Vacant Des Moines building owners would be required to register their properties with the city and comply with maintenance requirements under an ordinance being considered Monday night by the city council.
- Failing to comply could result in a fine of up to $750 for a first offense.
Trail users will have another way to get from Des Moines to West Des Moines via a new, 10-foot wide path alongside 63th Street.
Driving the news: The City of Des Moines approved the $109,000 trail project last month, which starts north of Raccoon River by the Levee Trail and goes to SW McKinley Avenue.
Principal Park's $16,000 annual lease to Iowa Cubs owner Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) will be extended under an agreement that goes before the Des Moines City Council Monday.
- It's the equivalent of about $1.40 a seat for the 11,500-capacity city-owned stadium, team clubhouse, parking lots and surrounding grounds. The new lease will run until 2032.
For the first time in four years, FAFSA applications from Iowa high school seniors are ticking up as the state's younger generations take a hard look at whether higher education is worth it.
Why it matters: College financial aid applications are a strong indicator of whether someone intends to pursue a college degree — either at a community college or four-year university.
Catch up quick: Jieng, 14, was riding in a car with his sister near Keosauqua Way and 12th Street in Des Moines when he was shot in the head. He died about a week later.
I've noticed there are a few streetlights that have a blue/cooler hue than the rest.
- Are they just new bulbs or is there a more interesting answer? — Allison Missal Akright of DSM
The taxable value of property among Polk County cities grew more than 160% in the past two decades, according to an analysis by Axios using Iowa Department of Management data.
- It's now nearly $30 billion.
Why it matters: Taxable value reflects the economic health of a community.
Des Moines is purchasing a $151,000 LED big screen and trailer for its Free Flicks program.
State of play: The Friday night summer movie series has used an inflatable screen in recent years.
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