Sunset Terrace Construction Update 9/27

09.27.16

PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 09-26-2016:

The Contractor is anticipating paving Phase 1 mainline on Thursday (09/29), excluding the north and south legs of the intersection of 66th Street.  After the pavement cures (5-7 days), the contractor will install subdrain behind curb and through the intersection and complete the intersection paving.  Driveway paving will follow after that. 

PHASE 2 UPDATE

After much discussion and deliberation during our weekly construction meetings over the past few weeks, it was decided on Friday to delay the start of Phase 2 until next year (April).  In light of the delays from the sewer lateral work, the weather and the fact we are almost into October already, the Engineer, Contractor and the City were in concurrence that it was in the best interest of the project and residents to delay the start of Phase 2 until the spring of 2017.  The worst thing that that could happened is that we could start Phase 2 and we would not be able to complete it before winter hit and have residents not being able to access their properties over winter.  

 The Contractor will provide an updated schedule to residents in early March as we prepare to resume construction for spring.   Thank you for your patience during this process and please contact Nichole Sungren at nsungren@msa-ps.com or at 515-635-3404 if you have any questions.  

Financial Overview Update

09.26.16

Updated: these slides were edited Sept. 26, 2016 to reflect the City’s $4.7 million bonding capacity.

 

Financial Overview Updated Presentation

Sunset Terrace Update 9/16

09.16.16

PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 09-16-2016:

All underground work has been completed.  Compaction testing will be completed during the first part of next week.  The end of the week the Contractor will be trimming the subgrade in preparation of paving.  The Contractor is anticipating paving Phase 1 at the end of next week/beginning of the following week. The Contractor has also provided an updated schedule for distribution, which is attached.

If you experience any utility or construction issues, please refer to the attached diagram for reference to whom you should contact.   These will remain in effect for the rest of the phases when they commence.

 

Schedule

 Contact Diagram

Water Issue Across the Metro

09.09.16

Des Moines Water Works has informed us that residents all over the metro may experience water that smells and taste like dirt. There is an issue with the source water at their treatment plant. Des Moines Water works has advised the water is still safe to drink.  The smell and taste will go away after a few days.

Yappy Hour September 9th is cancelled

09.09.16

Due to the anticipated bad weather that is predicted for this evening, Yappy Hour will be cancelled for this evening,September 9th. See you next week!

Water Shut Off on Sunset Terrace

09.08.16

To our residents,

The city was not aware that the Des Moines Water Works  was shutting off your water today.  Thanks to those citizens that called in so that we were made aware of the situation.

We are learning that the shut if off at Sunset Terrace from 68th Street to 63rd Street.  Our engineer Project Manager, Nicole Sungren, nsungren@msa-ps.com  told us that residents should have received notification via doorknockers yesterday from Des Moines Water Works.  The information on the door knockers stated that the water shut off would last from 8am to 5pm today.  Residents can contact the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) Inspector onsite today if they have questions or concerns.  His name is Doug Anderson and his cell number is 515-210-8254 and his email is danderso@dmww.com  Or feel free to contact Nicole at her email above.  In the future, all water shutoffs will be posted on the website well in advance with the affected residences listed and the DMWW contact information.

Thank you for your patience. 

Temporary Road Closure on University

09.08.16

There will be a temporary one lane road closure in front of the old Mustard's later this afternoon and tomorrow September 9th from 8 AM-4 PM. Updates on will be posted our Facebook page and website.

August 31,2016 Planning and Zoning

08.30.16

                      LOCATION

City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.

Windsor Heights, IA

 

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
5:00 PM
WINDSORHEIGHTS, IOWA

 

 

1)       Call to Order

2)       Approval of the Agenda

3)       Approval of the Minutes:
    a)     July 27, 2016

4)        Public Hearing on a zoning ordinance amendment draft for Chapter 175 Zoning Code: Sign Regulations in the Windsor Heights Code Of  Ordinances

5)       Discussion and possible action on zoning ordinance amendment draft for Chapter 175 Zoning Code: Sign Regulations in the Windsor Heights Code of Ordinances

 

Adjourn          

Sunset Terrace Construction Update 8/29

08.29.16

PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 08-26-2016:

The Contractor is currently making the water service transfers.  The transfers will continue into next week.  During these transfer residents might notice mineral deposits in their toilet bowls and in the aerators of their sinks.  This is caused by the mineral deposits in the services lines that are flush loose during the transfer and is completely normal.  Depending on the amounts residents might want to scoop on the deposits out of the bowl and unscrew the aerators and rinse them off.  Due to the weather and other unforeseen events, the Contractor is the process of preparing an updated schedule at this time but it was not ready in time for this update.  Please see the City’s website for the updated schedule as it becomes available.

 

Courtesy Cart Usage

The courtesy cart is available for Phase 1 residents for use while the roadway is closed.  The courtesy cart (golf cart) is available to transport residents to and from their parked vehicles to their residences while the roadway is closed to vehicular traffic.  The courtesy cart contact phone number is (515) 975-2749.  The cart is available Monday through Friday from 7 am through 5 pm and on Saturday from 7 am through 12 pm. 

Garbage collection during roadway shutdown –

Please place your trash can at the end of your driveway as you would have normally done and the contractor will take care of getting it to a spot that the pickup service will collect it.  Then the contractor will return your trash can after collection to the end of your driveway.  The contractor will put a temporary sticker/tape on it to mark the address so they will not get mixed up. 

Please check on the City’s website and Facebook page for updates, including the Contractor’s most current schedule, as they become available. The schedules will be included with the updates only if they have changed.  

PROJECT CONTACT NUMBERS AND EMAILS (SAVE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE)

 

MSA Professional Services          

1.)    Nichole Sungren, Project Manager          515-635-3404 (Office), 515-205-0883 (Cell)

nsungren@msa-ps.com

2.)    Jason Miller, Secondary Contact                                515-635-3402 (Office), 515-979-5540 (Cell)

jmiller@msa-ps.com

3.)    Richard Harris, Project Inspector               515-291-3500 (Cell)

4.)    Justin Pettit, Project Inspector                   309-333-8937 (Cell)

 

Sternquist Construction (Prime Contractor, Paving)

1.)    Brad Freeman, Project Manager               515-961-8127 (Office), 515-975-3642 (Cell)

bfreeman@sternquistconstruction.com

 

JRS Excavating (Sub Contractor, Utilities)

1.)    Ethan Williams, Project Foreman              515-250-4924 (Cell)

jrsexcavating@hotmail.com

 

City of Windsor Heights

1.)    Doug Stone, Public Services Director       515-645-6825 (Office), 515-402-3208 (Cell)

dstone@windsorheights.org

Complete Streets

08.24.16

Complete Streets Powerpoint 

Complete Streets Infrastructure Guide

 

A presentation on these powerpoints will be at the September 19th meeting. 

Sunset Terrace Construction Update 8/22

08.22.16

PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 08-19-2016:

All the sewer laterals under the roadway have been completed and the Contractor is currently working on completing the water main service connections.  The water service transfers will take all of next week to finish.  Due to recent events the schedule has been pushed back a week and the completion date is now September 23rd.  The updated schedule has been included with this update.

Courtesy Cart Usage

The courtesy cart is available for Phase 1 residents for use while the roadway is closed.  The courtesy cart (golf cart) is available to transport residents to and from their parked vehicles to their residences while the roadway is closed to vehicular traffic.  The courtesy cart contact phone number is (515) 975-2749.  The cart is available Monday through Friday from 7 am through 5 pm and on Saturday from 7 am through 12 pm. 

Garbage collection during roadway shutdown –

Please place your trash can at the end of your driveway as you would have normally done and the contractor will take care of getting it to a spot that the pickup service will collect it.  Then the contractor will return your trash can after collection to the end of your driveway.  The contractor will put a temporary sticker/tape on it to mark the address so they will not get mixed up. 

Please check on the City’s website and Facebook page for updates, including the Contractor’s most current schedule, as they become available. The schedules will be included with the updates only if they have changed. 

