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Council Recap
The City Council met for a worksession regarding building code updates and how it relates to the Urbandale community on the 23rd of June. The Community Development Department presented highly-technical information, relating to code administration, plan reviews, and field inspections. 

Urbandale’s building codes are a set of rules that help specify the standards for constructed objects such as homes and office buildings. The main purpose of building codes is to protect public health, safety, and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.

The City Council gave staff direction to move forward on drafting an update to the building codes and preparing an ordinance for adoption at a later council meeting. Read More.
Message from Mayor Andeweg: Fourth of July
Summer Clean Up
Spring Clean-Up, originally scheduled for late April, has been rescheduled and will take place on the week of July 27 on your normal collection day. Now called Summer Clean-Up, this program will be similar to Spring Clean-Up but there are some important changes to note .
Fire Department Launches New Information Dashboard
In an effort to keep residents informed on how we provide services, the Urbandale Fire Department has created an online dashboard that shows performance measurements on services. The information provided is from the current quarter. Is there something else you'd like to see? Please reach out to Fire Chief Jerry Holt for more information.
Apply for a Storm Water Grant
The Storm Water Grant Program is here to assist with storm water management on private property. These funds may be granted to property owners to prevent or repair storm water related damage and to improve drainage. Examples of eligible projects include measures to prevent erosion, expenses for a contractor to place bank reinforcement, installation of a drain tile to dry a wet backyard, silt removal from storm water detention areas, among others!
Boxes, Recycling, and Overflow
If your recycling is overflowing and it can't fit into you container you can always bring it to the Metro Northwest Transfer Station, at 4105 SE Beisser Drive in Grimes from 7:15 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. The drop off receptacles are located at the entrance.
Listening Session on Race and Diversity
Mayor Bob Andeweg and the members of the Urbandale City Council held a community listening session last night, inviting residents to share their comments on topics of race and diversity in the Urbandale community. The Listening Session isn’t the end of our work together. We’ll soon be sharing the information gathered, ideas, and next steps for the Urbandale community at www.Urbandale.org/Listen .
Work for the City of Urbandale
The City of Urbandale relies on highly skilled and talented individuals to provide quality city services to our residents! Have you ever thought about working with us? You'd join a dynamic team committed to making Urbandale one of the best places to live and work. We're slowly beginning to fill open vacancies that were held due to COVID-19. Learn more and apply with us today!
Library, Parks, and Recreation
Library Services Update
We are working hard on our plans to reopen our facility and resume our full range of services. We have opened our lobby area for a limited number of services, including holds pickup; item returns; browsing of new books and other thematic displays; public computers (by appointment only); and new library card applications, card renewals, and replacement cards. Curbside pickup is also still available. Please visit our website for more information and a listing of our updated hours of service. Note: The Library will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. 

All Urbandale Reads
The 2020 All Urbandale Reads book selection will be announced via the reading of a special proclamation at the June 30 City Council Meeting. Copies of the book will be available for checkout starting that evening. Watch our website for information about community book discussions and other related programs that will take place throughout the rest of 2020.

Summer Reading Program
There’s still time to sign up for the annual Summer Reading challenge! The program is open to kids, teens, and adults. This year, we are challenging participants to read each day for a total of 30 days by August 31. To learn more and sign up, click here .

Summer Recreation Programs and Events
The City of Urbandale has launched a revised summer schedule for programming and events now being offered by the Parks & Recreation Department. We’ve proactively identified and established safety protocols with significant changes to operations to best ensure everyone’s well-being. At the time of publication, the Indoor Pool and Senior Recreation center remain closed for in-person programming.
Active City Projects
Meredith Drive - 156th Street to 170th Street
The construction of a four-lane roadway for Meredith Drive beginning at 156th Street and extending west to 170th Street. Learn More

72nd Street Reconstruction Project
This project involves the reconstruction of 72nd Street from Douglas Avenue to just north of Prairie Avenue. Storm Sewer improvements will also be added along the north side of Ridgemont Drive from 72nd Street to 74th Street. Learn More

104th Reconstruction – Hickman Road to Douglas Ave.
This road would have one lane in each direction plus a left turn lane. Storm sewer would be installed with this project to allow the ditches to be filled and curb and gutter used on the new street. Learn More

I-35/80 Douglas Avenue Exit Ramp – Iowa DOT
Work to widen and reconstruct pavement on southbound/westbound I-35/80 in Urbandale requires closing the southbound/westbound Interstate 35/80 exit ramp at the Douglas Avenue interchange from Wednesday, May 6, through May 23, weather permitting. Learn More
Urbandale in the Media
Urbandale Community Pitching in to Help Nonprofits During Pandemic.


Urbandale business owner ties ribbons around trees at Broadlawns to thank healthcare workers.


Seeing grandparents' dilemma, Urbandale teen creates free grocery delivery service for seniors.


Ballet performance outside senior housing raises spirits.