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July 13, 2018 Row of historic residential homes

Affordable Housing Commission Accepting Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids’ Affordable Housing Commission is accepting applications. Residents who have an interest in assuring families have access to safe and affordable housing in Cedar Rapids can apply online. Read More

July 11, 2018 Benches at Greene Square in the evening

Greene Square Becomes Alcohol Free on Saturday

On Tuesday, July 10, Cedar Rapids City Council amended the Cedar Rapids Municipal Code to prohibit alcohol at Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE. Enforcement will begin on Saturday, July 14. No one in the park will be allowed to bring, use, consume, or possess alcohol, wine or beer. Read More

July 10, 2018 Police officers in uniform

Violent Crime Down Nearly 13 Percent in First Half of 2018

Violent crime in Cedar Rapids is down nearly 13 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. 

There were 151 violent crimes in the first six months of 2018 compared to 173 violent crimes in 2017 during the first six months. 

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July 10, 2018 City workers prepare for flooding

Cedar Rapids Residents and Business Leaders Speak to the Importance of Flood Protection

A number of Cedar Rapids residents and businesses owners attended a joint City council committee meeting to voice their support and encouragement for the City to develop a plan for funding the remaining portion of the Flood Control System. Read More

July 06, 2018 Dump truck hauling material

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July 06, 2018 photo of happy kids

Parks and Recreation Department to hold activities at Greene Square in July

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will provide kids, family and adult activities at Greene Square throughout the month of July. Read More

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Suspect Arrested in Tarrence Newman Homicide Case

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has made an arrest in a November 12, 2017 homicide case. Rayshaun Dion Friend, DOB/07-04-1989, age 29, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested this morning for Murder in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, and Going Armed With Intent. Read More

July 05, 2018 Cedar River Flood Control System logo - Strengthening Our Community

Federal Funding for Cedar Rapids Flood Control

Federal government awards $117 million in funding for City's Flood Control System. Read More

July 05, 2018 ReZone_CR_Logo_News-Story

Zoning Code Draft Update Available for Public Review

The City of Cedar Rapids has made the full draft of the zoning code update available for public review.  Read More

June 29, 2018 Deer running through a field

Urban Deer Hunt - September 15, 2018 to January 10, 2019

The City of Cedar Rapids will continue its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2018-2019 season as authorized by City Council Resolution # 0762-09-07.  The Urban Deer Hunt is scheduled for September 15, 2018 through January 10, 2019. Read More

June 25, 2018 sidewalk-construction

City Seeking Input on Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input to help shape a new Pedestrian Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to develop an updated priority list of where we need to install new sidewalk, taking into consideration existing transit and trail amenities. Read More

June 14, 2018 tree logo

City Conducting Minor Flood Stage Activities; Public Impact Minimal

The City’s Public Works Department is taking measures to address minor flood stage river levels. The Cedar River is projected to crest tonight at 12.8 feet, which is considered minor flood stage and will have minimal impacts to the general public. Read More

June 13, 2018 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Going-into-Fire

Fireworks Cause Serious Injury; Fireworks Discharge Prohibited in Cedar Rapids City Limits

The Fire Department and Police Department would like to remind citizens that the use of fireworks within the City limits of Cedar Rapids is prohibited.  Not only are fireworks illegal to be discharged in the City limits, this incident is another unfortunate example of the danger of fireworks. 

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May 23, 2018 National Night Out logo

Time to Register for National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  This will be the 35th anniversary for National Night Out and the 19th anniversary for Cedar Rapids to participate in National Night Out activities. Read More

May 22, 2018 First Avenue street sign

1st Avenue East Improvements Starting 

Sidewalk, intersection reconstruction, and traffic signal replacements will occur this summer on 1st Avenue East. Starting this week, sidewalk improvements will begin between 34th Street and 36th Street. 

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May 18, 2018 Yard Sale sign posted in a yard

Safety a Concern with Illegally Posted Signs

There have been a number of illegally posted signs within the City that can cause safety concerns by obstructing the vision of motorists or obscuring official traffic control devices or other official warning signs. 

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City of Cedar Rapids National Citizen Survey 2018

In January 2018 the City of Cedar Rapids asked a sample of residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey was designed to provide information about how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities. Read More

May 01, 2018 photo of City Hall building

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt and Aa2 Bond Rating on Revenue Debt

The City of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 (stable) rating to the City’s $30 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2018A and $8.8 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2018B.  Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the Aa1 rating on the City’s outstanding general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) debt. Read More

April 23, 2018 Rendering of memorial plaza

Northwest Neighborhood Flood Memorial Underway

Construction is underway on a 2008 flood memorial located in the Northwest Neighborhood. Read More

April 20, 2018 leaf vacuum truck

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Extended

Trucks will operate through Friday, May 11 on regular garbage collection days. Read More

April 19, 2018 Housing and Urban Development presents check to City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Receives Nearly $40,000 for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Cedar Rapids nearly $40,000 to help provide a permanent home to veterans experiencing homelessness. Read More

April 05, 2018 Holly Ruble - 2018 Outstanding Professional award plaque

Ruble Recognized as Outstanding Professional in Iowa

“Holly Ruble is an exemplary member of our team,” says utilities director Steve Hershner.  “She has developed and championed a number of iGreenCR and sustainability initiatives from which the community has benefitted and we are grateful for her example.”