 

PROJECT CONTACT NUMBERS AND EMAILS (SAVE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE)

 

MSA Professional Services          

1.)    Nichole Sungren, Project Manager          515-635-3404 (Office), 515-205-0883 (Cell)

nsungren@msa-ps.com

2.)    Jason Miller, Secondary Contact                                515-635-3402 (Office), 515-979-5540 (Cell)

jmiller@msa-ps.com

3.)    Richard Harris, Project Inspector               515-291-3500 (Cell)

4.)    Justin Pettit, Project Inspector                   309-333-8937 (Cell)

 

Sternquist Construction (Prime Contractor, Paving)

1.)    Brad Freeman, Project Manager               515-961-8127 (Office), 515-975-3642 (Cell)

bfreeman@sternquistconstruction.com

 

JRS Excavating (Sub Contractor, Utilities)

1.)    Ethan Williams, Project Foreman              515-250-4924 (Cell)

jrsexcavating@hotmail.com

 

City of Windsor Heights

1.)    Doug Stone, Public Services Director       515-645-6825 (Office), 515-402-3208 (Cell)

dstone@windsorheights.org

 

Schedule Update

Keep Windsor Heights Beautiful Butterfly Garden

08.18.16

If you have visited Colby Park lately, you will notice a newly planted garden along the circle drive – the Windsor Heights Butterfly Garden. Proceeds from the June 12 Garden Tour are helping to pay for the design of the butterfly garden and to purchase over $1,000 worth of pollinator friendly plants. The plants are identified so visitors can get ideas for their own gardens. Plans for the future are to add two benches and a walking path in the butterfly garden.

If you would like to make a donation toward the Windsor Heights Butterfly Garden, make checks payable to City of Windsor Heights with Keep Windsor Heights Beautiful on the memo line. Drop it off or mail it to City of Windsor Heights, 1145 66th St, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, IA 50324. Contributions are tax deductible. 

Walkability Presentation from August 15 Council Meeting

08.17.16

Ciick the link below to see the powerpoint that Zach Young presented at the August 15 council meeting. 

 

Walkabillity Powerpoint

Planning and Zoning Work Session August 18,2016

08.16.16

Planning and Zoning Work Session

 

AUGUST 18, 2016, PLANNING AND ZONING WORK SESSION MEETING

 5:00 P.M. COMMUNITY CENTER 6900 SCHOOL ST

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA 

1)       The Planning and Zoning Committee Will Meet to Conduct a Work Session with a Representative from the Metropolitan Planning Organization to Discuss the Complete Streets Policy.   No Additional Business Will be Discussed. 

 

 

2)       Adjournment

 

 

 

Financial Overview Presentation

08.16.16

At the August 15,2016 council meeting, our financial advisor Tionna Pooler gave a presentation on our financial overview.  Click the link below to view the presentation. 

 

Financial Overview

Storm Clean-Up Information

08.12.16

The Metro area has taken an assessment of the damage from the storm and determined that there will not be a special pick up for debris.  Please bundle the limbs as you would for a normal pick up and place it on the curb. Stickers are availabe at City Hall.

Music in the Park 8/9/2016

08.09.16

Music in the Park will have a concert tonight August 8,2016  at Colby Park.  The band will be the Broken Keys. 

Sunset Terrace Construction 8/5

08.05.16

PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 08-05-2016:

 Water main testing was completed and after a rain delay, the Contractor closed the Phase 1 roadway to traffic on Thursday.  Next week the Contractor will begin work on the sewer laterals under the roadway and water main services.

 Just as a reminder - Phase 1 residents are now required to park their vehicles on side streets since they will no longer be able to access their driveways.  The courtesy cart is available for Phase 1 residents for use while the roadway is closed.  The courtesy cart (golf cart) is available to transport residents to and from their parked vehicles to their residences while the roadway is closed to vehicular traffic.  The courtesy cart contact phone number is (515) 975-2749.  The cart is available Monday through Friday from 7 am through 5 pm and on Saturday from 7 am through 12 pm.  The roadway closure will remain in effect until the pavement has been cured (approximately 09/05/16).  After that the Contractor shall open the road partially to complete the remaining tasks.  The estimated completion date at this time is September 16th.  

Garbage collection during roadway shutdown –

Please place your trash can at the end of your driveway as you would have normally done and the contractor will take care of getting it to a spot that the pickup service will collect it.  Then the contractor will return your trash can after collection to the end of your driveway.  The contractor will put a temporary sticker/tape on it to mark the address so they will not get mixed up. 

 Please check on the City’s website and Facebook page for updates, including the Contractor’s most current schedule, as they become available. The schedules will be included with the updates only if they have changed.  

City Administrator Announcement

08.05.16

CONTACT:
Diana Willits, Mayor
City of Windsor Heights
1145 66th Street Suite 1
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
Ph 515.279.3662 | Fx 515.279.3664

For Immediate Release

Windsor Heights Names New City Administrator

Windsor Heights, Iowa (August 5, 2016) – The City of Windsor Heights hired Elizabeth Hansen as their new city adminstrator, filling a position vacant since May. Hansen currently serves as administrator in Nevada, Iowa and was named City Manager of the Year in 2014 by the Iowa City/County Management Association. She begins in Windsor Heights on October 10.

Hansen has 15 years of experience as a city administrator, serving the City of Nevada since 2007 after Jefferson, Iowa and Elk Point, South Dakota.

“I’m thankful to our Council for their vision and leadership which led to this outstanding hire from a field of 31 candidates,” said mayor Diana Willits. “We’re thrilled to have Elizabeth join us.”

Hansen was hired by a unanimous vote in an August 3 City Council meeting. Mayor Diana Willits has been serving as interim administrator since early May when the previous administrator separated from the post to accept a position in Johnston. Willits continues to serve as acting city administrator until Hansen arrives.

“Hansen’s expertise in creating long-term financial sustainability is going to serve us well,” said Willits. “She has amazing communication skills and a proven ability to manage growth, including community and economic development, and she will develop a strong team including retaining staff with effective training and professional development.”

Hansen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from National American University in Sioux Falls and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is a credentialed City Manager per the International City/County Management Association and an Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk.

Hansen is relocating with her husband and two children. She can be reached at ehansen@windsorheights.org.

 

City Administrator Press Release 

Board of Adjustment Committee Opening

08.02.16

Board of Adjustment Opening:

The City of Windsor Heights has an  immediate opening on the Board of Adjustment.

The Board of Adjustment is responsible for administrative review of decisions made by the zoning administrator, and to hear and decide on Conditional Use Permits, zoning appeals and requests for special exceptions and variances to the Windsor Heights Zoning Code. Terms are 5 years. Applications are due August 31, 2016 and can be submitted in person at City Hall or email to Jessica Vogel at jvogel@windsorheights.org.

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Board of Adjustment Meeting August 10, 2016

08.02.16

AGENDA

                                           Board of Adjustment 

LOCATION

City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.

Windsor Heights, IA

Wednesday, August 10, 2016  5:30 PM

                                              WINDSORHEIGHTS, IOWA

1)       Call to Order/ Roll Call

2)       Approval of the Agenda

3)       Approval of the Minutes:

       a)     July 25, 2016

4)       Public hearing-  Public Hearing on conditional use permit review (CUP02-12) for 6901 Center St 

5)       Discussion and Possible Action on Conditional Use CUP02-12 6901 Center St

6)       Adjourn

 

Board of Adjustment

Chair

Dave Knau

 

Vice-Chair

Sara Walker

 

Donna Markley

Chaden Halfhill

City News Hour August 8, 2016 5:30 PM

08.02.16

The City News Hour meeting will be on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street. Join Mayor Willits and Brian Pins from Quester as they host a presentation on the Windsor Heights Community Survey .  This is an opportunity for all the citizens to view the presentation and have a question and answer session

Sunset Terrace Phase 1 Update

08.02.16

Phase 1 Road Closure Update

Due to today’s rain the Contractor feels that the ground is too wet to begin pavement removal tomorrow as scheduled.  They will plan to start the removals on Thursday (8/4).  Therefore you have an additional day before the roadway closes to traffic.  Also the Contractor has stated that the courtesy cart is on site and will be ready for Thursday.  Please contact me if you have any additional questions.  Thanks.

