Posted on: February 16, 2017

Presidents' Day Will Not Cause Trash/Recycling Delays

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Trash and recycling collection services will run as usual on Presidents' Day - Monday, Feb. 20. There will be no holiday delays Monday or any other day during Presidents' Day week.

Posted on: February 9, 2017

License Pets Through Online PetData System NOW!


The City launched its new partnership with PetData, the nation's only full-service animal licensing provider. For residents with 2016 pet licenses, PetData will send renewal letters in the mail soon. For first-time licenses, visit

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Citizen of the Year Nomination Deadline Extended

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The City of Waukee is now seeking nominations through Tuesday, Feb. 28 for its 2016 Citizen of the Year. Each year, the City accepts nominations of exemplary residents who represent the true spirit of community service. The award recipient is honored with...

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Click here to submit your nomination!
Posted on: February 8, 2017

Winter Reading Program Wraps Up With Great Success

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The Waukee Public Library wrapped up its Winter Reading Program on January 31. 139 families participated in the reading and rewards program, themed "Wild About Reading". The participating families turned in 229 reading logs which totaled approxi...

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Charlie Bottenberg Appointed to Waukee City Council

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At the January 30th Special Meeting, the Waukee City Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Charlie Bottenberg to fill the vacant fifth seat on the at-large council. The seat was vacated by former City Councilman Rick Peterson earlie...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Fire Department Names Firefighter and Medic of the Year

2016 firefighter of the year

During the Waukee Fire Department's annual dinner, Bill Froehlich (right in photo) was named the 2016 Firefighter of the Year. Josh Hutton (left in photo) was named the 2016 Medic of the Year. 

Bill Froehlich received the Firefighter of the Year ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

City Staff Members Pack 18,144 Meals for Those in Need

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On January 20, 2017, 55 City of Waukee staff members spent their lunch hours at Meals from the Heartland, packing meals for local food pantries and disaster areas around the world. Meals from the Heartland is a non-profit organization geared toward elimin...

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Learn more about Meals from the Heartland.
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Mayor Peard Makes 13 Board and Commission Appointments

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The City of Waukee board and commission appointees for 2017 are as follows: 

  • Board of Adjustment: Dennis Breckenridge
  • Board of Appeals: Sue Ellen Kennedy & LaCee Groetken
  • CEDAC: Niki DePhillips, Laura Smith, Cindi McDonald & Aimee Staudt
  • Library Board of...
See the full list.

Learn more about City boards and commissions!
Posted on: January 20, 2017

Waukee Library and Historical Society Partner on Local History Series

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The Waukee Public Library and the Waukee Area Historical Society announced they are partnering on a new initiative – the Local History Series. Throughout 2017, the two organizations will present historical information on specific topics related ...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Watch the Waukee Fire Department's Ice Rescue Training Video

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The Waukee Fire Department holds annual ice rescue training for its members. Watch video of the training session!

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Watch the City's 2016 Year in Review Video!

2016 year in review

2016 was another banner year in Waukee, Iowa. See some highlights featuring the good news, the people, the places and the community events of 2016. Watch the video now!

Posted on: January 4, 2017

City Council Member Rick Peterson Submits Resignation

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Waukee City Council Member Rick Peterson announced his resignation from the City Council at the Tuesday, Jan. 3 regular meeting. Peterson has accepted a position with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and thus is resigning to avoid any potential co...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

City Hires New Assistant Public Works Director – Engineering

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The City of Waukee recently announced that Rudy Koester was hired as the new Assistant Public Works Director – Engineering. He began his work on January 3rd.

Koester worked as Transportation Planner for the City of Ames from 2010-2014 and then served...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Waukee Issued Record-Breaking 1,124 Building Permits in 2016

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With population growing by an estimated three people per day, it’s no surprise that development was booming in Waukee in 2016. The City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a total of 1,124 building permits in 2016 &n...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

IEDA Director Debi Durham Visits Waukee

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Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham visited the City of Waukee on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 to meet with City leaders. In an informal roundtable, Durham and IEDA Team Leader Beth Balzer heard from City officials about Waukee growth, resi...

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See photos from the day's events.
Posted on: December 14, 2016

Waukee Police Make the Holidays Bright for Area Children

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The Waukee Police Department participated in its annual Shop With a Cop program on Saturday, Dec. 10. The day started with the Waukee Fire Department serving up breakfast for the 14 families involved in the program. Officers also created free child IDs fo...

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See photos from Shop With a Cop!
Posted on: December 13, 2016

Two Waukee Police Officers Graduate from ILEA

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Congrats to new Waukee Police Officers Brett Medders and Matthew Kessler! Both graduated from the 270th Basic Level 1 Class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on December 9th. Now that their 16-week course studies and exercises are completed, both o...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Important Winter Parking and Snow Removal Reminders

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Waukee’s snow ordinance goes into effect when more than an inch of snow is forecast. Parking on all Waukee streets is prohibited while the ordinance is in effect. Vehicles remaining on City streets are subject to $25 fines and/or towing.

It is also unlawfu...

