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Recycling Schedule for DANA Residents 
(orange route)
(when to put out the Green Recycle Bins)


To See The Long Term Schedule

CLICK HERE

To See The Recycle Rules
CLICK HERE

To See The SCRUB Guidelines
CLICK HERE

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Community Resource
Phone Directory

For a phone number directory of city services and local utilities and some businesses CLICK HERE

Douglas Acres Neighborhood Association publishes a regularly distributed newsletter to the area.  This newsletter is distributed by email, by post office mail, and on this website in the left column.  If you have information to be included in the newsletter or want your email address added to the mailing list simply send an email to >>  newsletter@douglasacres.org .

***NEIGHBORHOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS***
Past Announcements Are Moved To The Archive Page, CLICK HERE

Consumer Advisories are moved to the Consumer Advisory Page, CLICK HERE

NEWS OF UPCOMING EVENTS
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GENERAL MEETINGS

DANA Annual Meeting
Dinner and Election of Officers
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 At 6:00 PM
 

The 2018 Meeting Calendar Is HERE



   NEIGHBORHOOD BASED SERVICE DELIVERY UNIT

                            SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON


Des Moines Public Schools is taking the initial step to open a new elementary school.
The new school would be located near the intersection of East Douglas and Colfax,
and is being planned as a PK-6 Montessori school that could serve up to 450 students.

CLICK HERE for more info on this school project.


POLK COUNTY COMMUNITY BETTERMENT GRANT

We thank County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith and the other members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors for their approval of a Community Betterment Grant for DANA in the amount of $3,000. We use the money to pay for our newsletter and other expenses to operate our neighborhood association.


STORMWATER BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
REBATE PROGRAM

The Des Moines Public Works Department offers this rebate program (up to $2,000) for residents who install certain property improvements that reduce stormwater drainage into city sewers. Information is available online at

https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/PublicWorks/PDF/StormwaterBestManagementPracticesRebateApplication.pdf

Alternatively for more information, please call the Sewer Enterprise Office at (515) 323-8165.


PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT
SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR PROPERTY OWNERS

The Des Moines Public Works Department has released details for the operation of the Private Property Protection Program. This program will provide a subsidy payment for a property owner who makes plumbing upgrades to reduce the amount of drainage into the sanitary sewer. Full details of this program are now available online at

https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/PublicWorks/Pages/PrivatePropProtectProg.aspx

Alternatively for more information, please call the Des Moines Public Works Department
 at (515) 283-4950.

To see the City of Des Moines Activities CLICK HERE


 


 

WE WANT YOU!  

We want you – to join with your neighbors in supporting your neighborhood association. The officers and board of directors for DANA currently have vacancies that we would like to fill. Officer positions vacant are secretary to serve on the board of directors. Also, two board positions are vacant. The term of office is one year starting in January, but new officers and directors can be added at any time by special election at a bimonthly meeting of members. It is a volunteer job, and the time commitment is minimal. The primary duty of officers and directors is to attend monthly meetings of the board and bimonthly meetings of members. Meetings are informal. So please consider joining the DANA board of directors by volunteering to fill a vacancy. Please contact:

Joe Youngwirth, DANA President
3824 Lay St
Des Moines IA 50317
515-266-2569

jjyoungwirth@dmacc.edu
Or you can email newsletter@douglasacres.org.


The 2018 DANA Calendar is HERE

The 2017 SCRUB Calendar is HERE

 

SMART 911 SERVICE

Smart911 is a free service used by public safety agencies across the country to enhance communication and response for their community. It can be used by 9-1-1 agencies to quickly send first responders to the location of an emergency with more information, by emergency management to better plan for and respond to disasters, and by municipalities to send emergency notifications to their citizens.  By creating a Safety Profile for your family, you are providing potentially life-saving information to public safety officials at the time when they need it most.
To view a Fact Sheet click HERE   to view a uses of sheet click HERE


                 

"LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES"
 HAVE COME TO DOUGLAS ACRES
AND THE EAST SIDE OF DES MOINES!

As soon as spring FINALLY arrives and the frost is out of the ground to drive in the posts, there will be several Little Libraries in the Douglas Acres Neighborhood.  The libraries themselves are small weatherproof glass-front boxes on a post in front yards near the sidewalk.  Adults and children are encouraged to stop and take a book to read and/or put a book in it for someone else to read.  All exchanges are free and the goal is to provide free books to anyone to promote reading.

