From The Office Of The Mayor

Mayor Larry D. Guy

Please be advised that while City of Blue Grass respects the rights of its citizens to exercise their freedom of speech regarding the issue of a proposed West Scott School, the City of Blue Grass takes no official position, neither for or against the proposed school, and will not provide any official comments on this issue.

The City of Blue Grass has maintained a longstanding, warm relationship with the Blue Grass Elementary School and the Davenport Community School District. The City of Blue Grass has been and will continue to be supportive of the Blue Grass Elementary School and the decisions of the Davenport Community School Board. The City of Blue Grass hopes and expects that any decisions regarding school closures only be made after a thorough review and analysis of the factors involved and not be based solely on the statements of a group of private citizens wishing to create their own school district. The City of Blue Grass is willing to meet and engage in meaningful  dialogue with the Davenport Community School Board as it moves forward with this process.

Hello and welcome to the City of Blue Grass' website!  Our website is designed to allow you easy access to our elected officials, City staff, various departments, meeting agendas, etc.  

If you're already a part of our community, thank you.  If you're considering relocating your home or business to Blue Grass, or just simply visiting, please do so as you won't be disappointed. 

Blue Grass is primarily a quiet rural community with a quality of life residents experience that doesn't happen by chance, it comes from the efforts of everyone working together.  We continually strive to make Blue Grass a friendly, caring community that offers quality schools, family values and a bright future.  Blue Grass' 2010 census data shows the City's population count at 1,452 and estimates the 2016 population count at 1,699.   

Just right off Highway 61, Blue Grass is centrally located just 10 miles from Davenport, Iowa and 18 miles from Muscatine, Iowa.  Interstate 80 is 9 miles from Blue Grass; with Interstate 280 being 5 miles.  The Quad-City International Airport is just located 14 miles from Blue Grass; with Des Moines being 160 miles and Chicago, IL being 185 miles.

Blue Grass has all the big City services your family or business needs to feel safe and secure.  A medical clinic that offers family or business several health services.  A volunteer Fire Department, complete with a full staff of certified EMT's, a friendly local Police Department that offers police protection.  Medic EMS is available 24/7.  We are a local City Government that continually looks out for the best interest of its City residents and businesses and are always eager to invite visitors or prospective new businesses or residents to their town.

Blue Grass is a community that the residents are proud to call "home".  Consider Blue Grass your next home and or business.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our page, we hope that you find it very informative and welcoming.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at (563) 381-4700, our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

 

 

  

Alert Iowa

Alert Iowa is a County/Statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system which can be used by State and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system.  This system is powered by the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and in Scott County is under the control of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency and Scott Emergency Communications Center (SECC).  This system will be used as an emergency notification system during all hazard and life-safety events.  If you sign up through your community website (free of charge) you will receive messages via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, fax, TDD/TYY, and social media.  If your community does not have a website you may sign up on the Scott County website: www.scottcountyiowa.com.  The system is available, free of charge, to all citizens in Scott County and we encourage everyone to register at least one contact method. Messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information.  These messages will normally be specific to your community or the communities for which you register.  However, if you sign up through the Scott County website and do not choose any specific community, you will receive only warnings and information specific to the County and not your specific community.Once you have registered, your information will be automatically entered into the system and you will receive any notices sent out.  Nevertheless, should you decide you no longer wish to receive messages after registering, you can opt-out of the system by sending an e-mail or letter to Scott County EMA at 1100 E. 46th Street, Davenport, IA  52807 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address and phone number you registered.  The process to remove a phone number takes 24 to 72 hours and once a person opts-out: they will no longer receive any notices.

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606 West Mayne Street Blue Grass, IA 52726

Emergency & Non Emergency: 911

Office/Answering Machine: (563) 381-1485 Fax: (563) 381-2157 

Welcome! 

On behalf of all of us at the Blue Grass Police Department, I would like to personally welcome you to our department's official website. It's our hope that this site will be informative and provide you with greater access and understanding of the functions of the Blue Grass Police Department. 

We are always working to update our web page with current information that all members of the community will find helpful and important regarding the functions of the Blue Grass Police. Our web site is just one way of showing you the sense of pride, professionalism, and dedication that the members of this department strive to achieve every day. 

It's our belief that while the Blue Grass Police Department’s mission was built upon the foundation of “to serve and protect” the public, we understand it's also our obligation to keep you informed of the various changes occurring within our Department, and the people and issues that affect law enforcement in Iowa.

