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College Hill Move Out Guidelines

Move Out Guidelines

Guest Blogger: City of Cedar Falls

Moving Out/Moving In? Will You Help us Reduce the Mess?

Here are some moving in/out guidelines:

1.  “Garbage” at the curb can only be picked up by the city when placed inside the green garbage cart assigned to your address. You are allowed one extra bag a week on top of your trash cart with a pink bag tag attached to it.  Bag Tags can be purchased at our Transfer Station at 1524 State St., Ace Hardware, Fareway, Hy Vee on University.  You may also take your extra bags of trash to the transfer station Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday’s form 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is a $0.75 cent fee per bag or you can weigh it in and our fee per ton for solid waste is $57.50.  If you have the smaller cart you can always up-size to a larger size.  We have three sizes of carts. 

  • 35 Gallon – $9.00 per month
  • 64 Gallon – $17.00 per month
  • 96 Gallon – $26.50 per month

96 Gallon 64 Gallon 35 Gallon

You can call 273-8629 to change your size of cart if needed.   We normally do cart exchanges on your day of collection. 

2.  Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pickup, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.  Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account.

The following items will be picked up:  Couches, Chairs, Recliners, Tables, Carpet and Pad (rolled up), Box Springs, Mattresses, Doors (quantities no greater than three), Windows (quantities no greater than three), Swing Sets (dismantled and no concrete), Grills, Gutters and Down Spouts (sections must be less than 6 feet in length), Bicycles.

This service is only available to residents paying refuse fees to the City of Cedar Falls. 

Charged Items:  Picking up the following items will result in a charge of $7.50 each on your utility bill: Washers / Dryers, Refrigerators / Freezers, Dish Washers, Air Conditioners, Water Softeners, Water Heaters, Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers, Microwave Ovens, Stoves, Furnaces, Computers/TV’s $5.

Tires are charged as follows: 

  • Car Tire (off rim): $2.50
  • Car Tire (on rim): $5.00
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (off rim): $6.50
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (on rim): $9.00

Refused Items:  The following items will NOT be picked up: 

Garbage, Yard Waste, Dirt, Hazardous Waste, Bricks, Rocks, Concrete, Sand, Construction, Demolition, Remodeling Materials,

  • Used Oil Filters (accepted free at the Transfer Station)
  • Oil (accepted free at the Transfer Station)

Any refuse pick-up violations are subject to a $200.00 hauling fee to the property owner and may impact the amount and timelines of the return of your security deposit.

Thank you for caring about your environment in which you live, work, learn and play.

College Hill Partnership Board of Directors -319-273-6228

Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

City of Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

We a filled with gratitude and excitement the City of Cedar Falls is taking the time and supplying the funding to evaluate public parking on the Hill.  They have heard all the public comments and the letters from the CHP about wanting to evaluate the public lots on the Hill. We know this is a big issue for Cedar Falls.  And we are excited it is being addressed. 

Currently there are several public parking lots on the Hill.  Some are metered and some un-metered.  Two things we know about the parking situation on the Hill:

1. It’s unique.  Because of the close proximity to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa Parking is used differently than many business districts.

2. It evokes all kinds’ emotions and constant feedback.  This is where we are asking for your help. 

The City of Cedar Falls is in the process of evaluating the College Hill area public parking system. We appreciate your input as it will help us explore effective solutions that will benefit College Hill area businesses, employees, visitors, and residents. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all replies are confidential. The survey link is noted below and can be accessed from the City’s website.  It will be live thru April 12th.  Your time and input are appreciated!

The link to take the survey is

Any and all feedback is welcome.  We hope you will be thoughtful in your answers and take the time to pass this along to friends.  Here’s to the exciting future for College Hill, and addressing the challenges that come with it. 

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

According to an article on  coffee has several health benefits.  Benefits range from improving cognition and increase metabolism to improving heart health and protecting your liver.  Now we’re not experts on health or coffee but knowing there are some great benefits from our favorite morning beverage just makes us want to drink it more.

