Keep that water flowing... pay your utility bill to avoid disconnection and associated fees by Sunday, Feb. 28th.
If you have a cat or dog over the age of 4 months it is required per City of Baxter Ordinance that the animal be licensed. Licensing requires updated proof of rabies vaccination and a $5 fee per animal.
Due to our current closed-door policy, licensing will be done through the vestibule window in City Hall’s west entrance OR tags can be mailed to you once rabies certificate is provided via utility drop box, mail, or email and payment is made via utility drop box, mail, or online through the City website.
Baxter has teamed up with Trees Forever, Iowa State University & Iowa Department of Natural Resources to begin the process of replacing lost trees due to the Derecho.
Below is a sign-up form for tree seedlings-at no cost. You must live within Baxter City limits to qualify and are limited to 5 seedlings per family. The sign-up form is available at Baxter City Hall and the Baxter post office.
The seedlings are expected to ship the 3rd week of May. Once they are received in, a date/time and location will be determined for pickup in Baxter. Please be sure to indicate how many and what type of seedlings you would like.
Forms must be turned in to Baxter City Hall by April 16, 2021. Respond early to ensure you get your seedlings!
*While supplies last*
Save checks! Save time! Forget the penalties!
We offer EASY and convenient auto pay to take care of your water utility payment with ease. Fill out the form at the link below and include a void check- drop it off and forget about it!
MIDWEST SANITATION WILL BE COLLECTING RECYCLING EVERY WEEK (ON WEDNESDAYS) UNTIL THE TOTES ARE RECEIVED IN. ONCE TOTES ARE DISTRIBUTED, THE BI-WEEKLY RECYCLING SCHEDULE WILL BEGIN--WHEN THIS TIME COMES, WE WILL ADVERTISE THE NEW SCHEDULE.
REMINDER TO BAXTER RESIDENTS: NO PARKING ON CITY STREETS UNTIL THE STREET HAS BEEN CLEARED CURB-TO-CURB TO AVOID BEING TICKETED:
Disaster Recovery Resources
DHS Disaster Assistance:
Governor Kim Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for a number of counties affected by the recent derecho storm. Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services' website regarding Food Assistance replacement, Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program, Iowa Disaster Case Management, and Disaster Behavior Health Response.
Community Action Agencies:
Many community action agencies offer assistance such as food banks, food delivery initiatives, clothing, diapers, and other emergency and disaster relief needs. There is a network of 17 community action agencies that serves all of Iowa's 99 counties. To find a community action agency near you, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights' website.
211 provides support, resources, and referrals in the event of a disaster. Iowans may call 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431 to be connected to the help they need.
For the English Language Learner Help Line, call 1-877-558-2609.
For deaf and hard-of-hearing Iowans, dial 7-1-1 first for the Telecommunications Relay Service to reach the 2-1-1 hotline.
American Red Cross Serving Iowa:
The Red Cross provides critical resources to assist Iowa with recovery efforts, including shelter, food, emergency supplies, and disaster health services. Red Cross is putting plans in place to provide financial assistance; more information will be forthcoming. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS and dial 0 to speak with a representative. Updates can be found here: News and Events and Facebook.
The Iowa Association of Realtors' grant is available to help individuals affected by the derecho storm with mortgage payment assistance or rental costs due to displacement up to $1,000 per applicant. Some scenarios for eligibility may include a homeowner with a mortgage that was displaced due to damage of their home; a homeowner with a mortgage living in their home without power due to the storm damage; a renter that was displaced due to damage of their apartment building.
Free U-haul Self-Storage Units for 30 days:
U-Haul facilities across the state are offering 30 days of free self-storage units and U-Box portable storage containers to residents affected by the derecho. Find the locations offering this service by clicking here.
Many volunteer opportunities can be found on the state's Volunteer Iowa website. For volunteer opportunities related to the derecho, click here. Volunteers are advised to use health and safety measures.
CDC Safety Tips:
The CDC offers health and safety tips, including chainsaw precautions, when cleaning up after severe weather. Use safety gear, pace yourself, and be careful of potential hazards. Clean Up Safety After a Disaster
For additional local resources, including updates, requesting help, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit the city and county websites and their social media pages.
FOOD ASSISTANCE REPLACEMENT- return electronically or Newton DHS office, 115 N 2nd Ave E, Newton, IA 50208
THE IOWA INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM (IIAGP)Applications should be returned to IMPACT, Community Action Partnership, 3226 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311
NOTICE TO BAXTER RESIDENTS:
Jasper County is gathering damage inventory information which includes pictures to use in necessitating county-wide federal assistance. This damage report will include all structural damage to homes, garages, businesses, and outbuildings. If you have taken pictures of structural damage to your home or buildings, please submit your pictures to the following link
If you need assistance with reporting your damage please email your name, address, and a brief description of where the damage is located to City Hall at:
PLEASE DO NOT BLOW GRASS INTO THE STREETS!
CITY ORDINANCE, SECTION 105.11, PROHIBITED PRACTICES STATES IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO MOW OR DEPOSIT GRASS CLIPPINGS OR YARD WASTE INTO CITY STREETS AND CURBS.
City Ordinance, Section 142.03, DUTY TO TRIM TREES states the homeowner shall keep the trees overhanging the street, trimmed so that all branches will be at least fifteen (15) feet above the surface of the street and eight (8) feet above the sidewalks.
John Hicks was sworn in as Baxter's new Chief of Police. Chief Hicks moved to Baxter from Holiday, Florida with his family. John retired from the Pinellas Park Police Department with the rank of Captain.
We are excited to welcome Chief Hicks and his family to Baxter.