Due to the nature of the job, police officers must often perform tasks or duties which may be perceived as negative or unpopular. Our officers perform these duties fairly, impartially, honestly, and with a positive attitude. This approach has been rewarded by consistently having one of the lowest overall crime rates in the State as well as being one of the cleanest cities. The efforts of our officers are complemented by the assistance of the citizens of Blue Grass, who are very cooperative and proud of the clean and safe environment which they have come to expect and enjoy.

The members of the Blue Grass Police Department realize that our greatest asset is our personnel and our greatest strength is our partnership with the community. This website is prepared with those sentiments in mind, always working to better serve, and provide safety and service for everyone who lives, works, or visits the City of Blue Grass, Iowa. Your thoughts, comments and observations are not only welcome, but also are very important to us. Thanks for viewing our web page and we look forward to serving you in the future.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Garrett Jahns

Chief of Police

 

Meet Your Blue Grass Police Officers:

Police Chief Garrett Jahns: 

 

Chief Jahns is a U.S. Army Infantry Veteran. Although he was born and raised in Davenport, he came to us from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona where he served as a Deputy for over 6 years. Chief Jahns has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

In Arizona, Chief Jahns served as: a field training officer, traffic RADAR instructor, a general instructor for Arizona criminal law, an instructor at the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Academy, a dive team search and recovery team member, the agency coordinator for the DUI Task Force and he is one of the founding members of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant while working there and he brings all of this to the Blue Grass Police Department.

Chief Jahns has an enormous amount of training and experience with investigations ranging from basic and advanced traffic enforcement investigations, to heinous crime investigations.

Chief Jahns supervises the patrol officers at the police Department. He is the coordinator for the Governor’s Office Traffic Safety Bureau here in Blue Grass. He has been with us since July 2nd, 2012. He continually looks for ways to work with the citizens of Blue Grass through his many fundraisers and special programs such as Shop with a Cop. He works very hard to partner up with, and educate the citizens and the children of Blue Grass through various programs and the Police Department Facebook page.

Sergeant Bob Guinn: 

Sergeant Guinn comes to us as a prior patrol sergeant from Cordova Illinois who most recently worked at the Wilton Iowa Police Department. Among various police departments in Rock Island County, he began his interest in law enforcement when he was hired with the Milan Illinois Police Auxillary in 1994. He left as a Corporal in 1999. He left the Auxillary to work as a police officer in Annawan Illinois. His carrer led him to work at many other police departments to include Carbon Cliff Illinois Police Department, Cordova Illinois Police Department, Hillsdale Illinois Police Department, Wilton Iowa Police Department. He also worked as the Parks Ambassador for the City of Davenport until he was hired on with Blue Grass Police Department. Officer Guinn has served as a police officer for total of 15 years.  

Officer Guinn started with the Blue Grass Police Department on July 1st, 2015 as a part time police officer. On October 17th, 2016 Officer Guinn was promoted to a full-time status.

Besides the many patrol functions of a police officer, Officer Guinn specializes in crimes against children and has received dedicated training in missing and exploited children investigations. Officer Guinn’s dedication to serving the people of Blue Grass and the mission of the police department continues to be his top priority.

 

Officer Kurt Blackburn: 


Officer Blackburn is a U.S. Army Veteran who comes to us from the Davenport Fire Department. He has been a firefighter for 16 years and he currently holds the rank of Captain at the fire department.

Officer Blackburn was hired as a part time police officer for the City of Blue Grass on July 1st, 2015. He specializes in arson investigations. He received his peace officer certification through the arson investigator certification process.

Officer Blackburn is a valuable team member of the Blue Grass Police Department. His patrol and investigative techniques are well received by the public. He is ever ready to serve the citizens of Blue Grass whenever he is called upon.

 

Officer Andrew Roberts:

Officer Roberts comes to us from the Muscatine Police Department. His field of study right now is focused on drug interdiction traffic stops and violations involving drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Officer Roberts holds a Bachelors degree in sociology and criminal justice from Iowa State University.

Officer Roberts has been employed with the Blue Grass Police Department since December of 2016. He is committed to excellence in his service to the citizens of Blue Grass. 

 

Officer Shawn Sullivan:

Officer Sullivan is a U.S Army Veteran who comes to us from the Davenport Police Department. He has been an officer for 13 years. He was sworn in to serve for the Blue Grass Police Department on December 6, 2017. 

