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Water Safety Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 3, 2020 — The unofficial end of summer, an extra day off, and warmer temperatures will draw more people to the water this weekend. The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) reminds those enjoying the water to do it safely.
Johnston Police to Participate in Pink Patch Project
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 1, 2020 — The Johnston Police Department is showing support for breast cancer research and treatment by selling special pink patches to raise money for Susan G. Komen.
Update in Fatality Incident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 31, 2020 —On Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 1:13 p.m., the Johnston Police Department and Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle, personal injury traffic collision in the parking lot of Cadence Apartments at 6300 Merle Hay Road
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 23-year-old, Kenedy Olpin of Johnston. The child struck by the vehicle has been identified as 3-year-old Clayton Lloyd of Johnston.
Update from JPD: Missing Juvenile Located
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 31, 2020 — Chad has been located, is safe and unharmed. There is no other information available at this time.
Johnston Police Investigate Fatality Incident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 30, 2020 — On Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 1:13 p.m., the Johnston Police Department and Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle, personal injury traffic collision in the parking lot of Cadence Apartments at 6300 Merle Hay Road. A 3-year-old child of Johnston was struck and killed in the accident. The adult driver of the vehicle is a Johnston resident, but the name is not being released at this time.
Johnston, Iowa Announces Decision to Bring High-Speed Fiber to Homes and Businesses
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 25, 2020 — The City of Johnston leaders approved an agreement for a cutting-edge fiber optic telecommunication company, MetroNet, to begin construction of a network for high-speed fiber optic internet, TV and phone service throughout the community. The company offers 100 percent fiber-optic connections directly to homes and businesses with speeds ranging from 100 Megabits to 1 Gigabit per second.
City of Johnston Now Offers Online Payment and Information Portal
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 10, 2020 — The City of Johnston makes it easier for businesses and residents to view their utility bills. Users can now view their utility payment amounts, see a history of transactions, and pay bills online using a credit/debit card or eCheck (transfer from a checking/savings account). Payments can be made with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer at your convenience, 24/7.
Opportunities to Guide the Future Growth of Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 27, 2020 — The City of Johnston is a growing community, but community feedback is always needed to help guide businesses and residents' wants and needs. City leaders and staff have been working on a draft comprehensive plan – the Thrive 2040 Plan. This plan will help shape the future growth, investment and reinvestment within our community.
Johnston City Hall Closed Due to a Positive COVID-19 Case
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 15, 2020 — A City of Johnston employee has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Starting today, Wednesday, July 15, City Hall is closed to the public and employees until Monday, July 20 to prevent community spread of COVID-19. The drop box inside the front doors at City Hall is still accessible.
Apartment Fire Extinguished by Sprinkler System
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 10, 2020 — At 3:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department responded to a fire alarm call at 6330 NW 106th Street (Providence Point Apartments) in Johnston.
Helping Watercraft Stay Safe on Beaver Creek by Avoiding Hazardous Areas
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 2, 2020 — The Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Facility’s construction and facilities office has previously posted signs on water entrances to Camp Dodge via Beaver Creek. They read, “Danger!!! Firing range impact area ahead do not proceed beyond this point.”
Small Business Recovery Grant Recipients
JOHNSTON, Iowa – June 19, 2020 — The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and the City of Johnston have completed the review of applications for assistance from area businesses affected by the COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Eighteen Johnston businesses will receive financial assistance awards of up to $5,000. The total amount being granted to Johnston businesses is $85,000.00.
Proposed Sports and Fitness Complex to House Iowa's Largest Indoor Track, Full-Size Soccer Field
JOHNSTON, Iowa – June 17, 2020 — Ignit Sports and Fitness and the City of Johnston are working towards a Public-Private partnership for an expansive recreation project in the Johnston Gateway, just north of I-35/80 on Merle Hay Road. The proposed project includes private construction of a 189,000 square foot privately owned recreation complex that is expected to house Iowa’s largest indoor track and soccer field in addition to indoor training facilities and a multi-purpose eight court facility. Ignit also plans to construct outdoor volleyball courts, baseball fields and a high-end soccer field.
