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A city may certify, for the general fund levy, taxes which are not subject to the limit provided in section 384.1, and which are in addition to any other moneys the city may wish to spend for such purposes, as follows:
2. A tax not to exceed eighty-one cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for development, operation, and maintenance of a memorial building or monument, subject to the provisions of subsection 1(see below).
Subsection 1 is as follows:
a. Upon receipt of a petition valid under the provisions of section 362.4, the council shall submit to the voters at the next regular city election the question of whether a tax shall be levied. b. If a majority approves the levy, it may be imposed. c. The levy can be eliminated by the same procedure of petition and election. d. A tax authorized by an election held prior to the effective date of the city code may be continued until eliminated by the council, or by petition and election.
February 22, 2019
If no selection is made a standard-size cart (65-gallon) will be delivered to the property.
There could be a number of reasons for not receiving a postcard. Postcards were sent to the utility account holder, if you are a tenant and your landlord pays the city utility bill your landlord should have received the postcard. You may want to check with them to verify selection of your cart. If you live or work in a building that has a dumpster for trash, your trash pick-up will not change, no postcard was sent to those account holders. If you live or work in the central business district, those areas will not have automated trash pick-up, no postcard was sent to those account holders.
If none of the above apply to you then it is possible the postcard was lost in the mail or otherwise misplaced. Contact City Hall at 641-236-2600 or Public Services at 641-236-2632 to obtain the information you need to make a cart selection. If no selection is made you will receive the standard, 65-gallon cart.
For the purposes of automated pick-up of solid waste the Central Business District was defined as: 800-1000 blocks of Main Street, 800 block of Commercial Street, 800-1000 blocks of Broad Street, 700-800 blocks of 4th Avenue, and 700-800 blocks of 5th Avenue.
Residences and businesses in the Central Business District that currently have curbside collection will continue to have curbside collection of trash with purchase of stickers required.
No, you will still dispose of your trash in the dumpster as you do today.
Postcards were sent to all utility account holders with a sanitation charge for curbside pick-up. Individuals or businesses were sent postcards corresponding to each account (or property) with a utility bill. Cart selection will need to be made for each address. If you are unsure of what addresses are included contact City Hall at 641-236-2600 or Public Services at 641-236-2632.
It is recommended you have your trash in a bag or multiple bags inside your cart in order to keep it clean but you will no longer have to purchase yellow city bags or city stickers.
No. The city will discontinue pick-up of recyclables at the curb shortly after the new automated trash pick-up is implemented. A recycling drop-off center at the public service building (1411 1st Avenue) will be available for those that want to continue to recycle. Those that are not able or do not wish to haul their recyclables will have to place that material in their cart with their other trash.
Recycling dumpsters currently at businesses will not be changed.
Cart-size selection is a personal decision and needs to be based on how much trash you generate each week. If you currently put out one yellow bag or less each week then a small cart may work for you. Two yellow bags per week will most likely require the standard-size cart. Three or more yellow bags on a weekly basis will likely require the large-size cart. In making your decision you will also need to decide if you are willing and able to haul recyclables to the recycling center. If you think you will not want to do this then you will need to consider that waste when selecting your size. You may need to increase the size of your cart to account for this material being added to your trash.
Rates have not been set by the city council. Proposed monthly rates are currently, $8.50 for the small cart, $12.50 for the standard cart, and $16.50 for the large cart. In addition a $5.00 per month charge to maintain the recycling drop-off center has also been proposed. It is important, however, that residents and business owners choose a cart size based on the amount of trash that will be generated and not by the monthly cost.
Yes, that process will not change. Arrangements for a special pick-up or pick-up of a large item can be made by calling Public Services at 641-236-2632.
In general you need to choose a cart-size based on the amount of trash your household or business generates on a weekly basis. If there are weeks when your trash will not fit in the cart you will need to purchase a sticker and bring your bag to the public service building for disposal in the appropriate dumpster.
Replacement carts can be obtained by contacting public services at 641-236-2632. Replacement or additional carts will cost $50.00.
The carts will be delivered shortly before implementation of the program which should be sometime in early April.
Yes. Carts will be required at each property with a water meter in place. The cart stays with the property and will be used by the next occupant of the home.
Homes that are vacant for three months or more can request reimbursement on their solid waste charges. Information on sanitation reimbursement can be found on the solid waste web page.
If you move the cart should stay with the house. Your new home, if in Grinnell, should already have a cart. If you prefer a different size cart at your new home, contact the Public Service department at 641-236-2632 to discusses changing sizes.
For homes without a level surface at the curb, the cart will need to be placed in the street.
Yes, as long as it has a yellow sticker or is in a yellow city bag.
Unfortunately, the city will not reimburse you for unused yellow bags or stickers. Both can be kept and used on those rare occasions that you have extra trash that will not fit in your cart. Or they can be shared with friends or relatives before implementation of the automated pick-up.
The city of Grinnell is currently under the following building codes:
If a currently paved driveway is being replaced or repaired without increasing in size, no permit is needed. If a dirt or gravel driveway is being paved or a paved driveway will increase in size, a permit is needed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Mechanical permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing mechanical equipment including central air conditioners, furnaces, air handlers, mini-split systems, and any other types of equipment. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
The City of Grinnell requires an electrical permit for work that is outside of the electrical panel. If work is to be done which includes the addition of a new circuit to a breaker, the State of Iowa requires a permit to be obtained and the state will also complete the inspection. For work that includes working inside the panel, please contact Tim Shaw at 515-205-8815 to both obtain a permit and schedule an inspection. If you are unsure if you need a permit from the City of Grinnell contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Plumbing permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing plumbing equipment including water heaters & supply, drain, and vent lines. Fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and shower heads do not require a permit as long as the work being completed does not interfere with the existing valve; if a new valve is to be installed, a permit will need to be obtained and test shall be completed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Permit fees are based on the valuation of the work performed, including both materials and labor. If labor is at no cost, the permit fee is based on the material cost times two. Permit fees include all normal plan reviews and inspections. Beginning July 1, 2018 a number of items are charged a flat rate regardless of the valuation of the work completed.
If you are new to your home and a red recycle bin is not at the premise, call 641-236-2632 to arrange for a bin to be delivered to your home free of charge. If you are in need of an extra bin, or if your bin has been lost or stolen, it costs $9.00 to replace. If your bin has been damaged, a replacement bin can be obtained in exchange for the damaged bin at no charge. Call 641-236-2632 for further details.
Commercial (Business) customers should contact the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency at 641-828-8545 ext. 2 to discuss options for Sharps disposal. Preparation
$1.30 bags and stickers are available at the following locations: Fareway, Hy-Vee, McNally's Super Valu, Paul's Ace Hardware, Theisens, Public Service Department, and the City Office
If you have a newer gallon meter there is a leak detector on the meter. It is a red triangle in the center of the top of the meter. It should not be turning unless someone or something is using water at the time. If it is indicating usage when there shouldn't be any, you should contact your plumber to determine the source of the leak.