Waukee adviser logo 2020

Take a Summer Reading Adventure

Posted 5/28/2020
    “Imagine Your Story” with the Waukee Public Library this summer. All ages of children, teens and adults can read or listen to books and earn prizes from June 1-July 31 with the annual Summer Reading Program. It works a bit differently this year due to COVID-19, but you can still read, dream and imagine as you log reading, attend online events and win prizes. Participants can register now online at waukeelibrary.beanstack.org. Log reading activity at that same link or via the Beanstack Tracker app.

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.

Waukee Goodwill is closing

Posted 5/28/2020
    Due to the negative impact of COVID-19, Goodwill of Central Iowa has been forced to close some of its locations: Grinnell, Waukee, South Des Moines and Oskaloosa.

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.

Waukee Farmers Market

Posted 5/28/2020
    The Waukee Farmers Market will be opening Wednesday, June 17 and will be held every Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
    Due to COVID-19, the market will look a little different. Only vendors selling farm products, baked goods, and food vendors will be allowed. There will be no entertainment, crafts or art available to purchase. Vendors will be required to apply to the market before attending.
    Contact LuCinda Beltman at lucinda@westview.org for more information.

Waukee Chamber 2020 Annual Golf Outing

Posted 5/28/2020
    Join the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 18 for a round of golf at Beaver Creek Golf Course. Enjoy a Western themed event and wear your protective mask in style. Guests will participate in a tee timed event from 10 a.m. to noon. A boxed lunch will be provided by Waukee Hy-Vee.
    Team registration and sponsorship information is available at www.waukeechamber.com.

Majority of Summer Iowa Games Cancelled for 2020

Posted 5/26/2020

Iowa Games officials announced today that the bulk of sports for the 2020 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual in Ames and surrounding communities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Due to the group gathering nature of this large-scale sports festival and social-distancing guidelines currently in place, the majority of the Summer Iowa Games have been cancelled for 2020. Athletes and participants are encouraged to follow the Iowa Games on social media, as virtual events may be offered this summer for some of the cancelled sports.
“The Summer Iowa Games takes months of coordination with a tremendous amount of effort from our staff, Iowa State University, and the Ames community,” commented Chuck Long, Iowa Games CEO/Executive Director. “We could not justify holding the Games while putting our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff at risk.”
Due to the nature of some events, a small number of sports may continue to be held as scheduled. These sports/events include: 3D Archery, July 25-26; Big Fish Classic, August 09; Black Powder (Pistol), July 31-Aug 2; Black Powder (Rifle), Aug 7-9; Bocce, July 11; Bowling Districts, June 27-28 & July 11/12 (reschedule from June); Bowling Finals, Aug 8 (rescheduled from July 18); Bowling High School Team, Aug 7 (rescheduled from July 17); Cycling Road Race, August 02; Cycling Time Trial, August 01; Disc Golf, July 18-19; FootGolf, July 11; Golf - 4 Person Best Shot, July 19; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (IPGA), July 16; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (non-IPGA), July 15; Hoover-Ball, August 08; Light Saber, July 18-19; Sand Volleyball (Cedar Rapids), Aug 15 (rescheduled from June 13); Sand Volleyball (Des Moines), July 18; Trapshooting, August 15; Triathlon/Duathlon, July 12; Water Skiing, July 18-19; Whitewater Slalom, June 20.
The Iowa Games will continue to monitor the situation, and any changes to the above sports will be announced as needed.
For more information regarding this cancellation, please visit www.iowagames.org or email info@iowagames.org, as our staff is continuing to work remotely.

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.

Detour Planned for Hickman Bike Trail

Posted 5/21/2020
    As part of the construction of Waukee Crossing including N.W. Second Street, there will be a temporary closure and detour to the bike trail on the north side of Hickman Road. The detour will last until approximately June 13, depending upon weather.

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.

On a mission to server, Virtual VBS 2020

Posted 5/21/2020
    WestwindKIDS invites all 4-year-olds through upcoming 5th-graders to join as secret service agents on a mission to serve, to work together to find the clues that lead us to the One that always chooses to serve others for their good. WestwindKIDS VBS 2020 is going virtual for the first time ever.
    They have planned a flexible 4-day at-home VBS to fit your families’ needs from June 14-17, at 6:30 p.m.
    Each night, they will begin virtually in Mission Control, the large group time, as they sing with our Motion Team, learn the VBS memory verse, watch fun skits and get to know Jesus. Then you choose which areas of VBS will fit for your family to participate in together.
    • Small group on Zoom with a small group and leader
    • Small group with a parent or adult at home
    • Crafts and service project
    Registration costs are based on a per-activity basis. Each child’s registration includes a one-of-a-kind VBS T-shirt, Secret Service Agent gear and all supplies you will need for each child’s activities.
    Scholarships are available. Email tara@westwindchurch.org for more information. Contact them for more details: Westwind Church, 185 N.E. Dartmoor Drive, Waukee, 515-987-2040, westwindchurch.org.