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Sunset Terrace Construction Update (1)

07.26.16

Update schedule as of July 22, 2016

 

Schedule

Planning and Zoning July 27, 2016

07.22.16

/planning-zonning-meetings.aspx

 

LOCATION City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St. Windsor Heights, IA Wednesday, JULY 27, 2016 5:00 PM WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA

1) Call to Order

2) Approval of the Agenda

3) Approval of the Minutes: a) June 22, 2016

4) Discussion and possible action for Right of Way Acquisition, Clive Elementary Bus Lane

5) Adjourn Planning and Zoning Commission

 

 

Chair Vice-Chair Jim Egger Carole Tillotson Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Stu Turner Joseph Jones Tim Korpela Council Liaison

Board of Adjustment 7/25/2016

07.21.16

AGENDA

Board of Adjustment

LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA

 

 Monday, July 25, 2016

  5:30 PM

  WINDSORHEIGHTS, IOWA

1)       Call to Order/ Roll Call

2)       Approval of the Agenda

3)       Approval of the Minutes:
   a)     April 20, 2016

 4)       Public hearing-  Public Hearing on conditional use permit request (CUP02-16) for 1036 66th St. for Springwood Properties and a construction project of duplexes

5)       Discussion and Possible Action on Conditional Use CUP02-16 Springwood Properties

6)       Discussion and Possible Action on 6901 Center St Property

7)       Adjourn 

Park Updates

07.20.16

The dog park, bike trail and park are now open! 

Movies in the Park July 22,2016

07.20.16

Movies in the Park has been cancelled this evening due to the heat. 

Sunset Terrace Construction Update July 17,2016

07.17.16

Dear Sunset Terrace residents,
Our contractor has run across some issues with orange burg on your street. We will be sending you an update as soon as we are aware of next steps.  Please call Jason Miller 515-979-5540 at MSA if you start experiencing any problems.

Thank you for your patience,

Diana Willits
Mayor

Sunset Terrace Construction Update

07.08.16

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 07-08-2016:

 

STREET CLOSURE:  The contractor will be closing 66th Street to north bound traffic at Colby Avenue and Sunset Terrace to eastbound traffic at 68th Street starting Monday, July 11th at 7 AM.  This change is necessary in order to close the intersection at Sunset Terrace and 66th Street to traffic.  The current one-way traffic pattern along Sunset Terrace from 64th Street to 66th Street will still be accessible for local traffic.  Residents will not be able to continue east at 66th Street after 7 AM Monday but will instead have turn north onto 66th Street.  Thank you for your patience during this traffic modification.

City News Hour July 11, 2016 5:30 PM

07.06.16

The City News Hour meeting will be on Monday, July 11 2016, at 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 PM at the Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street. Please join Mayor Willits and Zach Young from the MPO as they present the recommended ordinance changes from the Walkability Committee. After the presentation there will be an opportunity for a question and answer session.

  A Propose Ordinance Amendment for Amending Chapter 136, Sidewalk Regulations in of the City Code.

Sunset Terrace Paving Project Update

06.27.16

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 06-29-2016:

 

CONSTRUCTION START DATE:  The contractor has pushed back the start date to Tuesday, July 5th due to the holiday as per the schedule provide on the City’s website.  Please see  updated schedule below

PHASES  3 AND 4:  Residents between 73rd Street and 70th Street and 68th Street and 66th Street will notice that they are not included on the provided schedule.  The work on Phases 3 and 4 will not commence until Spring of 2017 (approx. April, weather permitting). The project was split to provide on-street parking between the blocks affected.  And with the later start date, only two of the phases can be completed this year prior to the winter.  Prior to the spring start of Phases 3 and 4, the Contractor will provide those residents with an updated schedule for construction.

 

GARBAGE SERVICE

Garbage service shall remain the same for residents during construction.  Residents shall place their trash, recycling or compost bins at the end of their driveways by 6 am on the scheduled day of pickup.  The Contractor will place a removable sticker to identify the property address on individual bins at the beginning of construction in order for the correct bins to be returned after weekly pick up.  The Contractor shall replace the bins to the ends of the driveways after pickup is complete.

 

COURTESY CART

Due to the mobility issues of several residents along the corridor, it will be responsibility of the Contractor to provide a courtesy cart (i.e. a golf cart) for transporting residents to and from their parked vehicles to their residences while the roadway is closed to vehicular traffic.  It will the Contractor’s responsibility to provide a mobile phone number to which residents can call to which they will be able to reach the courtesy cart driver.  At this time the hours of operation for the cart and the mobile phone number have not been determined.   The Contractor will provide this information to residents once it becomes available.

June 22, 2016 Planning and Zoning Meeting

06.20.16

AGENDA

Planning and Zoning Commission

  LOCATION

City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.

Windsor Heights, IA

 Wednesday, June 22, 2016

5:00 PM

WINDSORHEIGHTS, IOWA

 

 

1)       Call to Order

2)       Approval of the Agenda

3)       Approval of the Minutes:

a)     April 27, 2016

4)        Public Hearing on conditional use permit request (CUP02-16) for 1036 66th St. for Springwood Properties and a construction project of duplexes      Staff Report

5)       Discussion and possible action for Springwood Properties conditional use permit.

6)       Discussion on the 6901 Center St property

7)       Sidewalk ordinance presentation

8)       Adjourn        

               

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair                                     Vice-Chair

Jim Egger                                                                   Carole Tillotson

 

Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Joseph Jones Stu Turner Tim Korpela

 

Council Liaison

Tony Timm

Sunset Terrace Paving Project start date information

06.15.16

Sunset Terrace Paving Project will start on June 27th 2016. The contractor will start will the south side of the street. The roadway will be closed after they complete the water main repair. The first phase will start at 6500 to 66th st including the intersection. 

Fall Ballfield Rental (1)

06.15.16

The fall ballfield rental period season is open. Please contact Elizabeth Riordan at 645-6821

City News Hour June 13, 2016 5:30 PM

06.08.16

The City of Windsor Heights has selected Sternquist Construction, Inc. out of Indianola, Iowa as the contractor for the 2014 Phase 4 Paving Project - Sunset Terrace Reconstruction project.  Representatives from Sternquist, will be making a short presentation at the City News Hour on Monday, June 13, at 5:30 pm at the Community Center, to provide residents with a preliminary schedule for the project.  MSA Professional Services, the City Engineer, will also be present to answer questions.  As construction starts, a letter will be provided to residents with a more detailed schedule and contractor contact information.  The contractor will also utilize the City's website and Facebook page during construction to provide up to date information and any scheduling changes.  

Windsor Heights Fire Department Citizen Academy

06.02.16

  • The Windsor Heights Fire Department (WHFD) Citizen Fire Academy will take place during October and November 2016. The goal of this program is to enhance relationships between Windsor Heights residents and the staff of the Windsor Fire Department. At this time, the Academy is open only to residents of Windsor Heights or immediate family of City employees. This academy is designed to give a clearer understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the fire department within the community. Participants of the program will have the unique opportunity to learn how the Windsor Heights Fire Department provides quality services to its residents.

Applications to participate in the Citizen Fire Academy can be downloaded here

City Offices- Summer Hours

05.31.16

BEGINNING FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2016 OUR SUMMER HOURS WILL BE IN EFFECT.

WE WILL BE CLOSING CITY HALL AND THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING AT 3:00PM

EVERY FRIDAY.

 

City offices closed May 30th

05.29.16

City Hall and other city offices will be closed on Monday May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

Mayor's Bike Ride Cancelled

05.25.16

Mayor's Bike Ride cancelled on May 25th

After discussing it with the Mayor, we have decided the weather is too iffy to have the Mayor's Bike Ride. KCCI is predicting thunderstorms off and on all day. 
We will be having a rain date for the ride June 17th in conjunction with the first movie in the park (Minions).

Walkability Committee Applications

05.17.16

Apply to join the walkability committee. Applications due May 20, 2016.  

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75th Anniversary Website

04.27.16

 

Visit the 75th Anniversary to see what's going on. 

http://www.wh75.org/

Planning and Zoning Meeting April 27, 2016

04.25.16

 

                               AGENDA Planning and Zoning Commission

  LOCATION

City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.

Windsor Heights, IA 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5:00 PM

WINDSORHEIGHTS, IOWA

1)       Call to Order

 2)       Approval of the Agenda

 3)       Approval of the Minutes:
          a)     March 23, 2016

 4)       Joint meeting with the City Council to discuss the Destination Windsor Heights Plan

 5)     Adjourn        

               

PlanningandZoningCommissionChair                                     

Jim Egger                             

Vice-Chair

Carole Tillotson  

Diane Foss
Georgie Libbie
Joseph Jones
Stu Turner
Vacant

 

Council Liaison

Tony Timm

City News Hour May 9th at 5:30 PM

04.15.16

The City News Hour meeting will be on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:30 P.M. in the Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street. Join Mayor Willits and the Council  as they host a forum on sidewalks.  This is an opportunity for all citizens to be heard.  The City has received a petition to put sidewalks on 64th Street and a petition from residents of 64th Street opposing sidewalks being installed in front of their homes. Please plan to attend the May 9th meeting to discuss these petitions and other strategic locations throughout the city that currently lack sidewalks, as the City Council will be considering what can be done to enhance the mobility and walk ability of its citizens and visitors.

