SUMMER FUN: PARKS AND REC HOSTS PARTY IN THE PARK!!

This summer instead of Farmers Market the Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the “Party in the Park Series”.  One Thursday each month activities will be held in Railroad Park that will provide food, drink, entertainment and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!  Check out the links below for each month’s activities!

June 17th Party in the Park

July 15th Party in the Park

August 12th Party in the Park

City Contracts for Mosquito Control

The City of Huxley is pleased to announce that we have contracted once again with Mosquito Control of Iowa to provide coverage for your comfort and safety throughout the 2021 season.

PATRONS WANTING TO BE NOTIFIED PRIOR TO MOSQUITO SPRAYING SHOULD CONTACT Heather Denger at 515-597-2515 or email at hdenger@huxleyiowa.org TO SIGN UP FOR PRE-NOTIFICATION PRIOR TO JUNE 1st, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact Huxley Parks and Recreation at 515-597-2515 or Mosquito Control of Iowa 712-848-3295.  You are welcome to visit their website at www.mosquitocontrolofiowa.net.

City Working with Story County to Resolve Siren Issue

The City of Huxley is working closely with the Story County Sheriff’s Office to resolve the matter of emergency sirens being falsely activated. Story County and their service contractor are treating this as a high priority and have been in communication with Mayor Deaton and Police Chief Stoll. It’s estimated that there will be a remedy by the end of the week based on current reports from Story County, at the latest the end of next week.

We appreciate the patience of the public as this issue is solved and regret the inconvenience and disruption that it has caused in the last few weeks. Thank you.

Hydrant Flushing Begins April 12th

Public Works staff will be flushing hydrants on days between April 12th and April 23rd.

You have probably seen it many times and thought to yourself, “what a waste of good clean water!”  While it may seem like a waste of good clean water, flushing of hydrants is essential to keeping your water safe and maintain the integrity of a pipe network. Flushing hydrants can be done to not only test the fire flow capacity in the event of a fire, but also to remove sediment and rust from the water, or to maintain proper chlorine concentrations in your area.

First, let’s look at flushing hydrants for the purpose of keeping chlorine concentrations high for disinfection purposes. Chlorine additions are common disinfection procedures in US water treatment plants, and it ensures that bacteria are not thriving in the water or pipe network. However, chlorine naturally degrades the longer it is in water, which means that water sitting in pipes for long periods of time or further out from the treatment plant can have concentrations lower than acceptable, creating danger. Hydrants are flushed to keep water moving and keep pipes from stagnating in this case.

Another reason hydrant flushing can be necessary is if water becomes stagnant in pipes, or water becomes contaminated. Sediments, rust, and even chemicals can sometimes leach into a water system from broken pipes or even the linings of the pipes themselves. The City of Huxley recognizes this risk and determines key locations where hydrant flushing will increase water quality.

The final reason hydrants may be flushed is to test or record flow values. Certain codes indicate the necessary fire flows from hydrants in order to maintain safety in the event of a disaster. Pressures and flow rates at hydrants can be drastically affected by other users’ usage of water, or even possibly a burst pipe. Periodical testing ensures that there is enough water supply, which also can affect home and business owners’ insurance rates.

To summarize, if you see a fire hydrant running for hours on end, it isn’t the city just wasting water.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Hiring Summer Help in Public Works Department

The City of Huxley is accepting applications for Public Works Seasonal employees.  Employees will perform work under general supervision.  Will perform various maintenance activities involving streets, parks, public utilities, buildings and grounds and varied duties as directed. See job description below.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.  Starting wage is $13.00/hour.

Please send completed job application to:

Heather Denger
515 N. Main Avenue
Huxley, IA  50124

OR email application to:  hdenger@huxleyiowa.org

Job Description

Job Application