offer free meals. Classes are offered five days a week, 6.5 hours a day. They welcome foster children, low income families and children with disabilities. Families that receive social security disability, TANF, are homeless or in foster care qualify as we as kinship care. Anyone that is interested is encouraged to call for information. Income and age verification is required.
    For additional information, contact Christina Schalk- Head Start family advocate 515-987-7428 office 712-830-1327 cell (call or text).

Vaccine Availability Update

Posted 2/5/21
    Beginning the week of Feb. 8, the Vaccine Availability Update schedule will be adjusted to reflect schedule changes at the state level. The schedule will be as follows:
    • Mondays at noon Dallas County Health Department will release a Vaccine Availability Update for the county on www.dallascountyiowa.gov/vaccine including information on where vaccine was allocated throughout the county for the following week as well as information on how to schedule. Please note that allocations do not mean that vaccine is immediately available, only that those doses will be sent to those locations within the following week.
    • Fridays at noon the schedule will open for appointments at the Health Department clinic. This schedule does not include partnering pharmacy sites. Appointments can be scheduled online or by phone. These appointments will be for first doses only. Second dose appointments at the Dallas County Health Department will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.
    Appointments for the Health Department vaccination clinic for the week of Feb. 8-12 will open at noon on Friday, Feb. 5. These appointments will be limited and are expected to fill quickly. If you are unable to schedule this week, additional appointments at the Health Department vaccination clinic will be available each Friday moving forward. Those making appointments via phone will be prompted to leave a name and phone number. Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.
    Call 515-993-3750 to schedule your appointment or to go to www.dallascountyiowa.gov/vaccine.
    This schedule is for appointments at the Dallas County Health Department only. The schedules for our pharmacy partners are run by the pharmacies themselves. Check their websites or social media pages for specific updates on when appointments will be available for scheduling.

Scam Alert from Waukee Police

Posted 2/5/21
    The Waukee Police Department received several reports regarding scam phone calls claiming to be from “MidAmerican Energy” which demand immediate payment from customers for past overdue gas bills with the threat of service disconnection. This is a scam, and as a reminder, the City of Waukee manages its own Gas Utility. MidAmerican Energy does service the community’s electricity needs, but not gas. For more information on how to avoid scams, visit MidAmerican’s website.

Sugar Creek Golf Season Passes Available

Posted 2/5/21
    Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course Season Passes are now available for purchase for 2021. The nine-hole course is expected to open in mid-March, weather permitting.
    Email Sugar Creek staff to request a registration form at sugarcreekgolfcourse@waukee.org.

New Opportunities Head Start

Posted 2/5/21
    New Opportunities Head Start is currently taking applications for next fall’s program (2021-2022 school year). Children need to be 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2021 to be eligible.
    This program is free of charge. They offer a quality preschool program with licensed teachers. Classes meet five days a week for 6.5 hours a day.
    For more information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 515-987-7428.

Groundhog Day

Posted 1/29/21
    Groundhog Day is Tuesday Feb. 2, 2021 Will Phil see his shadow? If Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, we’ll be in for six more weeks of winter weather, but if he doesn’t, then spring is just around the corner.

Dallas County Phase 1-B Vaccination Information

Posted 1/29/21
    Dallas County Health Department will open vaccine distribution for those 65 years of age and older beginning 8 a.m. Jan. 26, as vaccine supply allows. This list will be updated on www.dallascountyiowa.goc/vaccine as additional sites become available.
    Vaccine appointments can be scheduled by eligible persons at the link above and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you are unable to schedule online, please call the site to schedule your appointment. These appointments will be for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments for booster doses will either be scheduled at the time of your first shot, or the pharmacy will call you when you are eligible for your second dose.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit http://www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowans in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

Appointed to City Boards and Commissions

Posted 1/29/21
    The City of Waukee board and commission appointees for 2021 are as follows:
    Board of Adjustment: Bryce Johnson and Cynthia Swoyer
    Board of Appeals: Phil Jeneary and Jim Marwedel
    Park Board: Blake Crow, Mackenzie Kaplan and Kellie Staiert
    Planning & Zoning: Luke Streit (reappointment)
    Appointees will begin their terms on Feb. 1, 2021. Park Board members serve three-year terms. The other three boards serve five-year terms.
    Congratulations to the appointees, and thank you to all who serve on these important committees.

Karate and Little Ninjas

Posted 1/29/21
    Dickey’s Ryuku Karate and Little Ninjas will have sessions Wednesdays, Feb. 24 - April 7. There are options for ages 4+, so everyone is able to participant. Classes focus on the proper use of martial arts, self-respect, self-discipline and coordination of mind and body. Sign up at www.Waukee.org/registration.

City Staff Members Pack 10,000 Meals for Those in Need

Posted 1/21/21
    On Jan. 21, nearly 30 City of Waukee staff members volunteered at Meals from the Heartland. Using annual staff contributions to fund the ingredients, volunteers worked away and packaged 10,000 meals to feed the hungry. The “Taco Mac” meals were then delivered by City staff to the Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry, where they will be distributed locally to those in need.

How to Care for Gas Meters This Winter

Posted 1/21/21
    Outdoor natural gas meters and/or pressure regulator sets are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. However, the Waukee Gas Department offers these winter protection tips:
    • Clean and repair leaky eaves and gutters regularly to prevent ice and melting snow build-up.
    • Do not pile snow against your natural gas meter and/or pressure regulator set when shoveling or blowing snow.
    • Never allow snow to completely cover a natural gas meter and/or pressure regulator set.
    •  Remove soft snow build-up gently, using only a broom or your hand.
    Call 515-978-7920 if you notice a build-up of snow or ice. Do not try to remove it by kicking or hitting the meter or piping.

Public hearing on proposed property tax

Posted 1/21/21
    Per Iowa Code 384.15A, all cities are required to hold a public hearing and post notice if the proposed maximum property tax revenues for the upcoming budget year exceed 102 percent of the previous year’s tax revenues.
The Waukee City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 City property tax levy during the regularly scheduled Council meeting on Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The TOTAL City tax rate proposed for FY 2022 will not increase from the current year ($13.30). This annual public hearing is held to approve the maximum GENERAL FUND portion of the City tax rate of $10.18. To view the PDF notice of this public hearing, visit https://bit.ly/35UJfiG.

New Waukee Businesses Now Open

Posted 1/21/21
    • Buff City Soap: 956 Hickman Road, Suite B
    • Firestone Complete Auto Care: 575 Hickman Road
    • Graham Collision Center: 355 S.E. Alice’s Road
    • Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh and Smokey Row Coffee: 2855 Grant Prairie Parkway
    • Kee Nutrition: 454 S.E. University Ave.
    • Kinship Brewing Company: 255 N.W. Sunrise Drive
    • Old Station Craft Meats: 450 Sixth St.
    • Sleep Inn: 2885 Grand Prairie Parkway
    • Terrastone Building - Bing Bang, Downing Development and Myriad Advisor Solutions: 2520 S.E. Encompass Drive

County Government Illustrated Essay Contest

Posted 1/21/21
    The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) is looking forward to hearing from Iowa’s youth about what they think about county government in Iowa and why it is so important. ISAC is now accepting illustrated essay submissions of up to 500 words from Iowa children age 12 and younger. Illustrations should be no larger than an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper.
    Essays will be judged by an internal committee, and the three winning submissions will be included in the April issue of The Iowa County magazine. All submissions will receive a certificate of participation. ISAC will send winners a prize package and notify their local media. Winners will be chosen based on essay and illustration creativity, positivity, originality, and overall impression.
    Submit any questions, essays and illustrations to Rachel Bennett at rbennett@iowacounties.org. They suggest a photo or scanned copy of handwritten essays and illustrations. Word documents of electronic essays are preferred, but PDFs will be accepted. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 12.
    Include with your submission: name, birthdate, address, county of residence, grade/school, favorite hobbies, the illustration, and an essay. Optional, picture of child (know that if a picture is included, they reserve the right to publish.)
    Essay topic question ideas:
    • How do Iowa county officials make the lives of those who live and work in their communities better?
    • What services are most important that Iowa county officials provide? Why?
    • Why is county government important in Iowa?
     Educational video about why counties matter: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6y4J6PLkPg.

Waukee Snow Emergency Parking Ban

Posted 1/15/21
    The City of Waukee is declaring that a Snow Emergency Parking Ban will go into effect in Waukee on Friday, Jan. 15 at midnight. This parking ban will remain in effect through Saturday, Jan. 16 at noon.
    The parking ban applies to all streets in Waukee. The removal of vehicles from the streets allows crews to work on efficiently and safely clearing streets of snow; it also allows emergency vehicles accessible passage through City streets. Per Waukee Municipal Code §502.17, vehicles in violation of the parking ban are subject to a $25 fine and/or towing. Learn more and/or subscribe to text alerts.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Phase 1-A

Posted 1/15/21
    The Dallas County Health Department will continue offering COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers eligible for vaccination in Phase 1-A. Appointments will be available at the Dallas County Health Department, as well as a several local pharmacies. These appointments will be limited, based on vaccine supply, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Appointment slots are expected to fill quickly, so if you are unable to schedule at this time they advise you check back at a later date. They will be scheduling more clinics as vaccine supply increases so that anyone wanting a vaccine will be able to receive it.
    Phase 1-A includes paid or unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This includes healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, those who work in inpatient, outpatient, or community settings, who provide services to patients or patient’s family members, or who handle infectious materials. The full phase 1-A guidance from the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Committee can be found here: https://bit.ly/3pWLv0j
    COVID-19 vaccination appointments may be scheduled for phase 1-A providers at the following locations while supplies last:
    • Dallas County Health Department, 25747 N Ave., Suite C, Adel, 515-993-3750 https://hipaa.jotform.com/210063792690153
    • Westlakes Hy-Vee, 1725 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, https://bit.ly/38sGqai
    • Waukee Hy-Vee, 1005 E. Hickman Road, Waukee, https://bit.ly/38sGqai
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750 For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Waukee Rotary Club meeting

Posted 1/15/21
    The Rotary Club of Waukee will hold a regular Thursday morning meeting on ZOOM on Jan. 17. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. If you would like to join the meeting, email club President Ryan Gau at ryangau@gmail.com. For more information about the Rotary Club of Waukee, visit www.waukeerotary.org.

