Heart of Iowa Nature Trail Closed Due to Construction

The 560th Street Paving Project under construction by the City of Huxley has temporarily closed the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. We look forward to conclusion of the project and the ability to open the improved street and the trail to the public, but at this time the area is an active construction environment and not conducive or safe for bicycle and pedestrian access. Please check back for updates or call 515-597-2561 with questions.

2020 Census – Be Counted!!

MAKE YOURSELF BE COUNTED!  Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. The census population count provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds. This money supports state, county and city programs including housing, education, transportation, and healthcare.

The 2020 Census is GOING ON NOW!  Due to the pandemic, Census 2020 has been operating on a revised timeline.  Census forms are being accepted into the fall. It is not too late to complete your Census form. The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States.  Once you’ve received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire, complete your census form online, by phone or by mail.  Making the census simple and easy to complete will help increase participation. As always, individual census data is protected and kept confidential. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Every year billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed based on census data.  The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.  Please help your city and be counted.  Go to www.Census.gov and fill out the simple form.

 

Utility Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2020

Why the increase?  There is a maximum amount of water that the city can treat/produce in a day. There have been several times in the past couple of years that the Water Treatment Facility has reached its capacity – and the city continues to grow. Therefore, funds are needed to purchase additional tanks to store the water necessary to maintain the daily usage of the community.

Want to help?  Conservation is key.  Residents can help the cause by reducing their daily usage (and reducing their monthly bill!).

Should you have questions regarding the utility increase, please call City Hall at 515.597.2561 extension 202.

Water and sewer rate increases will be effective July 1, 2020 which means the increase will be seen on the August water bill.

Water Rates:
$17.15 monthly base fee
$5.00 per 1,000 gallons of water consumption shall increase 6% annually on July 1, 2019 ($4.72), July 1, 2020 ($5.00), and July 1, 2021 ($5.30).

Sewer Rates:
$25.00 monthly base fee
$4.72 per 1,000 gallons of water consumption shall increase 3% annually on July 1, 2019 ($4.58), July 1, 2020 ($4.72), and July 1, 2021 ($4.86).

Second Meter Rates:
$6.00 monthly base fee
$6.41 per 1,000 gallons of water consumption shall increase 20% annually on July 1, 2019 ($5.34), July 1, 2020 ($6.41), and July 1, 2021 ($7.69).

Iowa Economic Development Authority Offers Short Term Utility Relief to Small Businesses

 

This news release may also be viewed here:  iowaeda.com/newsroom

For more information contact:  Staci Hupp Ballard, 515.348.6245
communications@iowaeda.com

IEDA Announces COVID-19
Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program

Financial Assistance Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses
for COVID-19 Utility Disruption

July 17, 2020 (DES MOINES) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced the launch of the new Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that faced significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers grants up to $7,500 to be applied to utility bill debt for eligible small businesses.

“Iowa’s small businesses and nonprofits keep our communities and our economy moving forward, and they have been hit hard in these unprecedented times,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham. “We are proud to work with our utility partners statewide through this new program to help reduce the burden and position small businesses for recovery and growth.”

A funding allocation of $14.5 million from the CARES Act is available to IEDA for this initiative. To be eligible to receive assistance, businesses must have:

  • a physical (non-residential) location in Iowa and 50 or fewer employees;
  • not received funding from the IEDA’s Small Business Relief Grant Program;
  • experienced a COVID-19 loss of revenue on or after March 17, 2020, that resulted in unpaid bills for electric or natural gas service provided between March 17, 2020, and June 30, 2020; and
  • remained in operation or re-opened at the time of application.

For a full list of eligibility requirements, additional information and to apply, visit iowabusinessrecovery.com. Applications will be accepted between July 17, 2020, and August 21, 2020, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first. Applications will be reviewed in the order received. Assistance will be awarded based on application completeness and eligibility until all funds have been exhausted.

Questions regarding the Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program can be submitted via email to energyrecovery@iowaeda.com or by phone at 1.855.300.2342.

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