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City Reports $58+ Million in New Taxable Valuation in 2018
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 7, 2019 — The City of Johnston is proud to report 2018 as a solid growth year for our community, led by $58.4 million in new taxable valuation. This includes 72 new single-family homes and $8.2 million in commercial projects. Additionally, the City focused considerable efforts in 2018 on the NW Saylorville Drive Annexation and the Johnston Town Center project, both of these projects are poised to set the City for further growth and prosperity for many years into the future.
Reported Child Enticement is Unfounded
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 21, 2018 — On Friday morning, December 21 at approximately 8:07 a.m., the Johnston Police Department received a report of an adult male attempting to lure a juvenile into a vehicle near Summit Middle School. Officers and investigators were immediately dispatched to the scene for follow-up. Detectives conducted a neighborhood canvas of the area approaching several residents who had a doorbell and in-home security camera systems. With cooperation from the public and Summit Middle School officials, investigators were able to develop a suspect vehicle and eventually a person of interest. This individual was located and interviewed by detectives a short time later. After this interview, the reporting party was re-interviewed, and a final determination has been reached that this incident as originally reported cannot be corroborated.
Officers Issue Holiday Cheer Through Holiday Lights Program
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 4, 2018 — The Johnston Police Department is looking to offer a little grace to motorists who get pulled over for equipment violations with its new Holiday Lights Program.
Beards Behind the Badge Helped Raise Over $2,000
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 30, 2018 — The Johnston Police Officers looked a little different this month, but it was all for a good cause. Officers could donate money to grow a beard during the “No-Shave November” campaign. This year the Johnston Police Department raised over $2,000 and proceeds were donated to Youth Homes of MidAmerica to install outdoor recreation/physical fitness equipment.
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 31, 2018 — Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:00 a.m. and the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department reminds residents to also change batteries in smoke alarms.
Beards Behind the Badge in November
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 29, 2018 — Johnston Police Officers may look a little different during the month of November as they grow beards to raise funds for a good cause. Participating officers donate money to benefit a pre-selected non-profit organization in order to participate in “No-Shave November”. This year’s funds will be donated to Youth Homes of MidAmerica in Johnston to install outdoor recreation/physical fitness equipment.
Development Board Approves Annexation of 1,461-Acres
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 17, 2018 — The City Development Board on Wednesday, September 12 approved a 1,461-acre annexation into the City of Johnston. Properties included in the annexation are 100 percent voluntary and include the Beaver Creek Golf Course, a Department of the Navy Training Facility currently under construction, a portion of Camp Dodge, and six large undeveloped parcels. Properties with development potential are centered around the east side of Highway 141 and Saylorville Drive near the mile-long bridge.
Auto Burglary is a Crime of Opportunity
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 10, 2018 — The City of Johnston has experienced an increase in the number of reported complaints regarding car burglaries from unoccupied and unlocked motor vehicles. We, our Community, and the Johnston Police Department must work together as a team to curtail this activity and apprehend the responsible offenders.
Prairie Meadows Donates to Trail Connection and Emergency Operations
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 31, 2018 — The Prairie Meadows Grant Advisory Committee and the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors have approved Community Betterment Grants to the City of Johnston. The City of Johnston received $5,000 for the Merle Hay Trail Connection and the City of Johnston Fire Department received $10,000 for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Emergency Operations.
S&P Gives Johnston AA+ Rating for the Eleventh Consecutive Year
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 30, 2018 — The City of Johnston received an AA+ long-term rating from Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings general obligation (GO) bonds, series 2018A for the eleventh consecutive year. This rating is the second highest in S&P’s long-term rating and reflects upon Johnston’s strong economy, management and budgetary flexibility.
Johnston Thanks Those for Acts of Kindness During Flood
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 13, 2018 — The City of Johnston extends a sincere THANK YOU to community members for their acts of kindness observed during the recent flash flood event that occurred Saturday, June 30 into Sunday, July 1, 2018. If you offered a helping hand to your neighbors, your community, or even strangers, your actions did not go unnoticed.
