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From the publisher:
A NEW LOOK AND FEEL!

Posted 6/3/2021
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that you could expect to find some changes soon to your Living Weekly publication. Well, as you hopefully have noticed, that time is now.
You may recall that we changed the name from the Waukee Adviser to the Waukee Living Weekly in an effort to co-brand the publication with our monthly Waukee Living magazine. This allows us to publish news and advertising more frequently and in an even more timely manner.
Starting with this issue, we switched to a folded format in the print edition, allowing us to add more pages as needed. This also provides a more mobile-friendly layout for those of you who subscribe to the email edition and view on your phones and computers.
You will also notice that we have added photos to the layout rather than the text-only versions we have done in the past. And, of course, we are printing it all in full color.
If you run a business and would like to have free copies of the Waukee Living Weekly available in your operation, contact Patrick Clemmons at 515-953-4822, ext. 304 or patrick@dmcityview.com, and we will add you to our list.
If you have news items or photos to submit, contact Tammy Pearson at 515-953-4822, ext. 302 or tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
If you would like to place a free classified ad (up to 50 words), send to Beckham Miller at beckham@dmcityview.com.
If you would like information on display advertising, contact Martha Munro at 515-321-5246 or martha@iowalivingmagazines.com.
And if you have any other thoughts, ideas or suggestions, please contact me from the information below.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and, as always, I thank you for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Truly the BEST!

Posted 2/5/21
As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at www.dmcityview.com, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at www.dmcityview.com/best-of:
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

How to get the Adviser in your business

Posted 6/26/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Adviser available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out the Adviser by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read the Adviser tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at www.iowaadviser.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Undershirts, underwear or socks

Posted 7/15/21
“What do you want for your birthday, Dad?”
That’s a question I receive from my kids this time of year. And, each year, I give them the same answer: “How about undershirts, underwear or socks?”
“That’s really boring,” they reply in unison. To which I say, “But that’s what I want.”
Then they buy me something more fun — like a remote-controlled toy truck — and I go out shopping for undershirts, underwear and socks.
I used to buy my dad undershirts, underwear and socks. Well, actually my mom bought them for me to give to him. Regardless, he seemed to appreciate them, and I am starting to understand why. The older I get, the less I like to shop… for anything. But there are some things a guy just has to have. Like undershirts, underwear and socks.
Men used to receive neckties for their birthdays and Father’s Day, but who wears neckties today? If you do, let me know. I have dozens of them that you can have. Or maybe we can work out a trade — for undershirts, underwear or socks. Not used ones, of course. I am thrifty, but not that thrifty.
Maybe if I did wear neckties, you wouldn’t be able to see my dingy undershirts. And then I wouldn’t have to buy undershirts, underwear or socks so often. Or maybe I will just get what I really want for my birthday this year, which is, of course, another remote-controlled toy truck.
See you out shopping — for undershirts, underwear and socks.
Thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Learn and Play at Public Safety Day Aug. 3

Posted 7/15/21
The Waukee Police and Fire departments will host Public Safety Day on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The annual event aims to educate citizens about safety and to create a neighborly environment in which the public can interact with police officers and firefighters.
“This is always such a powerful event for Waukee public safety departments. We are so excited to have it back after missing last year,” said Waukee Police Sgt. Mackenzie Sposeto. “Community members not only get to enjoy free, family activities, but they also take away real-life knowledge of how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
“We look forward to seeing the kids climb on the fire trucks and spray the fire hose again, among other activities,” Waukee Fire Prevention Specialist Elle Osborn said. “These activities help us get on their level and help them become comfortable with emergency personnel. And, it’s fun for everybody!”
Waukee Public Safety Day will feature an array of activities and demonstrations including:
• Interactive fire hose demonstrations
• Touch-a-Truck firetruck tours
• The Kids Firefighter Obstacle Course
• Firetruck rides (a 1938 model)
• Dunk tank
• Fatal Vision Goggles
• Seatbelt rollover demonstration
• Taser demonstration
• Guests from AHeinz57 Pet Rescue, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Westcom Emergency Communications and Waukee Crime Stoppers
• More!
Free food from Fareway, beverages from Atlantic Bottling Company and ice cream will be served. All activities will be held at the Waukee Public Safety Building, located at 1300 S.E. L.A. Grant Parkway.

Register for fall girls softball

Posted 7/15/21
Registration for Waukee Parks & Recreation’s Girls Softball League is now open. Spots remain for girls in second grade and in grades fifth through seventh. Third and fourth grades are full. Games will be played mid-August through early October. Register online at https://waukee.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs.