Johnston is the Third Fastest Growing 20,000+ City in Iowa
JOHNSTON, Iowa – May 29, 2020 — The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa released estimates for populations of Iowa cities in 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau. These estimates will be the last look at Iowa’s population totals before the release of the 2020 census. Based upon the estimates of cities larger than 20,000, Johnston is the third fastest growing City.
Outdoor Warning Sirens Successfully Tested
JOHNSTON, Iowa – May 27, 2020 — The City of Johnston tested the eight Outdoor Warning Sirens at 1:00 p.m. All eight sirens are successfully working.
Apartment Fire Extinguished by Sprinkler System
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 29, 2020 — At 2:17 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department responded to a call for a fire alarm at 6220 NW 106th Street (Providence Point Apartments) in Johnston.
Johnston Welcomes New Administrative Assistant
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 15, 2020 — On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Johnston Community Development and Building Department welcomed Administrative Assistant Kelsey Luczycki.
Johnston's Playground Equipment is Closed
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 30, 2020 — Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public playgrounds in all Johnston City parks are closed effective immediately, until further notice. COVID-19 has been known to spread through hard surface contact. The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department does not have an effective way to fully sanitize the playground equipment to keep everyone safe. In addition to the playgrounds, all park restrooms remain closed and water fountains are turned off.
Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 18, 2020 —Mayor Paula Dierenfeld declared a state of emergency in Johnston in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration implements emergency purchasing procedures, waives certain contracting requirements and allows for modifications to existing human resource policies and practices and other steps necessary in response to this emergency.
Johnston city Council Unanimously Approves FY 2021 Budget
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 17, 2020 — The Johnston City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2021 on Monday, March 16, 2020. The budget adopted will facilitate growth while ensuring priorities are met. The new budget will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
Johnston Police Department Welcomes Lateral Transfer Officer Kerr
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 16, 2020 — The Johnston Police Department welcomed a new member to their department on Monday, March 16, 2020, as Mayor Paula Dierenfeld officially swore-in Officer Beth Kerr.
Johnston Police Department Promotes Two Members
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 16, 2020 — The Johnston Police Department was proud to promote two members to supervisory positions on Monday, March 16, 2020. Mayor Paula Dierenfeld swore-in, Lieutenant Jessica Jensen and Sergeant Anthony Yeager.
Take Advantage of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Checks
JOHNSTON, Iowa – February 27, 2020 — The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) is proud to serve both communities to ensure the safety of residents in their homes. With Daylight Savings Time quickly approaching, the JGMFD reminds residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you need assistance with the checks, the JGMFD is here to help.
City Reports $66+ Million in New Taxable Valuation in 2019
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 9, 2020 — The City of Johnston is proud to report 2019 as a solid growth year for our community, led by $66.6 million in new taxable valuation. This includes 213 new residential units and $6.8 million in new commercial projects. Additionally, the City focused considerable efforts in 2019 on planning and construction of the Johnston Town Center. It began the extensive process to update the City's Comprehensive Plan, the Thrive 2040 Plan, both of these projects are poised to set the City for further growth and prosperity for many years into the future.
Deputy Fire Chief Pursues New Opportunity, But Grateful For Service to Johnston Community
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 31, 2019 — For five years, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Gentosi has been serving the residents of Johnston and Grimes. In total, Gentosi has been a member of the department for 14 years, which consisted of service as a paid-on-call firefighter or part-time firefighter for Grimes Fire and Rescue. In July 2016, the department’s consolidated and now serve both communities and are known as the Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD).
First Community Art Installed at Terra Park
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 16, 2019 — The City of Johnston unveiled its first public art sculpture at Terra Park on December 16, 2019. This "Tree of Life" will serve as a welcoming feature within the City's largest park for years to come. This Tree of Life was made possible by the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant, Bravo Greater Des Moines Grant, and 50th Anniversary donations.
