Cityscape February 2015 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE February Volume 70 I No. 8 20 10 6 Bids, quotes, contracts Review the steps Code of Iowa Chapter 26 says a city must take to award contracts for public improvement projects. Homeowners Flood Insurance Learn more about the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 and what it means for the residents and the city. Q&A: Offer of employment letters To avoid pitfalls in understanding the status of employ-ment many cities provide an offer of employment letter. But what should be included? Selling city property It has long been said that one person’s trash is an-other’s treasure. Learn more about how your city can legally, sell real and personal property. I-WALK for older Iowans Recognizing the importance of promoting healthy be-haviors for all Iowans, I-WALK was expanded in 2013 to focus on older Iowans. Sledding on city property Sledding downhill on freshly fallen snow is a highlight of childhood winters. What happens when the hill is owned by the city and someone gets hurt? 24 13 27 19 9 27 20 9 2 9 21 23 8 25 9 12 23 18 7 12 12 17 Bolton & Menk, Inc. D.A. Davidson & Co. FOX Engineering Associates, Inc. Garden & Associates, Ltd. HR Green, Inc. I+S Group (ISG) IIW, P.C. International City/County Management Association Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust J&M Displays, Inc. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company MSA Professional Services, Inc. Red Wing Software Snyder & Associates, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 12 16 18 20 22 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; Robert Palmer; Dustin Miller; Derek Johnson, I+S Group; Jason Conn, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Christopher J. Seeger, Iowa State University; Susan Skalinski, J&M Displays, Inc. Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; Pocahon-tas County Hometown Pride and Fremont County Hometown Pride ABOUT THE COVER Orange City won an All-Star Community Award in 2014 for their Phoenix Project. Applications are available for the 2015 program. Learn more about updates to award program on page 8. 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. February 2015 Cityscape 3

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