Waukee tops fiscal year building permit record again

Posted 7/15/21
The annual report of the Waukee Police Department provided an The City of Waukee continues to top its own fiscal year building permit records. The City of Waukee’s Community Development Department issued a record 1,719 building permits from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. The total taxable valuation equaled $312.8 million, up by nearly $100 million from Fiscal Year 2020 (1,531 permits were issued for $214.8 taxable valuation in 2020).
Of the 1,719 permits issued, 593 were for single-family housing, 252 were for townhomes, three were for multi-family developments and 20 were for commercial developments. The remaining permits fall into the “Other” category, including projects such as additions, decks, fences, etc.
In step with the housing boom in the U.S., the City of Waukee saw its highest single-family housing growth in history in FY 2021. The 2021 single-family permit valuations totaled $177 million, which accounts for more than double last year’s total of $73.3 million.
Commercial growth remained strong in Fiscal Year 2021 with a total valuation of $36 million in new construction. Some recent projects of note include: Kettleview Development - Encompass Building/ViziPay, Elite Eye Care, Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh/Smokey Row Coffee, Kindercare, Hyper Energy Bar, SafeSplash Swim School, Shine Shop Carwash, Kwik Star.
Businesses which opened in Fiscal Year 2021 include: Kinship Brewing Company, Old Station Craft Meats, Buff City Soap, Kee Nutrition, Graham Collision Center, Firestone Complete Auto Care, VisionBank, Scornovacca’s Ristorante Waukee and Paragon Performance.
In June 2021, developer Harry Coin announced that the groundbreaking for the 40-acre KeeTown Loop entertainment district is planned for fall 2021. This project, located in the Kettlestone Development, will have a live entertainment venue, two hotels, multi-family housing and more.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Waukee’s estimated population is now 26,166, following 8.42 percent residential growth from 2019-2020.

Waukee Police Department 2020 annual report

Posted 7/15/21
The annual report of the Waukee Police Department provided an update on the Support Operations Division, which supports all aspects of the department in order to help it run efficiently. The division is led by Lt. Jeff Mellencamp, who runs the day-to-day building and vehicle management. He is also working on the details for the future Public Safety Building, expected in 2025.
Sgt. Mackenzie Sposeto is the community outreach sergeant who plans programs that involve the community — from educating to helping in times of need. These include public events, safety talks, certifying crime-free multi-housing units and more. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the majority of in-person events were canceled; however, with a lot of people staying home, Sgt. Sposeto was able to create a completely virtual Safety City program, connect with WASP members and produce public service videos to reach the community. Sixteen community outreach programs were held.
Another important part of this division are the two records technicians, Ashley Morris and Abbey Christensen, who are tasked with maintaining public records: crimes, traffic, and all other incidents/events. Access to all records information is governed by local, state and federal laws. Record technicians also help organize the community outreach programs, which, due to COVID-19, looked a little different this year. While officers and staff were still available to serve the public, the Public Safety Building doors were locked for about seven months. This significantly lowered the number of civilian fingerprints that were done (184) compared to the previous year. However, the amount of public record requests stayed relatively close with 794 requests in 2019 compared to 718 requests in 2020.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards $2.3 million

Posted 7/15/21
More than 200 Iowa organizations and individuals working in arts and culture, film and media, and history and historic preservation will receive a boost from $2.3 million in grant awards announced by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
The grants are funded through the annual appropriations passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Reynolds, effective July 1, 2021. The state’s investment is enhanced by funding from two federal agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and administered by the department’s three divisions: the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa and Produce Iowa, the state office of film and media production.
The State Historical Society of Iowa awarded $550,946 in 47 grants for research projects as well as other projects supported by the Historical Resource Development Program, funded through the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) funds, to preserve historical collections, invest in communities through historic preservation and promote Iowa history.
The Iowa Jewish Historical Society, based in Waukee, was one of the recipients and received $19,324 to document and expand its collection of oral-history interviews with Jewish Iowans, which have been recorded over the last 40 years.