So when we heard about an amazing event at Sidecar Coffee we were all in.  Held on March 2nd at 10 am the Pour Over Workshop will teach you how to make the perfect cup using a pour over method.  Co-Owner Andy Fuchtman (CHP Past President and current Board Member) said their “top reason [for hosting these workshops] is we want people’s coffee to taste better, and to build our local community of coffee fans.”  Who doesn’t want their coffee to taste better?  And who doesn’t want to meet new people while learning?  Our friends and coffee experts are going to teach this method using the Hario V60.  Love coffee and want to learn more about it?   Be sure to grab your tickets online by clicking here.   Your $30 ticket includes a bag of Sidecar Coffee’s March Costa Rica beans to use at home.  You will also have hands-on experience learning from one of the experts at Sidecar Coffee.  They tell us spots are limited so make sure to grab your ticket today.  This workshop will be hosted at the Sidecar Coffee’s Roaster at 325 Commercial Street, Downtown Waterloo.

Whatever your reason for drinking coffee you aren’t going to want to miss this awesome workshop to learn more about how to make the perfect pour over cup of coffee.

UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill

UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill


History of Sexual Assult Bystander Training

According to, “College Women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence.”  A group of UNI Presidential Scholars is creating a project and implementation of a sexual assault bystander training.  This training was originally started by the partnership of UNI graduate students and The Riverview Center. Over recent years, many bystander trainings have been created and used in areas adjacent to Universities.  “Raise the Bar” a program to help train local bar staff was developed at the University of Iowa and implemented in local Iowa City bars.  After researching similar programs a new program was crafted to use locally in the Cedar Valley.

According to, the Midwest region has the highest rate of sexual assaults in the nation.   With stats like these, the current momentum around the #MeToo movement, and the passion of Presidential Scholars to help resolve problems affecting the community it is no wonder a group of this year’s scholars would take on the challenge of implementing this bystander training.  Programs such as these help address the growing problem of sexual assault and misconduct.  They are able to do so by creating awareness.

Program Created for the Cedar Valley:

Before winter break the UNI Presidential Scholars Think Tank Safety Group  presented their project and plans to the College Hill Partnership.  This group is composed of six sophomores.  The Board of Directors voted to put their full support behind the project and the student’s efforts.  The CHP Board of directors was impressed by the research and professional presentation the students gave at their December board meeting.

These six college students told the Partnership they wanted a safety-focused project.  Much of their preliminary efforts were collecting statistics regarding assaults on campus.  They have been identifying what factors (such as alcohol) play into these assaults.  The group obtained Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training over winter break and will have further training over the 2019 Spring semester.  So they have also developed a partnership with the NISG.  They believe this partnership will ensure the project’s longevity.  Because of the close proximity to the University and its popular nightlife establishments, the group felt College Hill is would be a great place to test the new bystander training program.  Already several bars have already signed on for the training.  College Hill bars include Little Bigs, Social House, and The Other Place on the Hill.

Students Hope for Project:

“Our main hope for the project is to decrease the number of sexual assaults that happen at UNI.  We hope by providing the bar employees with the necessary tools to potentially intervene in a situation that these numbers will decrease.  The group also hopes that training will continue over the following years as there is a high turnover among bar employees.”

The College Hill Partnership is excited to have a group of passionate students.  And are happy they chose to start to implementation of their project on the Hill.   The group hopes for success on the Hill.  After the Hill they hope the program will spread to other nightlife districts.

Students Involved in Training:

Grace Brady (Elementary and Middle-Level Education Major from West Des Moines, Iowa).
Anne Gradoville (Communication Sciences and Disorders Major from Des Moines, Iowa).
Laura Kaufmann (Accounting and Organizational Leadership Major from Harlan, Iowa).
Triet Ngo (Marketing Management Major from Hanoi, Vietnam).
Carter Stochl (Biology and Biochemistry Major from New Hampton, Iowa).
Jordan Weber (Family Services Major from Wadena, Iowa).


Please contact the CHP Executive Director if you are interested in learning more or having your business host training. Graphics are courtesy of UNI Presidential Scholars THINK TANK Safety Group.

Open Call for CHP Board Members

Open Call for CHP Board Members


Calling All Leaders in the Cedar Valley

The College Hill Partnership is entering into our 11th year as a combined organization.  This year brings many exciting opportunities and challenges for the Hill.  We would love for you to be directly involved.  Help us shape the future of the College Hill District by representing our community and unique stakeholders.  We would like you to serve on our board of directiors.


