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Leaf Drop Off Event

City of Urbandale

Leaf Drop Off


Saturdays from November 1 – November 15, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Urbandale Public Works Facility

9401 Hickman Road


Urbandale residents may drop off leaves, free of charge, at the Urbandale Public Works Facility, 9401 Hickman Road, on Saturdays from November 1 thru November 15, 2014.

Residents may bring leaves in any paper yard waste bag from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Containers and plastic bags will also be allowed as long as the yard waste is emptied from the container or bag at the site.

Please bring identification as checks will take place to make sure only Urbandale residents are utilizing the free service.

If you would like further information on this free program, please call the Urbandale Department of Engineering and Public Works at 278-3950 ore email engpw@urbandale.org

Endow Urbandale Provides Grants to Four Urbandale Organizations

At the October 14th City Council meeting, Endow Urbandale Community Fund provides four grants to Urbandale organizations.  Endow Urbandale is a tax-qualified community foundation managed by Urbandale citizens to facilitate charitable giving in Urbandale. It supports the charitable, cultural and civic needs of our community now and for generations to come. Endow Urbandale also provides a resource for other community organizations and individuals who wish to create their own charitable endowments funds.  

Gifts to Endow Urbandale are not immediately spent, but are left to accumulate and grow through prudent investment. Grants from the fund are used to enhance Urbandale’s quality of life by targeting education, youth development, community development, cultural amenities, the arts and health and human services.  Endow Urbandale has selected these four organizations to receive grants in 2014: 

  • The Urbandale Historical Society will receive $4,000 for the repairs of the memorial walkways in front of the Olmsted-Urban House and the walkway around the parking lot of the property. The brick walkways need to be raised and repaired for the safety of visitors.  
  • The Urbandale Centennial Steering Committee will receive $3,580 to pay for design, marketing and promotional materials in connection with plans for the City’s centennial celebration beginning July 4, 2016, and concluding July 4, 2017.  
  • The Urbandale Police Department will receive $1,800 to purchase workbooks, T-shirts and graduation supplies for students taking its “Culture of Integrity” program at the Urbandale Middle School. This program aims to instill values and keep students safe by teaching them about bullying, keys to success, personal safety and social media.  
  • The American Legion Post 663 will receive $600 to cover administration costs and cash prizes for its annual Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest. This program offers students an opportunity to write essays about what the American flag means to them.
Private Halloween Fire Works Display Approved

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a request from Eric Lewis (3936 156th Street), for a fireworks display on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM for approximately 15 minutes. The request meets all of the requirements within the Fire Code. The petitioner is required to notify residents in the area within 1,000 feet of the display.  Since the 1,000 feet notification exceeds the Noise Waiver guidelines, the Council again was asked to approve the Noise Wavier. As approved in the past, a segment of the park trail would be closed for the event. Mr. Lewis would again be required to provide 3 reflective barricades and 3 adult monitors on the trail for the duration of the fireworks display, and immediately remove the barricades after the event.  The professional pyrotechnics company J & M Displays will provide a Certificate of Insurance and name the City as an Additional Insured. There is no rain date.

Local Government Collaboration

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, reaffirmed the City's support of the Local Government Collaboration effort.  The Local Government Collaboration effort seeks ways to make collaboration sustainable between local governments in 11 different study areas. In August, 2012, the City approved Resolution 107-2012 to participate in the first round to prioritize collaboration opportunities in Public Works, and in Fire/EMS. Proposed is the continuation of this collaboration project. The focus of the second round is to review the areas of Law Enforcement, and Parks and Recreation. The Des Moines Area Community College Business Resources will again facilitate the process with the entities for these two study areas, at an estimated project cost of $28,000. Urbandale’s pro-rated share for this second round is $1,900.