Online options for Waukee Public Library cardholders

Posted 7/15/21
Remember to take the Library (and Bonus Bingo) on your final summer vacations this August. You’ll have access to eBooks, audiobooks, DIY craft videos, language learning and more wherever you are.
• Download e-books and audiobooks: Waukee resident card holders have access to our entire Overdrive e-book and audiobook collection. The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books and audiobooks. The Libby app is available for Android, iOS and Windows 10.
• Download magazines: Download your favorite magazines from a variety of publishers and read them anytime, anywhere. Download the Flipster app today.
• Online learning: LinkedIn Learning has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level.
• Learn a new language: Pronunciator offers more than 80 languages, including ESL. Courses are available for English speakers or for native speakers of 50 other languages. Learn on a desktop or access Pronunciator from your mobile device.
• Explore history: Check out Heritage Quest at home. It’s a genealogy resource that contains census data, family records, local histories and documentary collections. Then explore Iowa history and genealogy through the Newspaper Archive of historical newspaper archive from 1800-2018. This includes obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles and more.

Visit waukeepubliclibrary.org/online-library to find even more great options through our Online Library.
To find out more about the Waukee Public Library go to waukeepubliclibrary.org or contact us at askme@waukee.org or 515-978-7944.

Backyard safety tips

Posted 7/15/21
A new study finds parents are underestimating the dangers lurking for children in their own backyards this summer, and the five most dangerous activities include trampolines, monkey bars, open balconies, slides and swing sets.
Independence Day marked a strong return for backyard parties but only 19% of parents surveyed expressed backyard safety concerns. Yet the government reported a steady rise in fatal child drownings, and 63% of summer-related-injuries impact children ages 2-11.
SafeHome.org released a study called the 2021 Summer Home Safety Report using the most recent data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and a survey of more than 450 parents.
Here are the five most dangerous activities and tips for parents to prevent injury:
1. Trampolines: No. 1 most emergency room visits per year with 3,193. To avoid injury, check that bolts are tight, install a safety net enclosure, put padding over the frame and springs, and set jumping rules with adult supervision.
2. Monkey bars: No. 2 most emergency room visits per year with 2,804. To avoid injury, make sure the child has enough upper body strength to swing, place padding underneath to soften any falls, check for loose bolts and wood splinters.
3. Open porches and balconies: No. 3 most emergency room visits per year with 2,793. To avoid injury, install safety netting or plastic guards to cover spaces between rails. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
4. Slides: No. 4 most emergency room visits per year with 1,618. To avoid injury, do not go down the slide with your child in your lap, teach your child to go down feet first and remove any dangerous debris from the landing spot.
5. Swing sets: No. 5 most emergency room visits with 1,469. To avoid injury, tighten equipment before use, ignore pleas from your child to push them too high.
As for pools, drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for kids 1-4 outside of birth defects, and built-in pools result in 382 emergency room visits per year. To avoid injury, develop house rules, have an adult chaperone, and install fencing to avoid young children falling into the pool by accident.

Waukee Arts Festival features family fun

Posted 7/15/21
The Waukee Arts Festival is back for 2021. After a one-year pandemic hiatus, the sixth annual festival returns to Centennial Park in Waukee on July 16 and 17.
Approximately 100 artists will be displaying their creations. In addition, it’s two days of live music, entertainment, food trucks, a beverage garden and kids activities.
The featured artist this year is Jill Wells. She is well known for her colorful narrative painting, with murals at the Des Moines YMCA and Blank Park Zoo. She has received awards and displayed her art at previous festivals.
New this year, the festival will have a kite exhibit. Chicago Kite will bring out large kites to entertain festival goers. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the first 150 kids to attend the festival will be able to build their own kites to fly.
Friday night, the all-ages event opens at 5 p.m. A concert on the main stage begins at 6 p.m. by Not Quite Brothers, with the 8 p.m. headliner, Bonne Finken, following.
On Saturday, the festival opens at 10 a.m.  Come early to enjoy a pancake breakfast served by the Rotary Club from 8-10:30 a.m., with a free-will donation. Food trucks, ice cream and craft beer from local breweries are offered up for festival goers. Artists’ work represented includes all types of mediums from mixed media works, paintings, wood, pottery, sculptures, metal, jewelry, photography and more. Hoffman says they have artwork across the price spectrum, so it’s accessible for all art lovers.
To end Saturday’s festival, an evening concert starts at 6 p.m. with a performance by Dickie followed at 8 p.m. by headlining act Decoy taking the stage.
For more information, visit www.waukeeartsfestival.org.

Stage 1 Water Shortage Plan Reduction Now Lifted

Posted 7/15/21
Des Moines Water Works has lifted stage 1 of its Water Shortage Plan due to reduced customer demand and lessening drought conditions. Des Moines Water Works continues to monitor water use and water quality on a daily basis. Conditions can change quickly and could lead to reinstatement of the Water Shortage Plan. City officials encourage all residential and business customers to continue to follow the Wise Water Use odd/even/no Monday lawn watering schedule. 

IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST

Posted 7/1/21
Are you a trusting person? Or do expect the worst from everyone? Your answer is most likely related to the last time you were hustled, who you were hustled by, and for how much.
My father owned a small business. I asked him if he ever got stiffed by a customer, and if so, what he did about it. His answer was simple: “Hustle me once, shame on you. Hustle me twice, shame on me.” His choice of words were a bit different, but you get the idea.
I live by those words, and I try not to make the same mistakes with the same people more than once. If I do, I have nobody to blame but myself.
The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of hustlers out there, and we most all can become easy prey in certain situations. When we do, we become less trusting of others. That’s a learned response, much like the reason we don’t put our hands on hot coals a second time.
This might explain why the older that people are, the more cynical they seem to become. Maybe they have been burned more. Hustled more. Cheated more. Chalk it up to experience.
But doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Maybe. That’s a roll of the dice and depends on how much of a gambler you are.
Meanwhile, the world might be a better place if we could all be a bit more trusting — at least the first time.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Waukee Arts Festival features family fun

Posted 7/1/21
The Waukee Arts Festival is back for 2021. After a one-year pandemic hiatus, the sixth annual festival returns to Centennial Park in Waukee on July 16 and 17.
Approximately 100 artists will be displaying their creations. In addition, it’s two days of live music, entertainment, food trucks, a beverage garden and kids activities.
The featured artist this year is Jill Wells. She is well known for her colorful narrative painting, with murals at the Des Moines YMCA and Blank Park Zoo. She has received awards and displayed her art at previous festivals.
New this year, the festival will have a kite exhibit. Chicago Kite will bring out large kites to entertain festival goers. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the first 150 kids to attend the festival will be able to build their own kites to fly.
Friday night, the all-ages event opens at 5 p.m. A concert on the main stage begins at 6 p.m. by Not Quite Brothers, with the 8 p.m. headliner, Bonne Finken, following.
On Saturday, the festival opens at 10 a.m.  Come early to enjoy a pancake breakfast served by The Rotary Club from 8-10:30 a.m., with a free-will donation. Food trucks, ice cream and craft beer from local breweries are offered up for festival goers. Artists’ work represented includes all types of mediums from mixed media works, paintings, wood, pottery, sculptures, metal, jewelry, photography and more. Hoffman says they have artwork across the price spectrum, so it’s accessible for all art lovers.
To end Saturday’s festival, an evening concert starts at 6 p.m. with a performance by Dickie followed at 8 p.m. by headlining act Decoy taking the stage.
For more information, visit www.waukeeartsfestival.org.

Register for Dinner Delights July session

Posted 7/1/21
Dinner Delights freezer meal parties take care of the menu planning, shopping and prepping for dinner. At the end of the party, everyone takes home three servings of the six selected meals (18 total servings). Participants bring freezer bags or a cooler in which to take the meals home. Dinner Delights will provide the rest. Spots are still available for the next session on July 11 from 2-4 p.m. Learn more and register at https://www.waukee.org.

Public Safety Day 2021

Posted 7/1/21
The Waukee Police and Fire Departments will join forces again for a modified version of Waukee’s Public Safety Day from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 At the Waukee Public Safety Building, 1300 L.A. Grant Parkway. The event is free. More details to come.

Upcoming events

Posted 7/1/21
Wednesday, July 14 — Park Play Series at Windfield Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21 — Park Play Series at Ridge Pointe Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 13 — Movie in the Park will be “Black Panther” (PG-13), at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring blankets or chairs as well as snacks and refreshments as you watch this great film for free.

Register for July’s mixed couples golf event

Posted 7/1/21
Registration for Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course’s next mixed couples event  is open. This event is a 9-hole, two-person scramble held on Friday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. Registration includes greens fees, cart, range balls, dinner and prizes. The fee is $70 for each team of two golfers. Register at https://waukee.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs.

Pie and ice cream social

Posted 7/1/21
The Waukee United Methodist Church is hosting a pie and ice cream social, Sunday, July 25, to raise funds for missions supported by the Waukee United Methodist Women.

