The Mayor administered the Oath of Office to Adam Kaduce at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 12. Kaduce has been temporarily appointed to the City Council to fill the role of Councilmember Matt Blake while he is on federal active duty orders with the Iowa Army National Guard. The Mayor also proclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a “Day of Service” in Urbandale and called upon the people of the community to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through participation in community service projects on January 18, and throughout the year.

The City Council approved the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The CIP anticipates expenditures of $22,618,800 in the 2021 construction year. The CIP is a ten-year program that identifies the City's maintenance and development needs of public art, buildings, equipment, technology, parks, bridges, sidewalks, storm sewers, streets, street lighting, traffic signals, and water system.

Des Moines and Urbandale are working together to assist in a major revitalization of the Merle Hay campus area into a shopping and entertainment destination (anchored by a new 3,500 seat multi-use arena for the Des Moines Buccaneers, a competition and training center, and a 150-room hotel). The Urbandale City Council approved the signing of an agreement with the City of Des Moines to establish a joint board to support the creation of a reinvestment district for the Merle Hay Mall campus. Read More.