Board Seats Going Up for Election:

(2) 2-year at large seats

(2) 3-year at large seats (will be awarded to top two at large vote winners)

(1) 2-year member representing owners of residential rental properties (Landlords) within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District

And (1) 2-year member representing businesses within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District

Contact Us

Considering the job?  Check out CHP Board of Directors Member Duties, and CHP Board of Directors Commitment Form to learn more about being a College Hill Partnership Board Member.  Most seats will be a two year appointment.


If you would like to serve?  Then please head to and complete the board member application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 8th 2019.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director via email or phone (319)-273-6228.  Looking forward to hearing from you.


Do you know someone who might be interested?  Share this post via, text, email, or social media.  Thank you for your consideration and your help in making College Hill an amazing place.

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! Icon Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! ICON Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Open just in time for the spring semester ICON Donuts and Sweetery is the perfect start to your school or work day.  We headed in after lunch the other day to give you a peek inside and of course try some of their amazing donuts.  ICON is locally owned so you will see some familiar faces there who always greet you with a smile.  The staff is ready to help you with the perfect selection of sweets for any occasion.

Our executive director grabbed a dozen donuts including some of their ICON donuts.  If you love lemon you need to grab a Liz Lemon named after Tina Fey’s character on 30 Rock.  They have all your favorite traditional donuts.  Plus their awesome selection of ICON donuts, named for artists, characters, musicians, and famous people.


Just to name a few:

  • Liz Lemon
  • Raspberry Beret
  • The Dude
  • Queen Bee
  • Strawberry Fields
  • The Godfather


Donuts aren’t your thing that’s okay because they have many more sweets.  From sticky buns, cinnamon rolls to cannoli and fritters.  They even have vegan and gluten-free options.  Have a special party and need a tray of treats ICON Donuts and Sweetery has you covered from cheesecake to danish even cookies.   Obsessed with ICON?  They’ve got t-shirts, mugs, and to-go cups to show the world your love for ICON!

Icon Donuts and Sweetery are currently hiring.  Click here to fill out an application.  Look to their website for more details.   We encourage you to swing by their location on the Hill.  Located at 917 West 23rd Street right next to Greenhouse Kitchen.  Or their location in Waterloo located at 1730 W Ridgeway Ave #600.  Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for daily photos of their amazing selection.  Another great reason to #HeadtotheHill.





Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Join us for our annual tree Holiday tree lighting. Meet us in Sharky’s & Milkbox patio for music and a tree lighting.  A big thanks to JoDee from Subcity in helping us get the perfect tree for this Holiday Season.  We are excited to have some Cedar Falls students sing some holiday carols for us prior to lighting the tree.  Make sure you bundle up and bring a friend.

Tree will be lit a 7pm stay tuned for exciting events to follow at your favorite College Hill establishments.

  • Head over to Sharky’s to warm up before the lighting for Eggnog and Hot Chocolate
  • Head into Milkbox for a festive holiday celebration after the lighting

    And don’t forget to join us Dec 3-14th for our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer. Each day one College Hill business will be hosting a special event, promo, or special just for you during this holiday season. Thanks to the participating businesses: The Shakery, Mohair Pear, Copyworks, Subcity, The OP on College Hill, College Hill Partnership, Hill Street News and Tobacco, Balance Hot Yoga, Chad’s Pizza


Open Forum: Seerley Park Improvements

Open Forum: Seerley Park Improvements


The College Hill Partnership invites you to an open Public Forum to discuss and share ideas about how to improve Seerley Park.  Please join us in the McElroy Room at the Cedar Falls Hearst Center (304 W. Seerley Blvd), on Saturday November 17th at Noon.  Bring your ideas, concerns and questions regarding the park.


Some ideas people have mentioned to improve Seerley Park through our survey are:

  • Little Free Library
  • Regular Live Music
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Public Art
  • Restrooms
  • Moving Shelter
  • Better shelter that can be used for multi-purposes
  • Summer events (Dancing/physical activity, movies, music)
  • Tell us what you want to see happen with Seerley Park in the comments


If you are unable to attend and would still like to voice your opinion please consider filling out our Neighborhood Services Survey HERE, or email our Executive Director at  We hope to see you there!

