The Ames Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards Program. This program recognizes a variety of historic preservation activities, including work on building exteriors, site work, and other notable contributions to preservation in Ames.
The historic resources that are nominated must be located within the city limits of Ames, have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, or historic preservation, and be at least 50 years old. Additionally, architecturally compatible structures may be nominated. The structural work or other notab... Read Full Blog
CyRide will soon be getting two new battery electric buses, which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of June 2022. These clean vehicles were funded by the Federal Transit Administration Low- or No-Emission Grant program for $1.6 million and the Iowa Department of Transportation Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust for $390,000.
The new buses will lower carbon emissions, control noise pollution, and reduce the operating costs of CyRide’s large bus fleet. Instead of an engine burning diesel fuel, these vehicles run from 564-kWh batteries, which could power a ho... Read Full Blog
In an effort to raise awareness about water quality, the Ames Public Art Commission (PAC) seeks resident support with a pilot project to educate the community about the importance of protecting our watersheds and environment. Through funds from the Storm Water Utility, residents are invited to submit potential designs to paint on an adopted storm drain in Campustown or Downtown, with a theme of bringing awareness to keeping these waterways clean and free of pollutants.
“Water running into storm drains flows into our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Pollutants that enter these sto... Read Full Blog
The Ames Public Art Commission (PAC), in partnership with Downtown Ames, seeks artists to add visual interest to Ames by beautifying ordinary public infrastructure. A pilot program to cover electrical transformer boxes with vinyl wrap designs has been approved by the Ames City Council to be implemented in Downtown Ames.
PAC is seeking amateur or professional artists of all ages who are Ames residents to submit designs for consideration. Templates (in PDF) available on the PAC website provide dimensions and locations for the seven various-sized boxes that are planned to be wrapped.... Read Full Blog
Mayor John Haila is looking for Ames residents interested in volunteering their time to serve on a City board or commission.
Board and commission members make recommendations to the Ames City Council and offer assistance to the Council in carrying out various forms and functions of city government. There are nearly 20 separate boards and commissions, which focus on distinct issues, programs, or services.
“If you are looking for a way to become more involved in our community, volunteering your time to serve on a City of Ames board or commission is an excellent way to do t... Read Full Blog
The Ames-Story County MLK Day Celebration Committee is hosting its second annual Essay Writing Contest to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All Ames and Story County high school students are invited to enter the contest.
Contestants are encouraged to become familiar with Dr. King’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and then explain the significance of a specific quote from this text and its relevance to the United States today. The reading, quote, and additional submission requirements can be found at https://bit.ly/AmesMLKDay. Entries are due by midnight o... Read Full Blog
The public is encouraged to stay involved in the process of creating a community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Ames. There are several opportunities in December to participate in the process, learn more about carbon reduction target-setting, and to provide feedback.
Developing a CAP is part of the Ames City Council goal of valuing environmental sustainability, and the City of Ames has completed several preliminary steps toward developing a plan for Ames. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory, a community-wide baseline for carbon emissions, was completed in 2020. This data provid... Read Full Blog
Ames Plan 2040 is a new Comprehensive Plan to guide the growth and change of the Community over the next 20 years. This plan will replace the City's current plan that was adopted in 1997. The Plan addresses the Vision for the City related to Land Use & Growth, Mobility, Community Character, Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Neighborhoods, Housing, and Sub-areas.
The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the following Public Hearings:
Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing – Ames Plan 2040
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - The... Read Full Blog
The Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.
The recipient of the award will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
The Humanitarian Award application is available on the City’s webs... Read Full Blog
The City of Ames has funds available to support Ames residents who have been affected by COVID-19 (including the Delta variant) and need rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.
“We continue to take applications from Ames residents, and we encourage people to apply for help,” said Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Housing Coordinator. “We know this has been a very difficult year for so many people, and we have financial aid available for those struggling with basics like paying for housing or utilities.”
More information, including an application, is available at www.CityOfAmes... Read Full Blog
Ames Public Library is committed to the City of Ames values shared by Mayor Haila in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. (www.cityofames.org/Home/Components/News/News/6079/2106).
Ames Public Library staff and Trustees grieve for the recent acts of violence in our nation, and our hearts go out to the victims' families and communities. To our friends in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, please know that we stand with you. We pledge to continue our work toward greater equity and inclusion in the Library and in our community.... Read Full Blog