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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.

District providing grab and go meals

Posted 3/26/2020

    The Waukee Community Schools Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to pick up free breakfast and lunch for children younger than 18 until further notice.
    Meals will be available Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
    • Windfield West Apartments, 75 S.E. Windfield Parkway, Waukee, at the basketball court.
    • Sun Prairie Apartments, 6137 Vista Drive, West Des Moines, in the parking lot behind the building nearest 60th Street and Vista Drive; enter at 6107 Vista Drive.
    Children must be present in order to receive meals. Lunches will be distributed between 11 a.m. and noon in the parking lot of each location. Grab and go pick up will be offered to those families on-site. All others stay in your car and wait for the meals to be brought to your car. You will receive meals (lunch and next day’s breakfast) based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18.

Fire department offering (distant) visits

Posted 3/23/2020

The members of the Waukee Fire Department have had to cancel most community outreach efforts such as education events and station tours amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But that doesn’t mean they can’t help Waukee residents celebrate fun occasions. For any kiddos stuck celebrating their birthdays or other special occasions at home, the firefighters will visit*... from a safe distance. The firefighters on duty will drive by in a mini parade of sorts. Call 515-978-7998, or send a message via the Waukee Fire Department’s Facebook page to arrange the visit. The duty crew will contact you when they are on the way.
*Visits planned on a first-come, first-served basis. The department may get called off to an incident and will let participants know if they are delayed. 

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:)

Armed robbery at Kum & Go

Posted 3/23/2020

On Sunday, March 22, 2020 around 6:31 p.m., officers responded to Kum & Go Store (3105 Grand Prairie Pkwy.), regarding an armed robbery that had just taken place. One unidentified suspect entered the business through the main front doors. The unidentified subject approached one of the employees behind the counter and a physical altercation between the two ensued. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. Employees first advised the robbery was with a weapon though no weapon was seen.
Around 8:46 p.m., a subject was stopped and detained by Lamoni Police Department, which had an outstanding arrest warrant from eastern Iowa. A large amount of cash was on his person at the time of the traffic stop. Through investigation the subject was identified as Sammy Dujuan Woodard (DOB: 09/06/1988). Woodard was taken into custody by the Waukee Police Department and booked into the Dallas County Jail on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree.
If you have any additional information, please contact the Waukee Police Department at 515-978-7979 or Westcom Dispatch at 515-222-3321.
 

Community services and special hours related to COVID-19

Posted 3/20/2020

Waukee grocery stores and essential community services are altering hours, providing drive-through services and giving other important assistance to help combat the COVID-19 concerns facing those in high-risk or low-income groups.
Here are some highlights:
  • Grocery store special hours
    • Fareway: Open Monday through Saturday; Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Open 8-9 a.m. only for 65+, those with weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers
    • Hy-Vee: Open daily; Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Open 7-8 a.m. only for 65+, those with weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers
    • Aldi: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Free "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches are available for Waukee Community School District students (18 and under). See details.
  • The Waukee Area Christian Services’ food pantry has moved to a drive-through method of distribution, and the Free Clinic is now closed through March 31. See details.
  • HIRTA Transportation is currently only providing curbside services (no door-to-door) in Dallas County.
Any agencies or essential businesses such as pharmacies or medical clinics who wish to have items added to this list can email information to City staff for consideration.

City building restrictions and service adjustments

Posted 3/20/2020

With "social distancing" encouraged in the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Waukee has now restricted access to all municipal buildings to authorized personnel only. Many programs and events have also been canceled or postponed. Several City services have been suspended or switched over to remote options only.
See a rundown of City closures and service adjustments as of March 20. This page will be updated as needed. 

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.

Waukee Public Safety Building closes to public

Posted 3/18/2020

The Waukee Public Safety Building has closed access to the public amid COVID-19 concerns.The Waukee Police Department continues to take calls for service and is taking extra precautions to increase safety. If you need to speak to an officer, please call WestCom dispatch at 515-222-3321. Much of the information and services offered my the Waukee Police Department can be found online.