College Hill Gift Certificates

College Hill Gift Certificates

Did you know that the Hill has gift certificates? copyworks cedar falls

Created by the College Hill Partnership, College Hill gift certificates can be purchased by cash or check at Copyworks on the top of the Hill (2227 College Street) and can be used at over 30 locations on the Hill.  These gift certificates are perfect for holiday gifts, birthdays or even for the avid UNI fan.  The gift certificates come in increments of $20.  They are great for anyone who spends a lot of time near the Hill.  Pick up your College Hill gift certificates today.


Not accepted at the following locations:

The Dragon’s Cave, Wild Hair Salon, Insomnia Cookies, Third Eye Tattoo, Domino’s, Asian Tuna

8th Annual Pear Fair on College Hill in Cedar Falls

8th Annual Pear Fair – On College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

The Pear Fair is a curated showcase of the very best in local and regional handmade craft and design. Founded by Mohair Pear in the spring of 2010, we wanted to introduce our customers to the artists who make the handmade gifts we carry along with new and unique crafters and artists from Iowa and the Midwest each year.

The eight annual Pear Fair open air indie craft fair will be held Saturday, September 15th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, on the corner of 22nd and College Streets, in “Cedar Falls Municipal Lot G,” right next door to Octopus.

For more information check out The Pear Fair Website.

or on Instagram!


2018 Vendors


Sewn baby items like shoes, bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and handcrafted jewelry and home decor. 2 year vendor, Dubuque, Iowa.



Jenna and Cori, the creators of Harlan’s Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre, have been making jewelry for 9 years. They travel throughout the Midwest sharing our aesthetic. The approach to their work is informed by a deep love for and appreciation of the Victorian era, a fascination with steampunk, and a devotion to whimsy and curiosity. They love to experiment with new designs. Everything they create is a one of a kind unique piece.



Small Fox’s functional pottery incorporates whimsical imagery, pattern, and color to amuse and delight the user. They incorporate flowing lines, candy colors, and texture elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging exploration through use. The characters that star in the work dwell within fanciful floral landscapes, which activate the form and provide a sense of movement and place.



Is a Cedar Falls company, run by John Potter who makes handcrafted old school style skateboards, longboards, wall art, and misc. woodworking crafts. Most are built from recycled lumber or locally grown lumber.

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Materials: New Materials, Natural or Found Materials, Upcycled, Recycled, or Repurposed




Trademark Letterpress Co. is a new brand design studio and letterpress company in Waterloo, Iowa. They design and print letterpress greeting cards, stationery, and paper merchandise which are printed on 100% cotton paper with the use of a vintage 1963 Heidelberg or 1887 Golding Pearl platen letterpress printing press.



At Whoa Nelli they create home cleaners and skincare products that perform beautifully for people who want goods they can feel good about.



Everlee Creative creates beautiful handwoven wall hangings, woven home decor, fiber art jewelry.



Psychic readings using Lenormand cards and pendulums. Intuitive readings, totem animals, and handmade gemstone jewelry. First year vendor, Cedar Falls, Iowa.



The Velvet Thunder shop is a jewelry, crystal, and art shop run mostly online from Evansdale, IA by Christy. Starting in 2016 The Velvet Thunder Shop has made crystal jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychains, and more. Christy also sells other arts and crafts such as hair pieces, makeup/pencil bags, clothing, paintings, drawings, and photography prints. We also sell crystals for display, new and old collectors, and altars.



Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings with a boho flair.



Prairie Cloth Company specializes in hand made, eco-friendly items for your home! It all started with a decision to cloth diaper our daughter. From there they started making us all sorts of reusable items: wool dryer balls, cloth napkins & unpaper towels.



Zhanna’s Jewels has been creating, upcycling, repurposing and reimagining jewelry and curiosties since around 2013. Come see the latest creations…crowns, wands, treasure boxes and who knows what else.



As a native CedarFallopian and veteran Pear Fairer, Kimberly makes fun stuff! She creates sock & yarn creatures. She also handbuilds and throws a variety of ceramic creations that are whimsical & functional. This year she is adding wearables!



Original mixed media paintings and screen printing by Jared Breyfogle’ from Parkersburg IA.



Ultraterrestrial is a small shop run by Becca Kacanda out of Milwaukee, WI specializing in colorful and unique decorative vinyl stickers, pinback buttons, greeting cards, and patches. She is inspired by the 80s, mysticism, music videos, cartoons, textile design, and folk art from around the world.

