The City Council met via WebEx for a regularly-scheduled Council meeting on Tuesday, August 25. Due to increasing coronavirus cases in the region, City Hall continues to be closed to the public but City employees continue to work inside the building.
 
The Mayor began the meeting with a proclamation recognizing the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. On July 2, 1919, Iowa was the tenth state to ratify the 19th Amendment which ensured that the right to vote could not be denied or abridged based on sex.
 
The City Council approved a site plan for a new Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh to be built near the roundabout at 142nd Street and Douglas Parkway. The building will be around 6,000 square feet (of which 2,000 square feet will be for a coffee shop). The site plan also includes an outdoor patio seating area.
 
The Council also approved an aquatic programs partnership agreement with the YMCA of Greater Des Moines that provides swim lessons and fitness classes at a subsidized rate for Urbandale residents. Since closing the pool on March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parks and Recreation staff has been working to secure aquatic options for Urbandale residents until a decision in made on when the pool will re-open.
 
The YMCA will offer Urbandale residents swim lessons at a discounted price of $85 per session, which would include a 30-minute lesson held once a week for six weeks. This would be a $35 savings from what current non-YMCA members pay for lessons. The YMCA will also offer Urbandale residents the opportunity to purchase a monthly pass for aqua exercise classes at select YMCA locations for $50 per month. This pass would be exclusive for Urbandale residents only and would provide residents access to a minimum of 3 classes per week. Read More.