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Posted on: December 6, 2016

Changes Coming to Pet Licensing Procedures

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The City is working with online pet licensing company PetData to provide a more convenient and easy way for Waukee residents to license cats and dogs, as is required by City ordinance. The expected launch is mid-February. Residents do not need to renew or...

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Take a peek at PetData's website.
Posted on: November 21, 2016

Waukee Police Deliver 23 Thanksgiving Food Baskets

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The Waukee Police Department provided 23 Waukee area families (up from 17 last year) with Thanksgiving food baskets purchased from the Waukee Fareway. They delivered the baskets to the recipients on Saturday, Nov. 19. The baskets were filled with the maki...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Waukee Fire Department Installs 247 Free Smoke Alarms

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From late October through early November, the Waukee Fire Department went door-to-door in the evenings and offered to install free smoke alarms to residents is some of the “Original Waukee” neighborhoods. They were able to visit 200 single-family homes lo...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Home Depot Volunteers Give Waukee Legion Hall a Makeover

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Team members from the West Des Moines, Ankeny and Urbandale Home Depot stores volunteered their time on November 16, 2016 to give the Waukee Legion Hall a bit of a makeover.

"It's part of Home Depot's Celebration of Service - a commitment to servi...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2016

Waukee Middle School Salutes Public Safety Officials

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In response to the tragic deaths of Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin, more than 700 students from Waukee Middle School saluted police and fire/EMS personnel on November 9th. The students walked from school...Read on and see photos...

See photos from the event.
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Waukee Public Library Receives State Library of Iowa Accreditation

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The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Waukee Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing ...Read on...

Accreditation and Standards Information
Posted on: November 1, 2016

Haunted House Attendees Donate 145 Food Items

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A record 618 people attended the annual Waukee Haunted House on October 28 and 29. Sponsored by the Park Board, organizers offered $1 off admission to Haunted House attendees who donated non-perishable food items. In total, attendees donated 145 non-peri...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2016

Eagle Scout Project Brings American Flag Drop Box to the City

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There’s now an easy way to properly dispose of worn or damaged American flags in Waukee. Gavin McKibben from Boy Scout Troop 182 recently completed his Eagle Scout service project in partnership with his troop’s sponsor, the Waukee American Legion. On occ...Read on...

See photos!
Posted on: October 26, 2016

Library Sets Fundraising Record at Fall Book Sale

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The Waukee Public Library Friends Foundation held its annual Fall Book Sale on October 22. The event raised a record $2,840 to help support the library's programs, events, materials and spaces. The group also reports that more than a dozen new members joi...Read on...

Visit the Waukee Public Library's website!
Posted on: October 24, 2016

Waukee PD Collects 20 Pounds of Drugs at Take-Back Event

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The Waukee Police Department collected 20 pounds of drugs during the national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 29. The four-hour event was held at the Waukee Public Safety Building. Residents dropped off bottles, pill boxes and bags of ex...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Waukee Police Encouraging Neighborhood Watch Participation

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The Neighborhood Watch program empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups. If interested in bringing Neighborhood Watch to your area, please email Officer Brian Murra or call and ask for him ...Read on...

Visit the National Neighborhood Watch website.
Posted on: October 5, 2016

Mayor Peard Recognizes Randy Jensen and Jim Miller for Trailhead Fundraising

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At the Monday, Oct. 3 Waukee City Council meeting, Randy Jensen and Jim Miller were recognized by Mayor Bill Peard for their vision and fundraising efforts for the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead Art Project. The team, led by Jensen and Miller, raised $1.1...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Plaisance Family Makes Memorial Donation at Ridge Pointe Park

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John and Lara Plaisance recently worked with the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department as well as several donors to contribute equipment at Ridge Pointe Park in memory of their son, Drew. The Plaisances made it possible for two sets of swings, two spi...Read on...

See photos from the dedication event.
Posted on: October 3, 2016

260 Trees Distributed as Part of Plant Some Shade Waukee

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On September 28, 2016, 260 trees - including breeds like White Oak, Quaking Aspen Saucer Magnolia and Norway Spruce - were distributed to MidAmerican Energy Company customers through the Plant Some Shade™ program. Waukee Parks & Recreation and Park Bo...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Police Chief Quinn Presents Three Chief's Recognition Awards

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Waukee Police Chief John Quinn recently recognized the Waukee Fareway, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the Krois Family for their contributions to Waukee Public Safety Day. All were awarded the special Chief's Recognition Award.

Thanks to the W...Read on...

See photos from the award presentations.
Posted on: September 16, 2016

Waukee Officially Becomes Home Base Iowa Community

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In a dedication event held September 15, 2016, Waukee earned its designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Momentum for the HBI program continues to gain support from more and more communities. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor were on hand to re...Read on and see photos...

See photos from the dedication event!
Posted on: September 14, 2016

Waukee United Methodist Church Brings More Little Free Libraries™ to Town

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The Waukee United Methodist Church installed three new Little Free Libraries™ in the community over the Labor Day weekend. Church members installed libraries in Warrior Park, Windfield Park and at the Waukee Community Center. The church also plans to dona...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2016

Waukee to Become a Home Base Iowa Community September 15

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The City of Waukee will be recognized as the 43rd Home Base Iowa Community in the state. Governor Terry Branstad and/or Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will officially announce the designation at a special ceremony at Waukee City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 3...Read on...