Waukee Economic Development updates

Posted 1/15/21
    To browse through site plans, staff reports and more, visit the City’s Current Development Projects page.
    Current development projects recently approved”
    • On Oct. 5, the Waukee City Council approved the site plan for the 7,735-square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts store to be constructed at 50 W. Hickman Road on 1.18 acres of land.
    • On Oct. 5, the Waukee City Council approved the site plan for the 6,500-square-foot SafeSplash Swim School to be constructed at 1175 S.E. University Ave. on 1.19 acres of land.
    • On Nov. 16, the Waukee City Council approved the site plan for the 12,000-square-foot Dupaco Credit Union to be constructed at 1090 E. Hickman Road on 2.88 acres (the south west corner of the Alice’s Road and Hickman Road intersection).
    Under construction:
    • Elite Eye Care is relocating to 1350 S.E. University Ave. Construction is underway on the 13,500-square-foot building owned by Hawthorne Pointe, LLC. Elite Eye Care will occupy 10,080 square feet of the building, and 3,436 square feet will be available for a future tenant.
    • Construction continues on the 44,697-square-foot Encompass Building within Kettlestone’s Kettleview Development. This building is intended for office use and flex space. The two-story building is located at 2565 S.E. Encompass Drive.
    • Work is underway at the site of the future Kindercare daycare center located at 1155 S.E. Kettlestone Blvd. The site consists of an 11,990-square-foot building, outdoor play areas and a five-foot tall fence.
    • Paragon Performance’s new Waukee location is under construction at 1450 N.W. Gettysburg Lane within the Stratford Crossing Development. The site consists of a 15,800-square-foot building intended for office and warehouse/distribution space for performance automotive parts.

Waukee Public Library Launches New App

Posted 1/15/21
    The Waukee Public Library is excited to announce the availability of its new app. Available on iOS and Android, this app makes it easy to use the library even when not in the library. Browse the collection, place holds, access your account, learn about events and services, access online resources, and store your library card number for easy access.
    The app allows access to the library without leaving home. Download it from your mobile device today to start browsing favorite selections from the Waukee Public Library! The app can be easily found in the App Store and with Google Play.

Waukee PD’s Operation Wish List

Posted 1/8/21
    On Dec. 16, 2020, the Waukee Police Department continued its tradition of giving back to the community during the holidays. Typically, officers take kids shopping for their own gifts and gifts for their family members. This year, due to the need to practice social distancing, the department changed “Shop With a Cop” to “Operation Wish List,” doing the shopping from wish lists for 28 kids (10 families). The officers delivered Marco’s Pizza gift cards and the gifts all wrapped up and ready for the families to open and enjoy.
    The Operation Wish List recipients are recommended by the Waukee Community School District. This annual program was made possible by donations from staff members, residents and area business owners.
    The Waukee PD greatly thanks those generous donors who make this program a reality.

Waukee Chamber Annual Meeting and Silent Auction

Posted 1/8/21
    The Waukee Chamber Annual Meeting and Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Join the Chamber for a virtual evening to celebrate Waukee business community.
    The evening will begin with a ZOOM event social, followed by a video program. The Chamber will highlight the accomplishments of 2020, announce plans for 2021, introduce the 2021 Board of Directors and recognize the Member of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The evening will conclude with a Keynote presentation by Jacob Repp and Beth Shelton. Visit www.waukeechamber.com for more details.

Record 1,489 Building Permits in 2020

Posted 1/8/21
    Both economic development and residential construction continue to thrive in Waukee. The City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a record 1,489 building permits in 2020.
    The valuation of the building permits issued by the City in 2020 totals $245.7 million, topping Waukee’s previous record-setting 2019 ($209.8 million). Of the 1,489 permits issued, 411 were for single-family housing, 226 were for townhomes, four were for multi-family developments and 19 were for commercial developments. The remaining permits fall into the “Other” category, including projects such as additions, alterations, decks, etc.
    On trend with setting records, the City saw its highest single-family housing growth in history in 2020. The 2020 single-family permit valuations totaled $116.6 million, which accounts for more than double last year’s total of $56.7 million.
    In May 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau named Waukee the fastest-growing (large) city in Iowa, based on population growth since 2010. Waukee now has an estimated population of 24,089. City officials project that Waukee’s population could reach 35,000 by the year 2030.

Sunflower Fine Art classes

Posted 1/8/21
    Have a passion for art? Ages 6-16 can sign up for Sunflower Fine Art classes for Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16 or Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 18. Classes focus on painting and drawing different subjects and creating professional art. No experience is required. Sign up at www.Waukee.org/registration.

Girls Recreational Softball

Posted 1/8/21
    Girls Recreational Softball is open for registration! Girls, grades K-7th, can sign up for their age group now. The season will begin the week of April 5. Register at www.Waukee.org/registration.

New Opportunities Head Start

Posted 1/8/21
    New Opportunities Head Start is currently taking applications for next fall’s program (2021-2022 school year). Children need to be 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2021 to be eligible.
    This program is free of charge. They offer a quality preschool program with licensed teachers.  Classes meet five days a week for 6.5 hours a day.
    For more information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 515-987-7428.

Outdoor Ice Rink Now Open

Posted 12/31/2020
    Waukee’s Outdoor Ice Rink is now open for the season. Follow the Waukee Parks & Rec Facebook page for updates related to ice conditions/closures throughout the winter.
    This year, the rink was relocated to Grant Park (605 S.E. Driftwood Lane) and is open during winter months when weather permits. This public ice rink, which measures 80 x 40 feet, was donated in partnership between the Iowa Wild and Wells Fargo.
    During winter months, ice is open for hockey from dawn to noon, and open skating hours are from noon to dusk. The rink is free for public use and will be open when weather permits. A green sign will be posted at the gate to indicate that the rink is open; a red sign will be posted when the rink is closed. All skaters are advised that they are skating at their own risk. The rink is not supervised.
    Bring your own skates and take part in this fun, free activity.

Fiesta Bowl livestreamed

Posted 12/31/2020
    The Palms Theatres and IMAX in Waukee will be streaming the Fiesta Bowl, Iowa State vs. Oregon, on Jan. 2. Tickets for the Dine & Recline watch party are still available, or you can join them at Rick’s Cafe inside. Groups will be socially distanced throughout the entire facility. The kickoff is at 3 p.m. Visit www.fridleytheatres.com to buy tickets or for more details.

Waukee Betterment Foundation Donation

Posted 12/31/2020
    The mi-fiber.net team recently donated $2,500 toward the all-inclusive area in Triumph Park. Thanks for making this project a reality.

Waukee Rotary Club meeting

Posted 12/31/2020
    The Rotary Club of Waukee will hold a regular Thursday morning meeting on ZOOM on Jan. 17. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. If you would like to join the meeting, email club President Ryan Gau at ryangau@gmail.com. For more information about the Rotary Club of Waukee, visit www.waukeerotary.org.

Library Services

Posted 12/31/2020
    Due to the current rise of COVID-19 cases in Iowa, the Waukee Public Library will be moving back to curbside services only. There are two location pick-up options when placing holds:
    • Curbside pickup is available by appointment:
    - Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    - Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Grab and go item pickup is available in the lobby
    - Monday-Friday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
    - Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Introvert Book Club, Friday, Jan. 1. Introverts, it’s time to unite. Separately. In your own homes. If you’ve been wanting to join a book club, but are not sure you’re up for the time commitment or the people-ing — this is the book club for you. Each month there’s a new book selection, but there’s never a meeting. Join the “Introvert Book Club” Facebook group for updates on book selection during our closure. And for discussion (if you feel like people-ing): www.facebook.com/groups/introvertreads.
    • Storytime Online. Each Wednesday, they will be sharing a new online storytime for you to enjoy. Each storytime will include a book reading, songs, and an activity you can do at home. Find the storytimes at https://waukeepubliclibrary.org/storytime-online.
    • Online Afternoon Book Club, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2:30 p.m. The Afternoon Book Club will continue to “meet” online via Zoom. For updates and discussion opportunities, join the “Afternoon Book Club” Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/AfternoonBookClub/.
    • Pre-K Activity Pack Curbside Pick Up, Friday, Jan. 8,  10 a.m. Register to pick up a bag with crafts and activities for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. This month’s bag will hold supplies for beach vacation themed activities.

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Dallas County

Posted 12/24/2020
    On Dec. 22, Dallas County Health Department received the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine for the county. Right now, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine administration for healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. As the supply of vaccine increases, additional populations will be vaccinated through doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health centers.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

New Police Officer

Posted 12/24/2020
    The Waukee Police Department welcomed new Police Officer Austin Gibbs as he was sworn in on Friday, Dec. 18. Officer Gibbs is a recent graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and will now work to complete his four month-long field training. Gibbs is a graduate of Buena Vista University (Criminal Justice) and previously worked at Woodward Academy.