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April 04, 2018 Paving-for-Progress-sign

Johnson Avenue NW Project Starting

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, April 5, on the Johnson Avenue NW Paving for Progress project, weather permitting.  Read More

March 27, 2018 tree logo

City of Cedar Rapids Releases Mobile App Update

The City of Cedar Rapids Mobile Application has been updated and is now available for download on the iTunes App Store and Droid Play Store by searching for “City of Cedar Rapids.” Read More

March 23, 2018 CRBT's John Rodriguez accepts the Outstanding Partner Award. Photo courtesy Iowa Water Center.

Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Company Receives Outstanding Partner Award for Work with City

The Iowa Water Conference recognized Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust with the Outstanding Partner Award on Wednesday. The award highlights agencies that use and promote green infrastructure projects, like CRBT's new zero-stormwater-runoff parking lot, partially funded by the City's stormwater cost-share program. Read More

February 28, 2018 child painting storm drain

Storm Drain Mural Project Accepting Submissions

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with Iowa BIG and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, calls for submissions to the Storm Drain Mural Project. Read More

February 13, 2018 Solar glasspanels

Cedar Rapids Receives Gold Designation as a Solar-Ready Community

The City of Cedar Rapids earned a gold rating from SolSmart for efforts to make it easier for residents to go solar - the first in Iowa.  Read More

February 06, 2018 Rain Garden and flowers

AmeriCorps to Design and Install Rain Gardens for Free this Summer

Through a unique partnership with AmeriCorps, Cedar Rapid residents have the opportunity to win a rain garden design and installation for free this summer. Read More

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

2018 Safety Scoop Presentation Schedule Announced

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

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December 19, 2017 photo of City Hall building

City Initiating New Camera Citation Collection Strategy

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

November 30, 2017 NewBoMarket

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Phoenix Award for NewBo District Development

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

October 06, 2017 WaterPourIntoGlass

Public notification: Monitoring violation of the water testing schedule

The City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Department – Water Division violated a drinking water monitoring standard in September 2017 by only collecting 97 of the required 100 routine water samples to test for the presence of total coliform bacteria. Even though this oversight is not an emergency health concern, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. Read More

July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Play Guide cover with a girl serving a volleyball

Parks & Recreation Fall Registration Begins Online July 31

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration begins online July 31 at 5:00 p.m. or by phone, 319-286-5566, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., beginning August 1. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, will be posted online at CRREC.org. It will be mailed the week of August 7 to all Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Robins residents inside Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine. Read More

March 31, 2017 Row of historic residential homes

Iowa Finance Authority Announces More than $73.6M to Build and Preserve Housing

Affordable Housing Projects in Eight Iowa Counties Receive Federal Housing Tax Credits

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December 14, 2016 Row of historic residential homes

City of Cedar Rapids Joins Nextdoor

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined Nextdoor to help make our community stronger and safer. Nextdoor is a free private social networking website for neighborhoods. Read More

September 28, 2016 Barricades around Veterans Memorial Building

Flood Update and Revised Evacuation Area

The Cedar River level is slowing dropping after cresting at nearly 22 feet yesterday. The river will likely remain high for the next several days, and is expected to reach approximately 18 feet by Thursday early evening. The evacuation area has been adjusted to a smaller perimeter. Barricades and access control points have been moved to the revised perimeter and will continue to be monitored for public safety. Read More

September 27, 2016 Flooding around May's Island, evening of September 26

Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response

The Cedar River is cresting at 22 feet and will likely remain high for the next several days. Residents are still urged to stay out of the evacuation area and to heed curfew times until the flood risk has passed. Do not go near the temporary flood control system or go near water. Read More

September 26, 2016 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control Measures in Place

Cedar Rapids’ temporary flood control measures are in place and Public Works engineering teams as well as US Army Corps of Engineer teams will actively monitor for any weaknesses and re-enforce the system as necessary 24 hours a day. Read More

September 25, 2016 City workers prepare for flooding

Flood Preparation and Evacuation Plans Continue

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cedar Rapids will see a river crest of 16 feet by Monday morning, which is considered major flood stage.  The City’s Incident Command Team activated at 7:00 this morning and is utilizing a cross-departmental team of Public Safety, Public Works, and other City departments. Read More

September 25, 2016 View of empty street taken from third avenue

Important: Flood Evacuation Notice

Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave the area. Returning to your residence may be restricted because of the potential safety risks in the evacuation zone.  Public safety personnel are recommending that you leave immediately, but no later than 8:00 p.m. this evening.  Remaining in the evacuation area places residents at risk and will place safety personnel at risk. Read More

September 22, 2016 Generic-City-News logo

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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photo of City Hall building

Burglar Alarm Permit and Rental Registration Fee Annual Invoicing

 Recently the Finance Department sent invoices to permit holders of record for the annual burglar alarm permit fee and rental registration fee for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

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Cedar Rapids Hosts Joint Meeting of Flood Control System and Finance and Administrative Council Committees

On Monday, July 9 Cedar Rapids City Council members from the Flood Control System Council Committee and the Finance and Administrative Council Committee will be hosting a special joint meeting. Read More

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