Learn more about Home Base Iowa - Waukee!
Posted on: September 12, 2016

Waukee Police Department Releases 2015 Annual Report

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At the Tuesday, Sept. 6 regular meeting of the Waukee City Council, Waukee Police Chief John Quinn presented the Police Department’s Annual Report, featuring great photos, 2015 incident statistics, notes about community policing, and news about new hires ...Read on...

Read the full Annual Report from 2015!
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Waukee Central Taking Shape South of Hickman

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In August, the Waukee City Council approved the final 10.57 acre plat for "Waukee Central". Waukee Central features five lots ranging from 0.88 to 4.91 acres. Site plans for three businesses planned in the development were also approved. Those b...Read on...

Stay up-to-date on ongoing development projects!
Posted on: August 23, 2016

City Council Approves Water Sources Study in Partnership with WDM Water Works

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At an August 23rd special meeting, the Waukee City Council approved a partnership with West Des Moines Water Works to collaborate on a preliminary study that will help to identify water supply options for both growing communities.Read on...

Read the full press release for details.
Posted on: July 13, 2016

Two New Waukee Police Officers Sworn In for Duty

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As Waukee continues to grow, so does the demand for public safety personnel. The Waukee Police Department hired officers Brett Medders (left) and Matthew Kessler (right). Both officers were sworn in on Monday, July 11.

Following more than a month of i...Read on...

See photos of the officers taking oaths.
Posted on: July 12, 2016

16 City Employees Receive Years of Service Awards

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Years of Service Awards are given out annually by Waukee City Administrator Tim Moerman. This year, 16 dedicated employees received 5, 10 and 15 year honors. They are as follows:

5 Years:

  • Brett Armstrong, Police Officer
  • Shannon Lynch, Records Technician
  • C...
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See more photos from the awards presentation.
Posted on: July 12, 2016

Anna Bergman to Fill Waukee City Council Vacancy

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At the July 11 Special Meeting, the Waukee City Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Anna Bergman to fill the vacant fifth seat on the at-large council. The seat was vacated by former City Councilman Shane Blanchard, who resigned on Jun...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2016

Waukee Issued Record 1,054 Building Permits in FY 2016

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For the third consecutive fiscal year, the City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a record number of building permits. Waukee Mayor Bill Peard cites Waukee’s desirable quality of life, sense of community and availability of developable la...Read on for details...

Posted on: June 13, 2016

City Completes Local Traffic Counts

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City of Waukee officials conducted traffic counts on several major roads in the city during the months of April and May. The results show large increases on Ashworth Road and Alice’s Road. The City also completed the first traffic count of Grand Prairie P...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Waukee Fire Department Receives Upgraded Rating

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The Waukee Fire Department recently participated in a Public Protection Classification (PPC™) review by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), in which the City was rated as a Class 2/2Y. The PPC program assesses information on municipal fire protection eff...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Hoifeldt Named Waukee’s 2015 Citizen of the Year

Frank Hoifeldt

Frank Hoifeldt was chosen for Citizen of the Year by a committee consisting of Mayor Peard; Dr. Dave Wilkerson, Waukee Community School District Superintendent; Wendy Marsh, Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce President; and Terry Snyder, 2014 Citizen of the ...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2016

City and School District Embark on Joint High School and Sports Complex

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The Waukee City Council approved purchase agreements on a total of 160 acres of land north of Hickman Road and east of 10th Street in Waukee. The purchase agreements are integral in the efforts to build both a second high school within the Waukee Communit...Read on...

Click to see site location on larger map.
Posted on: May 11, 2016

Enjoy Pancakes and Art on Saturday, May 14

American Gothic

The Waukee Firefighters’ Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Event from 7-11 a.m. on May 14 at the Waukee Public Safety Building. The breakfast will include inflatables and fire truck rides in addition to “All You Care to Eat” pancakes and ...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Waukee Special Census Numbers Show Immense City Growth

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Waukee's official population is now 17,945, which equals a 30 percent increase in residential growth since 2010. The official 2010 count was 13,790. The population going even further back to 2005 was 9,108.

“These results are right on trend with what w...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Kettlestone District Master Plan Recognized with Iowa ASLA Award

Kettlestone Award

The Honor Award is the highest level of award given, and it recognizes exceptional creativity and imagination in landscape architecture.

The planning effort included updating the previous market study, redefining the open space and greenway plan, and d...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Update: Two Missing Teens Have Been Found


Two teenagers who were reported missing from Waukee have been found unharmed. On April 1, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Emily Keeling and Lily Criswell were found safe and are being returned to their families.

The Waukee Police Department receive...Read on...

Press Release
Posted on: July 7, 2015

Waukee Named a Best Town for Families

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Family Circle, a home and family magazine, recently conducted a study to find the best towns for families in 2015 – and Waukee made the cut.

Family Circle examined cities from across the United States, and based its list on the following criteria:
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