city of des moines

Nurse tells court Des Moines home for the elderly needs no license

BY: - July 8, 2021

A central Iowa nurse has acknowledged in court she is exploiting a potential gap in state regulation by using two separate corporations to provide housing and health care services for the elderly in an unlicensed setting. City and state officials, meanwhile, say jurisdictional issues have prevented them from sending fire-safety inspectors into the Des Moines […]

Iowa nurse accused of running an illegal, unlicensed assisted living facility

BY: - July 1, 2021

A central Iowa nurse is accused of attempting to exploit a potential gap in state regulation by running an illegal, unlicensed care facility in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the City of Des Moines are suing Sutton Senior Home, a corporation run by Anne Porter, a registered nurse from Ankeny. […]

Des Moines seeks $23M federal grant for MLK Parkway extension

BY: - June 21, 2021

Des Moines is seeking a $23 million federal grant for a $60 million eastern extension of Martin Luther King Parkway officials consider essential to economic development.  Tom Vlach, deputy city engineer, said the project is planned as the final extension of Martin Luther King Parkway from downtown to U.S. Highway 65. The route now runs […]

Des Moines adds electric vehicles to city fleet

BY: - April 23, 2021

The city of Des Moines has added its first four electric vehicles to the municipal fleet. Eleven more are on the way after approval by the Des Moines City Council. “Not only are we doing the environmentally sustainable thing, we are doing the fiscally responsible thing in the long term,” Councilman Josh Mandelbaum said in […]

Iowa home for women in crisis sued for barring emotional-support dog

BY: - April 9, 2021

Should a home for women in crisis be forced to accommodate their clients’ emotional-support pets? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit brought by the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. The commission, which works to prevent housing discrimination within the city, is seeking more than $165,000 in damages and penalties from the nonprofit […]

Krause, city eyeing hotel-motel tax revenue for downtown soccer stadium project

BY: - February 1, 2021

Krause Group and the city of Des Moines have discussed asking the state to approve the use of added hotel-motel tax receipts to help pay for a downtown soccer stadium and entertainment district.  City Manager Scott Sanders said he supports the application, pending City Council approval. Krause, whose holdings include Kum & Go convenience stores, […]

Big storm left Des Moines with two-thirds of its snow-removal budget

BY: - January 28, 2021

Despite clearing 10 inches of snow earlier this week, the city of Des Moines still has two-thirds of its snow-removal budget left this season. This week’s storm alone plowed $335,927 from city accounts, and Des Moines has had 115% of the usual snow. But this is Iowa, so city managers aimed high. The city still […]

D.M. council eyes citywide conversion to 100% renewable energy

BY: - January 12, 2021

Des Moines homes and businesses would run entirely on renewable energy by 2035 under a resolution approved unanimously by the Des Moines City Council this week.  Environmentalists, council members and Mayor Frank Cownie welcomed the goal. Des Moines joins a list of 170 cities around the country attempting to use renewable energy to power everything.  […]

Des Moines extends city building closures to March 1

BY: - January 5, 2021

The city of Des Moines has extended its coronavirus-related administrative building closures to March 1. City Manager Scott Sanders said the administration buildings were scheduled to reopen Feb. 1, but Mayor Frank Cownie’s guidelines for the city’s response to the pandemic prompted the move to keep buildings closed longer. The buildings have been closed since […]

DM mayor bans sports, limits gatherings on city property

BY: - December 15, 2020

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has extended an emergency proclamation related to COVID-19, banning youth and adult sports and large events on city property. “This pandemic and the risks it brings will not simply dissipate with time,” Cownie said in a statement. “It is my hope that the combination of continued compliance of community health […]

Officials: Iowa’s farmers, biofuels industry key to Biden-era climate efforts

BY: - December 9, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for the United States to rejoin an international climate change agreement is an opportunity for Iowa’s renewable energy industry and its farmers to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, elected officials said this week.  Despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that Biden wants to shut down the oil industry, which he […]

D.M. workers flush at suburban homes, city watches $2.2M go down drain

BY: - December 3, 2020

The city of Des Moines has discovered local office workers flushed $2.2 million out of the municipal budget because they are working at home and not using toilets in the capital city. Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders said this is one budgetary issue he didn’t expect, one that brought a sense of urgency. When […]