Updated statement from Mayor Clarke about COVID-19 impacts

Posted 3/18/2020

On the morning of March 17, Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on the 17th. The plan, in response to COVID-19 and lasting through at least March 31, includes closing bars and restaurants with the exception of take-out, drive-through and delivery services; closing fitness centers and gyms; closing theaters; closing casinos; closing senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities; and prohibiting social, religious, sporting and other gatherings of more than 10 people. Read the full plan and proclamation.

The City of Waukee has already taken steps in the past few days to help limit community spread of COVID-19. The City closed the Waukee Public Library, the Waukee Public Works Building and Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course to the public. We have also been encouraging online, phone, mail or dropbox methods for City business; we have adjusted staff protocols and public encounters; we increased cleaning measures and more. Please see the City’s robust COVID-19 information pagesubscribe to COVID-19 community updates, and see a list of ways to do City business remotely.

As this public health situation continues to unfold, the City is also closing City Hall and the Development Services building to the public. Utility bill payments, permit applications, inspection scheduling and more can be done without visiting these buildings in-person. The building vestibules will remain open for document drop-offs. Payment drop boxes are also available. The Waukee Public Safety Building’s lobby remains open. Phone lines are still being staffed during office hours at these City buildings.
These are trying times for pretty much everyone in the world. Please know that City of Waukee elected officials and staff are closely monitoring the situation. The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced there are two Dallas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. While there is no specific indication that either of the two cases are in Waukee, it is still best to be vigilant, yet also calm. I encourage you to follow the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health’s recommendations to wash hands often, practice social distancing and more.

The City will continue to post updates as needed. We are all in this together.

Statewide tornado drill cancelled

Posted 3/17/2020

The statewide tornado drill planned for March 25 as a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week has been canceled.

NW Stratford Drive closing

Posted 3/18/2020

Effective Wednesday, March 18, N.W. Stratford Drive will be closed at N.W. 10th Street throughout the duration of the N.W. 10th Street closure. Access to the area will be maintained via N.W. Sunrise Drive.

COVID-19 update

Posted 3/16/2020

Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course in Waukee is now entirely closed to the public as well.

Waukee closures and cancellations

Posted 3/16/2020

Two City of Waukee buildings are closed, and many City programs are now canceled following recent COVID-19 news and social distancing requirements. Here are the updated for March 16:
Building Closures
The Waukee Public Library and the Waukee Public Works Building are now closed to the public until further notice. The Parks & Recreation Department is housed in the Public Works Building. These departments have many online options. Learn more here.
Program and Event Cancelations
  • Waukee Parks & Recreation, 515-978-0007
    • All Parks & Recreation facility rentals are canceled through April 12.
    • All recreational programming is canceled or postponed through April 12. Look for emails related to your respective programs.
    • The start of the Girls Softball League is postponed until April 13.
    • All public ball fields are closed.
    • The seasonal opening of public restrooms in parks will be delayed.
    • Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course - Golf Course staff will be taking additional cleaning measures and will be encouraging visitors to alternate turns entering the Clubhouse. Staff will be monitoring weather conditions as usual. Check here for updates.
    • Trailside Dog Park - The dog park will remain open at this time, however, staff will be increasing the frequency of sanitizing gates and keypads.
    • Cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled for April 11, is still being considered.
  • Waukee Police Department, 515-978-7979
    • The WASP Senior Luncheon scheduled for March 26 in canceled.
    • The department's public fingerprinting service has been suspended.
  • Waukee Public Library, 515-978-7944
    • All in-person events and programs are canceled until further notice.

Waukee Library closed amid COVID-19 concerns

Posted 3/16/2020

The Waukee Public Library is closed out of consideration for the health of the community. Please hold onto any due materials or drop them in the book drop on the south side of the library. All fines and due dates will be suspended. There is no need to contact the library to renew items; they will be automatically renewed. Cardholders can access many of resources online. Thank you for your patience as library staff works to ensure the safety of the community, staff and library patrons. Please check social media and the website for more ways to use the library online and to see future notifications.