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

Posted 12/24/2020
    The Christmas tree collection days are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 4 and Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Real Christmas trees should be placed on curbs by 7 a.m. Have all items cleared off of trees before placing them out on the curbs - this includes tinsel and garland. Also, trees should not be placed in bags.
    This is also a great time to place other yard waste on the curb that has accumulated since the last fall yard waste collection on Nov. 30.

November building permits

Posted 12/24/2020
    The City of Waukee issued 100 building permits in November 2020. There were 29 permits issued for single family homes, 35 for townhomes, one for commercial purposes and 35 which fall in the “Other” category (monument signs, furnaces, etc.). The total taxable valuation in November equaled $21.1 million. See the full report: https://bit.ly/3rgJRId.

2 to Move Class registration

Posted 12/24/2020
    2 to Move will be back and ready to groove in January. Register for this fun-filled class presented by Studio Bea Dance  for parents and their little dancers. Children will work on gross motor skills, explore dance and gain confidence. This program is for kids ages 18 months to 3 years old. Go to www.Waukee.org/registration to sign up.

West Side Legislative Breakfast

Posted 12/24/2020
    Waukee Chamber members are invited to join a joint Legislative Breakfast as the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce hosts the event for members of the Clive, Windsor Heights, Waukee and West Des Moines Chambers on Thursday, Jan. 7 starting at 7:30 a.m. The event will begin with 30 minutes of networking, followed by programming kicking off at 8 a.m., which offers the opportunity to meet your legislators, ask questions, and get answers. Send your questions to baillee@wdmchamber.org by Wednesday, Jan. 6.
    RSVP at https://members.wdmchamber.org.

Waukee public school district return-to-learn vote

Posted 12/18/2020
    At the Dec. 11 Special Board Meeting, the Board approved administration’s recommendation to return to hybrid instruction (fully in-person and/or fully online) on Monday, Dec. 14. They will continue to monitor data and make recommendations and adjustments as necessary to keep students and staff safe and healthy.

Red Cross Babysitting Training

Posted 12/18/2020
    The next three sessions of Red Cross Babysitting Training have limited spots remaining. These sessions will take place Jan. 18 and 19 and Feb. 26. Participants will earn a certification and gain experience by practicing life-saving babysitting skills. Sign up youth ages 11 and older at www.Waukee.org/registration.

Waukee YP committee openings

Posted 12/18/2020
    Are you interested in joining Waukee Young Professional’s committee? They have open committee chair positions for Treasurer, Philanthropy, Events and Membership. See their Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/waukeeyp.

Fire Department Raises $600 by Not Shaving in November

Posted 12/18/2020
    With the no shaving in November initiative finally over in the Waukee Fire Department, the mustaches are gone and the bald guys are back to being bald. The department raised $600 through staff donations for the Peer Support Foundation.
    The Peer Support Foundation provides training for law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel in relation to peer support concepts and critical incident stress. As first responders experience difficult scenes without always having the time to process those images and situations, it can take a toll on mental health and family stress. Goals of the foundation are to reduce first responder suicide rates, reduce family discord and have first responders survive and thrive in retirement.

2021 Trailside Dog Park Passes Now Available

Posted 12/18/2020
    Trailside Dog Park annual passes are available for purchase for 2021. Each Waukee resident Trailside Dog Park pass costs $25 annually. Waukee residents must license all dogs with the City of Waukee prior to applying for a Trailside Dog Park pass. Get a City of Waukee pet license at www.waukee.org. For questions about City pet licenses, call 1-855-585-8157 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Non-residents will need to purchase an annual ($45) or one-day ($5) non-resident park pass in order to enter the Trailside Dog Park; City of Waukee pet licenses are not required for non-residents.

Burkett Family Wins Holiday Lights Contest

Posted 12/18/2020
    The Waukee Parks & Recreation Department and the Waukee Park Board congratulate the winners of this year’s Waukee Holiday Lights Contest: the Burkett Family.Located at 865 Cedar St., the winning lights display received 517 votes. There were 1,620 votes cast for the Top 10 displays, which were chosen by the Park Board.

Des Moines Symphony Announces Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration

Posted 12/18/2020
    The Des Moines Symphony will broadcast A Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. This year, the celebration is going online with a star-studded fundraiser you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home — or anywhere in the world. Raise a virtual toast with hosts Kevin and Mollie Cooney and ring in 2021 with an evening of incredible performances and New Year’s Eve memories from guest artists across the world. This special event will be presented free to the community on dmsymphony.org and the Symphony’s YouTube channel.
    While the broadcast is free to enjoy, the Symphony will provide an enhanced experience to Event Supporters who choose to make a donation to the Des Moines Symphony. Event Supporter packages include dinner and wine packages, wine and cheese pairings, special gifts, recognition on the Symphony’s website, and an invitation to a virtual Musician Meet & Greet with Des Moines Symphony musicians before the main broadcast. Reservations must be received by Dec. 22 in order to receive either the special gift, dinner or wine and cheese package. The Symphony’s Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration is sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies. For more information or to reserve Event Supporter packages, visit dmsymphony.org/newyears.

Governor Extends Proclamation

Posted 12/11/2020
    Gov. Kim Reynolds extended a Public Health Disaster proclamation that imposes a number of public health measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures are now in effect statewide and will continue until through Jan. 8, 2021. Some highlights include:
    • Mask use: Indoor spaces open to the public and State executive branch buildings
    • Masks required when individuals are within 6 feet of one another for 15 minutes or longer with certain exceptions
    • Gathering restrictions: Social, community, business or leisure gatherings, no more than 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. These restrictions apply to wedding receptions, family gatherings, conventions, and other nonessential gatherings but do not apply to gatherings that occur during the ordinary course of business or government.
    Updates were made on Dec. 9 to elective surgery restrictions, “last call” for businesses serving alcohol, youth sports and spectator numbers at youth sports. These will be in effect at least Dec. 10-16, 2020.  See the full proclamation at https://governor.iowa.gov.

Martial Arts Open House

Posted 12/11/2020
    Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Waukee is holding its next New Student Open House Week from Dec. 14-19.  They have programs for ages 4 to adult.  Come in and learn more about them, take a free class and begin your new journey in the martial arts. Call 515-978-8070 for available class times for your age group or visit https://tigerrockmartialarts.com/waukee/ to view the schedule.

Youth Girls Spring Softball

Posted 12/11/2020
    Youth girls spring softball registration is now open. Girls in grades K-7th for the 2020-21 school year can get some exercise, improve softball skills and most importantly, have fun. Sign up at www.Waukee.org/registration.

Adult Trivia Series

Posted 12/11/2020
    Think you’re a smart cookie? The Waukee Adult Trivia Series is a fun way to test your wit. The series will begin Jan. 7 with Winter Trivia. On Feb. 4 it is Presidental Trivia, and March 4 is Random Trivia. Sign up at www.Waukee.org/registration.

Dallas County Board of Health Promotes Public Health Mitigation During COVID-19

Posted 12/4/2020
    On Nov. 24, 2020, the Dallas County Board of Health approved a position statement strongly recommending mitigation strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Dallas County. With cases rising, a trend predicted to continue through the holiday season, the board sought to clarify what Dallas County residents need to do to keep Dallas County healthy and reduce the burden on our healthcare system.
     Recommendations include limiting interactions with, and distancing from, people outside your household, always wearing a mask when in close contact with others, avoiding large gatherings, and following the isolation and quarantine guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Dallas County Health Department.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Waukee Police Offer Holiday Crime Prevention Tips and House Checks

Posted 12/4/2020
    The Waukee Police Department is encouraging residents to review these holiday safety tips to prevent theft.
    • Lock your cars at all times.
    • Do not leave keys, fobs or garage door openers in cars when parked outside the home.
    • Do not leave valuables in your car, especially overnight.
    • If you must leave valuables in your car, place them in the trunk or some other place out of sight.
    • If you have an attached garage, close the overhead door after you park your car.
    • If you are expecting packages to be delivered when no one will be home, consider having them delivered to your workplace.
    • Beware of scams this time of year. Avoid giving or sending money to people you have not met in person. If you are meeting them in person, meet in a public place.
    Immediately report suspicious activity to the Waukee Police Department. Non-emergency dispatch can be reached at 515-222-3321. For emergencies, call 911.
    The Waukee PD also offers a free House Check Program for those away for the holidays for five consecutive days or more and/or “snowbirds” leaving for the entire winter.

Face Coverings Required in Waukee

Posted 11/20/2020
    Following Gov. Reynolds’ new Public Health Disaster proclamation that imposes a number of additional public health measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Waukee has published the following response:
     To avoid confusion and any conflicting requirements, the face covering proclamation previously issued by Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke on Nov. 5, 2020, will change from a requirement to a strong recommendation while Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation is in effect. If the Governor’s proclamation does expire on Dec. 10 without any extension, it is Mayor Clarke’s intent to reinstitute the face covering requirement proclamation in Waukee on Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2020, unless modified or amended.
    Businesses and residents should refer to the Office of the Governor at (515) 281-5211 for any questions related to COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as mask requirements, closures and more. Businesses may remove City signs related to the previous face covering requirement proclamation issued by Mayor Clarke but are encouraged to keep them for possible later use.