He comes to us highly trained in tactical field operations and in drug interdiction traffic stops. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Ambrose and was on the Dean's List for academic achievement. He also as an Associates Degree from Scott Community College in Liberal Arts.

 

Officer Andrew Weingart: 


Officer Weingart comes to us from the Davenport Police Department. He was sworn in as a Blue Grass Officer on March 19, 2018. He also works full-time as a Juvenile Court Liason for troubled youth at the Keystone Academy in Davenport.

Officer Weingart's experience in working with juveniles provides a great service to our team, as we are always looking for ways to work with the young citizens of Blue Grass while providing effective leadership and ensuring quality services.

City Employees

City Clerk/Financial Officer
Ann Schmidt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City Clerk/Financial Officer Ann Schmidt has been employed with the City since February 1995.

City Clerk's Office (563) 381-4700:

Assistant City Clerk - Roberta Perreault Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assistant City Clerk/Financial Officer Roberta Perreault has been employed with the City since August 2000.

City Clerk's Office (563) 381-4700:

Part-Time Clerk - Joyce Lorenz Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clerk Joyce Lorenz has been employed with the City since October 2007.

Public Works Director
Lonnie Robertson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public Works (563) 381-4309:

Public Works Director Lonnie Robertson has been employed with the City since February 2008.

Public Works (563) 381-4309:

Kevin Henning Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public Works Employee Kevin Henning has been employed with the City since March 2009.

Bob Downing Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public Works Employee Bob Downing has been employed with the City since November 2011.
 

Building Commissioner
Jim Meyrer | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(563) 349-6246

Building Commissioner Jim Meyrer has been employed with the City since August 2017.


Chief Garrett Jahns

Police Department (563) 381-1485:

Garrett Jahns | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Police Chief Garrett Jahns has been employed with the City since July 2012.

Sergeant Robert (Bob) Guinn:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sergeant Guinn has been employed with the City since July 2015.

Police Officer Adam Roberts:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Police Officer Roberts has been employed with the City since December 2016.

City Attorney (on retainer)
William McCullough | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City Engineer  
Mike Janecek
Martin-Whitacre  Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire Chief   
Brian Seamer Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Churches

Community Fellowship
701 South Oak Lane
Blue Grass, IA 52726
1.563.381.4947

Presbyterian
337 West Lotte Street
Blue Grass, IA 52726
1.563.381.2660

St. Andrews Catholic
333 West Lotte Street
Blue Grass, IA 52726
1.563.381.1363

First Baptist Church
14542 61st Avenue
Blue Grass, IA 52726
1.563.343.7420

 

                                                                                                                                

Utilities

Mediacom
1.800.874.2924

MidAmerican Energy
1.888.427.5632
     
AT&T     1-866-713-9913   

http://www.attplans.com

https://www.attinternetservice.com/espanol/

CenturyLink  1-800-829-3882
http://www.centurylinkinternetservice.com
https://www.centurylinkquote.com/customer-service  
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Water, sewer and garbage rates:
Water, sewer and garbage bills are due on or before the fifteenth day of every month, if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, payment shall be due and payable on the first business day after the 15th. Payments can be made at City Hall in person, by mail, or deposited in the drop box in the City Hall parking lot. The City also offers ACH payments, applications are at City Hall to sign up.

Garbage and recyclables are collected every Monday, except for legal holidays, when collection is on Tuesday. Recycling is a free service, with no charge billed to the resident. Recycling bins are available at City Hall for $10.00 each, or can be purchased elsewhere.

Special arrangements are made by the city and its waste management service on a regular basis for pickup and disposal of large items and yard waste.

New Customers:
New customers are required to complete a utility signup form and pay a $50.00 water meter deposit to the City of Blue Grass at the City Clerk’s office for water/sewer/garbage service. Deposit is refundable if the customer is not delinquent in payment more than one time in a year.

Water Rates:
Section 13.36.010 of the Blue Grass Municipal Code is amended as follows with the minimum usage of 2,500 gallons:  

0 - 2,500 (Gallons Used) = $15.89
2,501 & Over (Gallons Used) = $15.89 plus $5.68 per 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof in excess of 2,500 gallons

JULY 1ST EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER – An adjustment, if any, shall be determined by the City Council on or before July 1st of each year.

