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The Urbandale Council Recap is a brief highlight of the City Council meetings. The recap is not minutes of the Council meeting. Minutes are considered and approved at the subsequent Council meeting.

January 25, 2022 - Regular Council Meeting

The Mayor and City Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 25. 

The City Council approved the final application for the Iowa Reinvestment Act regarding the Merle Hay Mall area. Planned projects for the site include a 3,500 seat multi-use arena, a hockey training and competition center, a multi-story hotel, expanded shopping opportunities, an improved corridor offering additional entertainment experiences, and infrastructure to ensure an enhanced experience for residents and visitors.

The Council also approved a $31,000 agreement for monument sign designs which will end up being placed at the intersection of 100th Street and 54th Avenue, at the NW Urbandale Drive Interstate interchange, and at the north edge of town on 128th Street. This ongoing project will help identify Urbandale for visitors and residents, convey a welcoming entrance to Urbandale, promote community identity, and support economic development initiatives. 

You can watch all the City Council meetings on YouTube and find council agendas here. The Mayor and City Council will meet again on Saturday, January 29, for a budget worksession.

January 11, 2022 - Council Worksession & Council Meeting

The Mayor and City Council met for a worksession and a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 11. At the worksession, the Engineering Department presented a proposed plan for stormwater management near Merle Hay Mall and Lillis Lofts. The worksession adjourned with no official action taking place.

The Mayor then called the Council meeting to order and began by formally recognizing and thanking everyone involved in a successful life-saving event. Seconds count in an emergency, and it takes a dedicated Urbandale team to answer the call:  

  • Lt. Josh Boyle
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Dennis May
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Mitchell
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Towers
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Dominic Madonia 

The Council approved an amended version of the 2022-2027+ Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The CIP prioritizes and plans for construction and purchases to meet the City’s future needs for public art, buildings, equipment, technology, parks, bridges, sidewalks, storm sewers, streets, street lighting, traffic signals, and water systems. The recommended CIP anticipates expenditures of almost $29 million in the 2022 construction year (and nearly $217 million for the City's infrastructure improvements across all years presented in the CIP).

Subject to some conditions, the Council approved a final plat at the southeast corner of 156th Street and Waterford Road for 56 single-family residential lots and a final plat for Worldwide Logistics at 12400 Meredith Drive.

A closed session was held at the end of the meeting to discuss pending litigation. You can watch all the City Council meetings here on YouTube and find council agendas here. The Mayor and City Council will meet again on Tuesday, January 25.