Board of Adjustment 4/20/2016

04.14.16

AGENDA
Board of Adjustment
LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
5:30 PM
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA
1) Call to Order/ Roll Call
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
a) February 17, 2016
4) Public hearing for a conditional use permit request (CUP01-16) for Quik Trip Corporation for a convenience store and fuel sales at the Southwest corner of 63rd Street and Hickman Road, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 in the Windsor Crossing Plat, owned by Hurd Windsor LLC.   Quik Trip Comments       Quik Trip Site Plan


5) Adjourn

Board of Adjustment
Chair
Dave Knau
Vice-Chair
Sara Walker


Kathy Warnsholz
Donna Markley
Chaden Halfhill


*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

Street Closures and Repairs on Washington Ave

04.12.16

Starting on Tuesday, April 12th, Veenstra & Kimm (V&K), contractor for the City’s Washington Avenue Sanitary Sewer Relief Project, will be working to complete punch list items associated with the project. V&K will be working on these deficient items for the rest of this week and will have temporary lane closures in the east bound lane of Washington Avenue at the intersection of 73rd Street. Washington Avenue will also be down to one lane near the address of 7222 Washington in the east bound lane for approximately 30 feet of curb repair. The closure at 73rd Street will have some impact to traffic coming off of 73rd Street as it will be at the intersection. The other closure at 7222 Washington should have minimal affect due to its short length. The driveway damage, specifically due to the project will need to be coordinated with the residents and will be done at a later time. This is to minimize any inconvenience as much as possible

City Council Meeting April 18th, 2016

04.11.16

The City Council meeting on April 18th will be held at the Community Center 6900 School St starting at 6:00 PM. 

Walnut Creek Water Trail Meeting March 31,2016

03.22.16

 

New ‘State of the Rivers’ Report: Great potential for river recreation in region

Walnut Creek  
March 31, 6:00 - 7:30      
Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Windsor Heights

The potential for river recreation in Greater Des Moines is significant and largely untapped, a new report finds.

 That is a central takeaway from “State of the Rivers,” a new online resource that is rich with research on 150 miles of creeks and rivers in central Iowa. The report documents the current conditions of the metro waterways – identifying existing uses, opportunities, and challenges – as part of a larger effort to develop a Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Plan.

 “We’ll never have mountains or oceans in central Iowa, but we have an abundance of rivers that we should be embracing as a region,” said Rick Tollakson, the president and CEO of Hubbell Realty Co. who is chairing the Water Trails Steering Committee. “If we come up with an ambitious but achievable plan, our rivers can become a signature recreational amenity for Greater Des Moines. The question now is, what is our vision?” 

 The public is invited to share their ideas on the newly opened Water Trails Input Map, an interactive online mapping tool that lets visitors sketch out their concepts for natural-area preservation and recreational development in and along the rivers and creeks of Greater Des Moines. The Water Trails Input Map is available at www.dmampo.org/water-trails/ and will remain open through Wednesday, March 30.

 

The Water Trails and Greenways Plan is being developed by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The plan covers the Des Moines, Raccoon, South Skunk, North and Middle rivers, as well as Beaver, Four Mile, Mud and Walnut creeks. A draft plan will be released for public comment in early summer of 2016; the final plan is expected by late 2016.

 Major takeaways from the “State of the Rivers” report include:

 

  • Access – Today people have limited access to the rivers and creeks of Greater Des Moines. Expanding the number of access points – such as boat launches, equipment rentals, and information about recreational opportunities – would give people more options to explore rivers in more ways.
  • Water quality – The region’s rivers and creeks are polluted to varying degrees, and they are “flashy” due to excessive storm-water run-off during rainstorms. Improving water quality and stability will attract more people to the rivers.
  • Safety – Threats to the safety of users – whether mild or severe, real or perceived – can act as a deterrent to users. Encouraging a culture of water safety through user education, accurate information on current conditions, and options for safe recreational experiences will be critical to expanding river recreation.
  • Greenways Habitat – The rivers act as corridors of natural habitat throughout the region. Conserving these natural corridors would add to the diversity of wildlife and the health of the rivers.
  • Passionate People – Many people in the community – from current users to business leaders – have engaged in this planning process and have great enthusiasm for improving the region’s waterways.

 

For more information, please visit to dmampo.org/water-trails, call 515-334-0075 or email info@dmampo.org.

Planning and Zoning Meeting March 23, 2016

03.16.16

AGENDA
Planning and Zoning Commission
LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:00 PM
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA


1) Call to Order
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
     a) October 28, 2015
4) Appointment of the 2016 Commission Chair and Vice-Chair
5) Public Hearing on conditional use permit request (CUP01-16) for Quik Trip Corporation for a convenience store and fuel sales at the Southwest corner of 63rd Street and Hickman Road-  Stormwater Management Plan
6) Recommendation on site plan review request for Quik Trip Corporation at the Southwest corner of 63rd Street and Hickman Road
7) Discussion on Temporary Structures and Temporary Uses ordinances
8) Staff updates:
    1. Other upcoming ordinance discussions
    2. University Avenue transportation improvements
    3. Comprehensive Plan- upcoming meeting dates
    4. Trail Hub Feasibility Study

 

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Vice-Chair
Jim Egger Craig Calhoun
Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Joseph Jones Carole Tillotson Stu Turner
Council Liaison
Tony Timm
*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

Spring Cleanup May 5th and 6th

03.15.16

Mark Your Calendar, May 5th and 6this Spring Cleanup

Is that ugly, worn-out couch from the ‘90s still taking up space in your basement? If you haven’t made that trip to the landfill, or if you keep forgetting to buy a Large Item sticker at the grocery store, then you’re in luck! Spring Cleanup is right around the corner, on May 5th and 6th.

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure everything is collected from your curb:

  • Make sure things you wish to dispose of are to the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day.
  • Contained all small items in a bag or box.
  • Know what is and is NOT accepted:

The following are examples of items NOT accepted:

  • Appliances
  • Vehicles or major auto parts
  • Building materials
  • Concrete (any size)
  • Hazardous Waste

What to do with items NOT accepted?

Appliances – Purchase Large Item Stickers from participating stores or City Hall and schedule a curbside pick-up with your hauler ASI- 515-964-5229.            

Hazardous Waste – Visit the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant or Northwest Drop-Off in Grimes. For more information about either option, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/dropoffevents.

For additional information about how to properly dispose of items, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com, and search the Recycling and Disposal Guide

City News Hour March 14,2016

03.08.16

City Information Hour

MARCH 14, 2016

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, 6900 SCHOOL STREET
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA

 

Forum on Automated Traffic Enforcement – City staff and the City’s consultants will be on hand to discuss the proposed Automate Traffic Enforcement programing and vendor changes. Community members will have an opportunity to hear and discuss the program's successes, new deployment strategies, service to the community, educational abilities and enforcement abilities. There will also be representatives present from American Traffic Solutions highlighting their organization and performance abilities.

*** It is possible that a quorum of members of The City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Development Committee and other City Committees may be present.  No additional City business will be discussed other than what is on this agenda. ***  

2014 Paving Project (Phase 4) Sunset Terrace between 73rd Street and 6500 Sunset Terrace

03.07.16

2014 Paving Project (Phase 4)

Sunset Terrace between 73rd Street and 6500 Sunset Terrace

 Upcoming Events:

Open House

Monday, March 21, 2016

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Windsor Heights Council Chambers (1133 66th St.)

 Project designers and City representatives will be there to help answer your questions. Instead of a formal presentation, we are inviting your input during this open house, before the design is finalized, in order to help incorporate as much public feedback as possible before the project begins.

 If you are unable to attend the open house, we welcome your comments through the following methods:

Call Us: You are welcome to call the project manager, Nichole Sungren at MSA Professional Services, at (515) 635-3404.

Email us: dstone@windsorheights.org.  Please include your mailing address, so we know to which property you are referring.

