March 17: Updated Statement from Mayor Clarke About COVID-19 Impacts
On the morning of March 17, Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on the 17th. The plan, in response to COVID-19 and lasting through at least March 31, includes closing bars and restaurants with the exception of take-out, drive-through and delivery services; closing fitness centers and gyms; closing theaters; closing casinos; closing senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities; and prohibiting social, religious, sporting and other gatherings of more than 10 people. Read the full plan and proclamation.
The City of Waukee has already taken steps in the past few days to help limit community spread of COVID-19. The City closed the Waukee Public Library, the Waukee Public Works Building and Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course to the public. We have also been encouraging online, phone, mail or dropbox methods for City business; we have adjusted staff protocols and public encounters; we increased cleaning measures and more. Please see the City’s robust COVID-19 information page, subscribe to COVID-19 community updates, and see a list of ways to do City business remotely.
As this public health situation continues to unfold, the City is also closing City Hall and the Development Services building to the public. Utility bill payments, permit applications, inspection scheduling and more can be done without visiting these buildings in-person. The building vestibules will remain open for document drop-offs. Payment dropboxes are also available. The Waukee Public Safety Building’s lobby remains open. Phone lines are still being staffed during office hours at these City buildings.
These are trying times for pretty much everyone in the world. Please know that City of Waukee elected officials and staff are closely monitoring the situation. The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced there are two Dallas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. While there is no specific indication that either of the two cases are in Waukee, it is still best to be vigilant, yet also calm. I encourage you to follow the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health’s recommendations to wash hands often, practice social distancing and more.
The City will continue to post updates as needed. We are all in this together.
Mayor Courtney Clarke
Mayor’s Message Regarding COVID-19
March 13, 2020
(Updated March 17, 2020)
To Waukee residents, visitors and business partners:
The City of Waukee is responding to and preparing for the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. City staff members are monitoring the status and impact of COVID-19 locally, statewide and nationwide to ensure our community’s actions are informed by accurate information.
Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses. These actions do not just protect you. They help keep the whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease. The City has a dedicated webpage filled with information straight from the agencies at the heart of the situation. Please review this page and sign up for updates.
The City of Waukee intends to continue to provide the valued services which you depend on, albeit perhaps in alternative ways. As a precaution, we have begun closing City buildings to the public and we have canceled programs and events. The City is also encouraging members of the public to do City business online, over the phone, via our outdoor dropboxes and through the mail when possible. See a list of tasks that can be done remotely
Should it become necessary to temporarily suspend certain non-essential services or programs, the City will alert the community through the City’s website, social media channels, text notifications and local media outlets.
I encourage all Waukee community members to stay informed and to use common sense with hygiene and exposure. Again, visit our COVID-19 webpage for tips and links to other resources!
Stay well, and thank you for taking this public health threat seriously. We encourage citizens to remain calm and informed, and to take measures to protect themselves and those around them.
Mayor Courtney Clarke
Welcome to Waukee, and thanks for visiting the City website! It is full of all the information you need to navigate our great community, and if you are unable find something, please email the Webmaster.
We’re so glad to have you here — and we have to say, you’ve made a great choice. Waukee has fantastic schools, 19.2 miles of trails, ever-expanding parks and amenities, well-maintained roads and an abundance of friendly people. Safety is a top priority in Waukee, with a big focus on providing safe neighborhoods. Our dedicated police and fire personnel are top-notch, keeping response times low and professionalism high.
This is truly an exciting time to be part of our community. The addition of Grand Prairie Parkway and the widening of Alice’s Road have opened opportunity in the 1,300-acre, multi-use Kettlestone Development. Waukee is perfectly poised for business development and growth. In fact, it’s already one of the most rapidly growing communities in the Des Moines Metro.
But we’re also determined to maintain the hometown feel that is one of the hallmarks of Waukee. Trails and walkability are important to us, and every season brings community events such as FamilyFest, the Waukee Arts Festival, the Independence Day Celebration, our annual WinterFest event and more! We also offer excellent Parks & Recreation options and Waukee Public Library services and events for every resident to enjoy.
On behalf of the Waukee City Council and staff, we hope you’ll enjoy “The Key to Good Living” as much as we do.
Mayor Courtney Clarke