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Cedar Rapids seeking public input on possible new recreational opportunities on the Cedar River

For Cedar Rapidians who have long wished to canoe, tube or swim in the Cedar River, the opportunity might be getting closer. The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking input on potential recreational options, and residents have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Until Feb. 14, residents can take an online survey that will ask what they think about the Cedar River […]

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Cedar Rapids Ice Arena gets a new name, partnership with Chicago Blackhawks

The city-owned Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is now officially ImOn Ice. The Cedar Rapids City Council approved a naming rights agreement at its Jan. 14 meeting under which the city will receive $500,000 from ImOn Communications over the next five years. Under the agreement, which was made public Jan. 13, the local telecommunications provider has the […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council votes to refund or cancel $17 million in fines to settle a lawsuit over traffic cameras

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to settle a class action lawsuit that challenged the methods the city used to collect unpaid traffic camera fines. The lawsuit was filed in January 2018, a month after the city sent 221,000 notices to people with unpaid traffic camera citations, telling them to pay up or the outstanding amount would be sent to the Iowa Department of Administrative Service’s offset program for collection. […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council approves rezoning proposal for Cargill’s 12-track, 200-car rail yard next to Rompot neighborhood

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted for a final time in support of rezoning land next to the Rompot neighborhood and Prairie Park Fishery, giving Cargil the necessary approval to build their 12-track, 200-car rail yard. Cargill has been trying to get a rail yard for almost two years, with plans shifting back and forth between the city-owned property south of Stewart Road and the “farm property” on Otis Road. […]

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Cargill’s plan for a 200-car rail yard takes another step forward, as the Cedar Rapids City Council approves rezoning for a second time

Cargill is one vote away from being able to build a 200-car rail yard next to the Rompot neighborhood after an almost unanimous Cedar Rapids City Council approved the rezoning measure during its second reading on Tuesday. Cargill employees and Rompot residents filled the council chambers for the noontime meeting. Approximately 25 people spoke on […]

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Sen. Rob Hogg leads walking tours to show impact of proposed Cargill rail yard as next rezoning vote looms

Despite the Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously backing Cargill’s plans for a rail yard at its last meeting, Rompot residents aren’t giving up. It’s likely the company will receive permission to build its rail yard, but the rezoning proposal must be voted on two more times before the change happens. The votes are scheduled for the next two […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council backs Cargill’s plans for a rail yard in Rompot neighborhood, despite opposition from residents

The Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously approved amending the city’s future land use map and rezoning the land near the Rompot neighborhood and Prairie Park Fishery, bringing Cargill one step closer to realizing its plan to build a 200-car railyard. […]

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Open house seeks public input on fate of First and First West, and will provide update on west side flood control in Cedar Rapids

After accepting a casino just isn’t in the cards for First and First West, the city of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input on what to do with the downtown site. An open house on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will allow people a chance to speak out on what they would like to see on vacant land. The event will also feature information about the upcoming flood control projects on the west side of Cedar Rapids. […]

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‘Don’t do this’: Rompot residents protest Cargill’s plan for a new Cedar Rapids rail yard at City Planning Commission meeting

A closely divided Cedar Rapids City Planning Commission (CPC) voted on Thursday to recommend approval of Cargill’s plan to build a 200-car rail yard along Stewart Road next to the Rompot neighborhood and near Prairie Park Fishery. The vote came at the end of a nearly four-hour meeting, during which many Rompot residents spoke out against the plan. […]

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Cedar Rapids election: Overland, Poe and Loeffler win seats on city council, while Merschbrock defeats school board incumbent

Both incumbents running for reelection to the Cedar Rapids City Council won in the combined city-school election on Tuesday, and union leader and small-business owner Patrick Loeffler won an open at-large seat on the council. But it was a different story for the school board. A challenger beat the only incumbent running for reelection by 13 percentage points. […]

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An Election Day guide for Cedar Rapids voters

Browse Little Village’s Iowa City voter guide here. Polls open in the combined city and school election at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in Cedar Rapids will choose three city council members, and three members of the Cedar Rapids Community School District Board. Cedar Rapids […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council candidate Jorel Robinson discusses gun violence, traffic cameras and decriminalizing marijuana

Jorel Robinson, a productivity specialist at GoDaddy, is seeking an at-large seat on the Cedar Rapids City Council. Robinson is a co-founder of the Big Bang Foundation. He said the group started as a way for him and his friends to travel and perform music, but they wanted to do something more, so the group turned its focus to connecting with young people of color to help raise the awareness of those young people of their own abilities and empower them. […]

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