Partnership Provides Finance Transparency to Johnston Residents
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 16, 2019 — The City of Johnston is excited to announce a new partnership with a financial software vendor, Tyler Technologies, providing transparency in budget data. Residents can now access real-time financial information, which is updated weekly through Tyler Socrata Open Finance. Johnston’s Open Finances is designed to automatically answer the most commonly asked questions and encourage resident participation and collaboration.
Holiday Lights Program Grants Voucher Versus Ticket
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 11, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department will be spreading holiday cheer again this year for motorists who get pulled over for equipment violations with their Holiday Lights Program. The help spread happiness; the department teamed up with Hilltop Tire Service and Orlando’s Automotive in Johnston to allow motorists to get their light fixed for free as part of the program.
Members of Johnston-Grimes Fire Receive Recognition Awards
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 27, 2019 — The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) recognized a few of their own during the third annual Johnston-Grimes Firefighter Ball on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Hyperion Field Club.
Blue Dragon Program Seeks Donations
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 26, 2019 — The Blue Dragon Program is gearing up for this year's shopping event, and the Johnston Police Department needs help from the community. The annual event pairs less fortunate children or children who have experienced a tragic incident with a Johnston Police Officer to go shopping together for gifts at the Grimes Walmart.
Johnston Police Department Welcomes Three New Officers
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 4, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department welcomed three new officers during the City Council meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019. Each of the officers was officially sworn-in by Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and welcomed by each member of the council.
S&P Affirms Johnston's Strong Financial Management
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 31, 2019 — Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to Johnston’s general obligation (GO) bonds, series 2019A. Johnston has maintained the ‘AA+’ from S&P since 2009. This rating is the second-highest in S&P’s long-term rating and reflects upon Johnston’s strong economy, management and budgetary flexibility.
Beards Behind the Badge
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 30, 2019 — Johnston Police Officers may look a little different during November and December as they grow beards to raise funds for a good cause. Participating officers donate money to benefit a pre-selected non-profit organization to participate in “No-Shave November.” The funds raised will be given to ChildServe in Johnston.
Public Assistance Needed to Locate Missing Juvenile
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 12, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Shaylea Henderson. Shaylea voluntarily left her residence in Johnston on 10/11/2019 at approximately 3PM and was last heard from at 8:30PM. Shaylea was last seen wearing a black shirt, jeans, and blue tennis shoes. Shaylea is approximately 5' 5?, 185 pounds, dark hair and brown eyes.
Public Assistance Needed to Locate Runaway
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 27, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Zoie Points, a 14-year-old female. Zoie voluntarily left her residence in Johnston on 9/20/2019. Zoie is approximately 5' 6?, 140 pounds, dark hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen near the 6000 block of Northglenn Drive in Johnston during the afternoon hours on 9/23/2019.
Terra Lake Trout Release
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 19, 2019 — The Johnston Parks Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be releasing 1,000 rainbow trout into Terra Lake on Thursday, October 24. The 1,000 trout will be around 10? in length. The release will begin at 12:30 p.m.
City of Johnston Wins 3CMA Savvy and Silver Circle Awards
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 9, 2019 — The City of Johnston has received a Savvy Award from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) for the Smokin’ Heroes Smoke Off event and a Silver Circle Award for the Johnston Police Department Recruitment Video featuring Officer Yeager.
Regional Water Trails Project Celebrates First Completed Access Point in Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 20, 2019 —The City of Johnston and the Central Iowa Water Trails Incubator have celebrated the opening of the first access point for the regional project. The new carry-down access point on Beaver Creek, located on NW 70th Street, just east of NW 86th Street, in Johnston, is the first of the 86 sites of improvement throughout the metro aimed at encouraging engagement with the waterways.
City of Johnston Restoring Oxbow Wetland Along Beaver Creek
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 19, 2019 — The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, the City of Johnston and Polk Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to restore an oxbow along Beaver Creek within the City’s Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area. An oxbow is a meander of a stream, cut off from the present flow of water. Over time, some oxbows fill in with sediment, no longer able to offer the benefits they once provided. Restoring and maintaining oxbow wetlands offers multiple benefits, including improving water quality, increasing flood storage capacity and improving wildlife habitat. This location, as shown on the map below, was chosen as it was formerly a meander in Beaver Creek and is already a low-lying depression area that often has standing water within it.
