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Johnson County health officials expect vaccine rollout by Dec. 14 if approved

Johnson County holds a virtual meeting for the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12, 2020.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out in three separate phases, with preference given to health care providers and essential workers.
December 2, 2020

The Johnson County Public Health Department is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine to be available to certain populations within as little as two weeks, according to Emergency Preparedness Planner Stephen...

Iowa Freedom Riders denied seat on Iowa City City Council for second time

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
City councilors said while they appreciate the work the IFR has done for the community, they do not believe giving them a seat will accurately represent all Black voices in Iowa City.
December 1, 2020

The Iowa City City Council signaled their opposition to a recommendation from the Human Rights Commission to allow the Iowa Freedom Riders a seat at the table for discussions related to the city's...

Iowa City to use new anti-ice methods on city roads this winter

Iowa City’s salt and sand barn ready for use, on Monday Nov. 30, 2020.
Instead of using solid salt, the city has purchased equipment which will allow it to make a liquid solution of salt called brine.
December 1, 2020

Iowa City plans to implement new methods to combat dangerous winter roads this winter. Rather than using solid salt to de-ice the roads, Iowa City’s Streets and Traffic Engineering division now has...

Mediacom to increase rates for cable customers in late December

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.
New rates for cable customers will vary between 66 cents for regional sports and $10 for standard cable installation beginning on or around Dec. 22.
November 30, 2020

Mediacom will increase rates for cable customers by several dollars per month, including an adjustment for local broadcasting, regional sports, and standard installation of cable equipment. The...

Johnson County Ambulance Service experiencing staffing shortages and increase in potentially delayed service to Johnson County residents

Johnson County holds a virtual meeting for the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12, 2020.
A report, given to the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, showed a nearly 55 percent increase in ambulances being unavailable to respond to medical calls over the past three years.
November 18, 2020

The Johnson County Ambulance Service has seen an increase in staffing shortages and delayed services over the past three years, according to a report paramedics presented to the Johnson County Board...

New Iowa City ordinance prohibiting biased policing passed first of three votes by city council

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.
The ordinance, which will explicitly add the prohibition of biased policing and racial profiling to the City Code, will need to pass two more council votes before becoming law.
November 17, 2020

Iowa City is taking the steps to codify its commitment to unbiased policing and prohibiting racial profiling. The Iowa City City Council voted unanimously in favor of a new city ordinance that would...

Iowa City Police Department reviewed on community policing and response to Black Lives Matter protests

Iowa City Police Dept. 410 E. Washington St. As seen on Monday June 8, 2020.
Iowa City Police Department will also be reviewed on minority recruitment and officer well-being, with city councilors voluntarily interviewing, as well.
November 16, 2020

The Iowa City Police Department will undergo a voluntary review by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies this week, on its response to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, as...

Iowa City bolsters bike safety with new road markings

Left turn squares for bicycles are seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 in Cedar Rapids.
The boxes will buffer bicyclists from traffic and allow for easier lane positioning to prevent conflicts between bikers and motorists.
November 12, 2020

As part of the implementation of Iowa City’s Bicycle Master Plan, the city began enhancing roadway infrastructure by painting bike lanes, shared lane markings, and the new bike turn boxes. The...

Representatives from local government, cities, hospitals, school boards urge Iowans to prepare for rise in cases

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague led an emergency joint entities meeting to discuss the importance of following health and safety guidelines.
November 12, 2020

Representatives from local government, school systems, and hospitals urged Iowans to prepare for a rise in COVID-19 cases and continue to adhere to state and county health and safety guidelines. The...

New Iowa City Police Department policy discourages stops for minor traffic violations

Iowa City Police Dept. 410 E. Washington St.As seen on Monday June 8, 2020.
A new ICPD policy implemented at the end of October discourages officers from stopping residents based only on minor traffic and pedestrian violations.
November 10, 2020

A new Iowa City Police Department policy will limit when police officers stop residents based only on minor pedestrian/traffic violations that do not pose an immediate threat to public safety. The...

Three incumbent Democrats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors win reelection

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is seen at a public forum for the 2020 fiscal year budget at the Johnson County Administration Building on Wednesday February 27 2019.
Lisa Green-Douglass claimed 52,079 votes, Rod Sullivan claimed 49,581, and Royceann Porter claimed 46,672, to beat out Republican Phil Hemingway’s 27,640 votes.
November 3, 2020

All three incumbent Johnson County Supervisors won reelection on Tuesday with at least 55 percent of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Phil Hemmingway. Rod Sullivan has been on the board...

Iowa City sees significant decrease in revenue from parking in the first quarter

The Harrison St. parking garage is seen on Thursday,  Oct. 29, 2020 at 175 Harrison St. The garage offers both temporary parking and permit parking.
The city brought in almost $600,000 less from parking this quarter compared to last fiscal year’s first quarter because of COVID-19.
November 2, 2020

Iowa City reported a significant dip in parking revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 because of COVID-19 — a difference of about $600,000 compared to last fiscal year’s first quarter. Iowa...

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