Comment form: Complete the comment form online. Property Owner Survey Form

Planning and Zoning March 23, 2016

03.04.16

Windsor Heights Planning and Zoning Commission to Review Plans for a Quik Trip at the 63rd Street and Hickman Road Intersection

 The Windsor Heights Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a request on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers, 1133 66th St., Windsor Heights, for a conditional use permit and site plan for a 5,858 square foot Quik Trip convenience store with seven fuel dispensers at the property on the Southwest corner of 63rd Street and Hickman Road. The property is currently owned by Hurd Windsor LLC in the Windsor Crossing Plat. A site plan has been submitted of which is currently under review. The Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Adjustment on the conditional use permit. The public is welcome is submit comments. To find out more information, call 515-645-6826 or email comments to snuetzman@windsorheights.org.  

 

Site Plan 

Elevations

 

FEMA Flood Mapping Update

02.23.16

 

UPDATE ON FEMA FLOOD RISK MAPPING PROJECT:

Appeal Period to begin on March 2, 2016, and ending on May 31, 2016

 When FEMA proposes new or modified flood risk mapping determinations, it must provide affected communities with a 90-day appeal period. The City of Windsor Heights was notified that the 90-day appeal period will start on March 2, 2016, and will conclude on May 31, 2016. During the 90-day appeal period any owner, or lessee of real property in Windsor Heights who believes his or her property will be adversely affected by the flood hazard determinations may make an appeal through the Floodplain Coordinator in Windsor Heights.

 Appeals of the proposed flood risk maps shall be based solely on scientific or technical evidence contrary to that of the proposed flood risk maps and accompanying Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and must meet data requirements as defined in Part 67.6 of the National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations.

For more information on the appeal process, contact the Floodplain Coordinator at 515-645-6826 or snuetzman@windsorheights.org. You may also visit FEMA’s website for up to date information: www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe

 

 

 

Previous Information:

Flood risk can, and does, change over time. Flood risks change for many reasons: new development, changes in levee classification, and environmental changes, to name a few. As a result FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is updating Flood Hazard Maps across the country, including Polk County and cities within Polk County. FEMA has prepared Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) which will replace the maps that were last updated in 1992.

 The current FIRMs for the City of Windsor Height were adopted in October of 1992 and do not in all cases reflect today’s risk of flooding. To identify flood risk in Windsor Heights, a detailed study of Walnut Creek was conducted by a local engineering firm and from that data, FEMA developed preliminary maps. It is estimated that the final maps will become effective by March or April of 2017.

 After letters were sent to approximately 140 property owners in either the 100-year or 500-year floodplain notifying them of the change, a public open house was held on December 14, 2015 to answer questions regarding the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps and flood insurance requirements. Representatives from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources gave a presentation and helped to answer questions.  

 The Flood Insurance Rate Maps are important tools used in the effort to protect lives and properties in Windsor Heights. By showing the extent to which areas of Windsor Heights and individual properties are at risk for flooding, the FIRMs help property owners and residents make more informed decisions about personal safety and financially protecting their property. The maps also allow planners, local officials, engineers, developers and others to make determinations about where and how new structures and developments should be built.

 If you notice an error in the FIRMs, you can file a comment or appeal through the City of Windsor Heights. FEMA will not allow property owners to go directly to them for an appeal. The maps are still preliminary; it is anticipated that the regulatory public comment and official appeal period will start in March of 2016 and expire in June of 2016. You can appeal at any time before the expiration date. This is the time when property owners have the opportunity to submit technical and/or scientific data to comment regarding their individual property, or to appeal regarding the accuracy of the mapping process in general.  

 To view the preliminary maps, click below. The floodplain boundary in Windsor Heights is split in three different panels.  

 Map1 Map2 Map 3

Special Events Committee Volunteer Needed

02.22.16

SPECIAL EVENT COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER NEEDED:

We have an opening on the Special Events Committee.   If you have a passion for drawing the community together and helping create, plan and organize events that cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, please complete a committee application to serve on the Special Events Committee. Representation on this committee is especially important this year as the City seeks enhanced programming and events to celebrate its 75th Anniversary of Incorporation.  Applications are attached or can be found on our website at /media/7743/Boards-and-Commissions-Application.pdf Due to Iowa gender balance laws, this position must be filled by a male.  However, for those interested, please apply regardless of your sex because if there are no male applicants, and / or future positions become available, a volunteer will be selected from the list.

 Please complete the application and submit it to Jessica Vogel in person at City Hall or email: jvogel@windsorheights.org

AMENDED Board of Adjustment 2/17/16

02.17.16

AMENDED AGENDA
Board of Adjustment


City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
5:30 PM

1) Call to Order/ Roll Call
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
     a) November 18, 2015
4) Appointment of 2016 Chair and Vice-Chair
5) Public hearing for an appeal from a Zoning Administrator’s decision made at 6555 University Avenue, Windsor Heights, Iowa as it relates to a sign violation notice that was issued for the business, Maple Vape.  Staff Report

6) Adjourn

Board of Adjustment Chair
Dave Knau
Vice-Chair
Sara Walker

Kathy Warnsholz
Donna Markley
Chaden Halfhill


*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

2014 Paving Project- Sunset Terrace between 73rd and 6500 Sunset

02.02.16

2014 Paving Project (Phase 4)

Sunset Terrace between 73rd Streetand 6500 Sunset

 The City of Windsor Heights is the early planning stage of a project located on Sunset Terrace between 73rd and 6500 Sunset, for which the consulting engineer (MSA Professional Services) is conducting survey work to provide a basis for a potential street reconstruction and water main replacement project.  Please note that after the preliminary design has been completed, a public meeting will be held with residents, City staff and the design Engineer to discuss the project (including items such as driveway access, schedule, etc.).  We look forward to your attendance therein.  Until then, Field survey crews will be conducting preliminary work sometime in the two weeks from 02/02/16 to 02/12/16 (weather permitting).  Work will generally be conducted in within the City’s right-of-way along Sunset Terrace between 73rd Street and 6500 Sunset.  Survey crews will generally consist of one person with a GPS unit or two people with optical survey equipment. 

 If you have any questions about this work, please contact Doug Stone, at 515-645-6825, or the consulting Project Engineer, Nichole Sungren of MSA Professional Services at 515-635-3404.

Draft Design and Development Standards Public Hearing in March

01.28.16

The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the draft Design and Development Standards. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the draft  at their March 21st  Council meeting.

 

Design Standards 

Preliminary Conceptual Design For Future University Avenue Transportation Improvements

01.27.16

The City of Windsor Heights has been working with Alta Planning and Design to provide a preliminary conceptual design of improvements to University Avenue from 73rd Street to 63rd Street. All are invited to attend a public meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 5:30 P.M. at the Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street. The conceptual design will be presented in technical detail for those unfamiliar with the practices. Representatives from the City, Alta Planning and Design and the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization will be available for questions and answers. The City is interested in hearing from all stakeholders, specifically those on University Avenue to be as inclusive as possible before a draft plan is presented. If you would like to ask any questions before the meeting or if you cannot attend, please feel free to send them to snuetzman@windsorheights.org or call 515-645-6826. The City can help answer and/or clarify questions before the meeting or at least make sure they are answered at the meeting. 