New Public Works Superintendent Announced
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 14, 2019 — The City of Johnston is proud to announce Scott Chiri, an 11-year employee of the Public Works Department has been promoted to Public Works Superintendent.
Loaner Life Jacket Station at Terra Park
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 13, 2019 — Johnston Parks and Recreation and Johnston Public Safety Departments work to promote safety while in and around water. The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the installation of the first Life Jacket Loaner Station at Terra Park. The station was installed by the Rotary Club of Johnston, east of the fishing pier.
Johnston Receives Two Community Betterment Grants from Prairie Meadows
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 5, 2019 — The City of Johnston received two Prairie Meadows Community Better Grants – $25,000 for the Beaver Creek Water Trails project and $10,000 for a 50th-anniversary public art project. Each of these grants will help the Johnston community increase the quality of life for residents.
Johnston Awarded $30,000 Public Art Grant
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 29, 2019 — The City of Johnston was recently awarded a $30,000 Public Art Grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines. The grant will be used to unveil the community’s first major public art piece at Terra Park.
Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Person and Vehicle of Interest
JOHNSTON, Iowa – June 27, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department is requesting public assistance to identify the person of interest, as well as the operator of the pictured motor vehicle, believed to be associated with thefts and burglaries in the area during the early morning hours on Friday, June 21.
Johnston Police Department Warns About Imposter Scam Calls
JOHNSTON, Iowa – June 26, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department is warning residents about a new imposter scam involving the Plenty of Fish platform. The scammers will first pose as a member of the platform, then contact users directly through the phone number provided and will impersonate a member of the Johnston Police Department. While impersonating the officer, the scammers will attempt to solicit payment for not pressing charges or threaten violence if not paid. The scam may come in a series of calls, with the first call coming from 515-236-2662 and the second from 314-207-6435.
Johnston Shooting Investigation
JOHNSTON, Iowa – April 13, 2019 — On Friday, April 12, 2019, at approximately 12:57 p.m., the Johnston Police Department responded to the 6000 block of Glen Circle within the Chapel Ridge apartment complex for the report of an individual who had been thrown from a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the neck. Emergency medical treatment was offered at the scene and the victim was transported to a local trauma center. The victim, whose identity will not be released at this time, continues to receive treatment for life-threatening injuries.
Terra Lake Trout Release
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 27, 2019 — The Johnston Parks Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be releasing 1,000 rainbow trout and five to ten broodstock trout into Terra Lake on Saturday, April 6. The broodstock trout will average between three to five pounds and the 1,000 trout will be around 10? in length. The release will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Johnston Police Department Welcomes Officer Wedemeyer
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 20, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department welcomed Officer Will Wedemeyer on Monday, March 18, 2019, as he was sworn-in by Mayor Paula Dierenfeld during the City Council meeting.
Johnston Promotes Three Supervisors Within the Police Department
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 20, 2019 — The Johnston Police Department was proud to promote three members to supervisors during the City Council meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019. Those members included Sergeant Zach Grandon, Sergeant Steven JJ Johnson, and Lieutenant Steve Nore.
Johnston City Council Unanimously Approves FY 2020 Budget
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 6, 2019 — The Johnston City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2020 on Monday, March 4, 2019. The budget adopted will facilitate growth while ensuring priorities are met. The new budget will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
City Hires Consultant to Lead Comprehensive Plan
JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 6, 2019 — Over the next year, the City of Johnston will be updating its Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2010. The Johnston Comprehensive Plan which addresses land use, parks, housing, transportation, and infrastructure is a visionary policy document that directs how the city will continue to grow and evolve over the next 10 to 20 years.
Johnston Rated at or Above National Average in 39 of 42 Areas
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 23, 2019 — The City of Johnston is pleased to announce a new scientific survey that shows our community rated at or above the national average in 39 of 42 areas that were assessed.
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.