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JR DETECTIVE- Be a Detective for a Day!
September 11, 2013, 3:24 pm
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Public invited to advise DART on Flex Route 73 Planning Study
September 11, 2013, 3:14 pm
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The public is invited to a series of three public meetings being held Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 24 and 26, to advise DART staff on a planning study for Flex Route 73, which serves Urbandale and Windsor Heights.

The planning study is being conducted by the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to identify possible changes to the route to improve its performance. A flex route operates along a fixed route with established stops and a set schedule, but it has extra time built into the schedule so the bus can flex off route between stops.

Feedback from the public meetings will help inform staff recommendations for improving the route, which could include changes such as route alignment, schedule, connections and marketing efforts.

The meetings will be held in an open house format.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Merle Hay Mall, Mall Tower Meeting Room (second floor)
3850 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines

Thursday, Sept. 26
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
DART Central Station, Multimodal Room
620 Cherry Street, Des Moines

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
8301 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings and would like to provide input, please call 515-283-8100, email, or mail to Attn: Gunnar Olson, DART Central Station, 620 Cherry St., Des Moines, IA 50309.

Free language, visual, hearing services are available at meetings upon request. Transportation services are also available. For requests, please call DART at 515-283-8100 with as much advanced notice as possible.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is the public transportation provider that serves Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that makes getting around the Greater Des Moines area easier and more convenient. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at or call 515-283-8100.

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Council Meeting September 16, 2013 Agenda and September 3, 2013 Meeting Minutes
September 11, 2013, 11:00 am
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The next Council Meeting is Monday, September 16 at 6:00pm.

Agenda: 9.16.13

September 3, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes: 9.3.13 Minutes
September 3, 2013 Committee of the Whole Minutes: 9.3.13 COW

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Self-Defense Course Offered for Women
September 4, 2013, 5:24 pm
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Windsor Heights, IA- The Windsor Heights Police Department is currently gathering contact information for area residents who may be interested in participating in a women’s education and self defense course called Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.). Dates of the course have tentatively been set for Tuesday & Wednesday evenings in October (1st, 2rd, 8th and 9th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm) at the Windsor Heights Community and Event Center. Class size will be limited to twenty students and attendance at all classes is recommended to complete the program successfully. There will be a one-time registration fee of $25 due prior to the first class along with pre-event paperwork and waivers. Returning students are welcome at no charge.

The RAD program for women’s basic self defense is the largest nationally recognized women’s self defense organization in the world ( Classes encompass twelve hours of education and awareness topics mixed in with hands-on, active self defense techniques and strategies. The final class in the series is a culmination of the material presented where three separate, active simulation scenarios are given to students to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Participation in this course does encourage a moderate level of activity; however, women of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. The philosophy of RAD instructors is that this program should be easy to learn, easy to retain, and relatively easy to employ during real confrontational situations. Chief McDaniel of the Windsor Heights Police Department, and long-time certified RAD instructor states, “The objective of the basic RAD program is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so that they may become viable options for a woman who is attacked. We work with our students to educate them on general awareness issues and also strive to create confidence in the application of some basic self defense techniques.”

Interested women, high school age and above, may contact Officer Woods at the Windsor Heights Police Department during normal business hours at (515) 645-6829 or e-mail her at with questions. To register for the course please come to City Hall, 1133 66th St, Windsor Heights.

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History of Fire Prevention Week
September 4, 2013, 3:25 pm
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The history of National Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. This tragic conflagration killed some 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. The origin of the fire has generated speculation since its occurrence, with fact and fiction becoming blurred over the years. One popular legend has it that Mrs. O’Leary was milking her cow when the animal kicked over a lamp, setting the O’Leary barn on fire and starting the spectacular blaze. However the massive fire began, it swiftly took its toll, burning more than 2000 acres in 27 hours. The city of Chicago quickly rebuilt, however, and within a couple of years residents began celebrating their successful restoration to memorialize the anniversary of the fire with festivities.