Sewer Rates:
All sewer service charges shall be based upon water usage, as determined by monthly water meter readings.  The rates for sewer service charges shall be as follows:
    
0 - 2,500 (Gallons Used) = $22.69
2,501 & Over (Gallons Used) = $22.69 plus $4.26 per 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof in excess of 2,500 gallons

JULY 1ST EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER – An adjustment, if any, shall be  determined by the City Council on or before July 1st of each year.

Garbage Rates:
$11.00 per month with additional charges for yard waste stickers and large item stickers as needed.

Public Works

Lonnie Robertson (Public Works Director)
Bob Downing (Maintenance)
Kevin Henning (Maintenance)
Ray Hicks (Maintenance)                                                                                                                          Steve Eno (Maintenance)

Facilities
Sewer Facilities

Police Department

 

606 West Mayne Street Blue Grass, IA 52726

Emergency & Non Emergency: 911

Office/Answering Machine: (563) 381-1485 Fax: (563) 381-2157 

 

Welcome!

On behalf of all of us at the Blue Grass Police Department, I would like to personally welcome you to our department's official website. It's our hope that this site will be informative and provide you with greater access and understanding of the functions of the Blue Grass Police Department.

We are always working to update our web page with current information that all members of the community will find helpful and important regarding the functions of the Blue Grass Police. Our web site is just one way of showing you the sense of pride, professionalism, and dedication that the members of this department strive to achieve every day.

It's our belief that while the Blue Grass Police Department’s mission was built upon the foundation of “to serve and protect” the public, we understand it's also our obligation to keep you informed of the various changes occurring within our Department, and the people and issues that affect law enforcement in Iowa.

Due to the nature of the job, police officers must often perform tasks or duties which may be perceived as negative or unpopular. Our officers perform these duties fairly, impartially, honestly, and with a positive attitude. This approach has been rewarded by consistently having one of the lowest overall crime rates in the State as well as being one of the cleanest cities. The efforts of our officers are complemented by the assistance of the citizens of Blue Grass, who are very cooperative and proud of the clean and safe environment which they have come to expect and enjoy.

The members of the Blue Grass Police Department realize that our greatest asset is our personnel and our greatest strength is our partnership with the community. This website is prepared with those sentiments in mind, always working to better serve, and provide safety and service for everyone who lives, works, or visits the City of Blue Grass, Iowa. Your thoughts, comments and observations are not only welcome, but also are very important to us. Thanks for viewing our web page and we look forward to serving you in the future.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Garrett JahnsChief of Police

 

Meet Your Blue Grass Police Officers:

Police Chief Garrett Jahns:

Chief Jahns is a U.S. Army Infantry Veteran. Although he was born and raised in Davenport, he came to us from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona where he served as a Deputy for over 6 years. Chief Jahns has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

In Arizona, Chief Jahns served as: a field training officer, traffic RADAR instructor, a general instructor for Arizona criminal law, an instructor at the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Academy, a dive team search and recovery team member, the agency coordinator for the DUI Task Force and he is one of the founding members of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant while working there and he brings all of this to the Blue Grass Police Department.

Chief Jahns has an enormous amount of training and experience with investigations ranging from basic and advanced traffic enforcement investigations, to heinous crime investigations.

Chief Jahns supervises the patrol officers at the police Department. He is the coordinator for the Governor’s Office Traffic Safety Bureau here in Blue Grass. He has been with us since July 2nd, 2012. He continually looks for ways to work with the citizens of Blue Grass through his many fundraisers and special programs such as Shop with a Cop. He works very hard to partner up with, and educate the citizens and the children of Blue Grass through various programs and the Police Department Facebook page.

 

Sergeant Bob Guinn:

Sergeant Guinn comes to us as a prior patrol sergeant from Cordova Illinois who most recently worked at the Wilton Iowa Police Department. Among various police departments in Rock Island County, he began his interest in law enforcement when he was hired with the Milan Illinois Police Auxillary in 1994. He left as a Corporal in 1999. He left the Auxillary to work as a police officer in Annawan Illinois. His carrer led him to work at many other police departments to include Carbon Cliff Illinois Police Department, Cordova Illinois Police Department, Hillsdale Illinois Police Department, Wilton Iowa Police Department. He also worked as the Parks Ambassador for the City of Davenport until he was hired on with Blue Grass Police Department. Officer Guinn has served as a police officer for total of 15 years.  