Waukee Parks & Rec Closing Rental Facilities and Adjusting Programs

Posted 11/20/2020
    In response to the recent proclamation and continuing public health concerns, Waukee Parks & Recreation rental facilities are closed through Jan. 3, 2021. Existing rental agreements will be refunded in full for the Community Center, Fox Creek Pavilion and Ridge Pointe Pavilion.
    Waukee Parks & Recreation programs and leagues are canceled or postponed through Jan. 3, 2021. Recreation Supervisors will contact participants and team captains with more information.
    The department will be implementing some virtual programming, so please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Firestone Complete Auto Care Grand Opening Event

Posted 10/23/2020
    Out of an abundance of caution related to COVID, Firestone Compete Auto Care, 575 E. Hickman Road, is not holding a traditional event, including a ribbon cutting, but will have special offers good through the weekend (Oct. 23-25) and gifts for everyone that visits for service. Special offers for the weekend:
    • $70 off a set of four Bridgestone or Firestone tires.
    • 20% off all automotive services.

City of Waukee Receives APA Iowa Award for Transportation Planning

Posted 10/23/2020
    The City of Waukee and Snyder & Associates, Inc. received the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA Iowa) 2020 Transportation Planning Award. Each year, APA Iowa asks its members to nominate plans, projects and individuals deserving recognition by the professional organization. The “Waukee Street Design Guide,” which is a manual of Waukee street classifications and standards, took the gold in the transportation category.
    In a community expected to double in size by 2040, the City of Waukee worked with Snyder & Associates to create a plan for future mobility and road safety improvements for Waukee residents and visitors. Traffic calming measures developed in the plan have already been implemented on specific Waukee streets to address speed concerns from residents. Visit bit.ly/waukeestreetguide to see the Waukee Street Design Guide.

Waukee Maintains Aa2 Credit Rating

Posted 10/8/2020
    Moody’s Investors Service announced that the City of Waukee general obligation credit rating will stay at Aa2, to which the City was upgraded in 2017. This rating allows the City to receive more competitive interest rates for repayment of debt. Post-sale, the City will have $85 million of general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) debt outstanding.
    Series 2020B Bonds will be used by the City to finance the costs of construction, improvement and equipping of the Triumph Park project.
    According to the Moody’s report, the Aa2 rating reflects Waukee’s “growing and affluent tax base with economic ties to the Des Moines (Aa2 stable) metro area and sound reserves that are expected to remain healthy despite some negative budgetary variances driven by the pandemic. The rating also reflects the City’s modest pension burden and favorable demographic trends. The City’s primary credit challenge is high debt leverage and elevated fixed costs to fund a steady stream of capital improvements driven by the City’s continued growth.”
    The Credit Opinion Report notes that reduction of the debt burden plus continued tax base growth coupled with strengthened resident income levels could lead to a future rating upgrade. Factors listed, which could lead to a downgrade, include deterioration of the tax base and resident income profiles, growth in long-term leverage, and large and sustained decrease in available reserves or liquidity.
    To view the complete report from Moody’s Investors Services, visit moodys.com.

Walsh named to Hospitality Industry list

Posted 10/8/2020
    Congratulations to Amy Walsh for being chosen as one of the 2020 40 Women to Watch in the Hospitality Industry. Amy Walsh warns people the hospitality industry can be addicting. Walsh chose hospitality because of the variety of career paths available. She speaks from experience having worked as a server, bartender, catering manager and now co-owner with husband Andy. The couple’s popular eatery has become a cornerstone in their community, receiving multiple awards for their charity work.
    If you want to celebrate with Amy or any of the other incredible 40 Women to Watch this year, get your tickets for the Grand Tasting Gala and Celebrating Excellence Ceremony at restaurantiowa.com.

Waukee Police Department Annual Report

Posted 10/8/2020
    The Waukee Police Department’s 2019 Annual Report is now available. Read a message from Police Chief John Quinn, learn more about the team and see what the call response numbers looked like in 2019. The report also covers community outreach, criminal investigations, new and promoted staff and more. View the report at www.waukee.org.

The Wellmark Foundation donates to EPIC Inclusive Playground Project

Posted 10/1/2020
    The Wellmark Foundation recently contributed $100,000 to the Waukee Betterment Foundation’s EPIC Inclusive Playground project that will serve those of all abilities in Waukee’s future Triumph Park. This 2020 Large Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant will help the Waukee Betterment Foundation work toward its $2.7 million fundraising goal for this project.
The Waukee Betterment Foundation and playground design firm Landscape Structures Inc. revealed the look of the Waukee EPIC Inclusive Playground in January. The firm builds only one EPIC Playground every year, and Waukee’s will be the most inclusive to date of its size. The 15,000-square-foot playground will feature mobility device access at various levels, rubberized surfacing for accessibility and safety, a seating wall, sensory features, STEM panels, shade structures, and accessible parking and restrooms. The playground will be situated near the Greater Iowa Credit Union Miracle League Field and an accessible fishing pier.
    The City of Waukee’s 66-acre Triumph Park will feature a sports complex with 12 softball/baseball fields, practice areas, concessions, accessible restrooms, 800-plus parking spaces, an 11-acre pond amenity and stormwater management feature, greenspaces, trails and the Waukee Betterment Foundation’s inclusive amenities. Construction is expected to begin this fall, with an opening date of spring 2022 planned.

Waukee Fire Department Reminds Residents about Fire Safety

Posted 10/1/2020
    The Waukee Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign, which runs Oct. 4-10, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The Waukee Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.
    The Waukee Fire Department will be sharing videos, graphics and more on its Facebook page (WaukeeFire) as well as at www.Waukee.org/fire in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign.

Program Highlight: Study Hall

Posted 10/1/2020
    Busy parents with at-home, online learners will be able to drop off their students in grades K-5th at the Waukee Community Center on Thursdays for supervised learning! Parents can utilize this time to schedule work meetings, run errands, etc. Children will be required to wear a mask while indoors and use personal headphones when interacting with their teacher. Parks & Recreation staff will not be leading any instruction for the students, and students must be proficient with the use of their computer. Children will be seated one student per table and should bring their own drinks, snacks and lunch, if needed. The cost is $5.
    Upcoming dates include Oct. 8, 15 and 22. All sessions go from 8:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. but have early drop-off and late pick-up options available.
    To register and for more information about additional sessions, go to www.Waukee.org/registration.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE CLASS

Posted 9/25/2020
     The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is pleased to announce participants in the Youth Leadership Initiative Class of 2021. The Youth Leadership Initiative provides high school students with hands-on leadership experiences that build self-confidence and encourage engagement in all levels of community life. At the conclusion of the program, students will:
     • Value community involvement
    • Demonstrate professional skills and an understanding of career opportunities
    • Demonstrate the five practices of exemplary leadership
    • Have developed lifelong relationships with peers, mentors, and community members
     The Youth Leadership Initiative Class of 2021 includes 22 students from 16 public and private schools from across Greater Des Moines. Due to the pandemic, class size was reduced and a hybrid model of outdoor venues and virtual meetings will be leveraged to enhance the experience and safety of this year’s participants.
     Alyssa Giles from Waukee High School was chosen as one of the 22 students this year.
    Participation in the Youth Leadership Initiative is tuition free. The Youth Leadership Initiative is generously sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Drake University, and Sammons Financial Group. For more information, please visit gdmli.com/yli.

2020 Winter Warmth Drive Kicks Off

Posted 9/18/2020
    To combat the ferocious winter temperatures this holiday season, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is partnering with Winter Warmth Drive to collect winter wear for Des Moines area children and families in need.
72,500 families in the Des Moines metro live at or below poverty level. More than 50,000 students in the metro qualify for either free or reduced lunch. Most families who are food insecure also don’t have the means to purchase appropriate winter wear attire for the freezing temperatures.
    Due to COVID-19, the drive will be a little different this year. They will still be collecting the same items as years past, they just won’t be holding the annual “Fill the Truck” event. Instead, they are taking donations at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines’ office and the Valley Community Center. They are also accepting and appreciate monetary donations at www.winterwarmthdrive.org/donate/.
    Drop off locations:
    • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines, 2601 104th St., Urbandale, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Items requested for donation include all sizes of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots.

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Posted 9/18/2020
    The City of Waukee is continually working on public capital improvement projects which address current needs, sustain existing infrastructure and ensure that the City’s services and amenities are ready for continued growth of the Waukee community.
    • Waukee Public Library Stormwater Improvements Project
    • N.W. 10th Street/N.W. Sunrise Drive Improvements
    • ADA Sidewalk Improvements
    • Alice Nizzi and Glynn Village Parks
    • Alice’s Road Landscape Enhancements
    See a full list of the City’s capital improvement projects.
 at www.waukee.org.

Waukee PD Welcomes Two New Officers

Posted 9/11/2020
    Two new police officers, Cole Jackson and Austin Gibbs, recently joined the Waukee Police Department.
    Officer Jackson previously worked for the Jefferson (Iowa) Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
    Officer Gibbs also has a degree in Criminal Justice, his from Buena Vista University. Most recently, he worked at Woodward Academy. He will attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy prior to entering field training and full-time patrol work.
    With Jackson and Gibbs on board, the Waukee Police Department now has 27 officers on its roster, serving a community of approximately 25,000 residents (and growing).

National Suicide Awareness Month

Posted 9/11/2020
    September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, and Dallas Co. Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
    Senior Life Solution is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of senior adults living with symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one.
    For more information, or if an older loved one is in need of help, call Dallas Co. Hospital at phone number 515-465-7580.