University Avenue Concept Plan 

University Avenue Photo- 66th and University 

University Avenue Photo- 70th and University 

 

Survey to help shape Windsor Heights

01.27.16

You may have noticed the City of Windsor Heights has been reaching out a lot lately to get your thoughts on our collective future. We understand that not all of our neighbors can make it to a meeting so we've set up a short survey you can answer on your own time. The survey is accessible on mobile devices and can be started and saved if you get interrupted. A couple minutes of your time will literally shape the future of our city.Decisions involving funding priorities, sustainability and amenities are being determined through strategic planning processes underway right now. If you've already engaged in one of our planning meetings free feel to participate in the survey too. We can never hear from citizens enough! Use the link below to get started and don't be afraid to share with your neighbors.Thanks for getting involved in your community!
http://www.surveygizmo.com/…/254…/15241-Windsor-Heights-2015

City News Hour February 8, 2016 5:30 PM

01.21.16

DETAILS:

Monday, February 8, 2016
5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Windsor Heights Community and Events Center
6900 School Street, Windsor Heights

Input Meeting In Reference To Future University Avenue Transportation Improvements

The City of Windsor Heights is currently exploring opportunities for transportation improvements along University Avenue from 73rd Street to 63rd Street and is holding a public informational meeting for persons interested in the process.
Improvements that have been considered would follow the Complete Streets Initiative that was adopted by the Windsor Heights City Council on July 6, 2015. Complete Streets are streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, whether walking, bicycling, driving or riding transit. Complete Streets ensure people of all ages and abilities, including those with physical disabilities, are able to safely move along and cross streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling.
A preliminary conceptual design of what University Avenue could transform to will be presented at the public meeting and will be open for input. Information will be available after the meeting as well at windsorheights.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: 
Sheena Nuetzman, snuetzman@windsorheights.org 
515-645-6826

2016 Pet License

01.21.16

The time to register your pets for 2016 is coming up. All pet owners must register their animals January 1st through March 31st. Even if renewing, please bring a copy of your pet's current rabies certificate or bring a copy of your 2015 pet license. The fee for fixed animals is $10 and un-fixed is $20. Pet Licenses are available at the Windsor Heights Public Safety Building located at 1133 66th Street. The 2016 Pet License Application is available on the Windsor Heights website at www.windsorheights.org. If you have any questions, please call the Police Department at 277-4453. Reminder to pet owners: Even if registered, pets are never permitted to run at large in the city and must be on a leash or confined at all times. All pet ordinances are in Chapter 55.
/i-want-to/get/pet-license.aspx

Citizen of Year Nominations

01.05.16

The selection committee for the Windsor Heights Citizen of the Year is accepting nominations now until January 20, 2016, for the 2015 calendar year. When nominating someone or a co-nomination, please feel free to provide as much or as little supporting documentation as you wish. The Citizen of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Chamber Gala, and subsequently posted in various locations and on social media. The selection committee is comprised of the Mayor, Chamber Chair, Foundation Chair and past 3 years' winners. Please submit your nominations to Jessica Vogel at jvogel@windsorheights.org or drop them off at City Hall. Thank You! 

City Office Closure 12/28/15

12.28.15

For the safety of all and to discourage travel during hazardous conditions, non-essential City offices will be closing at 3:00 p.m. today.  Please stay safe and if you have to drive use caution.  For public safety emergencies, please call 911.  For snow related / City travel issues, please call 645-6825.  Thank you!

December 17, 2015 City Hall and City Offices Closed

12.15.15

Thursday, December 17th, City Hall and Public Safety will be closed from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have City business needing attention that day and during those times to work with your schedule, please call ahead and we will be sure to accommodate you.

City Hall and City Offices Closed December 24th and 25th

12.15.15

City Hall and City Offices will be closed December 24th and December 25th due to the Holiday.  Happy Holidays! 

Public Open House on FEMA's Flood Mapping Update

12.07.15

 

 

 

Public Open House on FEMA’s Flood Mapping Update

 Monday, December 14, 2015 (regularly a 10/60 meeting)

5:15 PM

Windsor Heights Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street

 The City of Windsor Heights recently sent letters to all property owners identified as either being in the 1% annual chance (100-year floodplain) or the 0.2% annual chance (500-year floodplain) in the Preliminary Flood Risk Maps issued by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

 FEMA has prepared Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Polk County and the City of Windsor Heights which will replace the maps that were last updated in 1992. The current FIRMs for the City of Windsor Heights do not accurately reflect today’s risk of flooding. As a result, the City of Windsor Heights FIRMs are being updated, with a final version expected in 2016. To view the Preliminary FIRM Maps, follow the links below.

 Map1 Map2 Map 3

The City will hold an open house for those property owners and any resident who may have questions regarding the Flood Insurance Rate Map and flood insurance requirements. Representatives from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will give an overview of the process and will be available to answer any questions.

 Please feel free to contact the Planning Director for any additional questions at 515-645-6826 or snuetzman@windsorheights.org

Council Meetings in January 2016

12.03.15

City Council Meetings in January

Due to New Year’s Eve and Martin Luther King Jr Holiday, the January 4th and January 18th council meetings will be cancelled. There will be one council meeting held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers.   

City Council Election Information

12.02.15

The City of Windsor Heights will update the city council information once we received the official results from the Polk County Elections office. Click the link below to see the unofficial results. 

http://auditor.polkcountyiowa.gov/Election/Election_summary.asp?Contest_Type=0&Report_Type=all&Election_Date=20151201

City Offices Closed

11.25.15

City offices will be closed November 26 and November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.   Have a happy and safe holiday! 

Your help is needed: DART Express service survey

11.23.15

Your help is needed: DART Express service survey

 As we plan for the future of public transit in the region, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is beginning a series of public outreach efforts to better understand the community’s needs for transit.

 During the next six months, there will be a couple of survey efforts and invitations to public meetings and workshops. We greatly appreciate your help in sharing this information with all of your constituents so that we hear from as much of the community as possible.

 The first survey effort is beginning this week. This survey is specifically looking at DART’s Express Routes and how we can improve those services to better meet our residents’ needs.

 Would you please share with as many of your employees, constituents, and friends as possible? Below is some language you could use in an email, newsletter, or website.

 Help improve DART Express services; Enter to win a $50 gift card!

 Help DART improve its Express services to better meet your travel needs and have a chance to win a $50 Orchestrate Hospitality restaurant gift card.

 

DART Express Route Survey (English version)

DART Express Route Survey (Spanish version)

 

            Survey closes December 18, 2015!
 

For more information about DART services, please call Customer Service at 515-283-8100 or visit ridedart.com. Thank you.

Trash Collection Delay Due to Thanksgiving

11.23.15

No Curbside Collections on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday and Friday Collection Delayed One Day

 

Nov. 12, 2015 – Recycling, yard waste, and garbage will not be collected Thurs., Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week, with Friday collection delayed to Saturday.

 

Residents or businesses with collection questions should call their hauler for additional information.

 

Metro Waste Authority Holiday Hours
All facilities will be closed Thanksgiving Day in observance of the holiday. Select facilities are open Friday and have extended hours the Saturday after the holiday. A complete list of the hours can be found at http://www.mwatoday.com/locations/holiday-hours-closings.aspx.

 

For more information, including what is and what is not accepted, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 515.244.0021.

Washington Ave Sewer Relief Important Update

11.23.15

Washington Ave Sewer Relief Update

Temporary Access Closure Westbound onto Washington Avenue from 70th Street 
Westbound traffic onto Washington Avenue from 70th Street will temporarily be closed starting at dusk this evening and will be closed until approximately 1:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th. This will also affect Washington Avenue traffic wanting to access 70th Street easterly. We apologize for the inconvenience, but without the closure we could be presented with a safety hazard after dark. Any questions can be directed to Doug Stone, Public Services Director at 645-6825

Board of Adjustment 11/18/2015

11.11.15

AGENDA

Board of Adjustment
LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
5:30 PM
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA

1) Call to Order/ Roll Call
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
    a) August 19, 2015
4) Public hearing for a conditional use permit request (CUP03-15) at 7204 University Avenue, for a new Aldi’s grocery store and associated parking in the Midtown Center Master Plan re-development area, formally known as Apple Valley Shopping Center.   CUP03-15 Staff Report
5) Adjourn

 

Board of Adjustment
Chair
Dave Knau
Vice-Chair
Sara Walker
Kathy Warnsholz
David Jenison
Donna Markley
*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

Runoff Elections December 1,2015

11.11.15

Run-off Election Day- December 1, 2015
Upon the results of the November 3, 2015 City Council Elections, there will be a runoff election held on December 1, 2015. Polls will start at 7 AM and go until 8 PM. The runoff election candidates are Zachary Bales-Henry and Charlene Butz. We will post updates on voting locations and information regarding the runoff election.

10/60 Meeting November 9, 2015

11.06.15

The 10/60 meeting on November 9th 5:15 PM at the Community Center will cover proposed University Avenue improvements, an explanation of runoff elections and runoff procedures and an open forum with the Mayor.

Metro Home Improvement Program

11.05.15

Metro Home Improvement Program

 

 

Need help with funding household repairs and have a household income of less than 80% of Polk County area median income? Apply with the Metro Home Improvement Program. The City of Windsor Heights with the collaboration of nine other metro cities participates in The Metro Home Improvement Program with the purpose to preserve affordable housing stock in these communities. The participating cities are Ankeny, Altoona, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. The Program is currently accepting applications from homeowners interested in the program.  The Program is able to assist three to four homeowners per funding period.  Homeowners that are not assisted presently will be placed on a waiting list for the next available funding.

