Decorah Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that an updated three-year Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for airport projects be submitted by August 1, 2018.  This three-year goal is based on the proposed projects for the fiscal years 2019-21.  In addition, FAA requires that the DBE program be submitted for approval if there are any major changes to the DBE program.  The changes to the program this year included changes to the prompt payment section to document what is being done.

Since Decorah’s anticipated projects during the next three years is subject to change based on available funding, etc., a goal is established and published for comment so that a DBE program and goal is on file with the FAA.  Attached is the revised draft DBE program and the FY 2019-21 goal that is based on a terminal project that would have more than $250,000 (the dollar threshold requiring a DBE goal).

The attached public notice with the three-year goal is posted on the city website and locally in a newspaper for a thirty day comment period.

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Background Conditions Regarding City Water and Sewer Rate Increases

For several years during annual city budget work sessions the budget & finance committee and the utility committee have been discussing the financial condition of the water and sewer utility funds.  The situation is complex and this paper will attempt to explain three key issues impacting the utilities; insufficient utility revenues, lower water consumption history, and initiatives aimed at cost containment.

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Compost Site To Open April 1st

The City of Decorah’s Compost Site will be opening April 1, 2018.  In anticipation of spring clean-up, the site will have extended hours during the month of April.

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Municipal Utility Feasibility Studies

Several feasibility studies have been conducted regarding a proposed Decorah Electric Municipal Utility. Over the past several weeks, culminating in a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018, the city council asked residents of the community to submit their questions regarding the municipalization of the electric utility process. The questions were gathered and submitted to both Alliant Energy and Decorah Power representatives. Their responses are linked below for review.

Additional questions regarding the proposed municipal utility can be directed to Chad Bird, City Manager at (563) 382-3651 or via email at citymanager@decorahia.org.

 

Telecommunications Feasibility Study

On September 18, 2017, the Decorah Telecommunications Utility Board presented to the city council a summary of the feasibility study conducted by Uptown Services, LLC.  The feasibility study itself provided information on four core areas: Market Analysis, Technology Strategy, Design, and Capital Budget; Incumbent and Proposed FTTP Offerings; and Pro Forma Financial Analysis.   Continue reading

City Council Video Library Available Online

The City of Decorah has established an online audiovisual library for it's council meetings.  Current and archived videos can be accessed on the City's You Tube channel. 

Solidarity with Muslims Statement

FRIENDSHIP NOT FEAR
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
AND THE NATION

Co-sponsors:
Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

Endorsed by: Decorah Human Rights Commission, Northeast Iowa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ryumonji Zen Monastery, Good Shepherd Congregation Council, First United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church

Endorsed by Decorah City Council majority 3-6-17

Throughout its history, the City of Decorah has been built on the strength of its ethnic, racial and religious acceptance.

Many Muslim students attend Luther College and contribute to the cultural diversity of Decorah; and Postville is home to a thriving Somali Muslim community, many of whom visit Decorah on a regular basis.

Inflammatory comments by public figures have increased, including calls to shut down mosques, to ban Muslims from entering the United States and to institute a Muslim Registry.

Incidents of violence and hatred against Muslims have also increased, with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) documenting more than 300 incidents that targeted immigrants or Muslims in the first 10 days after the recent election.

We declare that fear will not divide us. We recognize the threats posed by fear of Islam to our American values of religious freedom and cultural diversity are threats against our very way of life in Decorah and the United States; and we as a community stand firmly with our Muslim neighbors against Islamophobia in all its manifestations.

SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center, February 15, 2017. The Year in Hate and Extremism. https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/02/15/hate-groups-increase-second-consecutive-year-trump-electrifies-radical-right

USA Today, June 29, 2016. 2016 already marred by nearly daily terror attacks. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/06/29/major-terrorist-attacks-year/86492692/

The Bridge Initiative, A Georgetown University Research Project, May 2, 2016. When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. http://bridge.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/When-Islamophobia-Turns-Violent.pdf

Global Research, January 28, 2017, Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America. http://www.globalresearch.ca/non-muslims-carried-out-more-than-90-of-all-terrorist-attacks-in-america/5333619

Pet Owners

It is the responsibility of all persons who walk a dog or cat on public and/or private property to provide for the disposal of the solid waste material excreted by said dog by immediate removal of the waste except when the dog or cat is on the owner or keeper’s property and except for dogs properly trained and certified to assist persons with disabilities while such dogs are acting in such capacity.

Special Note for Businesses in the C-3 Zoning District Downtown

The downtown district does have a building design overlay guideline for improvements and remodeling to building exteriors. Please click here for more information and click here for the application. Improvements are subject to review by the Planning and Zoning Commission.