• 2015-2019 Strategic Plan Citizen Participation Forum

    The public is invited to a forum to discuss the City's 5-Year Strategic Plan

    July 22 5:30 to 7:00 PM

    Central Library

    1000 Grand Avenue

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  • Re-Discover the Coolest Place in Town: Your Library!

    Check out these summer reading events at the Des Moines Public Library

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    Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Programs

  • Rain Barrel Give-Away

    The City of Des Moines is giving residents a chance at winning a Rain Barrel! All you have to do is complete the short online survey to enter for your chance to win. There will be 3 lucky winners announced the week of August 11th. Good luck and thanks for participating. The deadline to complete the survey is August 10th.

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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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  • One of the Best Cities for Jobs

    Des Moines ranks #2 on Forbes 2012 list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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Sidewalk Maintenance Objective

 

Picture of a replaced sidewalk

The sidewalk division of the Community Development Department, in conjunction with the Engineering Department, inspects sidewalks with the objective to provide safe conditions for pedestrians.

 

Notice to Reconstruct Sidewalk

 

It is state law that the owner of any property abutting a public sidewalk shall maintain the sidewalk in a safe condition. If a property owner is notified their sidewalk is defective, the owner has 180 days to make repairs. A permit is required for a property owner or the contractor they hire to replace or repair the sidewalk. A permit costs $40.00 and is available in the city’s Permit and Development Center in the Armory Building at 602 Robert D Ray Drive. Sidewalk & Driveway permit questions can be answered at (515) 283-4536.  For more information on Sidewalk Ordinances, see the City Municipal Code

 

Brick Sidewalks

 

Property owners with defective brick sidewalks who wish to make repairs rather than replace the walk, may purchase bricks from the Department of Public Works for $0.50 cents each by contacting the Public Works 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (515) 283-4950.