Scottish sensation Leona Rae featured at fundraising concert

Posted 7/1/21
Leona Rae will perform from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Centennial Park Open Air Shelter, 1255 Warrior Lane as part of THE GIVE BACK PROJECT - Musicians Paying it Forward. Live local musicians will also be featured. The Grables will kick things off leading up to Iowa’s own Bob Pace and concluding with hit after hit of classic R&B, Soul and Blues as Leona lights up the stage with the soulish Delta Keys Band! This event is a Leukemia Awareness and Fundraising Effort for local Waukee resident Sgt. First Class Ashley Schultz whose daughter Liz was diagnosed with T Cell Leukemia. Food trucks on site. Please support and bring along friends and family! https://gofund.me/4d46ae0a

THE SATISFACTION OF SAVING

Posted 7/1/21
Sixteen dollars. That was the profit I made from selling my toys and games at a garage sale that my mother had when I was 7 years old. That collection of cash and coins was what I carried with me to Home Federal Savings and Loan to open my first savings account in 1975. The bank teller even handed me a folded and stapled passport in a plastic sleeve that had the deposit transaction printed on it. A few years went by before I made any additional deposits from my lawn-mowing money, but it was then when I realized what interest was all about. That $16 I deposited had somehow grown. I didn’t understand how, but I liked it.
I became fascinated with the process of making deposits and growing my savings. As I started walking beans and detasseling corn, the REAL money began to come in. I felt personal victories with each savings milestone— $100, $200, $300 and so on. When I turned 15, I started working at a gas station and received a regular paycheck, but the savings process was still the same. I went to the bank, deposited my check and fixed my eyes on that passport to see how much I earned in interest.
I still deposit into my savings with the passion I had as a kid. Admittedly, with auto-deposits, ATM withdrawals and online banking, I don’t get the exact satisfaction, but that’s OK.
As for that original Home Federal Savings and Loan passport, I still have it stored away in a box in my basement, complete with the now-yellowed plastic sleeve and the memory of my first $16. It seems money is not the only thing I save.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Independence Day: Waukee Celebration is July 2-4

Posted 7/1/21
Waukee’s Celebration of Independence will take place July 2-4, with most activities at Centennial Park. The expanded three-day event will feature a carnival, food vendors, a parade, live music, skydivers, bags and sand volleyball tournaments, the fireworks show and more.
The parade is scheduled for a new time this year, Saturday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. The parade route is also new. It will start at South Middle School, travel north on S.E. L.A. Grant Parkway, curve around S.E. Ashworth Road and end at the Ashworth Road entrance to Waukee Middle School.
Visit www.Waukee.org/july for more information, to purchase carnival armbands, to register as parade entry or to sign up for a tournament.
Friday, July 2: Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.
 Saturday, July 3: Boy Scout Troop 178 Fun Run, 8 a.m.; Rotary Club of Waukee Pancake Breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m.; Parade, 10:30 a.m.; Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.; Adult Bags Tournament, 1 p.m.; Movies in the Park: “Jumanji: The Next Level,” 8:45 p.m./dusk
 Sunday, July 4: Adult Sand Volleyball Tournament, 9 a.m.; Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.; Live music: 1980s Rock tribute band After Shock, 5-10:30 p.m.; Des Moines Skydivers, TBD; Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Reminder: Consumer fireworks use permitted ON
July 3 and 4 only

Posted 7/1/21
As a reminder, the use of legal fireworks within the Waukee City limits is allowed only on July 3 and 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on those respective days. Exploding or discharging consumer fireworks on days/times other than those allowed is punishable by a fine of not less than $250 per violation.
For any non-emergency fireworks concerns, such as usage during off dates and times or on prohibited property, call Westcom Dispatch at 515-222-3321. For emergencies, call 911.

Safety a main focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend

Posted 7/1/21
State and local law enforcement agencies will be focusing on safety this Fourth of July holiday weekend as thousands are expected to travel across the state and take advantage of recreational opportunities offered by Iowa’s natural resources.
The Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Bureau will be focusing efforts on the boating-while-intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.
Iowa DNR Conservation Officers will be heavily patrolling Iowa waterways over the Fourth of July holiday. The DNR will be conducting heightened awareness and enforcement of laws prohibiting boating under the influence in hopes of decreasing the number of crashes causing injuries and deaths and removing any impaired boat operators in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters this season.
“Often times, people don’t realize the warm temperatures and sun, along with the wind and waves, can cause the effects of alcohol to be intensified much quicker,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR. “Operators may not think they are over the limit, but their judgment, reaction time, balance and vision show otherwise.”

Register for July’s mixed couples golf event

Posted 7/1/21
Registration for Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course’s next mixed couples event  is open. This event is a 9-hole, two-person scramble held on Friday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. Registration includes greens fees, cart, range balls, dinner and prizes. The fee is $70 for each team of two golfers. Register at https://waukee.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs.

