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City of Muscatine Communication Blog

Hello and welcome to our blog. As the Communication Manager for the City of Muscatine, Iowa, I know the importance of communicating with residents and providing them with an understanding of the different functions of the City, why these functions are important to our residents, and what the City is doing for the future of our community.

Many times the story of the various activities, accomplishments, and happenings within the City are not told and we want to make sure that the people behind these activities, accomplishments, and happenings are duly recognized. We also want to explain our vision of the future for the City of Muscatine, something that we take great pride in.

Please check back in periodically to see updates on what's going on here in Muscatine! Please feel free to leave comments on individual postings--the comments will not be displayed here, but they will be emailed to me so that I can collect your thoughts and make adjustments based on the feedback and suggestions. Moderated comments are an option as we progress. Thanks for reading and I hope you find this to be an effective tool!

Jul 15

New job search, application process implemented by the City of Muscatine

Posted on July 15, 2022 at 10:12 AM by Kevin Jenison

Career Center Announcement (JPG)MUSCATINE, Iowa – The City of Muscatine has implemented new applicant tracking software that will make it easier for individuals to search for and to apply for City employment. Gone are the days of visiting City Hall to pick up a paper application or downloading a PDF (portable document format) application from the website, filling it out, and returning the application to City Hall. The application process is now 100 percent online.

Job seekers can see a list of available positions and how to apply by clicking on the “Employment” button on the homepage of the City of Muscatine website (located in the upper left side of the main screen). 

The Career Center will open in a new window and job seekers can view the list of current full-time, part-time, and seasonal opportunities by clicking on “available positions”. Search the list and click on the title to see the job description. Interested candidates can then click on the green “apply” button to begin the application process. 

Potential applicants must register before applying by creating a profile. You only need to register once and can edit your profile at any time. Applicants can track the status of his or her application through their profile. Once registered you will also be able to sign up for email notification(s) of job openings in specific departments through the Talent Network. 

For those who do not have access to a computer, the Department of Human Resources at Muscatine City Hall will have paper applications available for the job seeker to fill out. Human Resources staff is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions or to help in the online or paper process. Contact Human Resources at 563-264-1550.

Current Employment Opportunities

A variety of full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment opportunities are available and the City of Muscatine is actively seeking applicants who have the desire and interest to work for an organization that takes pride in their community, pride in community service, and pride in their employees. Individuals within a 30-mile radius of the Muscatine city limits (including Iowa and Illinois residents) are eligible to apply.

Police Officer

If you are called to public service and want to make a positive contribution, the City of Muscatine invites you to join the professional, accredited, and dedicated Muscatine Police Department. Work involves responsibility for community protection of life and property, crime prevention, law enforcement and arrest, assigned patrol, traffic control and supervision, investigation, records and reporting processing, community outreach, and other special police related assignments.

Engineer

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has an opening for an engineer who would assist with city/civil engineering studies, project design, review, and inspections relating to City infrastructure related projects. The position has responsibility to oversee and perform design for Capital Improvements as assigned. Other responsibilities include reviewing easement documents, design and construction projects in accordance with state laws and engineering standards.

Community Services Officer – Code Enforcement

The City of Muscatine is seeking a Community Services Officer (Code Enforcement) who will perform specialized technical and professional inspection work related to enforcement of adopted housing regulations and City Code. Work consists of inspections of businesses and residential properties to assure compliance with applicable regulations; communication of inspection results and required corrective actions to property owners; and coordination of abatement activities.

Ambulance Technician

The Muscatine Fire Department is taking applications for an Ambulance Technician. Work involves the performance of emergency and non-emergency medical duties in line with departmental operations as well as maintenance of all medical equipment and building and grounds. Responds to medical emergencies, responds to non-emergency calls for service, stands by at fire scenes and at community events prepared to respond to medical emergencies.

Assistant Library Director

Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center has an opening for an Assistant Library Director. The Assistant Director performs administrative and advanced professional work and oversees and manages select library operations and services. In addition, the Assistant Director serves as administrative manager for Adult/Reference Services and Special Collections

Refuse Truck Driver

The Solid Waste Division of the Department of Public Works is taking applications for a Refuse truck Driver. This is manual and semiskilled work in the operation of a refuse collection packer truck.  Work involves responsibility for operation of a refuse collection packer truck.  Work requires that employees of this class follow established routes and maintain collection schedules.  Emphasis of the work is upon operating the packer truck although on assigned routes employees of this class also collect and load refuse into the packer.

Muscatine Municipal Golf Course opportunities

  • Clubhouse Supervisor – works in the clubhouse pro shop assisting customers with tee times, equipment rental, and pro shop purchases.
  • Outside Services – responsible for collecting golf balls on the driving range, and assisting patrons with outside service needs.
  • Food and Beverage – provides customer service to patrons at the golf course concession area. Ability to provide excellent customer service, and accurately handle orders and cash is required.

Parks and Recreation Department opportunities

  • Soccer Complex On Site Supervisor – oversees user groups at the soccer complex, assists user groups with various needs, and ensures Soccer Complex rules are followed. Must be able to interact professionally and courteously with members of the public, and engage in some physical labor.
  • Seasonal Equipment Operator(s) & Seasonal Groundskeeper(s) – Opportunities at the Soccer Complex, Kent Stein Park, Greenwood Cemetery, and Park Maintenance,  Must be able to safely use equipment such as riding mowers, push mowers, string trimmers and other groundskeeping equipment. This position assists in mowing, groundskeeping, and preparing athletic fields for play. Must be at least 18. Some weekend hours may be required. 

For more information, visit the Career Center on the City of Muscatine website. The City of Muscatine is an equal employment affirmative action employer.

