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Des Moines Water Works Implements Water Shortage Plan

June 14th, Des Moines Water Works will begin implementing Stage 1 of the metro area’s Water Shortage Plan because of drought-induced low river levels and record-breaking customer demand for water.

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6/14/2021

Polk County Announces Vaccine Lottery Program
Board of Supervisors News
Polk County Announces Vaccine Lottery Program

Polk County Vaccine Lottery Program

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6/15/2021

Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022
Conservation News
Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022

We are pleased to announce that funding for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has been secured. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.

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6/15/2021

Thomas Mitchell Park Pond Parking Lot Expansion
Conservation News
Thomas Mitchell Park Pond Parking Lot Expansion

Work to expand the pond parking lot at Thomas Mitchell Park to add 24 addition parking spots has begun. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Friday, June 18, 2021.

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6/15/2021

New Operating Hours for Polk County Senior Centers
Senior Services News
New Operating Hours for Polk County Senior Centers

Full-Time Senior Centers re-open by reservation only.

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6/10/2021

Summer Boat Rentals
Conservation News
Summer Boat Rentals

Warm weather is finally here and our summer boat rentals are open and ready to hit the water! Rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more from Easter Lake Boat Rental and the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. Reserve your summer rental today!

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6/10/2021

COVID-19 Quick Stats
County Sheriff News
COVID-19 Quick Stats

As of 6-09-2021

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6/9/2021

Jester Park Playscape Water Turned Off for Repairs
Conservation News
Jester Park Playscape Water Turned Off for Repairs

UPDATE: June 9, 2021 | Water will be shut off at the Jester Park Playscape until further notice.

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6/9/2021

View Real Estate Records in Polk County
County Recorder News
View Real Estate Records in Polk County

You can view Real Estate records in Polk County online by visiting: https://landrecords.polkcountyiowa.gov/LandRecords/protected/SrchQuickName.aspx View all records from 1992 to today.

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6/2/2021

Election News
City of Johnston - Special City Election - (At-Large Council To-Fill-A-Vacancy)

CITY of JOHNSTON - SPECIAL ELECTION TUESDAY, June 22 JOHNSTON CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE – TO FILL A VACANCY Polls Open: 7:00am - 8:00pm

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6/1/2021

Senior Services News
The Senior Bulletin

June 2021

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6/1/2021

Office Hours for the County Recorder
County Recorder News
Office Hours for the County Recorder

Starting June 1st, the Recorder's Office will be open to the public from 8:00am - 4:30pm. Passports are by appointment only. Please call 515-286-3160 with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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5/28/2021

Covid-19 Operations
Conservation News
Covid-19 Operations

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health while moving forward with our mission of outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation of our natural heritage.

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5/27/2021

Veteran Affairs News
Mobile Food Pantry

June 8, 2021

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5/21/2021

Polk County News
POLK COUNTY TO REOPEN ALL FACILITIES TO PUBLIC JUNE 1

Effective June 1, 2021 Polk County will reopen all public buildings and lift additional COVID-19 mandates. This includes the Polk County Administration building at 111 Court Avenue which is home to the County Treasurer, Recorder and Board of Supervisors offices.

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5/19/2021

Study Finds ECE Leads to Less Juvenile Involvement in the Criminal Justice System
County Attorney News
Study Finds ECE Leads to Less Juvenile Involvement in the Criminal Justice System

Access to high-quality #ECE can lead to less juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system. The law enforcement leaders of @FightCrime will continue to advocate for programs that help kids succeed. Read the new, breakthrough study from @SEIIatMIT.

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5/19/2021

Polk County, City of Des Moines and Downtown Des Moines Partners Announce New Court Avenue Entertainment Experience
Polk County News
Polk County, City of Des Moines and Downtown Des Moines Partners Announce New Court Avenue Entertainment Experience

Polk County, City of Des Moines and Downtown Des Moines Partners Announce New Court Avenue Entertainment Experience Weekend Live Entertainment Street Events, Food Trucks Part of Initial Plan.

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5/14/2021

Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest
Conservation News
Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest

Do you have a young photographer in your family? Then head out to Thomas Mitchell Park with them from June 1 - June 30 to take photos of the landscape, wildlife, plants, flowers, or people outside enjoying nature and enter them to WIN!

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5/4/2021

Polk County News
American Rescue Plan Relief for Restaurants Available Starting Today

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced that, beginning today, restaurants in central and southwest Iowa are now eligible to apply for direct relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

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5/3/2021

Real ID and Your Birth Certificate
County Recorder News
Real ID and Your Birth Certificate

Due to COVID-19, the deadline to get your REAL ID (gold star) has been extended to May 3rd, 2023. Click here for more information.

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5/3/2021

Polk County News
Polk County Launches Financial Empowerment Center

Local (F.E.C.) to offer free public financial one-on-one counseling for residents.

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4/29/2021

Veteran Affairs News
CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

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4/23/2021

Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
Conservation News
Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits

With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.

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4/22/2021

Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute
Conservation News
Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute

Oralabor Gateway Trail from Oralabor to NW 70th Street will be closed beginning April 26th thru Fall 2021. This closure is due to the road widening of NW 26th project.

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4/19/2021

Veteran Affairs News
Horses Helping Heroes

Horses Helping Heroes

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3/22/2021

Health Department News
Polk County Health Department Provides Update on Current COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Tiers

As Polk County’s vaccine supply that is allocated by the state remains limited, Polk County will not be opening up additional eligibility until substantial progress is made on the current groups. If the supply of vaccine from the state increases, we will open to additional groups faster.

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3/11/2021

Health Department News
Health Department Opens COVID-19 Vaccination to 64 Years and Under with Underlying Health Conditions Starting Monday, March 15, 2021

Starting, Monday, March 15, 2021, The Polk County Health Department, Polk County hospitals and clinics and select Medicap pharmacies will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to 64 years and under with underlying health conditions pending vaccine allocation.

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3/11/2021