Register for Dinner Delights July session

Posted 7/1/21
Dinner Delights freezer meal parties take care of the menu planning, shopping and prepping for dinner. At the end of the party, everyone takes home three servings of the six selected meals (18 total servings). Participants bring freezer bags or a cooler in which to take the meals home. Dinner Delights will provide the rest. Spots are still available for the next session on July 11 from 2-4 p.m. Learn more and register at https://www.waukee.org.

Waukee Police Department 2020 annual report

Posted 7/1/21
The Waukee Police Department reported the Top 10 calls for 2020 were:
1. Wireless 911
2. Traffic stop
3. Phone call request
4. Parking complaint
5. Public assist
6. Suspicious vehicle
7. Burglary alarm
8. Stray/unwanted animal
9. Motor vehicle collision - no injury
10. Welfare check
During the pandemic, the department had a slight increase in calls compared to the prior year. However, as a result of more people staying home, there was a significant decrease in traffic stops, resulting in a lower number of citations, warnings and parking violations. There were:
13,853 calls for service. Previous year, 13,639
1,865 traffic stops. Previous year, 3,124
880 citations. Previous year, 1,719
1,095 warnings. Previous year, 2,100
348 arrests. Previous year 352
207 parking tickets. Previous year 523
The Waukee Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has case work divided into categories. The categories are: Crimes Against Persons, Computer Crimes, Narcotics and Property Crimes. For the year, there was a substantial increase in property crimes that were referred to the Criminal Investigations Division, but there were slight declines in other areas such as crimes against persons and narcotics. The total number of property crimes assigned to the division was 193, which is up from 166 in the previous year. This trend appears to be consistent throughout the metropolitan area for 2020.
193 property crimes
58 persons crime
10 narcotic crimes
13 other

Fireworks Safety Tips

Posted 7/1/21
Fireworks cause almost 19,000 injuries each year. Young people between the ages of 5-19 have a disproportionate number of injuries based on the population. Fireworks should only be used with proper adult supervision.
Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of problems.
Keep a bucket of water in which to place used wire sparklers. Sparklers account for a quarter of all fireworks injury-related trips to emergency rooms. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees and can cause third degree burns in a fraction of a second.
Do not aim bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks that leave the ground toward people, buildings or vehicles.
Report any fires in buildings, vehicles or green spaces by calling 911 immediately.  

Upcoming events

Posted 7/1/21
Saturday, July 3 —Movies in the Park, “Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13), at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring blankets or chairs as well as snacks and refreshments to enjoy as you watch this great film for free.
Wednesday, July 14 — Park Play Series at Windfield Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21 — Park Play Series at Ridge Pointe Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 13 — Movie in the Park will be “Black Panther” (PG-13), at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring blankets or chairs as well as snacks and refreshments as you watch this great film for free.

Pie and ice cream social

Posted 7/1/21
The Waukee United Methodist Church is hosting a pie and ice cream social, Sunday, July 25, to raise funds for missions supported by the Waukee United Methodist Women.

Tips to staying safe while boating:

Posted 7/1/21
Boat sober. Alcohol and drug use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.
Wear your life jacket and have the proper number onboard.
Take a boating safety education course.
Know the current boating laws for the State of Iowa.
Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all navigable waters of the state and can lead to serious injuries and consequences.
In Iowa, it is illegal to operate a vessel or vehicle with a BAC level of .08 or higher. If you are found to be impaired and operating a boat or vehicle, you will face the consequences from law enforcement.

Leadership Institute brings new amenities to Trailside Dog Park

Posted 6/24/21
On Tuesday, June 8, the Waukee Leadership Institute (WLI) Class of 2021 cut the ribbon to celebrate the installation of a new shade structure and bench at Trailside Dog Park. The group raised more than $13,000 for the new amenities. Part of the contributions came by way of the class selling bones that are now placed along the fence in the dog park. These bones show sponsor company names, current pets and some pets that have passed.
“The great thing about the bone idea is that the Parks & Rec Department can continue to offer these and place them around the park,” said WLI Class Member and Waukee City Council Member Chris Crone. “Any funds raised then can help with future improvements.”
Crone said the class even has funds remaining, which they plan to donate to a local nonprofit organization.
Parks & Rec staff members provided the labor for the project. They put the bones up on the fencing, poured the concrete pad, and installed the shade structure and the bench.
“The City of Waukee and the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department are extremely grateful for the efforts of this Waukee Leadership Class,” said Waukee Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Josh VandeKamp.
The Waukee Leadership Institute develops leaders in Waukee, with an emphasis on community involvement. This year’s class includes: Echo Boland, Chris Crone, Jamie Cutler, Logan Galloway, Heather Garcia, Shannon Gerand, Tony Greco, Bryan Griffith, Adam Infante, Mackenzie Kaplan, Yatin Kothari, Sue Kyser, Laura Loux, Matt Reeves, Ben Sinclair, Brett Stefani and Abid Talic.  