Bond referendum passed

Posted 9/11/2020
    The Bond Referendum supporting Waukee School’s 10-year facility and financial plan passed at 88 percent on Sept. 8. The bond money will be used to build two middle school buildings, an elementary building and other improvements.

IAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Posted 9/3/2020
    Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance selected Casey Barclay, Maple Grove Physical Education Teacher, as the 2020 Iowa Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
    As the recipient of this award, Barclay will be considered for recognition as the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the nine-state Central District region and then possibly the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Fire Department staff honored

Posted 8/27/2020
    The Central Iowa Code Consortium awarded Fire Chief Clint Robinson, Fire Marshal Justin Frederick and Building Official Keith Rash certificates of recognition for their contributions as committee members for the Capital Crossroads vision. Capital Crossroads is a plan that aims to develop a framework for development throughout Central Iowa.

Police Officers Issuing Safety Coupons

Posted 8/20/2020
    Watch out kids: officers with the Waukee Police Department might just pull you over... for using good safety measures. The Waukee Police Department will be on the look-out for kids who are:
    • Wearing helmets while riding their bike/scooter.
    • Looking both ways when crossing the street.
    • Being awesome and safe, because safety is awesome.
    If you get caught being safe, an officer will give you a ticket for a free one scoop custard cone or dish at Culver’s of Waukee. So, when you hit the streets, be safe. It could pay off with a cold treat.

Fleet Farm Grand Opening

Posted 8/20/2020
    You’re invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Waukee store, 1300 S.E. Kettlestone Blvd., starting Friday, Aug. 28. Doors open at 7 a.m. Be one of the first 500 customers on Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29 to receive a free Fleet Farm exclusive hat. Earn a prize in the store-wide scavenger hunt through Monday, Sept. 7 (while supplies last). Stop in for your chance to win more than $3,500 in prizes. Don’t miss out on the chance to check out ExxonMobil’s MPZ, a semi-trailer displaying the Mobil Delvac line of products, along with a variety of Mobil branded giveaways (while supplies last).

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Posted 8/20/2020
    The City of Waukee is continually working on public capital improvement projects which address current needs, sustain existing infrastructure and ensure that the City’s services and amenities are ready for continued growth of the Waukee community.
    • Waukee Public Library Stormwater Improvements Project
    • N.W. 10th Street/N.W. Sunrise Drive Improvements
    • ADA Sidewalk Improvements
    • Alice Nizzi and Glynn Village Parks
    • Alice’s Road Landscape Enhancements
    See a full list of the City’s capital improvement projects at www.waukee.org.

Waukee School Board Meeting news

Posted 8/6/2020
    At the July 13 Waukee School Board, the following was reported:
    Approve Resolution Making Award of Eason Elementary Addition Project Construction Contract — $3,439,053
    Approve Pay Application # 1 — Vince Meyer Learning Center Addition — $422,195.99.
    Approve Pay Application #2 — Timberline Stadium Improvements — $286,363.58
    Approve Pay Application #1 — Waukee Middle School Cooling Project — $20,456.49
    Approve Pay Application #3 — Sugar Creek Elementary — $914,617.24
    Approve Pay Application #1 — WHS/PVS Paving Improvements — $408,215
    Approve Pay Application #21 — Northwest High School — $4,318,888.44
    Approve Final Acceptance and Authorization of Payment for Grades 6-9 Security Camera Project — $16,415.20 as allowed by law
    Approve Change Order #1 — Timberline Stadium Improvements — $14,228.00. Additional work for ambulance service (curb removal) and press box audio
    Approve Change Order #16 — Northwest High School — $45,444.14. Represents scoreboard and tennis court surfacing.

Waukee Economic Development Quarterly Update

Posted 7/30/2020
    To browse through site plans, staff reports and more, visit www.waukee.org/170/Current-Development-Projects.
    Now open. Please call ahead, as some businesses may have altered hours or even closed due to the pandemic.
    • UnityPoint Clinic – Express is now open at 950 E. Hickman Road.
    • The 3,500-square-foot Nest Pediatric Dentistry is now taking requests for appointments at 1250 S.E. University Ave.
    • Des Moines Children’s Dentistry is now taking requests for appointments at 2335 SE L.A. Grant Parkway.
    • The 5,800-square-foot Firestone Complete Auto Care, located on Hickman Road and west of N.E. Alice’s Road is now open.

Waukee Economic Development Quarterly Update

Posted 7/23/2020
    To browse through site plans, staff reports and more, visit www.waukee.org/170/Current-Development-Projects.
    Currently under construction:
    • The 6,700-square-foot Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh is under construction at 2855 Grand Prairie Parkway. The single-story Hy-Vee convenience store will feature a Smokey Row Coffee Shop and fueling stations.
    • Kinship Brewing Company, located at 225 N.W. Sunrise Drive near the Raccoon River Valley Trail on 6.26 acres, is under construction. The site plan identifies the construction of a 12,150-square-foot building with an overall height of 27 feet. The brewery will feature space for beer production, a taproom, an outdoor plaza, a fenced dog park, food truck parking spaces, a Raccoon River Valley Trail connection and more.
    • Construction on the 18,870-square-foot Stratford Crossing Light Industrial building is underway at 220 N.W. Sunrise Drive. The building is intended for office and warehouse space.
    • The 18,750-square-foot Terrastone Properties Office Building is under construction at 2520 S.E. Encompass Drive in the Kettleview Development. A five-foot-wide sidewalk will be constructed along the south side of S.E. Tallgrass Lane.
    • The 14,820-square-foot Graham Collision Center building is under construction and is located south of S.E. Laurel Street and east of S.E. Alice’s Road.
    • Fleet Farm construction is progressing at 1300 S.E. Kettlestone Boulevard. The project is still on pace to open in late August. The traffic signals at the Kettlestone Boulevard and Grand Prairie Parkway intersection were recently turned on in anticipation of Fleet Farm opening.
    • Construction of a 44,000-square-foot, three-story Sleep Inn is underway at 2885 Grand Prairie Parkway. The project is on pace to be completed late this summer.

Activities director named

Posted 7/16/2020
    Jim Duea, the longtime activities director at Waukee High School, will assume the same role at Waukee Northwest High School, which is scheduled to open in August 2021. Eric Boyle began his tenure as new activities director at WHS on July 1. Boyle and Duea will work in tandem this summer and fall as Duea makes the transition to Northwest.

Funeral notice

Posted 7/16/2020
    • JoAnn Elizabeth Boswell, 81, of Waukee, passed away July 8, 2020. Graveside service will be held Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m. at McDivitt Grove Cemetery, 7001 Meredith Drive, Urbandale. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

Waukee Economic Development Quarterly Update

Posted 7/16/2020
    To browse through site plans, staff reports and more, visit www.waukee.org/170/Current-Development-Projects.
    • On June 15, the Waukee City Council approved the site plan for the 5,490-square-foot Waukee Islamic Center to be constructed at 35 Laurel Street on 0.94 acres of land. This religious center will feature 50 parking spaces as well.
    • On June 1, The Shops at Kettlestone North Plat 2 site plan was approved by the council. The project involves the construction of a private road, located along the east side of The Shops at Kettlestone North Plat 2. This road will continue the private road that will be located along the east sides of the Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh and Sleep Inn sites. This will provide connectivity through the development from SE Esker Ridge Drive down to Ashworth Road.
    • On April 20, the Stone Prairie Plat 7 Phase 1 site plan was approved by the council. The project includes the construction of a single-story medical office building for an orthodontist office; the building is proposed to be 6,320 square feet in area.

Waukee City Council news

Posted 7/9/2020
    At the June 22 Waukee City Council special meeting, Mayor Clarke appointed Micki Henderson and reappointed Kayt Gabrielson and Kaba Kayembe to the Library Board of Trustees.
    Police Chief Quinn shared the Waukee Police Department’s existing policies, including use of force, de-escalation training and biasbased profiling policy. The council agreed to a future work session discussion on a possible ordinance to formally adopt the policies.
    Public Works Director/City Engineer Koester reviewed Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to widen Interstate 80 from 60th Street in West Des Moines to Grand Prairie Parkway.
    Mayor Clarke stated that she and Development Services Director Deets met with representatives of the Greater Des Moines YMCA and Waukee Family YMCA, at which meeting the YMCA requested financial support from the City. Mayor Clarke and Mr. Deets asked them to provide additional information and suggested they also meet with other metro-area entities regarding possible assistance. The council discussed the matter, noting the important work done by the YMCA in the city but also citing specific concerns with any possible contribution. The council agreed to discuss the matter further at a future work session meeting.

Waukee Police Officer Kelli Cichoski Promoted to Sergeant

Posted 7/9/2020
    Waukee Police Officer Kelli Cichoski was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Cichoski joined the Waukee Police Department in 2015 as a patrol officer. She most recently served as a detective and will now be the Sergeant supervising the department’s swing shift.
    Sgt. Cichoski is originally from Davenport. She holds an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Kirkwood Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University. She is also a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to joining the Waukee PD she worked in Loss Prevention for Younkers.

2019 City of Waukee Report Card Tracks Progress and Opportunities

Posted 7/9/2020
    The City of Waukee recently compiled data and fun facts in a new annual “Report Card.” See a snapshot of Waukee in categories such as the economy, development, public safety, housing and more. The information is certainly not exhaustive, but rather gives a quick glimpse into what’s been going on in Waukee from population growth to street and park projects. This document helps measure Waukee’s progress and show where the community is headed. View the full report at www.waukee.org.