The locations of the DANA libraries are posted here and updated as new ones are put up:

2480 E. Douglas Ave

3944 E. 26th Street

4009 E. 23rd Street

Stover Heights Mobile Home Park

Shawnee at E 29th St

3330 E. Shawnee Ave.

Staves Methodist Church

Hilltop Apartments on
 E. Douglas ave.

Northeast Neighbors and Friends, a coalition of Neighborhood Associations in Northeast Des Moines (including DANA), has purchased additional Little Libraries and they can be found at the following locations: 

1519 York Street

Capitol Hill Christian Church 
(
3322 E. 25th Street)  

4300 NE Arthur

3101 E 43rd St

2822 E 29th Street 

 3607 block of Park Side Drive
 (
cul-de-sac in the south edge of Brook Run Park)

1532 Hull Ave by Luther Park

112 E. Washington Ave

Sheridan Gardens

E. 8th & Seneca

1629 E 24th St

This is a new developing program so if you would like to donate to enable more Little Libraries and/or have one in your yard contact one of the board members. If you are a handy woodworker who would like to build these Libraries we do have blueprint plans available.


 

The Emerald Ash Borer is Coming

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is coming to Central Iowa and has been spotted as close as the Newton area. EAB kills all Ash trees and is considered the most destructive tree pest ever seen in North America. There are quite a few Ash trees in the Douglas Acres neighborhood, both on  City property and in private yards. The City has begun the process of identifying which trees need to be removed from City property and have actually removed some of them this Spring. The City intends to notify the homeowner  at least 3 days before removal. Once the tree has been cut down, another contractor will return at a later date and take out the remaining stump If you have an Ash tree on  the City parking in front of your home and it is cut down, you can request that another tree be planted by  the City.

For more information, go to the City website ( http://www.dmgov.org ) and look  for the Emerald Ash Borer link  in the   Quick Links section on the left side of the webpage.  When you visit that website, you can read the City of Des Moines Emerald Ash Borer   Management Plan and find links to a variety of resources regarding this topic.

Most people agree that trees increase our property value and if you want to save your Ash tree, treatment options are available. You can learn more at the website above.

GARDENING TIPS By Jill Watrous

Getting Green 

Whether you want to attract butterflies and birds, enjoy a splash of color, put together a fragrant bouquet, or eat something you tend yourself, you'll find plenty of support for growing plants inside or outside. Libraries, Google, local classes, and university extension services make it easy to find information, if you want more than what you find for plants on sale in stores or online. 

If you're concerned about watering plants, think "native prairie" as these plants tolerate drought and heat while also providing color and food for butterflies, bees, and birds. Bee population is down, so supporting our local pollinators with prairie plants or old favorites like zinnias and cosmos will help fresh produce in the future. 

Plants that attract winged creatures also can provide you with a beautiful bouquet or even something to eat yourself. Consider a row of sunflowers that can feed both birds and humans, as well as provide a cheery treat of flowers to cut or to enjoy outside. 

If you have the space for some large plants in containers or in your yard, consider growing other foods that can be enjoyed by both humans and wildlife, such as berries - ranging from strawberries and blueberries to aronia berries and carefree elderberries. An amazing range of plants hardy for our local zones (3 or 4) are available now, and plant sales staff both online and in stores will be happy to introduce you to options. or maybe ask your neighbors in the DANA area for insights if you see intriguing plants in local yards … you may receive a gift of cuttings, bulbs, or seeds and make some new friends in the process.   :)

Congratulations Douglas Acres Neighborhood Association

Douglas Acres Neighborhood Association was selected by the East Des Moines Chamber as neighborhood of the year by the chamber. This year the association will be honored during the Celebration of Progress event held on September 13, 2012. The East Des Moines Chamber's Celebration of Progress is an event held to raise funds for scholarships for East High School, North High School, and Grand View University. The location of the event will be the recently opened Bright Grandview Clubhouse located at Grandview Golf course. The Association will be given four tickets and we will purchase additional tickets for neighbors who would like to attend.

Thanks to everyone for making this such a great place to live, work, and play.

 

 

 

ROAD CONDITIONS
In the seasons of bad weather and poor road conditions find out the road conditions, read those electronic highway signs, and see what the roadside cameras see - CLICK HERE.

 

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

(general meetings are open to all neighborhood residents and are held at

Staves United Methodist Church at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted)


 

2018 Year-At-A-Glance Calendar Here


****** DANA NEWS ******

D.A.N.A. MEMBERSHIP

      Please consider joining D.A.N.A. if you are not already a member.  To find out if you are in the Douglas Acres neighborhood CLICK HERE.  This organized association gives our neighborhood a voice with the city and a way for neighbors to meet and get to know each other.  Remember to renew your membership if you are a member. The cost is $5.00, and the money that we collect covers part of the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter and keeping this website going. 
You can 
CLICK HERE  and print out the membership form.