Pet Licensing Update

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a recommendation by the WestPet Executive Board to keep the pet licensing fee the same amount in 2015.  The fee structure will change, but the total cost to the pet owner will remain the same.  At the May 16, 2014 WestPet management meeting, it was approved by the WestPet Executive Management Committee to internally manage the billing and collection of animal license and fees for WestPet. Consolidated billing and collection of animal control license fees, between WestPet and Humane Enterprises of Omaha, Nebraska expired on June 30, 2014 and was not renewed. Through WestPet management action, West Des Moines will assume administrative responsibility for the licensing and fees collections.  Urbandale and Clive personnel will assist in the processing of animal control licenses.  

The Council approved a flat rate fee that incorporates the pet license and administrative fee into one total billing.  The pet license fee will remain the same at $19 for an altered dog and $29 for a intact dog; $17 for an altered cat and $24 for an intact cat; and a late fee of $25.  

Vegetative Debris Management

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a new vegetative debris management policy.  The Capital Crossroads Governance Committee sponsored an initiative to test a new model of collaboration among 15 cities and three counties in central Iowa. The theory was that with some structure and support, it would be possible to accelerate and sustain the use of collaborative approaches to make local governments more efficient and effective. Members of the committee presented various goals of the collaboration effort to the City Council at its meeting of January 21, 2014. One of the initiatives was the creation of a uniform regional standard for handling private and public tree debris caused by natural disasters (severe storms, wind, ice/snow).

The City of Urbandale does not have a policy in place to assess and respond to storms that produce vegetative debris. Historically, debris has been collected from private property when FEMA declares a natural disaster where the City would receive reimbursement of costs to collect and dispose of the vegetative debris, and when damage is determined to be widespread throughout the City and moderate to severe in  nature.According to the policy, a damage assessment report will be created utilizing the US National Grid System and FEMA guidelines. Based on this report, the Director of Engineering and Public Works will develop an applicable recommendation on the level of response to the storm event to the City Manager.

The damage in each grid will be classified into three categories; minor, major or destroyed. A description of each and level of response is summarized as follows: 


  • Widespread minor damage to trees and isolated moderate damage 
  • Standard yard waste collection rules apply (Compost It! and log and limb collection program).


  • Widespread moderate damage and isolated destroyed trees.
  • Standard yard waste collected at no cost (bundled yard waste and standard yard waste bags). These items will be collected on the resident’s regular garbage day.  
  • Branches up to 8” in diameter and up to 8’ in length will be collected at no cost. A plan for collection will depend on the distribution of debris and efficiency of collection.


  • Widespread destroyed trees.
  • Standard yard waste collected at no cost (bundled yard waste and standard yard waste bags). These items will be collected on the resident’s regular garbage day.
  • All other trees and branches will be collected at no cost within the capability of the equipment utilized.
  • Drop off locations may be made available.

The level of response may vary between grids. For example, there may be minor damage in one grid where no special provisions are made. At the same time, another grid may contain major damage where a curbside
collection takes place at no cost to residents. The policy states that if in 75% of grids vegetation is deemed damaged or destroyed, a city wide collection of vegetative debris will take place.

Bids Rejected for the Walnut Creek Regional Tree Planting

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, rejected the bids received for the Walnut Creek Regional Tree Planting.  At its meeting of March 4, 2014, the City Council adopted the FY2014-15 operating budget, which included an allocation of $35,000 for the reforesting and annual landscaping enhancements in the Walnut Creek Regional Park.  Three companies submitted bids for this project.  The low bid of Timberpine, Inc. in the amount of $41,850, is $6,850 (19.6%) more than the budget amount of $35,000 for the project. Based on the budget for the project and the proposed cost based on the three bids received, the Council rejected the bids and staff recommends rebidding the project again this Fall.

Senior Recreation Center HVAC System Project

The City Council, at its October 14th meeting, approved a design services agreement for the Senior Recreation Center HVAC System project.  The agreement would include design services for the modification of the Senior Recreation Center’s existing HVAC system to address humidity issues and install a more universal (non-proprietary) control system. The Council approved an engineering services agreement with KJWW Engineering Consultants, in the amount of $17,000.

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