Waukee Issued Record 1,531 Building Permits in FY 2020

Posted 7/9/2020
     The City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a record number of building permits during Fiscal Year 2020. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, the City issued 1,531 building permits with a total valuation of $214.8 million. The number of permits nearly doubles last fiscal year’s total of 898 permits.
     The breakdown of FY 2020 permit totals included:
    • 267 for single-family housing
    • 449 for townhomes
    • 4 for multi-family housing
    • 19 for commercial projects
    • 792 “Other” permits (additions, alterations, decks, etc.)
    Commercial building permit numbers continue to be strong as well; permits totaled $28.4 million in FY 2020.
    Later this year, developers are expected to reveal more details about a future entertainment district in Waukee’s Kettlestone Development.

Monthly Building Permit Report June 2020

Posted 7/2/2020
    The City of Waukee issued 154 building permits in June 2020. There were 42 permits issued for single family homes, two for multi-family developments and 108 which fall in the “Other” category (monument signs, furnaces, etc.). The total taxable valuation in June equaled $24.97 million. See the full report at www.waukee.org.

Funeral notices

Posted 7/2/2020
    • Jeremy Rafalko, 40, of Waukee, passed away on June 28, 2020.
    • Donna Rae (Coe) Green, 77, of Waukee, passed away on June 27, 2020. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 7,5-7 p.m., and services will be held Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Donna’s service will be lived streamed on Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services’ Facebook page Wednesday, July 8 and can be viewed then or anytime thereafter.
    • Bonnie Jean Anderson, 77, of Waukee, passed away on June 24, 2020. A celebration of life gathering will be held Friday, July 3, 4-7 p.m. at Leigh White’s residence (220 Indian Ridge Drive, Waukee). Memorials may be directed in Bonnie’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Waukee Head Start

Posted 6/26/2020
    Waukee Head Start is currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be ages 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2020.
    Classes are held Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Free breakfast, lunch and snack.
    For additional information, contact Christina at 515-987-7428.

Rural Recycling Program to Continue in Dallas County

Posted 6/26/2020
     The Dallas County Supervisors and Metro Waste Authority have agreed to work towards a continued recycling program for Dallas County rural residents. The following sites will have single stream recycling container and a cardboard only recycling container.
    • Perry at 14368 J Ave.
    • Linden at the SE corner of North Street and Main Street
    • Washington Township at the NW corner of P58 and F31
    • Redfield at 1206 Omaha St.
    The current recycling container in Woodward will be removed July 1, 2020, as the site was sold. Rural Woodward residents are asked to utilize the other available rural recycling containers until a new site is found.
     For updates to the Dallas County Rural Resident Recycling Program, visit: https://bit.ly/2ZeXSt4

Funeral notices

Posted 6/26/2020
    • Joyce Hudgens, 93, of Waukee, passed away on June 20, 2020. Her family will hold a private interment service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines, IA 50310.
    • Lacey Carolyn (Root) Grey (formerly Roe), 56, of Waukee, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27 at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Topeka, Kansas, following a private burial service. Visitation in Des Moines will be held was held  Thursday, June 25 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel.
    • Geraldine Humpal, 90, of Waukee, passed away on June 23, 2020.

DHS Launches COVID Recovery Iowa

Posted 6/26/2020
    The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce the State of Iowa has received nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer free crisis counseling to any Iowan who has been affected, in any way, by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.
    Iowans can access services through the following options:
    • Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week
    • Call the Iowa Warm Line, 844-775-9276; to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor
    • Visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org and complete a contact form and a counselor will get back to you
    DHS has contracted with five providers throughout the state to provide counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.

Fireworks in Waukee

Posted 6/18/2020
    The use of consumer fireworks is legal within the Waukee city limits only on July 3 and 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Consumer fireworks cannot be discharged on public property, such as parks, parking lots, sidewalks, streets or the right-of-way (including the grass between sidewalks and the curb).

Dallas County Health Hosts Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Posted 6/11/2020
    Dallas County Health Navigation team will be hosting drive through distributions sites for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program throughout June. Residents age 60+ with single income less than $23,606 or married income less than $31,894 may be eligible to receive $30 in checks to use at the local farmers market. Interested individuals can call 515-993-3750 to complete an application over the phone and schedule a time/location to pick up the checks. Volunteers will be needed to help direct traffic through the distribution sites. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up at https://bit.ly/30dvklt.

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Posted 6/11/2020
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Waukee School District news

Posted 6/4/2020
    At the Waukee School District board meeting on May 11, members shared:
    • Recognition of Jazz program (3rd Year in a Row) in Downbeat Magazine
    • Silver Cord recipient, Senior Elena Sierra, was recognized as one of Iowa’s top seniors.
    • Approximately 1,000 yard signs were distributed in Waukee with more to come
    • More than 56,600 District grab and go meals were served to date.
    • Waukee Live 2020 virtual event showcasing Waukee schools and musical talent on May 12.
    • Dr. Buck shared a Virtual Groundbreaking for Sugar Creek Elementary on May 14.

Waukee Leadership Institute graduates

Posted 6/4/2020
    The Waukee Leadership Institute congratulates its class of 2020 for their dedication and completion of the 9-month leadership development program: Shelia Backer of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company; Rachel Bruns of the City of Waukee; Lindsay Chase of Holmes Murphy; Ty Flood of Holmes Murphy; Juan Garcia of Iowa Literacy Council; Travis Gaule of Edward Jones; Brent Hansmeier of Midwest Heritage Bank; Larry Hingst of Gilcrest Jewett; Sarah Kautz of the Waukee Community Schools; Holly Lewis of Stivers Ford/Mercury; Todd Liston of Gilcrest Jewett; Alex Rich of Trilix; Steve Rogers of Vision Bank; Ashley Rottinghaus of West Bank; April Samp of Luminary Creative, WOI-DT and KWQT TV6 News; Don Stabenow of Lifestyle Plumbing; Gretchen Stanger of the Waukee YMCA; Debra Straw of Principal Financial Group; and Gary Wiedenfeld, Retired from Veritiv.
    If you would like to participate in the Waukee Leadership Institute Class of 2021, register online: www.waukeeleadership.org. Class space is limited. Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1, 2020, of their acceptance into the program.

Reggie Bell Named Waukee’s 2019 Citizen of the Year

Posted 6/4/2020
    Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke has named community advocate and military veteran Reggie Bell Waukee’s 2019 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year honor is given each year to an exemplary resident who represents the true spirit of community service.
    Bell spent much of his formative years in Kansas City public housing. He then served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. Bell moved to Waukee in 2007. Many people know Bell from his volunteer and fundraising work with the Waukee American Legion, as a greeter and advocate for the Waukee Family YMCA, or as the Area Coordinator for the Mu Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, a predominantly African-American fraternity focused on “Lifting as we Climb”. His dedication to community service goes beyond Waukee as well.

Funeral notices

Posted 6/4/2020
    • Lois L. Wolterman, 79, of Waukee, passed away peacefully at Adel Acres after a brief battle with cancer and other health issues. Visitation was held June 1 at Brooks Funeral Care in Clive. A private funeral was held at St. Boniface in Waukee on June 2, and an urn burial will be held in Danbury at a date to be determined.
    • Lloyd “Babe” Royer, 78, of Waukee, passed away on May 27, 2020. Visitation was held June 1 at Ernst Funeral Home. Private services and interment followed. To view Lloyd’s full obituary and to leave condolences for the family, visit www.ErnstFuneralHome.com.

Waukee Named Fastest-Growing Large (20,000+) City in Iowa

Posted 5/28/2020
    The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa has released estimates for populations of Iowa cities in 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau. These estimates will be the last look at Iowa’s population totals before the release of the 2020 Census. Based on recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, out of all Iowa cities with populations larger than 20,000, Waukee has grown the fastest since 2010.
    The fastest growing cities in Iowa since 2010 with a population greater than 20,000 include:
    • Waukee – 24,089 population, 74.4 percent growth
    • Ankeny – 67,355 population, 47.7 percent growth
    • Johnston – 22,582 population, 30.7 percent growth
    • West Des Moines – 67,899 population, 19.7 percent growth
    The City of Waukee also saw the third highest numeric increase in population since 2010, having welcomed 10,280 new residents to the community within that timeframe.
    As the City continues to invest in infrastructure and amenities, and the Waukee Community School District continues to attract people with its quality education and programs, growth in and around Waukee is expected to continue. City officials project that Waukee’s population could reach 35,000 by the year 2030.

Funeral notices

Posted 5/28/2020
    • Bruce W. Meyer, 73, of Waukee, passed away on May 13, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway is in charge of services.
    • Mary Catherine McCleary, 79, of Waukee, passed away May 7, 2020. A private family service will be held at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel with a memorial service at a later date.
    • Richard “Dick” Doughan, 81, of Waukee, passed away on May 17, 2020.  A private services was held May 22. To view Dick’s full obituary and leave condolences to the family, please visit www.ErnstFuneralHome.com.
    • Lynas (Lyn “Boomer”) Rude, 77, passed away on May 18, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family is planning a celebration of life once the restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, gifts, or cards, please donate to the Iowa Donor Network or your local hospice in honor of Boomer.
    • Steven Allan Dittrich, 68, of Waukee, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Private grave side services will be held at Davenport Memorial Park at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Urbandale.
    • Donald Roger Rasmussen, 85, of Waukee, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020. Funeral services were held at Lutheran Church of Hope with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. The family requests memorials be sent to Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa in memory of Don Rasmussen.
    • Helen Lorraine Lockwood, 92, of Altoona, formerly Waukee, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. A visitation was held at Ernst Funeral Home. A committal service was held at Waukee Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Waukee Immanuel Lutheran Church or Waukee Public Library. Visit www.ernstfuneralhome.com to send flowers or leave condolences to the family.
    • Robert “Bob” D. Wilson, 67, of Waukee, passed away on May 23, 2020. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services was in charge of services.