EMAIL MAILING LIST

In an effort to save a bit of money on postage costs, D.A.N.A. is proposing to distribute the bi-monthly newsletter and other information via email.  This website will continue to carry all the newsletters in .pdf format, available for download in the left column.  If you would be willing to receive the newsletter by email instead of by postal mail, please send your name, mailing address, and email address to: chair@douglasacres.org  
Please type “dana email” in the subject line.

This website will continue to be continuously updated, daily, if necessary, so check back often to stay in touch.  This is a neighborhood website and everyone in the neighborhood has an input to it.  If you have something for the website send it to the association president, chair@douglasacres.org  or webmaster@douglasacres.org 

Boundaries for Douglas Acres Neighborhood Association are city limits to the North, the Freeway to the West, Euclid Ave. to the South, and Four Mile Creek to the East.
 
 
At our January meeting the members elected officers
 and board of directors.  Elected for 2017:
 
President                       Joe Youngwirth
            Vice President                           Dean Brown                   
Secretary:                                           
Treasurer                         Phyllis Kellogg 
Director                             Betty Short
Director                        Margaret Heger
Director                                Walt Foley
Director                             Mark Nordin
Newsletter Publisher              Dick Schultz
 
We welcome our new board members and thank those who are serving another term.    
 
Have you been to Sargent Park lately?  If not you should stop by and see the wonderful new play area.  It is wonderful.
 
   
Important Info From The Chairperson:

As the new president of DANA I wish to say hello to everyone and welcome any recent arrivals to our little gem of a neighborhood. I have lived in the neighborhood since 1992 and have been part of the DANA board for many years. I would encourage you to attend our meetings and invite your neighbors to do the same. As a group our voices can carry more clout for the continual improvement and benefit of the neighborhood. Hope to meet you soon.

DANA president,

Joe Youngwirth

You can contact Joe at chair@douglasacres.org  

The City of Des Moines has developed a plan and Douglas Acres has approved it for improving the neighborhood

To See The Neighborhood Plan (large file in .pdf format)  CLICK HERE


NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE OFFICERS AND CITY SERVICES 

Douglas Acres has a police officer assigned to our neighborhood to address law enforcement issues. Officer Doua Lor can be called any time assistance.  If a law enforcement issue comes up you can call him at the number on the card below or call non-emergency dispatch number at 515-283-4811
or if it is an emergency then call 9-1-1.

To see a city map of the NBSD areas and assigned officers click HERE

To view the 2014 Police Department Annual Report click HERE

For questions or needs concerning housing inspection (including condemned buildings), junk and debris (including autos), and health and zoning code enforcement we have inspector Jim Nelson assigned to our neighborhood.  He can be contacted at 515-283-4197 or by email at jenelson@dmgov.org

 


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RECYCLE,  DES MOINES!

 

Neighborhood Finance Corporation
Remember, we have Neighborhood Financing available in our neighborhood.  Grants of up to $10,000 are available to purchase a home or for updating your existing home.  NFC would love to talk to you, their phone number is  515-246-0010 or on the web at www.neighborhoodfinance.org .

 

ADAMS SCHOOL PICTURE

D.A.N.A. is selling  an 8 ˝ x 11 inch version of the picture of Adams School taken by Neal Westergaard that is displayed here. The cost is $5.00. To order, please call 453-7339.

 

President's Comments
10/23/2004

12/30/2004

September 2005

November 2006

To Contact The President Send Email To: chair@douglasacres.org

Meeting Minutes
January 2006 General Meeting

March 2006 General Meeting

May 2006 General Meeting

January 2007 General Meeting

November 2008 General Meeting

January 2009 General Meeting

September 2009 General Meeting

November 2010 General Meeting

March 2011 General Meeting

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Douglas Acres Newsletters
Index

May 2005
September 2005
November 2005
January 2006
March 2006
May 2006
September 2006
November 2006
January 2007
March 2007
May 2007
July 2007
September 2007
November 2007
January 2008
March 2008
May 2008
July 2008
September 2008
November 2008
January 2009
May 2009
July 2009
November 2009
January 2010
May 2010
July 2010
November 2010
January 2011
February 2011
June 2011
September 2011
January 2012
June 2012
June 2013
November 2013
March 2014
July 2014
November 2014
January 2015
March 2015
January 2016
April 2016
July 2016
October 2016
April 2017

June 2017

All Newsletters Are In .pdf Format


 


HIGHWAY CAMERAS
DOT has put up cameras on the freeway and interstate and has allowed us to see them
 CLICK HERE to pick your camera.


