About Baxter

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Population (US Census/Woods & Poole)

 Year Community   County State 
 1980  951  36.425  2.913.808
 1990  938  34.795  2.776.755
 2000  1,052  37,213  2.900.000
 Population within 50 miles (Comm.Est.): 681.745

 

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***The Baxter Business Park is currently full with no remaining lots available.  The City of Baxter and Baxter Economic Development Corporation is currently looking to expand with a new Business Park for additional economic growth.*** 

Industrial Sites 

Site Name Baxter business Park
Total Acreage Available  0
 Location of Site  Hwy.F17, Baxter, IA
Asking Price per Acre $10000
 Name of Landowner Baxter Econ. Develop.
Is site served by rail?
 No
 Electricity (Primary voltage)  2200
Water
 4" Main
 Gas  4" Main
 Sewer  18" Main
Zoning Classification  Commercial
 Fire Insurance Class  Fire Insurance Class
 Tax Rate/$1000 Assessed Valuation  $33.79
 Is site located within a tax increment area?  Yes
 Community willing to create tax incentives?  Yes
 Additional site information available upon request. Prices listed above may be subject to negotiation.

 

Utilities

Electricity
Supplier  public
Name of supplier Alliant Energy
Water
Water supplied by public
Name of supplier  Baxter City Utilities 
Source of city water  well(s) 
Elevated storage capacity  50,000 gallons 
Capacity of water plant 300,0000 gallons
Average consumption  105,000 gpd 
Peak consumption 125,000 gpd 
Natural Gas
Name of local distributor Black Hills Energy
Pipeline source  Northern Natural Gas Co. 
Sanitation 
Type sewage treatment plant  4 cell controlled discharge new in 2010 
Percent of community served by sewer  100% 
Average load  150,000 gpd 
Peak load  1,000,000 gpd 
Design capacity  200,000 gpd
 


 

Telecommunications


Is local internet service available? Partner Comm.
Local Telephone Company Partner Comm. 
Time required for repair 24 hours
Equal access long distance for calls? Yes
Type of central office switcher Digital
Is fiber currently in the ground? Yes
Fiber is used for... Toll & remote spans for switch
Is SS7 service available? No
Is ISDN service available? No
Is T1-DS1 service available? Yes
Is local cellular service available? Yes
Is local video-conferencing available? Yes
   


Transportation Services

Air Service
Time to nearest public airport
15 minutes
 Type of runway asphalt 
Length of runway 5599 ft.
Unicom radio
yes
Instrument landing system
yes
VOR
yes 
Non-directional beacon
no 
Time to nearest commercial air service
40 minutes
Name of nearest commercial airport
Des Moines Int'l
City name Des Moines
Airlines serving point: Northwest, TWA, United, USAir Express, America West Express, COMAIR, Astral/Skyway
Motor Carrier 
Number US Highways serving city 
Number Iowa Highways serving city  1
Time to nearest interstate interchange  11 minutes
Interstate Number I-80 
Time in minutes to nearest 4-lane highway
Highway Number  US330
Motor freight carriers serving community
7
Number of local terminals 
Number of intrastate carriers
Number of interstate carriers
Rail Service
Community served by railroad no
Distance to nearest piggyback service  14 minutes 
Name of railroad  Amtrak
Remarks: Baxter can be accessed from Interstate 80 via exit 159 or from Hwy 330 onto Hwy F17 West.


Municipal Services

Type of local government Council, Mayor
City zoning ordinance in effect yes
County zoning ordinance in effect
yes
Subdivision w/ design standards in effect
yes
Number full time fire dept. personnel
0
Number volunteer fire dept. personnel
24
Fire insurance class in city
8
Fire insurance class outside city
9
Number of full time city police officers
1
Industrial waste pickup service
yes
Percentage of city streets paved
99%
Remarks: Leadership for Baxter is provided by an elected Mayor and City Council. Emergency Response is provided for the community by local volunteers. These emergency response teams include a volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Police service for Baxter is provided by one full time police officer and a 5 member reserve unit.


