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Township contracts If the city has agreements (28E) with adjacent townships, these agreements should be reviewed annually. These agreements set out expectations…

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The majority of cities in Iowa regulate animals and pets to some extent. Typically, an animal control ordinance regulates the treatment of…

Automatic Traffic Enforcement (ATE) is the use of cameras and vehicle sensors to make images of vehicles that are speeding or running…

Cities play an important role in the emergency management and homeland security structure in the state of Iowa. All disasters have a…

Cities hold a variety of festivals, celebrations and special events; while some of these events are directly sponsored by cities, many are organized…

While every city must provide fire protection to its citizens, there are choices to be made in the method of delivery. Chapter…

The Iowa General Assembly passed legislation during the 2017 legislative session allowing for the sale and use of fireworks under certain conditions.…

Code of Iowa Section 331.385 and Section 331.424C allow cities and townships to enter into 28E fire township and emergency management services…

Township contracts If the city has agreements (28E) with adjacent townships, these agreements should be reviewed annually. These agreements set out expectations…

The Index of Iowa Laws links to Code of Iowa chapters and sections that are applicable to municipal government. Users should be…

A 1997 Iowa Supreme Court case states a “city must provide police protection to its residents through locally hired police officers or through intergovernmental…

Public safety employees often put in long hours responding to fires and accidents, conducting time sensitive investigations and providing support for sporting events,…

Although no one can fully protect themselves from potential disease outbreak, steps can be taken to minimize the chances of illness. Almost every…

Emergency preparedness is critical in each community, by working together lives can be saved and recovery can occur more quickly when severe…

Federal Guidelines for Sign Standards Federal guidelines governing street signs, pavement markings and all other standards for streets and roads open to…

The rate that children walk or ride a bicycle to school is dropping at the same time obesity rates are increasing. A…

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This report reviews the requirements cities have under the Code of Iowa, how fire and emergency services are provided and best practices for working with partners in the efficient delivery of those vital services.

One of the key services a city provides its citizens is law enforcement. While all cities in Iowa are required to provide effective law enforcement services, the method to deliver the service can vary from city to city.

City governments large and small have collaborated with a host of public, nonprofit and private partners to deliver services to citizens. Learn the specifics of these kind of partnerships.

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