Waukee Celebrates Gas Utility Workers’ Day

Posted 3/16/2020

The City of Waukee will observe the national Gas Utility Workers’ Day on Wednesday, March 18. This day of national recognition is a time when communities such as ours give recognition to the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets—their natural gas utility. The City of Waukee owns and operates the Gas Utility which serves 7,460 accounts with approximately 131 miles of gas main.
The official Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18 because that is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the gas employees endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.
This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. Our customers recognize the need to access reliable, affordable, safe energy and depend on the service of natural gas utility employees for that need. The City of Waukee looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses. For more information about natural gas and safety, visit the Gas Department webpage. And, as always – if you smell natural gas, call the 24-hour line at 515-249-1212.

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.

Visitor restrictions now in effect at area hospitals

Posted 3/13/2020

To protect  patients, families and health care workers during the global outbreak of COVID-19 the following visitor restrictions are being implemented at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry and all Des Moines area hospitals. Effective immediately the following temporary visitor restrictions will be implemented.
Only primary caregivers are allowed. Primary caregivers include, but are not limited to:
• Parents/stepparents
• Spouse/significant other
• Other defined caregiver
Primary caregivers:
• 16 years of age and older (including sibling caregivers)
• Siblings are not allowed unless 16 years of age and defined caregiver
• Always remain in patient room as appropriate
• Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas
• Free from illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or runny nose
• Exceptions may be made in certain situations and can be discussed with patient care teams.
Visitor restrictions are temporary and subject to change as necessary
All caregivers are required to wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand foam/gel upon entering and exiting patient’s room.
The hospital staff understands these visitor restrictions may be difficult. While the hospitals are committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of patients and staff.

Enter Waukee Parks & Rec’s Easter Coloring Contest

Posted 3/6/2020

Help the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department spread some Easter cheer around the Downtown Triangle by participating in the annual Easter coloring contest.
The 2020 coloring pages and entry form can be downloaded at www.waukee.org/civicalerts. Entry forms must be returned with coloring pages.
Entries can be dropped off at the Waukee Public Works Building, 805 University Ave. on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is also a drop box by the front door for after-hours submissions. Or, mail entries to:
Waukee Parks & Recreation Department
Attn: Melissa Stotz
805 University Ave.
Waukee, IA 50263
A winner for each category will be announced at the Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 11, and winners will receive an Easter basket filled with goodies including a sweet treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes plus a monthly punch card for a free cake.
Coloring pages will be displayed at Waukee Hardware Store, Charter Bank and Heartland Co-op.

Register for Spring/Summer Parks & Recreation Programs

Posted 3/6/2020

The Waukee Parks & Recreation Department has a spring and summer filled with programs, activities, trips and festivals. Highlights include:
• Waukee’s popular festivals/events such as the April 11 Easter egg hunt, free Movies in the Park and the Independence Day Celebration
• Mini Sluggers T-Ball league and Parent/Child Blastball
• Youth camps including All-Star Sports, Art in the Park and Explore the Outdoors
• Youth education, cooking, tumbling and martial arts activities
• Special needs and adaptive sports activities
• Junior golf camps; both junior and adult golf lessons
• Adult sports and activities including slow-pitch softball, sand volleyball leagues and bingo
• Adult trips to the Iowa State Fair and to explore Midwest history in Omaha
New this year: Pickleball League and Summer Celebration day camp.
Online registration is now open. To register, and to view the program guide online, visit www.waukee.org/civicalerts.

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.

Waukee Cemetery Cleanup ongoing through March 15

Posted 3/6/2020

The Waukee Cemetery’s semi-annual cleanup is going on now through March 15. All ornaments, flowers and other items will be removed during this time. Contact Kathleen Cady at 515-979-9841 with any questions.

March 16 City Council meeting moved to March 23

Posted 3/6/2020

Due to scheduling challenges, the previously scheduled March 16 City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Waukee City Hall.

Alice’s Spaghettiland dinner is March 29

Posted 3/6/2020

The annual Waukee Historical Society’s Alice’s Spaghettiland Dinner brings back Alice Nizzi’s famous spaghetti recipe for one night only on Sunday, March 29. The dinner will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1200 S. Warrior Lane, 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drinks.
Tickets are available online at www.waukeehistory.org or in person at Waukee Hardware & Rent-it Center, Waukee Public Library, Echo’s Cookies and Jane and friends Salon Waukee. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and $21 for to-go meals.