Johnston Police Seek Assistance to Locate Missing Person
JOHNSTON, Iowa – June 20, 2018 — The Johnston Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Jeffrey Lynn Dreesen, a 60-year-old white male who was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6005 Bremen Court in Johnston.
Connecting Key Points Within Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – May 10, 2018 — The City of Johnston is conducting a community wide Walkability Study to address overall connectivity of the sidewalk and trail network between neighborhoods, schools, parks, and business destinations to promote and allow for pedestrian and bicycle mobility within the community.
Johnston Police Department Welcomes Two Certified Officers
JOHNSTON, Iowa – May 7, 2018 — Two new Johnston Police officers were sworn-in by Mayor Paula Dierenfeld on Monday, May 7, 2018 during the City Council meeting. The Johnston Police Department is excited to have Officer Anthony Trejo and Officer Nathan Johnston as the newest members of their department.
Thousands Expected at Popular, Free Kite Festival Saturday
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 30, 2018 — The fifth annual Kites on the Green is set to be bigger and better than ever with near perfect weather expected. Join us Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Johnston Commons, the grassy area near the Johnston Public Library located at 6700 Merle Hay Road. This free, public event will feature giant show kite displays, kite fighting, celebrity bol races, free kite building, sidewalk art, face painting, live music from Grammy Award Winning Musician Justin Roberts, and delicious food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
One-of-a Kind Playground to Open at Terra Park
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 25, 2018 — The City of Johnston is excited to announce and invite the public to attend the Grand Opening for the new one-of-a-kind playground at Terra Park, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway on Monday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Johnston Passes Home Rule 50th Anniversary Proclamation
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 17, 2018 — The City of Johnston joined cities from across the State of Iowa to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to Iowa’s State Constitution by passing a proclamation stating, “Home Rule is essential to effective and responsive municipal governance in all cities in Iowa,” and that local control “continues to be vital to the health and prosperity of all cities in Iowa.” Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld read the proclamation at the April 16 Johnston City Council meeting.
Police Pursuit Results in Multiple Criminal Charges
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 30, 2018 — On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at approximately 5:21 p.m., while on routine patrol, a Johnston Police Officer spotted a vehicle with significant front-end damage and attempted to stop the car for multiple traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle immediately began to evade officers while traveling southbound on Merle Hay Road from Northglenn Drive. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed in a reckless manner ignoring officers’ emergency lights and sirens. The suspect vehicle became involved in a minor collision with another motorist at the intersection of 62nd Ave and Merle Hay. The vehicle then continued southbound on Merle Hay Road striking two more motor vehicles in the 5000 block before the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control and crashed on the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 80.
Johnston Police Department Congratulates Detective Hanssen
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 27, 2018 — The Johnston Police Department congratulates Detective Ryan Hanssen on his recent Level 2 Instructor Certification at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. Hanssen recently completed the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military/Law Enforcement Level 2 Instructor curriculum, which had approximately 90 students, including police officers from around the country. Detective Hanssen completed his Level 1 certification in November 2016.
Johnston City Council Unanimously Approves FY 2019 Budget
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 15, 2018 —The Johnston City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on Monday, March 5, 2018. The budget adopted will keep Johnston fiscally sound, while ensuring the Mayor and City Council’s priorities are met. The new budget will go into effect July 1, 2018.
Johnston Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 14, 2018 —Two new Johnston Police officers were sworn in by Mayor Paula Dierenfeld on Monday, March 5, 2018 during the City Council meeting. The Johnston Police Department is proud to have Officer Samuel (Sam) Abell and Officer Jodi Goodwin as a part of their dedicated staff to ensure the community is kept safe.
Audit Released on City of Johnston’s Finances
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 12, 2018 — RSM US LLP released an audit report on the City of Johnston, Iowa. The City’s revenues totaled $38,846,430 for the year ended June 30, 2017, a 9.1 percent increase from the prior year. Revenues included $14,628,607 in property tax, $11,308,271 from charges for service, $2,486,508 from operating grants and contributions, $3,330,808 from capital grants and contributions, $6,145,675 from other taxes, and $946,561 from other general revenues.