MAPPING IT ALL OUT

Posted 6/24/21
When was the last time you unfolded the trusty Rand McNally map and used it to determine how to get from Point A to Point B while in your vehicle? Most of us now rely on the GPS maps installed on our phones or in our vehicles. They are quicker, easier and, best of all, we don’t have to figure out how to fold them back together.
Meanwhile, aside from driving, maps can still be handy. Like when you are at an event or conference and need something that shows everywhere you need to be. Or when you are shopping in an area with multiple locations and want to plan your route. And especially when you are on a ski slope and need to make sure you don’t end up on a black diamond when you were expecting a green.
Not too many years ago, my friend Greg suggested that we print “one of those spiral-bound book of maps.” In the midst of his 7-minute explanation of what it could be, I finally interrupted him and said, “You mean an atlas?” His response was like one of those Gilda Radner “nevermind” looks.
Meanwhile, Steve Peglow, an incredible local artist we work with, found a niche with his unique form of community and development maps. And I learned firsthand how residents at Lake Panorama appreciate their wall maps to get a better grasp of the local geography.
Just a few years ago, we were contacted by a chamber of commerce to create a printed community shopping map. We published it, and within weeks they were all gone. They wanted more — and quickly. This printed map was so popular that we decided to do some in other areas, too.
Maybe my friend Greg was onto something, or maybe he was just on something. Either way, I am going to hang on to the trusty Rand McNally in my glove box — just in case.
Enjoy mapping out your week, and, as always, thanks for reading.    
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

DMWW asking customers to reduce lawn watering by 25 percent

Posted 6/24/21
Des Moines Water Works has implemented Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Plan because of drought-induced low river levels and record-breaking customer demand for water. Waukee is a Des Moines Water Works-served community.
These two factors created a 90 percent demand on DMWW’s production capacity, which is the trigger for initiating the Stage 1. On Friday, June 11, Des Moines Water Works delivered almost 90 million gallons of water to its 500,000 customers. Much of the increase in water demand in the summer is a result of turf irrigation. Customers are asked to reduce their lawn watering by 25 percent.
Des Moines Water works urges all customers to follow the irrigation schedule, which includes no turf irrigation on Mondays and to limit all other water usage wherever possible.
Waukee residents and business owners with established lawns should water/use irrigation systems in line with Des Moines Water Works’ odd-even watering schedule, which includes avoiding Mondays. Properties with addresses ending in even numbers can water on Sundays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays; addresses ending in odd numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please avoid watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Public Safety Building offered as cooling center

Posted 6/24/21
During extreme hot temperatures, the Waukee Public Safety Building is open as a cooling center for those needing to seek refuge from the heat. The building will welcome those in need on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The building is located at 1300 S.E. L.A. Grant Parkway in Waukee. For more information, call 515-978-7979.

Iowa Central releases honors lists

Posted 6/24/21
Iowa Central Community College named Maisoun Kago of Waukee and Scotland to the Spring 2021 semester Dean’s List.

Charter Bank’s changing of the guard

Posted 6/24/21
Over the last few months, Charter Bank has successfully executed a succession plan for its executive management team. Chairman of the Board George H. Frampton, President and CEO Tim Heldt, and Marketing Director Deb Heldt have all retired from their positions. Heldt will replace Frampton as chairman and will continue with the bank in a much reduced role.
Greg Grote, who has been with Charter Bank since he graduated from ISU 15 years ago, has been named president. Grote, based in Waukee, is married with one child, and is active in many Waukee organizations and boards. 

Dallas County Fair

Posted 6/24/21
The Dallas County Fair  is July 7-11 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner.
Evening entertainment requiring a ticket are:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
July 11: Demolition Derby.
For a  full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.

Waukee Police Department 2020 annual report

Posted 6/24/21
Community Protection Division: The Community Protection Division (CPD) is the department’s largest division. It consists of a lieutenant, five sergeants and 16 officers. Their primary responsibilities include: respond to calls for service, enforce criminal and traffic codes, monitor the schools, help with crime prevention, and conduct preliminary investigations of offenses, incidents and more. They are the most visible of all the divisions and operate on three shifts, giving the city 24/7 coverage. In 2020, officers responded to 13,853 calls for service. Of these calls, 2,366 were 911 calls, 1,865 traffic stops and 935 phone call requests. There was a significant number of calls for stray/unwanted animals, which led to the start of a collaboration with AHeinz57 Pet and Animal Rescue. 