Library to Offer Curbside Pickup Beginning June 1

Posted 5/21/2020
    Starting June 1, the Waukee Public Library will offer scheduled curbside pickup of library books and materials by appointment and will start accepting returns on a limited basis. All due dates have been extended to July 1. Staff will be in the building filling requests and delivering to patrons at scheduled times from the library’s front entrance. Continue to watch the online programming and use the online resources. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, which the library staff has revised to be online and from home this year.

Trash Delayed and Offices Closed Memorial Day

Posted 5/14/2020
All City of Waukee offices including the Waukee Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 25 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day all week, running Tuesday through Saturday. 

Community mobile food pantry to open May 20-21

Posted 5/14/2020
A community mobile food pantry will be open Wednesday, May 20 at the Dallas County Hopsital north parking lot beginning at 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 21 at Raccoon Valley Bank in Adel beginning at 5 p.m. This is sponsored by Raccoon Valley Bank, Dallas County Hospital, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, Dallas County EMS, Adel and Perry Fareways, Hy-Line, Hy-Vee, Minburn Communications, Osmundson, Progressive Foundry, Tyson, Van Wall Equipment and Dallas County Hospital Foundation. 

Apply to Serve on the Library Board of Trustees

Posted 5/14/2020
The Waukee Public Library is governed by a seven-member Library Board of Trustees. Three terms are ending June 30. Are you interested in helping to review all information related to the operations of the Waukee Public Library? Apply to serve a three-year term, which begins July 1, 2020. The board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and helps shape the future of the library. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. Apply by May 29, 2020, at www.waukee.org.

Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course Reopening May 15

Posted 5/14/2020
Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course will reopen on Friday, May 15 at 7 a.m. While the driving range and golf course will be open, many modifications are being made to encourage social distancing and to allow staff time for extra cleaning measures. Golfers can call the clubhouse at 515-987-5247 to schedule a tee time. Call-ahead tee time scheduling and payment is strongly encouraged. The health and safety of golfers and staff is of the utmost importance. 

Mystery Art Challenge

Posted 5/14/2020
Inspired by the Food Network show “Chopped,” the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department is challenging City staff and Waukee residents to open “mystery baskets” of arts and craft supplies and see what they can make.
On Mondays through May 11, the department will announce the three “ingredients” people must use in the mystery art projects. Participants can use the following staples from their homes as well: markers, crayons, glue, tape, scissors and cardstock/paper.
Post photos and/or videos to Facebook and tag Waukee Parks & Recreation, post to other social media using #waukeevirtualrec and #waukeemysteryart, or email photos/videos to the department to dedwards@waukee.org. Participants will be drawn at random for fun prizes. See more on www.waukee.org.
Week 5 Challenge: cardboard, paper clips and skewers.

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events

Posted 5/14/2020
Upcoming events and summer activities held by the Iowa National Guard are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guard announced the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling the annual Memorial Day breakfast along with the summer concert series held at Camp Dodge.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museums is canceling its annual Memorial Day breakfast and recognition event, and the museum itself remains closed to visitors in compliance with the state’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The guard’s No Man’s Land Trench Run is also cancelled this year along with the Iowa National Guard Alumni Day event held in August. Alumni Day is rescheduled for Aug. 7, 2021.

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.

Library Launches “Letters with Librarians”

Posted 5/7/2020
    This May, make a librarian your pen pal. Get writing practice and receive some happy mail during this time of community distancing. Kids are invited to mail a handwritten letter or drawing to the Waukee Public Library, and the librarians will write them back. Write about a book you’ve enjoyed, your family pet or ask for reading recommendations.
    Send letters May 1-31 to:
    Waukee Public Library, Attn: Letters with Librarians
    P.O. Box 68, Waukee, IA 50263
    Don’t have a stamp? Upload a photo of your letter or artwork at www.waukeepubliclibrary.org/letters-librarians, and you will still receive a reply in the mail.

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.

DMARC launches food pantry delivery service

Posted 5/7/2020
    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network is launching a food pantry delivery service to meet the needs of people experiencing food insecurity in Greater Des Moines at this time.
    If a person is unable to obtain food by either visiting a food pantry location or by using a proxy to pick up food for them, they may call to request a delivery. DMARC is asking that only those with health, transportation or other mitigating circumstances use this service. People can call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) toll free to request a delivery. This number will be staffed by trained volunteers and staff from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Requests for delivery will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis, and delivery capacity will depend on the number of volunteers available. The service is launching with a maximum of 50 food pantry deliveries per day. Requests for delivery will close at noon, or after 50 spots have been filled.
    Once the order is placed, food will be delivered to the person’s doorstep with a no-contact drop-off the following business day between 9 a.m. and noon.
    Those interested in volunteering to deliver food can sign up at dmarcunited.org/volunteer.