1,000 Activities Before Kindergarten Develops Literacy Skills
JOHNSTON, Iowa – February 27, 2018 —Sing, talk, read, write and play your way to kindergarten with the Johnston Public Library’s 1,000 Activities Before Kindergarten program. The program begins March 12, 2018 and encourages parents to complete 1,000 early literacy activities with their child before he or she reaches kindergarten. For every 200 activities families share together, children will receive a sticker and a prize.
Former City of Johnston Accounting Clerk Charged
JOHNSTON, Iowa – February 19, 2018 — In July of 2017, the City of Johnston worked closely with the Iowa State Auditor’s Office to perform a special audit following discovery of stolen funds. The audit revealed undeposited collections totaling $13,569.66.
Johnston Police to Participate in Traffic Enforcement Project
JOHNSTON, Iowa – February 14, 2018 — The Johnston Police Department, along with numerous other Iowa law enforcement agencies will participate in a Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force (CITSTF) on February 21, 2018.
City of Johnston Employee Terminated Due to Gross Misconduct
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 22, 2018 — Following an internal investigation in July, Accounting Clerk Teresa Osburne was terminated from her position with the City for gross misconduct. Actions by Ms. Osburne that resulted in her termination included falsifying city records, supplying false information, theft of public funds and dishonesty. Preliminary findings by the City’s Finance Director and Johnston Police Department linked Ms. Osburne to multiple thefts of City funds. The State Auditor’s Office was immediately contacted and asked to perform a special audit.
Ample Training Videos Now Available to Library Cardholders
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 3, 2018 — The Johnston Public Library is continuously adding free services to benefit patrons. The recent addition of Lynda will provide members access to a library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts to develop their creative, business, or technology skills.
City Reports $99+ Million in New Taxable Valuation in 2017
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 3, 2018 – The City of Johnston is proud to report 2017 as a solid growth year for our community, led by $99.1 million in new taxable valuation. This includes 68 new single family homes and $27.8 million in commercial projects, which ranks as the fifth best year on record for commercial development.
Officer Townes Will Serve as the School Resource Officer at Johnston Middle School
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 21, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is pleased to announce that Police Officer Bryan Townes will begin as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Johnston Middle School, January 3, 2018.
Johnston Police Department Will Give Back During Second Annual Blue Dragon Shopping Event
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 15, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department will be giving back this holiday season as they shop with children on Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter in Grimes. This is the second annual shopping event and the department takes great pride in helping families by giving back and putting a smile on the faces of children.
Community Affairs Officer Position to Create Added Outreach Opportunities
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 13, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department will be adding a Community Affairs Officer (CAO) position to their department starting in January. This new position will act as a catalyst in bringing neighborhoods together, creating stewardship among residents by embodying the collaborative spirit of community policing and focusing primarily on crime prevention, community outreach and education initiatives.
Water Quality Monitoring Process Completes Fifth Year
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 8, 2017 – The City of Johnston closely monitors water quality throughout the year to ensure stormwater utility funds are used effectively, and water quality improvements are being made.
Johnston Officer McClain Promoted to Sergeant
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 4, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department’s newest supervisor, Cale McClain will move up the ranks to receive his Sergeant badge during the City Council meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017.
Town Center Redevelopment Plan Could Create Downtown Feel for Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 27, 2017 – Since the fall of 2016, the City of Johnston has been conducting a planning study for the redevelopment of the Merle Hay Road Town Center Area. This area is defined as generally east of Merle Hay Road between NW 62nd Avenue and NW 63rd Place.
Johnston Police Hosts Training to Help Those Who Serve
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 18, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is hosting two Peer Support Foundation (PSF) training courses to help those who serve across Iowa. It is specifically designed for law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel and focuses on assisting individuals in crisis and group crisis intervention.
Johnston Police Work to Combat Opioid Epidemic
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 17, 2017 – Join the Johnston Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 28 as we work to combat the opioid epidemic during “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” This day allows Iowans to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road in Johnston.