PulsePoint Respond App Deployed in Waukee

Posted 5/21/2020
    Seconds matter when someone is in cardiac arrest. First responders in the cities of Waukee, West Des Moines, Clive, Norwalk and Urbandale are implementing technology in the battle to save those in cardiac arrest. PulsePoint, an app available to users who can indicate that they are trained in CPR and willing to assist in an emergency, will notify users if someone nearby in a public place is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.
    There is also a companion app; PulsePoint AED allows those who are responsible for an AED in their building to enter the AED and specific directions including a picture of the location into the app.
    There is no cost associated with using any aspect of the PulsePoint apps. Both PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED apps are available to be downloaded on your device from the Apple and Play Stores and online.

Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

Posted 5/21/2020
    On Memorial Day, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff at sunrise and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
    The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Dispose of Large Items on Curb or in Bulk at Grimes Site

Posted 5/7/2020
    Due to COVID-19, the annual Spring Clean-Up Week was canceled for 2020. However, City of Waukee/ASI garbage customers can place one large/bulky item on the curb each week for collection. Hazardous waste, appliance and tire drop-off sites will likely be rescheduled later this year.
    If you need to dispose of several large or extra items immediately, Metro Waste Authority is opening its Northwest Drop-off site in Grimes for residential trash on Saturdays this month. Learn more on the Metro Waste Authority website.

April Building Permit Report

Posted 5/7/2020
    The City of Waukee issued 143 building permits in April 2020. There were 40 permits issued for single family homes, 12 permits issued for townhomes and 87 which fall in the “Other” category (monument signs, furnaces, etc.). The total taxable valuation in April equaled $22.56 million.

#25for25 Campaign Supports Iowans and Local Non-Profit Mission

Posted 5/7/2020
    The nine-week campaign, called 25 for 25, features 25 Iowa artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Each week, three of these vendors are featured and their products are promoted on social media and the website.
     Here’s how it works: Anyone interested in purchasing the promoted items pays $25. The Iowa Able Foundation splits the proceeds with the vendor, and the item purchased is mailed directly to the donor’s home.
    Visit iamableiowa.com/25for25 to view the latest vendor options.

Funeral notices

Posted 4/30/2020
  • Joseph Arnold Stonebraker, 66, of Waukee, passed away Sunday May 3, 2020. A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 7 at Westover Funeral Home. Burial followed at Glendale Cemetery.
  • Diane Kay Herselius, 70, of Waukee, passed away April 29, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway was in charge of arrangements.
  • Luella Jennie Frey, 90, of Waukee, passed away on April 28, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Saylorville Event Center, in Des Moines. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m.

Polling Locations Change

Posted 4/30/2020
    The Dallas County Auditor’s Office received a directive from Secretary of State Paul Pate that the Primary Election will be held as scheduled on June 2, 2020. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas County Auditor’s office wants to ensure all registered voters and eligible voters stay healthy, thus they are limiting the number of polling locations across the county.
    The Primary location for all Waukee precincts will be at the Waukee Schools Administrative Building located at 560 S.E. University Ave.
    Dallas County voters may choose to request an absentee ballot instead, and cast ballots from home. Voters can complete an Absentee Request Form and mail it back no later than May 22, 2020. Call 515-993-6914 with any questions. They are only accepting Primary Election Absentee Request Forms; General Election requests will not be accepted until July 6 or later.

City Council Approves Library Stormwater and Parking Lot Improvements

Posted 4/30/2020
    On April 20, the Waukee City Council approved plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs and awarded the contract for the Waukee Public Library Stormwater Improvements Project. The proposed project will improve an existing detention area and provide water quality improvement in addition to water quantity. It will expand the existing library parking lot, doubling the number of spaces, and will beautify the area utilizing bio-retention and bio-swale installation. Construction is expected to start this spring and wrap up in late 2020.

Funeral notices

Posted 4/30/2020
  • Barbara Widlund-Rhinehart, 87, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, April 29.  Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of services.
  • Darline Henrietta Urfer, 102, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, April 23. Services were held April 28 at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Private family burial followed at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Grimes.

Alice’s Road Landscape Enhancements Project Approved

Posted 4/30/2020
    On April 20, the Waukee City Council approved the plans, specification and estimate of cost and awarded the contract for the Alice’s Road Landscape Enhancements Project. The project consists of landscaping and signage elements within the four medians along Alice’s Road between Hickman Road and University Avenue. The project also includes street banners, street trees and additional landscaping elements around the gas regulator station. The project follows years of widening Alice’s Road from two lanes to six, and it builds on the City Council’s vision for a beautiful community. Construction will begin in late May/early June and should wrap up before the end of 2020.

Waukee Library Donates 800 Books to Go With School District’s Free Lunches

Posted 4/23/2020
    On April 15, the Waukee Public Library donated 800 books to be given out through the Waukee Community School District’s current free “Grab and Go Meals” program. Since 2017, the library has donated books to free summertime school lunch locations, and staff decided to expand the donations now after having to close the library’s doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The free books will be distributed through the lunch program in the coming weeks. It will also continue to donate books over the summer months thanks to the Summer Reading Program sponsor, Green State Credit Union.

Funeral notice

Posted 4/23/2020
Willard “Bill” Hanson, of West Des Moines, formerly Waukee, 72, passed away at home on April 20, 2020. Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2020, 10-11:15 a.m. at Ernst Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 10 people will be allowed in at a given time, so your patience is appreciated. Private family services to follow.
    To view Bill’s full obituary, visit: www.ErnstFuneralHome.com. His service can be live streamed or viewed afterwards on the Facebook page. (Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services)

Health Navigation continues to assist

Posted 4/23/2020
    Health Navigation continues to assist anyone who lives in Dallas County with issues such as health insurance, food, housing, employment and mental health. Services are free. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Health Navigators aren’t currently making face-to-face contacts, but are available by phone, 515-993-3750, and email, phn@dallascountyiowa.gov.

Funeral notices

Posted 4/16/2020
  • James W. “Jim” Zoellner, 81, of Waukee, died  on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Private family services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, which will be livestreamed on the Iles Website. Go to IlesCares.com and scroll down below Jim’s obituary to join the webcast at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Cremation will follow services.
  • Curtis Leland Scott (Scotty), 76, of Waukee, died Monday, April 13, 2020. In light of the current circumstances, services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Curtis’ memory to: Ride the Thin Blue Line, c/o Serve Credit Union, 3743 86th St., Urbandale, IA 50322.
  • Donnell E. McCart, 92, of Waukee died Monday, April 13, 2020. Cremation rites have been accorded, and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.

Waukee City Council Approves Budget for FY 2021

Posted 4/9/2020
    The Waukee City Council held a public hearing at its regular meeting on Monday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. to review and approve the City’s proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2021.
    The proposed budget is a reflection of the Waukee Mayor and City Council’s Vision and Priorities and serves as the major policymaking tool of the organization. A 10-cent decrease to the City’s property tax levy is proposed. If approved, the City’s portion of the tax levy will be $13.30 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The City’s portion accounts for approximately 36 percent of Waukee property owners’ consolidated levy rate.
    The budget for the City of Waukee is comprised of basic operating expenditures totaling approximately $17.6 million, business/proprietary expenses of $17.1 million, debt service expenditures of $9.5 million, capital improvement expenditures of $38.8 million and $12.7 million in other expenses, with all totaling $95.7 million.
    Highlights of the $38.8 million CIP include:
    The first round of street construction near the future Northwest High School, which features the widening of NW 10th Street and construction of a portion of Sunrise Drive.
    The addition of a large stormwater management project at the Waukee Public Library, utilizing bioretention.
    Construction of an aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) for underground storage of water needed during peak times of the year.
    Construction of the Southwest Trunk Sewer.
    Several new park projects – many utilizing funds from the Dallas County Local Option Sales Tax.
    The City of Waukee currently has 113 full-time staff positions. The FY 2021 staffing plan is headlined by the addition of four new full-time public safety positions, the creation of an Assistant Finance Director position and the shift of one HR Specialist from part-time to full-time. Public safety improvement and efficiency of City services are of high importance to the Waukee Mayor and City Council.
    The City Council will vote on proposed utility rate increases. If approved, water and sewer utility rates will increase by 3 percent and stormwater utility rates will increase by $0.25, totaling a $3.05 monthly billing increase for the average Waukee household. The moderate increase will help keep up with increased operation and system costs.

Funeral notices

Posted 4/9/2020
  • Dorothy Mae (Coleman) Politte, 100, of Waukee, died April 5, 2020. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at a later date.
  •  John A. Gage, 91, of Waukee, died April 2, 2020.

Funeral notices

Posted 4/2/2020
    • JoAnn Marie Welch, 84, of Waukee, died March 30, 2020. A celebration service will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. Date and time are pending. Memorials may be sent to the Ernst Funeral Home, P.O. Box 986, Waukee, IA 50263.
    • Troy Dean Kidd, 69, of Waukee, died March 28, 2020.
    • Dolores Anna Knight, 90, of Waukee died March 25, 2020.