Independence Day celebration is July 2-4

Posted 6/24/21
Waukee’s Celebration of Independence will take place July 2-4, with most activities at Centennial Park. The expanded three-day event will feature a carnival, food vendors, a parade, live music, skydivers, bags and sand volleyball tournaments, the fireworks show and more.
The parade is scheduled for a new time this year, Saturday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. The parade route is also new. It will start at South Middle School, travel north on S.E. L.A. Grant Parkway, curve around S.E. Ashworth Road and end at the Ashworth Road entrance to Waukee Middle School.
Visit www.Waukee.org/july for more information, to purchase carnival armbands, to register as parade entry or to sign up for a tournament.
Friday, July 2: Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.
 Saturday, July 3: Boy Scout Troop 178 Fun Run, 8 a.m.; Rotary Club of Waukee Pancake Breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m.; Parade, 10:30 a.m.; Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.; Adult Bags Tournament, 1 p.m.; Movies in the Park: “Jumanji: The Next Level,” 8:45 p.m./dusk
 Sunday, July 4: Adult Sand Volleyball Tournament, 9 a.m.; Carnival and food vendors, noon-10:30 p.m.; Live music: 1980s Rock tribute band After Shock, 5-10:30 p.m.; Des Moines Skydivers, TBD; Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Reminder: Consumer fireworks use permitted July 3 and 4 only

Posted 6/24/21
As a reminder, the use of legal fireworks within the Waukee City limits is allowed only on July 3 and 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on those respective days. Exploding or discharging consumer fireworks on days/times other than those allowed is punishable by a fine of not less than $250 per violation.
For any non-emergency fireworks concerns, such as usage during off dates and times or on prohibited property, call Westcom Dispatch at 515-222-3321. For emergencies, call 911.

City Buildings Closed July 5 in Observance of Independence Day

Posted 6/24/21
All City buildings will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. There will be no trash collection delays.

Upcoming events

Posted 6/24/21
• Saturday, July 3 — Movies in the Park, “Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13), at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) in Centennial Park. Bring blankets or chairs as well as snacks and refreshments to enjoy as you watch this great film for free.
• Wednesday, July 14 — Park Play Series at Windfield Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 21 — Park Play Series at Ridge Pointe Park. Games, crafts and activities are provided free of charge. Waukee residents are encouraged to find their closest park and come out for a Wednesday evening of fun from 5-7 p.m.

Waukee population estimates show 8.42 percent growth from 2019-2020

Posted 6/24/21
While the official 2020 Census results will be released in the fall, the estimates came in last week with Waukee’s population landing at 26,166. That’s 8.42% growth over the year prior and 90%  growth in a decade.

Alice Nizzi Park noodle-cutting  event celebrates a legacy

Posted 6/17/21
On Thursday, June 10, City of Waukee officials, the Waukee Park Board, family members of the late Alice Nizzi, mining historians and others gathered for the Alice Nizzi Park noodle-cutting event.
Alice Nizzi was a Waukee community fixture who was well known for owning and operating the revered Alice’s SpaghettiLand restaurant for decades, beginning in 1947. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Alice grew up in the Shuler mine camp. Her legacy as a friendly restauranteur and as a Waukee pioneer lives on, not only through her family members and through the memories of long-time Waukee citizens, but now through Alice Nizzi Park.
At the noodle-cutting event, Alice’s niece Marie (Nizzi) Kayser gave the crowd a touching look at Alice’s life and the impact she had on the community. She was joined by nephew Jim Nizzi who ran the SpaghettiLand restaurant for years as well. Darlene (Andreini) Oliver and Gilbert Andreini spoke at the event as well, about what it was like to grow up in the Shuler Mine Camp back in the peak days of Waukee’s mining industry.
“Family, faith and hard work defined Alice. She was a strong woman ahead of her time in many ways,” said Kayser. “She was a role model for women, especially to the ones in our family.”
Read more about Alice Nizzi and Waukee’s mining history at www.waukee.org/290/Waukee-History.
Alice Nizzi Park is a 3.17-acre neighborhood park located at 715 Dellwood Drive. The design of the park is a nod to Nizzi’s legacy and the rich history of Waukee’s coal mining camps. The park features a spaghetti and meatballs-themed playground, rubberized surfacing, sidewalks, a shade structure and historical elements. It was constructed in 2020.