Des Moines Symphony postpones concerts

Posted 5/7/2020
    The Des Moines Symphony announced that it will postpone its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, as well as its second summer season of Water Works Pops.
     The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, originally planned for Thursday, July 2 at the Iowa State Capitol, will be reimagined as a community-wide Labor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 7 in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park.
     The Symphony’s second season of Water Works Pops, originally scheduled July 24-26, will move to Labor Day weekend along with the rescheduled Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, creating a full weekend of free music for the community. These free, outdoor concerts, offered Sept. 5-7, will be presented thanks to the generous support of Linda and Tom Koehn.
     Further announcements will be made at dmsymphony.org.

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.

Enjoy a Backyard Campout

Posted 4/30/2020
    Campgrounds are closed in Iowa, but you can still enjoy a backyard campout. If you love s’mores, campfire stories and sleeping in a tent, check out these planning ideas, a list of supplies and more to help you plan for a backyard camping adventure. Not into the great outdoors? No problem — set up a campground in your living room or basement. Just keep it to members of your own household, please. Just for fun, post photos and tag Waukee Parks & Recreation with pictures of your best camping setup and any fun activities you participate in.

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.

2020 Safety City Sessions Canceled

Posted 4/30/2020
    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to keep citizens safe, the Waukee Police Department’s 2020 Safety City program is canceled. The department is issuing full refunds to those already registered for Safety City. Unfortunately, the program will not be rescheduled. Call 515-978-7979 with questions.

Willard Garage repair special for essential workers

Posted 4/30/2020
    Willard Garage has a repair special for essential workers: $20 off a $100+ repair, $40 off a $200+ repair or $60 off a $300+ repair.  Will need to show work ID for the discount. Willard Garage is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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.


Posted 4/30/2020
  •  HELP Wanted: Imagine the Possibilities Inc. is looking for motivated, supportive, and compassionate people to enhance the lives of our individuals with developmental disabilities. We have an immediate Full-Time and Part-Time positions available in hour Hourly HCBS program in our Adel location. The HCBS Direct Support Professional is responsible for implementation and documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served. The DSP will be an active advocate for individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making. No experience necessary- we provide training for our team members. We offer a fantastic benefit package including 401k options, health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance options. Benefits also include a generous PTO package with pay out options. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.imagineia.org/employment.
  •  WANTED: Wanted bicycles any age or condition for parts or fixer uppers. Will pick them up, 515-238-3343.
  •  HELP Wanted: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring. If you’ve found yourself looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, FedEx Ground needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep Americans as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. https://careers.fedex.com/groundwarehousejobs/jobs?location=grimes,ia

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.

Primary Absentee Ballot Requests Now Accepted

Posted 4/23/2020
    The Dallas County Elections Office is now accepting absentee ballot requests for the June 2, 2020, Primary Election. Please submit request forms via mail or the drop box located outside of the Auditor’s office at 210 N. 10th Street in Adel, IA 50003.
    The office is NOT accepting absentee requests for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election until July 6, 2020.

Fire department offering (distant) visits

Posted 4/23/2020
    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 kids 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.

Now open

Posted 4/23/2020
    Please call ahead, as some businesses may have altered hours or even closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The new RE/MAX office is open at 651 N.E. Venture Drive just north of Hickman Road and west of Alice’s Road. The 9,861-square-foot building also had space for two future tenants.
    • Tommy’s Car Wash is now open at 180 S.E. Alice’s Road.
    • Scooter’s Coffee is now open in Waukee Vista Commercial Park at 120 W. Hickman Road. The 4,500 square foot building includes additional tenant space as well.
    • The Iowa DOT’s new Dallas County Driver’s License Station is now open in Kettlestone Plaza (1156 S.E. Ashworth Drive).

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.

Register for Warrior Lanes party

Posted 4/23/2020
    Warrior Lanes will be giving away a bowling party for you and up to 9 guests every week from now until bowling is allowed to happen again. Visit www.strikingupsupport.com/warrior-lanes. After you fill out the form to enter yourself to win, share it via social media or email using the link found on the thank you page or in the email you’ll receive. They will draw a new winner every Monday until they can open their doors again.

Free preschool

Posted 4/23/2020
    Waukee Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2020. Classes are held Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A free breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Head Start is of no cost for any services it provides. They offer a quality preschool experience by teachers with teaching degrees.
    Proof of income needs to be provided, as well as proof of age. Families that receive social security disability for any family member, TANF or children that are in foster care automatically qualify. Families not receiving these can also qualify. Family members are also encouraged to apply for any children who might have some special needs.
    For additional information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 712-830-1327 or cschalk@newopp.org.

