Cityscape April 2015 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE April Volume 70 I No. 10 16 10 6 Bugs, weeds and spraying regulations With warm weather comes pests. Is your city staff ready and certified to take on the weeds and mosquitos? Stop vandalism Many cities have learned that while the city may lead the charge, vandalism is an issue requiring a community-wide response. Building a capital improvement program A CIP doesn’t have to be complicated, but it usually takes time. Learn more about how to go about creating this essential city plan. Q&A: Drug, alcohol testing Find answers to many of the most common questions surrounding drug testing for cities. Public tree pruning Before wielding any branch cutters, review this piece as well as your city’s ordinances regarding tree pruning. ADA & public ROW Accessibility for all as a civil right through the ADA. What is sometimes less apparent is IDOT’s role in ensuring that accessibility. 26 7 25 19 7 11 16 12 15 23 9 15 7 22 27 15 15 16 12 7 12 2 Alliant Energy -Interstate Power and Light Co Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Garden & Associates, Ltd. Hydro-Klean LLC I+S Group (ISG) IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Rehab Systems, Inc. SEH Snyder & Associates, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 8 10 12 16 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; Robert Palmer; Dustin Miller; Maggie J. Burger & Larry P . Burger, Speer Financial, Inc.; Lisa Hanus, UnityPoint; Courtney Long, ISU Sustainable Community Design Lab; John Dostart, P .E., Iowa Department of Transportation; U.S. Senator Joni Ernst; U.S. Sena-tor Chuck Grassley Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; U.S. Sena-tor Joni Ernst; U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley; Rachael Emig, Independence Middle and High School ABOUT THE COVER Charles City is one of 18 communities to achieve the Connected Community Certification. Learn more about the program, and how it’s helped cities like Osceola and Charles City, on page 22. 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. April 2015 Cityscape 3

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