The Square: A Podcast from the Iowa League of Cities

 


The Square, your podcast from the Iowa League of Cities, brings current and important topics for communities across the state to your city square. 
Episodes are released monthly and available for download from Sound Cloud, Google Play, Apple Podcast and Sticher. 

 
Episode 19: The one with Grinnell Police Chief Dennis Reilly | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released 
February 25, 2020
Buckle up your seat belts! The Square chats with Grinnell Police Chief Dennis Reilly for an insightful discussion on community law enforcement and the critical role police departments play in our cities. Dennis shared some of his background of growing up in New Jersey and starting out as a police officer before eventually working his to becoming a chief of police, as well as how he landed in Iowa. We also talk about the many jobs of a city police department, which go well beyond writing tickets as police officers are instrumental in effective community engagement.
 
We are joined by Robert Palmer once again for our monthly Legislative Update and sit down with IMWCA's Andrew Justice for the Get to Know Your League interview. We also talk about the value of planning in our Question of the Month. 
 
Enjoy the episode and be sure to send any comments or questions to thesquare@iowaleague.org!  
 

 

 
 
Episode 18: The one with Solon's Scott Kleppe | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released January 28, 2020
Our first episode of 2020! It's a new year, a new decade and we have a new edition of The Square that features a very interesting discussion about municipal public works. Scott Kleppe, Solon's Public Works Director, joins us to chat about how a city's water and wastewater system works. For those who have wondered how water gets to their faucet, or what happens when you flush a toilet, give a listen and find out! Scott also shares some of his background and how seeing his grandfather do city work gave him first introduction to public works. 
 
We have a new segment to go with the new year as we get our Legislative Update with the League's General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Robert Palmer. Hear about the latest issues at the State Capitol important to city officials. And we also sit down with Scott Smith, IMWCA's Senior Loss Control Representative, for the Get to Know Your League interview. 
 
We wish all cities a happy new year and we look forward to working with you! Send us your questions and feedback to thesquare@iowaleague.org.


Episode 17: The one with Mayor Tom Lazio | Listen on Sound Cloud​
Released December 20, 2019
Happy holidays! The Square closes out 2019 with an interview of Tom Lazio, Ottumwa Mayor and President of the League Board. We learned some interesting things about Mayor Lazio's career before he entered public office and how that helped prepare him to be an effective mayor. He also shared some of the great work they're doing in Ottumwa, a few of their goals for the future and what he hopes to do as League President.

This month's Your Questions Answered asks about cities' ability to set their own council meeting rules of procedure, something we strongly encourage all cities to have. And the League's Senior Accountant, Alison Deiter, joins us for the Get to Know Your League segment. Alison's pay our bills (and issues paychecks to staff) so we took it easy on her!

As usual, we wrap up with the answer to last month's trivia (which county in Iowa has the most cities) and ask a new trivia question: what is the lowest temperature recorded in Iowa and where? Send in your trivia answers, questions to stump our staff and other feedback to thesquare@iowaleague.org. Enjoy the holidays!

Episode 16: The one about city names | Listen on Sound Cloud​
Released November 25, 2019
It is a busy time for the League as we are visiting various cities for our Budget Workshops and Municipal Leadership Academy. So, we decided to have a little fun with this episode with an idea that sparked during our travels. We have 942 great cities in Iowa and each has a unique character and some have a unique name. We discuss our favorite city names and attempt to pronounce them right! This is meant to be fun (and funny)! We hope no one takes offense if their city is mentioned or doesn't enjoy the humor in a funny pronunciation or story behind the city name.

This month's Your Questions Answered asks if there is a recall process in Iowa for elected positions and our Get to Know Your League interview features Jess Vogel, the League’s Communication Coordinator.

We also cover last episode's trivia question, which asked what year did the League's Municipal Leadership Academy begin? (We may know the official date?!). If you do not know what MLA is, make sure to check it out on our website! It is a fantastic training opportunity for newly elected and for veteran officials. In addition, we offer some new trivia: what county has the most cities?

Send your trivia answers, questions and feedback to thesquare@iowaleague.org!​

Previous Episodes (see all episode descriptions on our SoundCloud page)

Episode 15: The one about the 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibit | 
Listen on Sound Cloud​
Released October 31, 2019

Episode 14: The one about training | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released August 28, 2019

Episode 13: The one about safety | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released July 25, 2019

Episode 12: The one about our favorite city slogans | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released June 18, 2019

Episode 11: The one about the 2019 legislative session | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released May 29, 2019

Episode 10: The one about nuisance abatement | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released 
April 29, 2019

Episode 9: The one from Colfax | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released March 25, 2019

Episode 8: The one from Atkins | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released February 21, 2019

Episode 7: The one to kick off legislative session | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released January 10, 2019

Episode 6: The one with a few of our favorite things | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released December 21, 2018

Episode 5: The one with Jim Thompson from IEDA |
Listen on Sound Cloud
Released December 3, 2018

Episode 4: The one where we talk to Scott Naumann | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released October 22, 2018

Episode 3: The one about the 2018 Annual Conference & Exhibit | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released September 25, 2018

Episode 2: The one about the 2018 All-Star Community Awards | Listen on Sound Cloud
Released August 15, 2018

Episode 1: The one about Home Rule with Bob Josten | Listen on Sound Cloud​
​Released July 25, 2018 
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