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City Council approves fire station reconstruction

City Council convenes virtually on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Iowa City residents could tune in on several online platforms and write in for public comment.

Riley Davis and Rachel Schilke, News Reporters

May 20, 2020

The Iowa City City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a purchase agreement to relocate Fire Station 3 to a 1.5-acre lot in a new subdivision on American Legion Road. The original east-side Fire Station 3, built in 1972, currently does not meet the modern facility standards and lacks suffic...

Iowa City Mayor signs order delaying water rate increase, adjusting public sidewalk restrictions

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague signed a proclamation Monday aimed at helping residents and businesses navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic.  These restrictions come as Gov. Kim Reynolds gives businesses across Iowa permission to reopen on May 15. "As restrictions are being loosened throughout our...

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 11, 2020

Community pushback to converting one of Iowa City’s “skinned infield” ball parks to turf grass is prompting an Iowa City city councilor to look into restoring the field. Between Brown Street Historic District and Oakland Cemetery on the northside of Iowa City, Happy Hollow Park is known...

UI student governments ask Iowa City to forgive utilities for unemployed students, residents

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Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate and Professional Student Government wrote a joint letter April 29 asking the Iowa City City Council to consider forgiving utility fees for unemployed students and residents, amid financial uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic. The lette...

‘We’re preparing for everything,’ University of Iowa president says of plans to resume campus operations

UI President Bruce Harreld answers questions during an interview with The Daily Iowan in the Adler Journalism Building on Monday, December 9, 2019. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said in an interview with The Daily Iowan Wednesday that the university is considering several potential solutions to address how to safely resume campus operations, especially for the upcoming fall semester, amid COVID-19.  “We’re preparing for e...

City of Iowa City expected to take $4.6 million loss in 2020 budget

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

Two months since Johnson County confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case, the novel-coronavirus pandemic has created a “fluid and unpredictable” financial environment for Iowa City and caused negative impacts to revenue and expenditures, as local officials predicted at an Iowa City City Council me...

Iowa City City Council faces community pushback for Benton Hill Park prairie restoration

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague sits alone in City Hall while leading a city council meeting conducted over video chat due to health concerns caused by COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

April 21, 2020

Ten emails from concerned Iowa City community members filled the Iowa City City Council’s mailbox before its Tuesday meeting asking city councilors to reconsider selecting a local neighborhood park as a site for prairie restoration. Local neighborhood homeowner Lindsey Park sent an email to th...

‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online connections as UI classes, government meetings move online

Photo Illustration by Ryan Adams

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 12, 2020

When Professor Elke Heckner logged on to a scheduled Zoom class session 20 minutes early, she found three unexpected visitors. None of the trio were students in the interim University of Iowa German Department departmental executive officer's class. All of their screen names were displayed, and a...

Iowa City City Council votes to pay temporary employees until May 16

City Manager Geoff Fruin speaks at a City Council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Fruin spoke about the proposed plan to build solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 employee pay plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The Iowa City City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve continued pay for city employees until May 16. After that date, the roughly 260 employees with temporary status would be furloughed unless the council approves an extension. Iowa City City Manager Geoff Fruin provided the council with three...

Iowa City City Council spikes solar energy project in Waterworks Prairie Park

City Council member Pauline Taylor speaks at a City Council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 city employee pay plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

April 7, 2020

Iowa City residents' strong opposition to a solar-energy project at Waterworks Prairie Park prompted the Iowa City City Council on Tuesday to vote unanimously against a lease agreement with MidAmerican which would have advanced the project. Several community members advocated for the city counc...

Local governments hold first virtual meetings, provide access for public participation

City Council convenes virtually on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Iowa City residents could tune in on several online platforms and write in for public comment.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

March 25, 2020

The Iowa City City Council and Johnson County Board of Supervisors are transitioning their regular meetings to a virtual format in an effort to allow for public access and participation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has closed public buildings for staff and community safety. The city counc...

Iowa City City Council defers conversation on solar-energy project to next meeting

City Council convenes virtually on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Iowa City residents could tune in on several online platforms and write in for public comment.

Annie Fitzpatrick and Rachel Schilke

March 24, 2020

Iowa City and MidAmerican Energy plan to expand the use of renewable energy in Iowa City through a joint solar-energy project at the Iowa City Water Plant. MidAmerican’s request to lease the land went before the Iowa City City Council on March 24 and the council voted to continue the discussion April...