Waukee Police Department hiring officers

Posted 3/6/2020

The Waukee Police Department is accepting applications for new and certified officers. Waukee police officers protect life and property in the City of Waukee through law enforcement and crime prevention.
Apply online at www.waukee.org/civil alerts by Wednesday, March 25. Mandatory testing for applicants will take place Saturday, April 18.

Dallas County Health Department advises  residents on spring break travel

Posted 3/3/2020

Dallas County Health Department continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.S.
  As spring break nears, many Iowans are making travel preparations. IDPH and Dallas County Health Department remind vacationers to make protecting their health part of their plans. Whether traveling to a sunny beach, a ski resort or enjoying a staycation, take time to learn about and prepare for health concerns.
  Across the country, the greatest health risk to Dallas County residents is from influenza; however, it is appropriate to take precautions against the COVID-19 virus.
“The prevention for COVID-19 is similar to how you protect yourself from a variety of viruses, like influenza,” said Dallas County Health Department Director Suzanne Hegarty. “Cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and stay home from work or vacation when ill.”
The Dallas County Health Department continues to learn more about COVID-19 as the response progresses. Most often, person-to-person spread is thought to happen among people in close contact (about 6 feet) with each other. This spread is believed to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes and droplets land on another person’s nose or mouth. Therefore, when at home or traveling, it is important to avoid being near people who are visibly ill. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

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.

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.

Intermittent lane closures expected on Ashworth Road

Posted 3/3/2020

Due to the installation of the Bluestem Trunk Sewer Phase I intermittent westbound lane closures will happen on Ashworth between LA Grant and R-22. The project, which began Feb. 24, is expected to last approximately four weeks. Through traffic will be maintained using flaggers, and lane closures will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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.

Applications now accepted for youth leadership initiative class of 2021

Posted 3/3/2020

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute announces that applications are currently being accepted for the Youth Leadership Initiative Class of 2021.
Soon-to-be high school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI). YLI provides students from public and private high schools with experiential learning and leadership opportunities that enhance self-esteem and encourage involvement in all levels of community life. Students who participate in this tuition-free program meet twice monthly between August and May.
  This program seeks students with plenty of room to grow.  Participants who gain the most from YLI are:
• Eager to learn about their community and how they can shape its future.
• Enthusiastic about building professional skills and gaining exposure to possible career paths.
• Open to exploring their leadership potential.
• Sincere about forming connections with fellow students and mentors.
• Eager to gain confidence.
Applications will be accepted until April 22. Current freshman and sophomore students who are interested in applying should review the program website, www.gdmli.com/yli, prior to completing the application. YLI is sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

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.

Waukee Police seeking Safe House Program participants

Posted 3/3/2020

Waukee Safe House volunteers are concerned citizens who have demonstrated a desire to accept a shared responsibility for the well-being of children in their neighborhoods. Designated “Safe Houses” are identified by a Safe House sticker in an easily seen location such as a front door or window so that children know the home is a safe place to seek safety.
The volunteers for this program are screened by the Waukee Police Department to make sure that they will provide a safe environment and understand the responsibilities of participating in the Safe House initiative. Participants are asked to take children into their home or business and notify police of the issue.
To see the requirements of becoming a designated Safe House and complete an application, visit www.waukee.org under the Departments tab, then choose Police.

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.

Safety City Registration Opens March 1

Posted 2/24/2020

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 March 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 lessons on bullying, pedestrian rules, street crossing, traffic lights, Waukee Safe House Program, window safety, poisons and drug abuse, bus rules, calling 911, fire safety, respect for authority, seatbelts and bike safety
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.
2020 Safety City Sessions:
  • Session 1: June 8-12, 9-11:30 a.m.• Session 2: June 8-12, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: June 15-19, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Session 4: June 15-19, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Session 5: June 22-26, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Session 6: June 22-26, 1-3:30 p.m.
Safety City sessions are limited to 45 participants. Early registration is encouraged. Citizens can call 515-978-7979 with questions.