Cityscape March 2014 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE March Volume 69 I No. 9 8 6 6 Cost savings in providing plans, specs Cities must provide copies of documents to prospec-tive bidders, but the process of printing, documenting deposits and collecting returned copies can be over-whelming. For bidders who prefer electronic versions, plan rooms provide an alternative. Emerald ash borer Review the history and spread of Emerald Ash Borers that led to Iowa’s statewide quarantine of firewood, logs, wood chips, nursery trees and more. Child labor law obligations Here comes spring, and with it come seasonal employ-ees. Before hiring, training and work begins, review federal and state child labor laws. Q&A: Urban Revitalization Learn more about the laws and uses for urban re-vitalization, one tool in a city’s redevelopment and economic development tool chest. Paying the piper Winter often takes a toll on roads, trees and water mains. As cities budget, pay or borrow for repairs, review the criteria for borrowing funds. Iowa’s property tax system series The series on Iowa’s changing property tax system con-tinues with a look at the new commercial, industrial and railroad rollback. 8 10 18 21 14 9 22 9 9 6 7 20 24 25 2 10 19 8 8 11 16 8 9 17 9 26 23 27 27 2 11 9 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Foth FOX Engineering Associates French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. GATSO USA HR Green, Inc. Hydro-Klean, Inc I & S Group, Inc. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company Northland Securities, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. Red Wing Software Rehab Systems, Inc. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® USW Utility Group Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. in this issue advertisers 16 24 26 CITYSCAPE STAFF Publisher: Alan Kemp l Editor: Heather Roberts Staff contributors: Alan Kemp; Bethany Crile; Mark Tomb; Mickey Shields; Ron Sinnwell; Heather Roberts; Cindy Kendall; Erin Mullenix; Terry Timmins; Bruce Bergman; Jeff Schott, University of Iowa’s Institute of Public Affairs; Jack Lipovac, HR-OneSource Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; City of Osceola; Iowa Department of Natural Resources ABOUT THE COVER The city of Osceola found a creative way to tackle an old problem: nuisance abatement and enforcement of city codes. Learn more about their Spirit of Osceola program on page 18. Cityscape (ISSN 1088-5951) is published monthly by the Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 244-7282, FAX (978) 367-9733. A subscription to Cityscape is $18/year ($20 outside Iowa) for members and $50/year for non-members. Periodicals postage paid at Des Moines, IA. U.S.P .S. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309. March 2014 Cityscape 3

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