Clean-up events canceled

Posted 4/16/2020
    Waukee’s annual Spring Clean-Up Week, previously scheduled for April 27 - May 2, is now canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, City of Waukee/ASI garbage customers can still place one bulky item on the curb for pick-up each week. ASI offers this service all year. Simply place the bulky item on the curb by 7 a.m. on your designated trash collection day, and crews will pick it up in addition to the items in your trash/recycling bins. Please review a list of accepted items and a listing of items that will not be collected at www.waukee.org. This service does not apply to those living in neighborhood associations and apartment complexes with private trash collection.
    The Household Hazardous Waste, Appliance and Tire Drop-Off Day will likely be rescheduled later this year.

Police officer hiring extended

Posted 4/16/2020
    The Waukee Police Department is accepting applications for new and certified officers. The department is extending its application deadline for police officers. Certified and non-certified applicants are encouraged to apply by April 24 at noon.

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.

Updated: school district providing grab and go meals

Posted 4/16/2020
    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.
    • New location: Waukee High School, 555 S.E. University Ave., at the bus lane located at the southeast corner. This location only will be open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    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.


Posted 4/16/2020
WANTED: Wanted bicycles any age or condition for parts or fixer uppers. Will pick them up, 515-238-3343.

HELP WANTED: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring. If you’ve found yourself looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, FedEx Ground needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep Americans as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. https://careers.fedex.com/groundwarehousejobs/jobs?location=grimes,ia

DOG NEEDS HOME: Teddy needs a good home. 5-year-old Lab/boxer mix. Brown and white markings. Beautiful dog. Great with kids. Call 515-238-3198. Located 5 miles from Grimes.

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.

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

Posted 4/9/2020
   View a virtual learning camp, livestream of Iowa PBS Kids, coloring contest and more at www.iowapbs.org/families. Abby Brown will share a story online each Wednesday. Join Iowa PBS on www.facebook.com/iowapbs Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

Posted 4/9/2020
    The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of its permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19. www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours

New virtual fundraising gala plans underway in Dallas County

Posted 4/9/2020
    Volunteers with Waukee Area Christian Services are making plans for their fourth annual fund-raising gala in April with a new direction ­— it will be online, not in-person, this year. Proceeds from the gala will help address the growing food, medical and advocate services needs in Dallas County. This year’s goal is $52,000.
    The “Creating Connections” gala will begin on Monday, April 13 and conclude with a live streaming event scheduled for Friday evening, April 17. The Friday night live event will last approximately 20 minutes and allow for a greater number of participants than the originally planned in-person event.
    Details on Waukee Area Christian Services and their upcoming gala are available at https://waukeechristianservices.org.

Intermittent lane closures expected on Kettlestone Boulevard

Posted 4/2/2020
    Intermittent lane closures are expected along Kettlestone Boulevard to the east of Grand Prairie Parkway during the next few weeks. Crews are completing sewer, paving and traffic signal work to extend Kettlestone Boulevard.


WASP Senior Luncheons postponed until July

Posted 4/2/2020
    The Waukee Area Seniors and Police (WASP) luncheons will be postponed until July due to COVID-19 concerns. The next scheduled WASP senior luncheon will be Wednesday, July 29 at noon at the Waukee Community Center. These luncheons are free and aim to connect the senior population with police officers to work together to prevent crime and enhance safety.

Join the Social Distancing Egg Hunt

Posted 4/2/2020
    Due to the COVID-19 situation, Waukee’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11 is canceled. But, don’t worry — the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department is joining with many other departments throughout Iowa to organize a “Social Distancing Egg Hunt.”
    The Social Distancing Egg Hunt aims to get community members outside for fresh air and fun — all while keeping a healthy distance from each other. So, here’s how it works:
   • Create a big Easter Egg. Find poster board or paper, and color, paint, draw or collage your egg. You could even create something digitally.
    • Hang the egg on a front-facing window or door so egg hunters can see it.
    • Get out and “hunt” for all the other eggs in the community.
    • Post pictures and tag social media accounts for a chance to win prizes.
    Waukee residents and businesses — play along to give kids and families something fun to do during this time of isolation. Please keep eggs up through April 12.

Waukee Parks and Trails remain open with restrictions, playgrounds closes

Posted 4/2/2020
    Waukee parks and trails are currently open to the public for recreation but due to COVID-19 concerns, effective immediately, playground equipment and shelter houses are closed until further notice. All park restrooms remain closed and water fountains are turned off. The Trailside Dog Park, along with the tennis, pickleball and basketball courts will remain open at this time. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited.
    The City will not install caution tape or fencing at the parks; residents are asked to do their part to keep family, friends, neighbors and the community safe. Signage will be posted at each park regarding the closure. The City’s priority is protecting the health and safety of our residents and continuing to serve the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.