The assistance is for housing repairs such as siding, roofs, windows, electrical and plumbing, as well as any city code violations up to $12,500.  The awards are in the form of a five-year forgivable loan to eligible households with income less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Polk County. Eligible property types are single family dwellings and do not include mobile homes, homes being purchased on contract, duplexes or rental units. The house assisted must be the primary residence of the applicant and assessed below $165,000. Property taxes, mortgage payments and insurance must be current.  The Metro Home Improvement Program is administered by the City of West Des Moines. The program is funded through the participating cities and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.  For further information or a program application, visit the following link www.wdm.iowa.gov/mhip or contact Christine Gordon or Kay Schoon at (515) 273-0770.

Notice of Public Hearing November 2, 2015

10.27.15

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 The public is hereby notified that the Windsor Heights City Council will meet on Monday, November 2, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1133 66th Street, Windsor Heights, at which time a public hearing will be held and comments will be considered for the following item(s) of business:

 1. Consider Approval of a Staffing and Service Delivery Concept for Fire / EMS Services 

within Windsor Heights – (Merge with Clive; Status Quo; Status Quo with Staff / Facility Enhancements)

During the public hearing, any person having an interest in the matter may appear and be heard for or against the adoption of a particular concept. There will be an action item on the agenda following the public hearing at which time the City Council will vote on a specific concept. Comments may also be made prior to the meeting in written form at 1145 66th Street, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, or email directly to City Administrator Brett Klein - bklein@windsorheights.org. 515-279-3662.

Livability Study

10.26.15

Here is the link to the Livability Study:

 http://livabilityindex.aarp.org/search#Windsor+Heights+IA+USA

Get Involved and Help Shape the Future of Windsor Heights

10.23.15

Get Involved and Help Shape the Future of Windsor Heights

 

Volunteer for a Board, Commission or Committee: The Mayor and City Council hope you help continue to make Windsor Heights a great community to live, work and play. There are several volunteer opportunities if you are looking to become more involved within the community. Appointments to serve on a board, commission, or committee are made each January and as there become openings throughout the year.

A listing of current rosters and terms, along with an overview of each committee can be found here. To volunteer for a board, commission, or committee you can find the application here. If you have interest in a particular position and it is not currently available, an application will be kept on file for two years and you will be notified once there is an opening to be considered.

Current openings to be appointed in January

Special Events Committee- all seats open

Public Safety Committee- 1 seat open

Public Works Committee- 1 seat open

Development Committee- 1 seat open

Board of Adjustment- 1 seat open

Planning and Zoning Commission- 2 seats open

Marketing Committee- 2 seats open

 

Contact us if you have any questions on how you can get involved in Windsor Heights. Applications are due December 1, 2015 and can be submitted in person at City Hall or email to Jessica Vogel at jvogel@windsorheights.org

Planning and Zoning Meeting October 28,2015

10.21.15

AGENDA
Planning and Zoning Commission
LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
5:00 PM
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA


1) Call to Order
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
     a) September 23, 2015
4) City Center project introduction
5) Public Hearing on Design and Development Standards
6) Other
7) Adjourn

 Staff Report- Design and Development Standards


Planning and Zoning Commission Chair
Jim Egger
Vice-Chair
Craig Calhoun
Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Joseph Jones Carole Tillotson Stu Turner
Council Liaison
Tony Timm


*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

Fire-EMS FAQ

10.19.15

Click the link below to get some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Windsor Heights Fire Department.

 

Fire-EMS FAQ

Board of Adjustment- Notice of Date Change

10.16.15

The Board of Adjustment meeting that was scheduled for October 21, 2015 is cancelled. 

At the request of the applicant, the public hearing for the Aldi’s conditional use permit request will be continued to next month. The Board of Adjustment will hold the public hearing onWednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers, located at 1133 66th Street. 

10/60 Meeting October 12, 2015- Fire Dept

10.08.15

Public Update Meeting regarding the future of the Fire Department

Monday October 12, 2015

5:15 PM 

Community Center

6900 School Street

The City has been exploring long-term,cost-effective and sustainable models for providing  professional Fire/EMS services.

Please plan to attend and hear an analysis of the options explored, updates on the Clive merger discussion and ask any questions you may have. City Officials look forward to receiving your input. 

 

10/60 Flyer

Special Events Committee Members Needed

10.08.15

Special Events Committee Members Needed –

In anticipation of a year-long celebration of the City’s 75-year anniversary of incorporation, and to modify, energize and add to existing City special events, the City is putting together a formal Special Events Committee.  If you have a passion for drawing the community together and creating events that cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, please complete a committee application to serve on the new Special Events Committee.  Applications are attached or can be found on our website at /media/7743/Boards-and-Commissions-Application.pdf

The City has had an informal ad hoc special events committee in the past and currently.  If you are or have been part of that committee and wish to continue under the new process, please complete the application and know that your past service has been truly valued.  

 

Special Events Flyer

Oktoberfest Oct 3, 2015 11 AM- 6 PM

09.29.15

Schedule of Events

 

12 PM- Java Jews- Pavilion

2 PM-  Jack O’ Lantern Winners Announced- Community Center

2:30 PM - Pumpkin Pie Contest- Adults and Kids- Pavilion

4 PM - Circular Revolution- Pavilion

7PM - Hocus Pocus- Community Center

 

Inflatables, caricature, food vendors, mini golf, jumbo games and pumpkin carving

Stormwater Advisory Meeting September 22, 2015

09.21.15

WINDSOR HEIGHTS
STORMWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
September 22, 2015
5:00 P.M.
City Hall Conference Room
1. Preliminary FEMA Flood Risk Maps
2. Rain garden project at City Hall
3. Walnut Creek Bank Stabilization/Flood Reduction Project near Clive Elementary
4. Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority update

No Yappy Hour on Sept 18 2015

09.18.15

No Yappy Hour on September 18 2015 due to rain! See you next week on Sept 25th from 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM!!

Planning and Zoning Meeting September 23, 2015

09.15.15

AGENDA
Planning and Zoning Commission

LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
5:00 PM

1) Call to Order
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
a) August 26, 2015
4) Public Hearing on CUP03-15, Condition Use Permit Application for property at 7204 University Avenue for a new grocery store (Aldi’s) and associated parking in the Midtown Center Master Plan re-development area, formally known as Apple Valley.  Aldi's Building Elevation.   

 Aldi's Conditional Use Permit Application     CUP03-15 Staff Report for Aldi's  

Aldi's Building Elevation          Aldi's approved Concept #43 site plan

5) Design Standards Review. Discussion only.

6) Comprehensive Plan RFQ and Colby Park Trail Hub Feasibility Study RFQ update.
7) Adjourn.

 

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair
Jim Egger
Vice-Chair
Craig Calhoun
Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Joseph Jones Carole Tillotson Stu Turner
Council Liaison
Tony Timm
*it is possible that members, including a quorum of members, of the City Council and other committees may be present. No business will be discussed outside of this agenda.

10/60 Meeting September 14,2015 at 5 PM

09.14.15

Do you have a question about a new project in the city? Do you have a comment or concern that the city can change to improve?  Please attend the Mayor’s 10/60 meeting tonight at the community center at 5 pm.  The 10/60 is 10 questions or 60 minutes of an open forum conversation with the Mayor and City Administrator.

 We look forward to seeing you tonight at 5pm. 

September 11th Ceremony

09.09.15

Windsor Heights Public Safety
1133 66th Street
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Moment of Silence to Honor the Fallen Heroes of September 11th
Please join the Windsor Heights Fire and Police Departments on Friday, September 11th at 8:45 a.m. in the front of the Public Safety Building located at 1133 66th St.
Staff will share in the remembrance of 2,977 victims who were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks; 411 victims were emergency workers who responded to the World Trade Center.
Chief McDaniel will offer a few brief remarks near the static display of emergency equipment followed by:
 8:58 a.m. a shared moment of silence prior to the collapse of the first tower
 8:59 a.m. ringing of the bell signifying the first loss of public safety responders in the collapse of the south tower
 9:00 a.m. conclusion of ceremony
If you have any questions please contact the Windsor Heights Fire Department at 515-279-9450.

 

September 11th Flyer

City Closed September 7, 2015

09.01.15

There is no Council Meeting on September 7, 2015.  The next meeting will be September 21, 2015. 

