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Posted on: March 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Impacted Municipal Services

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March 18: City Buildings Closed to the Public

In order to protect the health and safety of our Council Bluffs residents and employees, and follow the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the City of Council Bluffs is restricting public access to City buildings including City Hall, Public Works buildings, the Recycling Center, Police Headquarters, and Fire Headquarters beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

The Council Bluffs Recycling Center has closed and will not be accepting drop-offs until further notice.

Buildings will be closed, but services will still be provided, and staff will continue to ensure essential services are maintained. Services will be available by phone, email, the City’s website, or special appointment. Special appointments are based on availability. Those approved for access into the building should use the east doors on S. Main Street.

Specific questions and requests for special appointments can be directed to the respective department. 

  • Mayor Office: 712-890-5265
  • Animal Control: 712-328-4656
  • Building Permits: 712-890-5284
  • City Clerk: 712-890-5261
  • Community Development: 712-890-5350
  • Finance Department: 712-890-5303
  • Fire Headquarters: 712-328-4646
  • Human Resources: 712-890-5275
  • Legal: 712-890-5317
  • Parks and Recreation: 712-890-5291
  • Police Headquarters: 712-328-4701
  • Public Works: 712-890-5296
  • Recycling Center: 712-890-5454

March 18:

The Council Bluffs Recycling Center has closed and will not be accepting drop-offs until further notice.


March 17: Eggstravaganza in Robert’s Park Canceled

Eggstravaganza in Roberts Park, the City’s Easter egg hunt, has been postponed. We have all of the eggs ready-to-go and hope to reschedule. 


March 17: Parks and Recreation Sports

Parks and Recreation has postponed the start of several spring and summer sports. Registration deadlines will remain the same. If you would like a refund, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 712-890-5291.

Adult Softball

  • Original start date: April 8, 2020
  • New start date: May 6, 2020
  • Original Coaches Meeting: March 31, 2020
  • New Coaches Meeting: April 28, 2020

Youth Baseball

  • Original start date: May 4, 2020
  • New start date: June 1, 2020
  • Coaches Meeting: TBD

Girls Fast-pitch Softball

  • Original start date: May 4, 2020
  • New start date: June 1, 2020
  • Coaches Meeting: TBD

Tee ball

  • Start date remains the same: June 1, 2020
  • Coaches Meeting: TBD

Machine Pitch Softball

  • Start date remains the same: June 1, 2020
  • Coaches Meeting: TBD

Youth Tennis Camp

  • Start dates remain the same: June 9, 2020 (first session)

March 18: CBFD Suspending Inspections, Events, and Tours

The Council Bluffs Fire Department will be temporarily suspending all regularly scheduled building inspections, public education events and station tours.

Staff assigned to the Fire Prevention Division and Training Division are being reassigned to assist our Suppression Division in preparation for any increased EMS work due to the Covid-19 virus. We will keep a limited staff in the Prevention Division to handle fire investigations and fire safety issues.


March 16: CBPD Suspending Ride-Alongs

Until further notice, the Council Bluffs Police Department will no longer be accepting ride-along applications. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will reevaluate and make changes to allow for ride-alongs again as it is safe to do so.

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