Intending to observe the fire’s anniversary with a more serious commemoration, the Fire Marshals Association of North America, the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association, decided that the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

When President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week, October 4 – 10 1925, he noted that in the previous year some 15,000 lives were lost to fire in the United States.

NFPA continues today to make National Fire Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation and efforts of tens of thousands of fire and safety professionals, emergency volunteers, and other individuals working to reduce the risk of fire and the toll it takes on our society.

NFPA has announced its theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Kitchen Fires. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fires deaths. From October 6-12, we’ll be highlighting the dangers of unattended cooking and risky kitchen habits. Visit for more information and safety tips.

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Windsor Heights Oktoberfest Blends Traditional Oktoberfest with Halloween… Don’t Miss the FUN!
September 4, 2013, 3:20 pm
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The Windsor Heights family friendly Oktoberfest is the area’s premier fall celebration with fun for children and adults. The festival begins at 2 pm at Colby Park, located at the end of 69th Street, south of University on Saturday, October 5.

In true Windsor Heights style, the Windsor Heights Oktoberfest has something for everyone. From interactive inflatables and activities for children to the free performance of an award winning polka band and much more, it is a not to be missed celebration geared to all ages and members of a family.

Combined with Halloween, this Oktoberfest invites you and your pet to dress up for fantastic costume contests. Additionally, the perennial favorite pumpkin carving contest, where pumpkins will be available to carve, is going to show off participant’s artistry.

And, don’t forget to bring your appetites. The traditional German food of brats and accompaniments will be for sale, sponsored by the Windsor Heights Police Association. Other refreshments including beer, popcorn, potato salad and soft drinks will also be available to purchase.

The hours of Oktoberfest are 2 – 6 pm. Parking is available in the Park and around the side streets. There is no admission to attend Oktoberfest nor parking fees. Tickets for the inflatables will be sold for $1/each.

OKTOBERFEST in Windsor Heights
Colby Park, 69th Street, south of University
Windsor Heights
Saturday, October 5

Interactive Inflatables – 2 – 6 pm
Pumpkin Carving Contest – 2 – 4 pm
Hands on Workshops – 2 – 6 pm
Kids Costume Contest – 2:30 pm
Heartland Mini Railroad – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pet Costume Contest – 3 pm
Brats, Potato Salad, and other Refreshments – 2 – 6 pm
Polka Band – 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Hula Hoops – 3 – 6 pm
Balloon Animals – 3:30 – 5:30 pm

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Council Meeting and Committee of the Whole- September 3, 2013
August 28, 2013, 5:37 pm
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Council Meeting Agenda-


Committee of the Whole Agenda-
9.3.13 Agenda

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November 2013 Election- Campaign Sign Requirements
August 27, 2013, 1:55 pm
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As the November 2013 election is approaching, the City wants to remind everyone of campaign sign requirements:
1. Signs can be located in any zoning district.
2. Signs cannot be located in the street right-of-way. (This is considered to be 12.5 feet back from the curb line)
3. Signs cannot be placed on a property without the permission of an owner or lessee.
4. Residential use signs can be no larger than 10 square feet.
5. Commercial use signs can be no larger than 100 square feet.

If there are any questions related to campaign signs and the requirements, please call the City Inspector/Zoning Administrator at 515-645-6826.

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Cowles Montessori School Gardens- 2013 Garden Production and Donations!
August 27, 2013, 1:25 pm
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Thanks to Darren Fife, Mary Scarcello, Wright Outdoor Solutions, and Public Works for helping with the project!

Cowles Garden 2013 Harvest

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Walnut Creek Watershed Festival/Clean-up Date Correction in Recent Article in the Register
August 22, 2013, 3:06 pm
Filed under: Press Releases

Although the article in yesterday’s Register was great, the date for the festival and clean-up was a little misleading. The date of the Watershed Festival/Clean-up is set for August 31, 2013.

Contact: Darren Fife
Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition
August 31, 2013
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Cost: Free

The Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, in association with the Raccoon River Watershed Association, and the City of Windsor Heightson August 31, 2013, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, is sponsoring a community celebration of the Walnut Creek Watershed, featuring a creek clean-up, an array of demonstrations and exhibits about storm water runoff, the environment, and conservation.