Precautionary Procedures Taken to Ensure Community is Kept Safe
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 4, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department continues to work in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate what has been deemed a cyber-threat incident that began on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 involving Johnston schools. Chief McDaniel states, “As our investigation continues we are making progress in identifying the source of these threats. I want to reassure the Johnston community that our schools are safe. This investigation is now being treated as a cyber-crime and involves hackers preying upon our worst fears in a day and age where school violence has become all too real.”
Update Regarding Threat Based Incident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 3, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department continues to work in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate the threat-based incident that began on Monday, Oct. 2 involving Johnston schools. Cooperative resources at the federal level have been brought in on this investigation to dedicate additional personnel and provide specific expertise in cyber-crimes.
Johnston Police Make Child Endangerment Arrest
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 28, 2017 – On September 28, 2017 the Johnston Police Department arrested and charged 30-year-old Johnston resident Erin Lee Macke with four (4) counts of child endangerment and one (1) count of making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21.
Four Charged in Sexual Assault
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 28, 2017 – On September 18, 2017 the Johnston Police Department received a complaint regarding a 15-year-old victim who had been assaulted at a residential home in Johnston. After further investigation, the Johnston Police Department has arrested and charged four individuals in connection with the reported incident.
Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Attempted Robbery
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 25, 2017 – On Monday, September 25, 2017, at approximately 9:16 a.m., the Johnston Police Department responded to Bank Iowa, located at 5525 Merle Hay Road in an attempted robbery.
Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department Improves Insurance Rating for Property Owners
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 19, 2017 – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department was recently awarded a Class 3 rating by the Insurance Service Office (ISO). The new designation goes into effect December 1, 2017.
Henderson Has Been Taken into Custody
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 14, 2017 – On the early morning of Thursday, September 14, 2017, James Henderson was taken into custody by the Des Moines Police Department after tips received through Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.
Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Armed Robbery
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 12, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating the whereabouts of seventeen-year-old, James Casterlando Henderson. James Casterlando is wanted in relation to armed robberies in Des Moines and Johnston.
Grand Opening of Fishing Pier at Terra Park
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 7, 2017 – The City of Johnston is excited to announce the grand opening and “First Cast” ceremony for the new Fishing Pier at Terra Park on Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the “First Cast” along with Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and other City officials.
Armed Robbery at Convenience Store
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 1, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying two suspects that committed an armed robbery at Kum & Go, located at 6130 NW 86th Street in Johnston on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, just after 1:00 a.m.
Community Mourns Loss of Tragic Accident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 30, 2017 – On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Johnston Police Department responded a vehicular/bicycle accident in the 6600 block of Merle Hay Road, which resulted in the death of a young teenager.
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 29, 2017 – On Tuesday, August 29 at 5:58 p.m., the Johnston Police Department was called to a vehicular accident in the 6600 block of Merle Hay Road involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist. The accident has been confirmed to be a fatality. The driver of the vehicle is a 36-year-old Granger resident and the bicyclist victim has been identified to be a 13-year-old Johnston resident.
Apparatus Changes at Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 17, 2017 – The Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department recently made changes on where apparatus is located within each of the three stations. Last summer, the Johnston and Grimes Fire Departments consolidated and are now operating as one department with three stations.
Terra Park Amphitheater to be Unveiled at Jazz in July
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 17, 2017 – On Sunday, July 23, the Jazz Page will perform from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater as part of the Metro Arts' Jazz in July Concert Series. Johnston High School Junior Jazz will perform from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
S&P Gives Johnston AA+ Rating for the Tenth Consecutive Year
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 14, 2017 – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to Johnston’s general obligation (GO) bonds, series 2017D for the tenth consecutive year. This rating is the second highest in S&P’s long-term rating and reflects upon Johnston’s strong economy, management and budgetary flexibility.
Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department to Present Lifesaving Awards
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 4, 2017 – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) will recognize six individuals for their noble service on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the City Council meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m.