ROAD CONDITIONS
Before you head out this winter, get the current road conditions.
CLICK HERE


COMMUNITY LINKS PAGE
CLICK HERE for a link to about anywhere in the community you would want to go
 


Have you ever wondered if you had money coming back from an old bank account or insurance policy or whatever????
CLICK HERE to find out!


Consumer Advisory Page
Tips From Attorney General Tom Miller


The National Sheriff's Association has established a national neighborhood watch program.  CLICK HERE to go to the website.



To See The Metro's Most Wanted
CLICK HERE


The US Dept of Health and Human Services is providing a wealth of family information with links to every conceivable need.
http://www.samhsa.gov/
or
http://family.samhsa.gov/


 For those of you that like to follow what your Iowa legislature is doing CLICK HERE to track bills and contact your legislator.


DOUGLAS ACRES WINS AWARD

          DANA was honored with the first ever "Neighborhood of the Year" award given by the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. We were recognized for all of the work we have done to establish the Association, for our increased membership and for our effective representation of the neighborhood in city matters. The award is on display at the East Euclid HyVee.


 

 Des Moines Community Gardening Coalition is a program of the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department, that supports grass-roots community greening projects by working with neighborhood associations giving them the training and resources necessary to build sustainable community greening projects that educate people, beautify communities, increase food security, improve nutritional health, and build relationships among people.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT LEADERSHIP CLASSES

 

     Des Moines Area Community College is offering a series of classes on management skills for persons serving nonprofit service agencies. A Neighborhood Resident Leadership Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required number of classes. For more information, call Des Moines Neighbors at 280-1807.

 

Graffiti Hurts® - Care for Your Community is a grassroots community education program. It was developed in 1996 by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. The Graffiti Hurts® Program also helps communities initiate local graffiti prevention activities, and educates youth and adults about the impact of graffiti vandalism. To do this, the Graffiti Hurts® web site contains all the tools communities need to begin graffiti education, prevention, and clean-up. Individuals and communities can also order a Graffiti Hurts® video and poster.  www.graffitihurts.org. 
Learn to recognize the signs that your child may be getting involved with a gang,
 CLICK HERE to download a .pdf file of the signs to look for.  
CLICK HERE
to go to the US Dept of Justice website
page on community safety.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD NUMBERS:

Police Department info (Non-Emergency Number)    283-4811

Neighborhood Resource Officer - Larry Rogers    237-1517

Action Center (junk cars, weeds, etc.)   283-4500

Des Moines Public Works    24-hour hotline     283-4950

CONTINUING REMINDERS:

 
METRO WASTE AUTHORITY INFO The metro Recycling Center is located at 1817 Euclid Avenue. They accept all items normally picked up with the green recycling bins (cardboard, plastic, glass, etc) as well as scrap tire, wood and metal. 
                 Hours: Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
                             Tuesday - Friday: 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Phone: 262-4040

The Hazardous Materials Disposal Center is located at 225 Prairie Drive in Bondurant. They are open Tuesday — Friday from 1-5 p.m. and on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Call 967-5512 for more information, including their mobile pickup service.


CITY SERVICES REQUEST FORM
Should you need to request services from the city public works, such as garbage collection, recycle collection, yard waste, etc, you can now do that online at:
 
http://www.ci.des-moines.ia.us/departments/PW/requests.asp

Anyone who wants their business listed on the Neighborhood Connection page be sure to send their info/logo/business card or text of the business to webmaster@douglasacres.org .

This could be anything from lawn mowing and baby sitting to running third world countries.


Residential Tax Abatement in Des Moines
 

Tax abatement is a temporary reduction in property taxes for the actual value added to a residential property due to a qualified improvement. Qualified improvements are new construction, rehabilitation, and additions that meet the following requirements

·   Increase the assessed value by at least 5%

·   Conform with the city’s zoning ordinance

·   Meet applicable codes and regulations

A building permit is needed for most improvements that increase your value. Contact the Permit & Development Center at 283-4200 to find out if a permit is needed.

To get an abatement for an improvement made in 2009 the property owner must file an application with the city by February 1, 2010. The form is available online at:

www.dmgov.org/forms/forms/taxabatementform.pdf
 

For more information, contact Phil Poorman at the Permit & Development Center by calling 283-4751 or emailing PRPoorman@dmgov.org.

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