Illegal to Blow Grass Clippings into Street

DON’T BLOW GRASS CLIPPINGS INTO STREET. It a violation of the city’s municipal code to blow grass clippings into city streets. When yard waste is discarded or blown into the street system, it can cause drainage/sewage issues.  Public works employees try to keep storm drains open and grass clippings can block downstream storm water inlet grates and pipes, causing storm water to back up unto the street, creating flooding conditions.

Nord Kalsem Community Center Gets Updated

Recently it was discovered that a frozen pipe in the Community Center had caused serious damage to the floor in the north end of the building.  The pipe and wall were minor repairs – a new floor was a must!  When trying to decide what type of flooring would be a good replacement it was reported to city hall that asbestos was underneath the existing flooring.  The asbestos will be removed in the next couple of weeks and new flooring will then be put down.  However, in the meantime, it was decided that the rest of the community center could use some freshening up. Thus, a little drywall here and there,  some fresh paint, and updated flooring in both the north and south parts of the building will give the building a more modern look.  Plans are for the project to be completed in April.

In addition, this spring the Huxley Historical Society will add some improvements to the outside of the community center/park.   The society is working with local landscapers to improve the scenery next to the Community Center with new flowers and schrubs. We are excited for all the changes!  Watch them all bloom!!!

Water Sales Tax Changes

The Iowa legislature recently passed a new law which creates a Water Service Excise Tax (WET). Prior to this law, the sale of water was subject to the 6% state sales tax. The WET exempts water from state sales tax, but imposes a 6% excise tax.  This water service excise tax provides funding to the Iowa Finance Authority for the Wastewater and Drinking Water Financial Assistance Program and the Water Quality Financing Program, which will fund projects to improve surface water and groundwater quality. A portion of the tax is distributed to the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for the Water Quality Urban Infrastructure Program.  This program funds demonstration projects that decrease erosion, storm water discharge, and other related projects. Beginning July 1, the City will separately collect and remit the 6% excise tax on water service sales. The Iowa Department of Revenue is responsible for administering the WET and is in the process of providing guidance to utilities. For most customers, there will be no financial impact because the state sales tax will be replaced by WET. Residents will see the new tax listed on the August water bill.