Cityscape December 2014 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE December Volume 70 I No. 6 22 10 6 Happy New Year! Now what? Remember which tasks and responsibilities your city ought to complete early in the year? Review the required and recommended duties before January arrives. Behind the plow blade Join Clive’s assistant city manager in the shotgun seat of a snow plow—a view he finds can be quite educa-tional. Transportation Series: Fuel tax The final article in the League's Transportation Series focuses on fuel taxes. Iowa Government Finance Initiative ISU Extension and Outreach is offering the Iowa Government Finance Initiative. Learn more about this initiative which uses local finance, economic and demographic data. Q&A: City, state junkyard regulations Many communities have junkyards or salvage yards. While such properties can serve a valuable purpose, they also pose unique zoning and regulation consider-ations. City Week See how cities across the state seized the opportunity to share the important role cities play in the lives of their citizens by participating in City Week 2014. 10 14 24 11 26 23 20 15 25 20 7 21 20 26 2 16 13 21 17 25 21 16 25 26 16 8 Alliant Energy -Interstate Power and Light Co Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Garden & Associates, Ltd. I+S Group (ISG) IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company MidAmerican Energy Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Red Wing Software Snyder & Associates, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc Tri County Brush Hogging LLC TrueNorth® Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 16 22 24 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; IPAIT; Biswa Das, Iowa State University Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; IPAIT; City of Clive; City of Fort Dodge; City of Indianola ABOUT THE COVER A “view from behind the plow blade” taken by Clive Assistant City Manager Matt McQuillen on a snowplow ride-along. Learn more about his trip and the lessons he learned on page 10. 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. December 2014 Cityscape 3

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