Waukee Fire Department receives grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Posted 4/2/2020
    Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Waukee Fire Department for the purchase of a BullEx Digital Fire Extinguisher Panel with a smoke machine and additional accessories. The cost of the equipment was $14,950, which was fully covered by the grant.
    Following recent population growth in Waukee, the department applied for the grant to help build upon public education efforts about risk reduction and enforcement of the fire code. The department often teaches residents and the business community basic fire safety, which includes how to use fire extinguishers. The new digital fire extinguisher tool will replace an old propane prop which was messy and inefficient.

Funeral notices

Posted 3/26/2020

    • Ronald A. Tanner, 64, of Waukee, died Saturday, March 21. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
    • Junior Goodson, 81, of Waukee, died Thursday, March 5 at Johnston MercyOne Hospice. Memorials may be made to MercyOne Hospice or Animal Rescue Leagu of Iowa. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

No wipes in the pipes for Waukee

Posted 3/23/2020

The package says flushable, but is it really? Disposable brushes, wipes, tampons/applicators, etc. may say "flushable" on the label, but they can still clog the sewer line. Toilet paper breaks down in water; other items do not break down. This means other items can get stuck in the sewer pipe creating large bills for plumbing and clean-up. Don’t spend your money on a sewer back-up. TRASH anything that is not toilet paper.
The following items go in the garbage, not in the toilet:
  • wrappers (any packaging)
  • cotton swabs
  • cigarettes
  • condoms
  • sanitary napkins
  • tampons and tampon applicators
  • baby wipes/personal hygiene wipes
  • facial wipes
  • disinfecting/cleaning wipes
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • shop towels
Let’s get through this tough time without smelly sewer mishaps:)

COVID-19 impacts on Dallas County Conservation Board

Posted 3/18/2020

The Dallas County Conservation Board is canceling all public and school programing until further notice as a response to the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, all DCCB buildings and restrooms will be closed to public access effective now through July 1, or until further notice.

Outdoor spaces including conservation and natural area properties and the Raccoon River Valley Trail and portions of the High Trestle Trail in Dallas County remain open for day use at this time, however visitors are encouraged to not congregate in any location. Respect social distancing guidelines even when outside.

All rentals also suspended for now. Facility reservations have been temporarily placed on hold. Conservation Board staff will reach out directly to those with reservations through the end of June, and renters will have the option of a full refund or to take a raincheck on a future rental. Camping is still permitted in designated locations at Kuehn Conservation Area and Sportsman Park, but no restroom or shower facilities will be available for use.

It is the intent of the DCCB staff to maintain daily operations including answering phones, conducting department business, and keeping up on facility, grounds, and vehicle maintenance projects.

“The department continues to reevaluate this dynamic situation,” says Conservation Board director Mike Wallace, “but we remain committed to our organization’s mission. We will lift these temporary restrictions as soon as we safely can.”

The Dallas County Conservation Board made these decisions with the best interest of public and staff safety and to do its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community. These measures align with ongoing discussions and information from the Dallas County Board Supervisors and Public Health.

The Dallas County Conservation Board will continue to assess the situation and adjust as necessary.

For more information please contact the Dallas County Conservation Board office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov.

2020 district boundary process

Posted 3/13/2020

At the Waukee School Board of Education meeting on March 9, priorities were set for the next boundary process as the district continues to grow and plans for its 10th elementary school, Sugar Creek Elementary, in 2022. The changes to boundaries in this process will go into effect for the 2022-23 school year. Any students entering secondary grades (sixth-ninth grades) have the option to attend the building in which they will be set to attend in 2022 anytime prior (August 2020 or August 2021) should they choose to do so. The district will also provide transportation to those buildings prior to 2022.

Board approved boundary priorities:
• Whenever possible, keep neighborhoods intact (defined as RSP planning areas).
• Balance enrollment with the capacity of the school, and to the extent possible, not add additional fiscal costs for buildings or staffing.
• Balance demographics, to the extent possible, for general similarity between schools. For areas in which that is especially challenging, be prepared to determine equitable resource allocations.
• Anticipate the future growth of neighborhoods and work to allow areas of high growth to grow into the capacity of the school.
• Consider boundary lines that follow natural/man-made boundaries
Guided by feedback from the participants in the last boundary process, this plan is designed to be even more inclusive than previous boundary discussions. Specifically, the district is hosting open houses at five elementary buildings. These open houses are aimed to provide an opportunity for the community, parents, and students to view boundary map options and provide fedback for consideration by the board, senior leadership team and principals from elementary schools that are impacted.
The district’s plan is to provide an opportunity for feedback from the community, staff and students. At this time the district is looking at ways to do so. This will either be in person in an open house-style format or via an online survey.

Warrior girls are state runner up

Posted 3/13/2020

The Waukee High School Girls Basketball team finished the 2019-2020 season with a  postseason run that culminated in a state championship battle with Johnston that came down to the final minute. Johnston defeated Waukee to claim the 5A state championship.
Waukee qualified for the state tournament with a 58-35 regional final victory over Ames. The top-ranked Warriors rolled over Sioux City East in the quarter-final round of the state tournament by a score of 76-36 before defeating fifth-ranked Waterloo West 88-65 in the semi-finals. Waukee hit 15 three-point baskets to break the state tournament record for three-point baskets made in a game. In the championship game, Waukee erased an early 14 point deficit and took a three-point fourth-quarter lead before falling 69-65 to claim the runner-up trophy.
It was the Warriors 13th state tournament appearance in the last 14 years. Waukee won the state championship in 2015.

Funeral notice

Posted 3/6/2020

Alice (Hobart) Montis 87, from Saint Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Waukee, passed away Jan. 26 at home. Committal services were held Feb. 7 at Resthaven Cemetery with burial that day.

Parks & Rec Department recognizes 
volunteers and supporters

Posted 3/3/2020

The Waukee Parks & Recreation Department recently recognized a long list of volunteers and community supporters who help make the department’s programs and initiatives successful.The 2019 honorees were:
• Youth volunteer: Riley Taylor volunteered at various department festivals and events. She handed out eggs and candy at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, helped kids learn about safety during Home Alone Awareness Camp, and served cookies and hot cocoa at WinterFest.
• Special events volunteer: Cameron Stotz has spent years capturing photos and videos of Waukee facilities, parks, special events and the Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course during all seasons.
• Service group: Hilltop Church members, led by Pastor Brandon Beaman and Katie Beaman, volunteered serving free popcorn and water to Movies in the Park attendees. They will keep up with this tradition in 2020 as well.
• Business group: NCMIC has been a sponsor of the Movies in the Park series for two years now, allowing seven moves to be screened for free in Centennial Park. They will be sponsoring the 2020 series as well, which will include four movies.
Youth sports volunteers: 
• Ryan Clayton coached a total of 26 softball and T-ball teams from 2009-2019. He coached more than 275 players and often coached two teams in different divisions in the same season.
• Joel Romey coached a total of 17 softball teams from 2009-2019. He coached more than 200 players and was instrumental in the creation of the fall girls softball league in 2012.
The department would also like to thank these businesses, organizations and volunteers who help make Waukee more fun: MidAmerican Energy Company, mi-fiber.net, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Central Bank, Autumn Ridge Apartments, Waukee Downtown Businesses, Stivers Ford Lincoln, Companions for Life, Charter Bank, Grace Baptist of Waukee, Waukee APEX, Boy Scout Troop 178, Jerry C., Renae and Ben H., Erin Y., Beth E., Sarah S., Shane B., Erin C., Preston and Damon P., Jamie H., Matt H., Madeline H., Asher H., Kia P., Sarah N., Aubrey V., Samantha F., Laura F., Madison A., Addy J., Ava L., Ellie W., Morgan B., Aniston C., July E., Gabe P., Haley H., Jenna O,. Hayden P., Leah L. and Ava H.

Funeral notice

Posted 3/3/2020

Kathryn Llewellyn, 91, of Waukee, died Thursday, Feb. 20. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Waukee Christian Church.

Winter thaw results in potholes

Posted 3/3/2020

Waukee drivers may have noticed that post-thaw potholes are back as the community thaws and refreezes. The amount of moisture on the ground in January and February allowed moisture to seep into cracks, and the freeze-thaw cycle broke pavement in all parts of the city. When traffic passes over the damaged pavement, the paving comes up and creates those “potholes” we all know and loathe.
The Waukee Public Works Department has two pothole patching units deployed; they target the largest potholes on main roads first. They work their way around from arterial streets to collectors and then to the neighborhoods. It will take several trips through the city to fill all potholes, especially if rain or snows occurs.
Freezing night temps are still creating new breaks, but crews are working hard when they can.
To report a pothole, visit the Report a Concern module at www.waukee.org. A website account is required in order to use the module.

Ben Sinclair appointed to City Council

Posted 2/24/2020

Ben Sinclair was appointed to the Waukee City Council following a special application and interview process. He also received the third most votes in November’s city council race. Sinclair was sworn in to office by City Clerk Becky Schuett at the Tuesday, Feb. 18 city council meeting. He will fulfill the remainder of Mayor Courtney Clarke’s previous Waukee City Council term, ending Dec. 31, 2021.
Sinclair, a software engineer, is a West Des Moines native. He and his family have lived in Waukee for 10 years.
The Waukee City Council is made up of five at-large members, and regular meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.