Many people in Iowa enjoy using our streams, creeks, lakes and rivers to fish, kayak, canoe, swim and wade. Everyone in a watershed has a stake in the health of its water, and this outdoor celebration will show how we all impact the water quality and what we can do to protect it. Come celebrate and enjoy the events including: the creek clean-up, rain barrel displays, Project AWARE information, IOWATER sampling demonstrations, catching and identifying bugs, various children’s activities, etc.

Also, the Iowa Environmental Council will be making fish prints with the kids and Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) will be present with owls, owl pellets, and Iowa Avian information.

Children will get the chance to find their home on a watershed map, make fish prints, and and learn about fish and aquatic insects, etc.

By attending this watershed festival, you will gain a better understanding about storm water runoff impacts and learn how to make a difference in your own yard and neighborhood; and have a great time with family, friends and neighbors!

The clean-up is great for families, scout, school groups and anyone who loves the environment and clean water. All ages are welcome to join in the clean-up.

Volunteers will meet at the Colby Park Pavilion at 10:00 a.m. Gloves, trash bags, water, and snacks will be provided. We’ll gather for a photo and then head out to a number of locations along Walnut Creek and North Walnut Creek. Come out for a great day in the creek, and help clean-up this great resource.

After the clean-up, please join us for a trash tally, refreshments, and a BBQ.

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School Supply Success- National Night Out Against Crime (NNO)
August 20, 2013, 6:50 pm
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The Windsor Heights Police Association along with several sponsors hosted this years’ National Night Out on August 6th. The beautiful evening brought out an estimated crowd of over 500. Residents took part in games, activities and demonstrations.

This year the Windsor Heights Police Association hosted a school supply drive, benefiting area schools. The Police Department collected supplies such as crayons, markers, papers, pencils and other supplies needed to attend school. In addition to those items donated by attendees, the Windsor Heights Police Association purchased over $600 of needed school supplies. The association would not have been able to purchase these items without the donations from our community and the items sold at silent auction. These supplies were divided between Windsor Elementary, Clive Elementary and Cowles Montessori schools.

school supplies

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KWHB 2013 Fall Clean-up
August 19, 2013, 8:38 pm
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Join the Keep Windsor Heights Beautiful committee on Saturday, September 21 for the Windsor Heights Annual Fall Clean-up day. Many hands make the work light, so the more the merrier. Bring your family, your nonprofit group, your friends or anyone making a difference in our community.

Meet us at our home base under the white tent north of Burger King on 73rd Street at 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on September 21st. You’ll get gloves, refuse bags and an assigned clean-up area. Two hours of work from each of us will help keep Windsor Heights beautiful throughout Fall and Winter. Thanks for doing your part and spread the word.

The clean-up day is sponsored by the Keep Windsor Heights Beautiful committee with the help of our corporate sponsors: HyVee and WalMart.

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Council Meeting Minutes 8/19/13
August 16, 2013, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Press Releases

Below are the minutes from the 8/19 Council Meeting-

8.19.13 Minutes

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Council Meeting 8/19/13
August 16, 2013, 1:16 pm
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The next Council Meeting will be Monday, August 19th at 6:00pm.

8.19.13 Agenda

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Construction related ROAD CLOSURE of 73rd Street from Wilshire to Hickman Road in Windsor Heights
August 14, 2013, 1:07 pm
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73rd Street in Windsor Heights between Wilshire Street & Hickman Road (1 block) will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic beginning at 6:00 am this Monday, August 19th through mid November. The Contractor will be expanding the intersection and turn lanes of 73rd Street At Hickman Road while providing new concrete roadway and complete pavement markings during the closure period. The project area will be open to local traffic only and will be reopened in mid November weather permitting.

Alternate routes south on 63rd and 70th Street are encouraged to reduce congestion in the area. Traffic in and around the affected area should exercise caution as delays will occur.

Jeffrey A. Fiegneschuh-City
Jason VanAusdall-Public Works

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