Nov 04

Saving Lives: The value of implementing fire safety measures in the home

Posted on November 4, 2021 at 2:36 PM by Kevin Jenison

102921 Sterneman Boulevard House Fire 01 (JPG)MUSCATINE, Iowa – The value of fire safety is never more on display than after a young family escapes virtually unharmed from their smoke filled and burning home. That was the case last Friday (Oct. 29) when a woman, an infant, and a menagerie of pets escaped a smoke filled home on Sterneman Boulevard.

 

The woman and infant were asleep in the bedroom with the door closed when the sound of a smoke alarm just outside the bedroom woke the woman up. Upon opening the door the woman found a home filled with smoke. Without thinking twice, the woman grabbed the infant, put three dogs out onto the front porch, and then escaped the house as the first units arrived at the scene.

 

“The fact that there were smoke detectors throughout the home that were activated by the smoke and woke the family up more than likely saved their lives,” Assistant Chief Mike Hartman said. “But what else helped was the fact that the family closed the door to their bedroom which prevented the smoke from rolling in.”

 

Those two fire safety measures (smoke alarms and closing the door) are just two of the tips offered by the Muscatine Fire Department as residents prepare for winter.

 

Muscatine residents, like most families across the United States, will be turning back their clocks one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 7), and the Muscatine Fire Department urges homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while they are changing the time on their clocks.

 

SMOKE DETECTORS AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

 

Smoke detectors are one of several lines of defense families can take to escape a fire in their home. Closing the door before doze, installing carbon monoxide detectors, and creating a home escape plan can also help prevent a tragedy.

 

“Smoke detectors should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement,” Battalion Chief Ted Hillard said. 

 

On levels without bedrooms, smoke alarms should be installed in the living (den or family) room, at the bottom of stairs leading to the next level, or in both locations. The detectors are usually mounted on the ceiling or on a wall no more than 12 inches from the ceiling, and at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.

 

Hillard shared additional tips on smoke alarms.

  • Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace the battery at least once per year. If the alarm chirps warning that the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 

“Newer smoke alarms have a 10-year non-replaceable battery,” Hillard said. “You need to write the date installed on the device because once they begin to chirp after 10 years they need to be thrown away and replaced.”

 

Having interconnected smoke alarms also increase safety, but it is important that all of the interconnected smoke alarms are from the same manufacturer. Interconnection can be accomplished by hard-wiring or wireless technology so when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

 

When testing fire alarms, pay attention to where your pets hide. This is most likely where they will go in the event of an emergency.

 

Residents can call the Muscatine Fire Department (563-263-9233) if they have questions concerning smoke detectors. The department will come out and inspect smoke detectors in a home. They also have a grant program that offers smoke detectors to homeowners.

 

NFPA - Installing and maintaining smoke alarms

 

CLOSE BEFORE YOU DOZE

 

Fire spreads faster than ever before due to the use of synthetic materials, furniture, and construction. Closing doors can help stop the spread of a fire and, in many cases, actually can help to extinguish a fire before it spreads. The family on Sterneman Boulevard found out just how beneficial it was to close the door before they went to sleep.

 

“Having the door closed kept the smoke from coming in and filling up the bedroom,” Hartman said.

 

Smoke rises to the ceiling and begins to roll throughout a home to areas of least resistance. Closing a door increases that resistance.

 

“We could see during our investigation that the door had been closed as smoke filled the rest of the house,” Hartman said. “There were not any smoke stains inside the bedroom and that is a good indication that the smoke was prevented from entering the room.”

 

Hartman also said that keeping doors closed could also help in preventing the spread of a fire.

 

“Fire needs oxygen to spread and a closed door can reduce the amount of fuel available to a fire,” Hartman said. “In some cases, a closed door can actually help to smother a fire before it becomes out of control.”

 

Based on findings from the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) ‘Close Your Door’ encourages those trapped in a room during a fire as well as those who can safely leave a home to close as many doors as possible. 

 

A closed door can be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke and flames, and may give people more time to respond to the smoke alarm. In fact, according to the FSRI, there can be a 900-degree difference in room temperature between a room with an open door and one with a closed door, with the open-door room reaching temperatures of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

 

“Fire hasn’t changed in the past quarter century, but our home environments have, and because of this fire moves faster than ever before with home fire deaths rising even as home fires decline,” said Steve Kerber, vice president of research and director of FSRI. “Our annual fire safety survey shows that fire safety habits still aren’t where they need to be to prevent loss of life and property. Everyone can take three simple steps by having working smoke alarms, having an escape plan and closing their bedroom door at night.”

 

FSRI Close Before You Doze

See the dramatic difference a door can make (YouTube Video)

 

HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN

 

Another important fire safety action people should take to protect themselves and their loved ones in the event of a fire is having and practicing an escape plan that includes having two ways to get out of every room, and identifying a common meeting place outside of the home.

 

“This is one of the key messages in our educational program,” Hartman said. “Knowing what to do when a smoke alarm sounds, where to exit a room or the home, and knowing where to meet outside is crucial to increasing your chances of surviving a home fire.”

 

Fires spread quickly. Many times there is as little as one or two minutes to escape once the smoke alarm sounds, so pulling together members of the household to make a plan, practice the plan, and inspect all possible exits and escape routes is important.

 

NFPA Home Fire Escape Planning Tips

Every Second Counts (YouTube Video)

Sep 14

Muscatine firefighters pause to remember

Posted on September 14, 2021 at 4:41 PM by Kevin Jenison

Six members of the 11-person shift that arrived to battle a late night house fire on a cool September night remain on active duty with the Muscatine Fire Department. Four have retired or moved on. One remains the only Muscatine firefighter to die in the line of duty. Read the blog at https://bit.ly/3k8rx2D

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