Officer Guinn started with the Blue Grass Police Department on July 1st, 2015 as a part time police officer. On October 17th, 2016 Officer Guinn was promoted to a full-time status.

Besides the many patrol functions of a police officer, Officer Guinn specializes in crimes against children and has received dedicated training in missing and exploited children investigations. Officer Guinn’s dedication to serving the people of Blue Grass and the mission of the police department continues to be his top priority.

 

Officer Kurt Blackburn: 

Officer Blackburn is a U.S. Army Veteran who comes to us from the Davenport Fire Department. He has been a firefighter for 16 years and he currently holds the rank of Captain at the fire department.

Officer Blackburn was hired as a part time police officer for the City of Blue Grass on July 1st, 2015. He specializes in arson investigations. He received his peace officer certification through the arson investigator certification process.

Officer Blackburn is a valuable team member of the Blue Grass Police Department. His patrol and investigative techniques are well received by the public. He is ever ready to serve the citizens of Blue Grass whenever he is called upon.

 

Officer Andrew Roberts:

Officer Roberts comes to us from the Muscatine Police Department. His field of study right now is focused on drug interdiction traffic stops and violations involving drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Officer Roberts holds a Bachelors degree in sociology and criminal justice from Iowa State University.

Officer Roberts has been employed with the Blue Grass Police Department since December of 2016. He is committed to excellence in his service to the citizens of Blue Grass.

Fire

Blue Grass Volunteer Fire Department

"Proud to Serve.  Serve to be Proud."

Blue Grass Volunteer Fire Department
606 W. Mayne Street
Blue Grass, IA 52726

Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 1-563-381-1234
Fax: 1-563-381-4652

The volunteer fire department total roster as of 07-01-10

Blue Grass Fire Department Roster "2018"

Brian Seamer, Chief - 18 years of service
Brad Schutte, Assistant Chief - 13 years of service
Jon Grunder, Captain - 20 years of service
Bob Downing, Captain - 13 years of service
Eric Morrison, Captain - 8 years of service
Jason Verschoore, Captain - 13 years of service
Chad Lofgren - Lieutenant - 12 years of service
Jake Freeman, Lieutenant - 9 years of service
Brandon Schadt - Lieutenant - 9 years of service
Spencer Ripperger - Lieutenant - 7 years of service
Lee Schmidt, Firefighter - 13 years of service
Kari Nichols, Firefighter - 12 years of service
Justin Kinzer, Firefighter - 7 years of service
Nathan Cruchelow, Firefighter - 4 years of service
Sean Frantz, Firefighter - 4 years of service
Josh Conder, Firefighter - 4 years of service
Cole Downing, Firefighter - 3 years of service
Jordan Crookshanks, Firefighter - 3 years of service
Russ Johnson, Firefighter - 1 year of service
Ben Jepson, Firefighter - 1 year of service
Greg Harrison, Firefighter - 1 year of service

D. J. Whalen, Firefighter - 1 month of service
Dan Harrington, Firefighter - 1 month of service
Chris Comeaux, Firefighter - 1 month of service

Fire Department Services

   BGFD responds to fire, EMS, HAZ MAT and rescue calls. Calls average between 300 per year.       

   Approximately 65% are EMS calls.

  BGFD is now working out of a state of the art building that houses 7 pieces of equipment, 3 pumpers      (750 gpm, 1,250 gpm and 1,500 gpm), 2 tankers with 500 gpm pto pumps (1,500 gal. and 3,000 gal.       capacity), a brush truck, a rescue truck and a command vehicle.  Rescue equipment includes the           Jaws of Life, shears, cutting shears, rams, air bags and numerous other items to perform heavy duty rescue.  The Department also carries an AED in each truck and all medically qualified personnel are qualified in their operation.  All members are certified in CPR.

BGFD serves a 50-square mile area with approximately 1650 residences. This includes a 300+ trailer park and numerous housing additions outside the city limits.  If the BGFD responded to a call that required all trucks they could respond with approximately 7,000 gallons of water.

BGFD has one training and one business meeting per month.  It conducts most of its training in-house.  All new personnel are required to acquire  their fire fighter I training within their first year on the Department.

BGFD belongs to the Scott County Fire Chief’s Association, Scott County EMS Association, Iowa Firemen’s Association, Iowa Association of Arson Investigators and the Iowa Chief’s Association.