Community Development conducts investigations on the following topics:

Environmental Diseases

General Nuisances (junk, trash, solid waste, junk vehicles, weeds and other neighborhood problems)

Over 12,000 nuisance inspections were performed this past year. The department responds to complaints filed with the city and an officer initiates investigations addressing junk, trash, solid waste, junk vehicles, weeds, and many other neighborhood problems. Inspections are made of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. 

Community Development issues municipal citations, cleans properties, and coordinates with the Police Department to tow vehicles, which are in violation of the city code or present a health or safety hazard. Community Development also works directly with the Police Department (Police Area Representatives) and the rental housing/building inspectors to improve neighborhood conditions and improve properties which have multiple city code violations. 

Citizens are welcome to anonymously call in the location of nuisance problems to Community Development at (712) 890-5360. Locations of concern can also be reported on our website via the Request Tracker here.


Community Development employs state certified pest control operators. They investigate rat infestations and cockroach infestations within the city. The city has a rodent baiting program for public properties and city staff order and monitor pest extermination activities on private property to ensure that pests with the potential to spread disease are quickly eliminated.