Des Moines Register Reports on Special Reunion at JPD
March 14, 2017 was quite special for Sgt. Kenny Agan as Callin Prieskorn walked into the Police Department to thank him --- 10 years after Agan arrested him for OWI. Read the full Des Moines Register story here.
Welcome Nathan Osmundson, New Recreation Coordinator
Please give a warm welcome to Nathan Osmundson, who started as the city's first Recreation Coordinator in early 2017. Nathan works under John Schmitz in the Parks Department and is in charge of coordinating and planning recreational opportunities within our community. Welcome, Nathan!
Community Development Department Wins Environmental Award
On October 20, 2016, members of the American Planning Association Iowa chapter awarded the City of Johnston an Environmental Planning Award for its Watershed Assessment and Stormwater Management and Action Plan which has significantly improved stormwater management and water quality in our community.
City planners spent the past six years working on the following:
Creating a plan to identify and protect a "green network" in newly developing areas
Requiring the capture and infiltration of the water quality volume on developing sites
Implementing a stormwater utility for dedicated funding, funding nearly $5.5 million in stormwater improvements to date
Developing a water quality sampling program
Implementing water quality features on numerous public improvement projects
Implementing a homeowner grant program to fund stormwater improvements
"Since the adoption of the plan, a significant paradigm shift has occurred within the City and among property owners and developers on how they perceive, address and manage stormwater in our community. Stormwater is no longer an afterthought. It is treated as a valuable resource and both the City and its residents are investing in improvements to water quality," Community Development Director David Wilwerding said.
The City has invested in water quality improvement practices on nearly every public improvement project, including raingardens, bioswales, underground detention, rain barrels, impervious pavement, and a new intake design which serves as an infiltration chamber. In July, the City implemented a new homeowner grant program to fund stormwater improvements and within the first six weeks of the program, seven residential projects have already been funded.
Senior Planner Aaron Wolfe, Community Development Director David Wilwerding, APA Iowa Chapter President Ben Champ, Planner Clayton Ender.