Monday, January 23, 2012

Neighborhood Safety Forum in Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 23

We begin the fourth week of 2012 in Cedar Rapids today.

This morning, Realtor Robin Tucker attended a Realtor Government Affairs committee meeting at the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors. An Noon, the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids had a program from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Tonight, there will be a Neighborhood Safety Forum at St. Paul's UMC at 7 p.m.

Council Member Pat Shey is hosting the Neighborhood Safety Forum. Pat Shey represents District 3 on the City Council for Cedar Rapids.

The purpose of this forum is to provide information to help residents make their homes and neighborhoods safer. We will discuss current crime statistics, what you can do to protect your home, how you can make your neighborhood safer, and what you should do if you experience a crime or witness suspicious activity.

Robin Tucker, as one of the new Commissioners on the Civil Rights Commission, said he plans to attend. At last week's first Commission meeting, he decided to join the Outreach Committee for the Commission for 2012. Tucker is one of two new members of the 11 member citizen Commission.

Pat Shey to Host Neighborhood Safety Forum on Jan. 23
City Council Member Pat Shey will host a Neighborhood Safety Forum on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, located at 1340 3rd Ave SE, especially for residents of District 3.

“The purpose of this forum is to provide the citizens of Cedar Rapids with information that will help them make their homes and neighborhoods safer,” said Shey. “We will discuss current crime statistics, what you can do to protect your home, how you can make your neighborhood safer, and what you should do if you experience a crime or witness suspicious activity.”

The forum will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Shey, which will include the following experts from the Cedar Rapids Police Department: Lt. Jerry Potter, Sgt. Matthew Welsh, Investigator Michael Bailey and Crime Analyst Dawn Stanford. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns during the forum.

Residents with personal experiences to share are encouraged to submit a written narrative or statement before the forum and send them to All statements will be compiled, scanned and share with all who are interested.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The first half of January is now in the books: Real Estate, Taxes and More

We hope your New Year is off to a good start. It certainly seems like a fast start. If you have questions, regarding property management or real estate services throughout the year, we hope you will call on us at Tommy Tucker Realty Co.

We are marketing a couple of two bedroom bungalows for rent in NE Cedar Rapids at the present time. Rents start at $550.00 per month.

We have an executive four bedroom home for rent in SE Cedar Rapids at 290 Indiandale Road SE. This property is an over 3,000 square foot home and is currently being updated with new fixtures and decorating. Rent is listed at $1,600 per month and with the updates, this will be a great value. Two story house, fenced rear yard, with garage for three and many features on a quiet dead-end street.

On Wednesday, two meetings are already scheduled for the New Year. Our first monthly Realtor luncheon and in the evening, the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission will hold the first monthly meeting of 2012 at 5:30 pm.

We invite you to stop by and read our newsletter during the year. If you would ever like to talk about your business needs, please give us a call or set up an appointment.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Realtor® Robin Tucker is one of two appointed by City to serve on Civil Rights Commission

On January 10Th, Mayor Ron Corbett with the consent of the City Council appointed Robin Tucker, a Realtor® with Tommy Tucker Realty Co., and Anne Pham, an Alliant Energy employee, to the eleven member Civil Rights Commission for the City of Cedar Rapids. Tucker and Pham will fill two vacancies on the Commission through June 30, 2013.

The Commission is made up of eleven volunteer members, who are appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms, comprise the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission. Each member may serve two consecutive three-year terms. This is a policy-making body which directs the Commission staff. Commissioners are also involved in revising the local civil rights ordinance and assist staff members in their efforts to enforce these laws. The Commission annually elects a Chair and a Vice-Chair. Regularly scheduled meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Robin Tucker's father, I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker, proudly served on the original Commission or Committee on Human/Civil Rights for the City of Cedar Rapids. He served for approximately 32 years and was recognized by the Commission for his past service on July 15, 2011 at a Cedar Rapids Kernals game, where he was asked to throw out the first pitch. Tommy Tucker Realty Co. is a contributor to the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Foundation, as is the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors. (Pictured are LaVerne and Tommy Tucker, Robin's parents, with our City's Civil Rights Director Karl Cassell, along with Tommy Tucker, founder of our company throwing out the first pitch).

We believe strongly in the tradition of Equal Opportunity in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit in our community. "Like my father, I look forward to paying my civic rent in service to the Commission for the next 18 months," said Robin Tucker.

This Monday, January 16Th, our Nation and community will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. Robin Tucker is scheduled to attend both the 26Th Annual Remembering Martin Luncheon at the Hotel at Kirkwood at 11 a.m., as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday evening at St. Paul's UMC at 7 p.m. The evening event is open to the public and there is no charge attend, though a free will offering is taken.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cedar Rapids Community Schools board to discuss the Closing of Schools at Tonight's Board Meeting

Two east side schools and a variety of west side schools are being considered for closure or reassignment at tonight's Cedar Rapids Community School Board meeting at 5 p.m. The meeting has been moved per The Gazette to the AEA Conference Center at 4401 Sixth Street SW to accommodate a larger audience.

New council member Olson pushes plan for west-side rec center at Harrison
Plan would benefit both rec center and school - The Gazette

Cedar Rapids school board members to hear enrollment study report Monday
Public meeting begins at 5 p.m. Monday at Grant Wood AEA - The Gazette

The enrollment study report has two proposals. For more information on each proposal, Detailed information on the Enrollment and Facilities Study Process.