Dependant Care

Baxter Early Learning Center, PO Box 533, 110 N. High St., Baxter, IA 50028



Commercial/Industrial Services
 

 

Number of machine shops in community
1
Minutes to nearest if none in community
Number of tool/die shops in community 
Minutes to nearest if none in community
15
Number of electrical motor repair shops in community 
Minutes to nearest if none in community
 1
Daily newspaper   0
Weekly newspaper Newton Daily News 
Seating capacity of largest banquet room  Jasper Co. Tribune 
Is city served by cable TV?  250
Number of hotels/motels
yes 
Total number of rooms available  1
Number of financial institutions in city 2
Number affiliated with a bank chain
1
Number of company owned national chain retail stores 
Chamber of Commerce  
Manager is full time  0
Is community CEPP certified? no
  no 
  yes
 Remarks: Baxter is located in the Golden Circle area of central Iowa. Many commercial and industrial services are available - 35 minutes to downtown Des Moines and Ames, 15 minutes to Newton, and 25 minutes to Marshalltown. Baxter has organized two community related groups. Baxter Pride provides a variety of complimentary services. Baxter Economic Development handles issues relating to community growth.



Education

 

 Type
No.
Enrollment
Grades
Elementary
1 228 K-6 
High School 172  7-12 
Community College and Trade/Technical Schools: Des Moines Area Community College, Marshalltown Community College

Four-year College or Universities: Grand View College - Des Moines, Central College - Pella, Grinnell College - Grinnell, Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa State University - Ames, Simpson College - Indianola

Remarks: Baxter is a community committed to education and progress. Baxter Community School serves approximately 400 students Kindergarten - 12th grade. Students are bussed from a surrounding rural area of 69 sq. miles. Two recent additions have created a new City/School Library, Multimedia Center, and ICN Lab used by students as well as residents, Vocal Music/Band Room, Locker and Training Rooms, a Horticulture Learning and Dev. Center, and various business offices thus creating more regular classroom space for a growing enrollment. Baxter's centralized location offers easy access to both DMACC and Marshalltown Community Colleges along with several 4-year colleges in the area.



Cultural and Recreational Facilities
 

Number of local facilities/those within 1/2 hr. drive

public golf courses

6

public tennis courts

75 

public parks

96

public swimming pools

66
Number of country clubs available
10 
Public access to lake or river  yes

Activities allowed:

yes

swimming 

yes

fishing

yes

water skiing

yes

motor boating

yes
Cultural and Information Resources

theatre

yes

library

yes

opera

yes 

museum

yes 

ballet

yes

historic site

yes 

art gallery 

yes

symphony

yes 

historical society

yes

 art council

yes
 Remarks: Along with 2 lovely parks, Baxter offers a newly developed joint City/School Recreational Complex.  The new complex features various playing fields, a walking/jogging track equipped with user-lighting, a grandstand/locker/concession building, regulation sand volleyball court, picnic shelters, and a children's playground.  Future plans include tennis courts, a community swimming pool, and a link to the Chichaqua Bike Trail. Baxter is home to the start of the 22 mile Chichaqua Valley Recreational Trail which lends itself to outdoor enthusiasts. Baxter's proximity to Des Moines, Newton, Ames, & Marshalltown allows easy access to many attractions.

Attractions: music, theatre, arts & science, shopping, amusement/theme parks, sporting events, lakes with swimming/fishing

Events: Local - Baxter Fun Days Celebration, Annual Hunter's Breakfast, Fireman's Ball, Pajama Bike Ride, and many other events within a 35 mile radius.



Health Facilities
 

Number of hospitals within 1 hr. drive
10

Total number of beds

3000

Time in minutes to nearest facility

15

Time in minutes to emergency medical treatment

15

Is air flight/EMT ambulance service available?

yes
Number of clinics in community
1
Specialty of clinic  general practice

Number of medical personnel in county:


MDs

25

Dentists

21

DOs

17

DCs

4

other

10
Remarks: Baxter supports two medical clinics along with a local EMT Ambulance Service. Life Flight is available. Hospitals available in Newton (15 miles) and Des Moines (35 miles).