Have a good Labor Day Weekend!  

Public Meeting Work Session Notice August 31, 2015

08.27.15

AGENDA

 

PUBLIC MEETING WORK SESSION NOTICE

 AUGUST 31, 2015

 9:00 A.M. WINDSOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, 6900 SCHOOL STREET

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA

1)       Please take notice that City Staff and members of the City Council and Plan Commission will be hearing presentations and interviewing select consulting firms from responses to a Request for Qualifications for both a multi-purpose trail hub study and update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.    

 

 2)       Adjournment

 

*** It is possible that a quorum of members of The City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Development Committee and other City Committees may be present.  No additional City business will be discussed other than what is on this agenda.*** 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning and Zoning Meeting August 26,2015

08.24.15

LOCATION
City Council Chambers (Public Safety Building) 1133 66th St.
Windsor Heights, IA
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
5:00 PM WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA\

 


1) Call to Order
2) Approval of the Agenda
3) Approval of the Minutes:
a) July 22, 2015
4) Consideration of comments from Developer Meeting on Design Standards- Discussion only
5) FEMA mapping update- Discussion only
6) Adjourn

 

Carole Tillotson Design Standard Comments

Letter to Mayor- Preliminary Flood Risk Map Update

Understanding SOMA Revalidation Letter

City of Windsor Heights Preliminary SOMA

 

 

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair
Jim Egger
Vice-Chair
Craig Calhoun
Diane Foss Georgie Libbie Joseph Jones Carole Tillotson Stu Turner

Council Liaison
Tony Timm

Board of Adjustment 8/19/15

08.13.15

AGENDA
WINDSOR HEIGHTS
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
August 19, 2015
5:30 p.m. 1133 66th Street
1. Call to Order/Roll Call
2. Approval of the agenda
3. Approval of the July 15, 2015 Board of Adjustment Minutes
4. Public Hearing on CUP02-15; Conditional Use Permit for property at 6555 University Avenue for a bar and vapor shop, formally known as the Front Row. CUP02-15 Staff Report
5. Adjourn

Graduate Internship Program

04.28.15

The City of Windsor Heights, Iowa, located immediately adjacent to Des Moines, has partnered with Drake University to provide an exciting part-time management internship program open to graduate students in the MPA Program. The City seeks an intern with a passion for public service who is considering a career in municipal management.

Click here for an informational flyer. 

 

Home-Based Business Registration Reminder

01.16.15

Home-Based Business Registration Reminder

Are you starting or have an existing home occupation? Registration with the City is required on an annual basis and the cost is $10.00. To determine if you need to register, the following questions can help you. If you answer yes to any of these, please contact the Planning Director at 645-6826 or click the link below for a registration form and permit requirements. If your response to these questions is generally no, then your operation is permissible and no registration is required.

  • Is an inventory or merchandise stocked on the premise?
  • Is the house address regularly advertised and/or listed as a business address?
  • Does the activity involve the regular delivery of merchandise to the residence?
  • Does the activity take place on a frequent or regular (daily/weekly/monthly) basis?
  • Are persons other than the immediate family members employed at the work site?
  • Does the activity create a business atmosphere in the neighborhood and/or result in increased noise, litter, traffic congestion, or unsightliness?

Please understand that these criteria serve as guidelines/indicators and that other factors may be relevant in a particular case. Even though the activity my initially be considered a permissible home occupation, you run the risk that in the future it may not be considered such because of expansion of or changes to the operation.  If these criteria are not being met appropriately and a violation of the Zoning Code becomes evident, then the City would be compelled to take required action for abatement. 

Registration form and permit requirements

 

HomeServe Sewer Line Protection Letters

01.15.15

HomeServe Sewer Line Protection Letters

Des Moines Water Works customers who are already receiving the water line protection package from HomeServe recently received a mailing in reference to sewer line protection.  Only existing water line protection customers of Home Serve should have received this mailing.  If you were not signed up for the water line protection, you should not have received the mailing regarding sewer line protection.  The water line protection will show up on your Des Moines Water Works utility bill. 

Both services are optional services only and customers can opt out anytime by calling HomeServe or filling out the form if they wish to no longer receive the sewer materials. DMWW has performed due diligence on the water line protection that has been offered since 2013 for $3.99/month. DMWW has performed no review of the HomeServe sewer product. Unlike the Water line protection that is billed on DMWW’s statement, sewer line protection will be billed directly by HomeServe to customers opting to purchase this product. Neither the City nor DMWW endorses the product and it’s simply an opportunity as described in the product information. Customers can cancel water line protection at any time if they wish by calling 855-695-1493 and do not have to sign up for the sewer protection unless it makes sense to them.

Join the Windsor Heights Young Professionals Today!

03.17.14

The Windsor Heights Young Professional Group (WHYPro) is a meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals who either live, work or are acquainted with Windsor Heights, Iowa.

WHYPro started with a simple agenda, to enrich our community by uniting and developing our young professionals. We invite you to help build this momentum by joining WHYPro. For only $35 a year, there are many ways to participate and contribute — review our page on the Windsor Heights Chamber’s website at www.windsorheightschamber.com to learn more about the opportunities.

 

Membership Form

Rental Property Certification Program

11.08.13

Did you know...

The City of Windsor Heights has a rental property certification program?  In 1997, the Windsor Heights City Council adopted the Uniform Housing Code, 1997 Edition, and the Recommended Minimum Housing Standards, 1986 Edition, as the City Rental Housing Code.  The Code applies to all properties or portions thereof which are occupied on a rental basis or if in return for housing, a tenant agrees to occupy and maintain the premises and pay utilities.

All owners of rental property must comply with the Code standards.  All property owners shall submit an application requesting a rental certificate.  Such application shall be accompanied by an inspection fee.  A copy of the fee schedule is enclosed.  Upon receipt of an application, the City conducts an inspection of the premises and issues Rental Certificates.

Below is a brief outline of the Rental Registration process:

  • The property owner completes an application for a rental registration.  The completed registration form must accompany the appropriate registration fee.
    • Registration fee:  $75.00
    • Inspection fee:  $75.00
    • Conversion fee to a rental unit if not previously a rental unit:  $250.00
  • The property owner contacts the City of Windsor Heights to schedule an inspection visit. 
  • The inspector will visit the property and conduct the inspection.  He or she will leave a copy of the completed check list at the property after the initial inspection visit.
  • If the rental unit complies with the provisions of the Code, the inspector will issue a rental certificate. 
  • If violations are found, the property owner is responsible for correcting all violations. 
  • The inspector will return to the property and perform the re-inspection.
  • Regular inspections must be performed on the property. Inspections of one and two family rental units (single homes and duplexes) are required every eighteen (18) months.  Regular inspections of multi-family rental properties (apartment buildings) are required to be inspected every twelve (12) months. 

If you have specific questions regarding the rental inspection program, please feel free to call City Hall at 515-279-3662.  If you need to report a rental property log onto:  http://www.windsorheights.org/planning-building/report-a-code-violation.aspx or call City Hall.

How Can Trees Protect Water Quality and our Streams?

11.03.13

Source: PAtrees.org

Trees play an incredible role in reducing stormwater in several ways and removing or filtering pollutants that would otherwise wind up in our waterways.

Interception    Tree canopies intercept and capture rainfall, reducing the amount that reaches the ground. In urban and suburban settings, a single deciduous tree can intercept between 500 and 760 gallons per year, while a mature evergreen can intercept over 4,000 per year.

Soil Infiltration     Tree roots allow for better infiltration of rainfall with rates of up to 15 inches per hour. The leaf acts as a sponge, allowing for slow infiltration into soils before releasing it to natural channels and recharging ground water.

Evapotranspiration     Trees consume stormwater through a process called evapotranspiration. Water is taken up by roots and move up through the tree until it is transpired back into the atmosphere as water vapor. A single mature oak tree can consume (transpire) over 40,000 gallons of water each year.

Phytoremediation     Trees are very good at removing pollutants such as nitrates & phosphates; and other contaminates such as heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, oils, and hydrocarbons that are found in stormwater.

Riparian Buffers      Trees protect and buffer streams and are critical to maintaining healthy, clean streams. Tree roots provide streambank stability, reducing erosion, filter out sediments, remove nutrients, shade and cool the water, provide habitat for many different species, and provide the primary food source for aquatic insects that are a critical part of the aquatic food chain.