Materials: New
Location: Dubuque, IA
Instagram: @ultra_terrestrial



No Coast Paper Co., Madison WI., offers a variety of greeting cards for every occasion but has a prominent focus on humor, minimalism, feminism and the lgbtq community.

Materials: New
Location: Madison, WI
Instagram: @nocoastpaperco



From Des Moines, IA Nicole & Dime Designs specializes in creating hand-made, one of a kind, statement jewelry.



VanezzaWithTwoZZs brings a fantastic mix of vintage + modern to freshen up your jewelry collection. Her handmade creations are derived with vintage pieces & new metals. Styles both old & new come together in every piece to provide a unique look for years of enjoyment.

Materials: New, Thrifted, and Vintage
Location: Des Moines, IA
Years as a Pear Fair Vendor: 1

Instagram: @vanezzawithtwozzs



Everyday jewelry handmade in Ames, Iowa. Pieces are made with sterling silver and electroformed copper.

Quicksilver Designs offers affordable handmade jewelry for any occasion. From sleek sterling silver pieces to copper and raw stone jewelry, find your next go-to accessory!

Materials: New, Natural, Found
Location: Ames, IA
Instagram: @byquicksilverdesigns



Rose Montalvo is a Milwaukee based creative whose thoughtfully-designed Paloma bags and wallets are hand crafted from upcycled leather and vintage textiles. Paloma is inspired in large part by nature, her Iowan roots and Mexican heritage.



Hand-painted glass pendants, graphic design bubble necklaces, upcycled jewelry and gifts using game pieces, dice, comic books, metal gears, pressed flowers and more.



Oh My Heavens is out of this world.  They are bringing astrophotography framed, matted, and metal to Pear Fair.



Toastless specializes in unique handmade gifts. Started in 2014 by Cecelia Hotzler, Toastless is your place to find something a little different. From paintings to tooth ornaments, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

Instagram: @Toastless
Etsy Shop:



Midcoast Design brings women’s accessories: turbans, wire headbands, and scarves.



Mom and Dots designs hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind children’s apparel, toys and quilts from Cedar Rapids.



Pippa Moon Studio creates alternative process photography, mixed media, painted photos, from Cedar Falls.



Naturally hand dyed yarn for busy hands and full hearts. Natural dyes on 100% American grown and milled fibers including Alpaca, Merino and Domestic wool. Establishing a dye garden on a corner of our organic farm in Waverly.



Mary Louise Textiles started as an avenue in her studio practice to make wall hangings, rugs, embroideries and clothing. She believes that there should not be such a strict delineation between fine art and craft, as they are one in the same. Art should be accessible to everybody, and the creation of textiles goes back to our essential human nature.



Flourish means to grow in a healthy way, especially in the result of a particularly favorable environment. This is exactly what Esther & Dee want their works to encourage you to do. They will have some beautiful handmade plant holders, frames and so on created by Dee and also some watercolor prints, stickers, and signs created by Esther.



Wildsky Studio is currently making collage and mixed media works, that incorporate painting into the pieces. They use materials found from nature as embellishments, and all collage items are found as well. Wildsky Studio is out of Cedar Falls.



Handmakes wood Figures & paintings.



A past Pear Fair vendor, Arctic Summer’s handmade work includes Hemp bracelets, anklets, and necklaces; knit baby, kids and adult hats; knit scarves, headbands and reusable grocery totes.



Elaments offers an assortment of semiprecious pendants, keychains, necklace chains, and more. You can choose from an inventory of pre-made items, or she can give you a card reading and choose special items just for you based on the reading. Simple, beautiful items, handcrafted with love and a touch of magic.



Sells nature-inspired jewellery and dreamcatchers. Hand carved mushrooms, feathers, samaras, acorns, and more.



Creates stickers, art prints/posters, buttons, original painting, Techno Lumina Starter Kits.






Make sure you stick around the Hill until 6:30pm-9pm for the College Hill Partnership’s Oktoberfest.  Several SingleSpeed Brews will be on tap, Chad’s Pizza is sponsoring a beard contest, La Calle will have an Oktoberfest Special, and there will be yard games and music.  #HeadtotheHill for OKTOBERFEST 2018.