Decorah City Council has seven members representing five wards, plus two at-large members. Members have staggered four year terms with each member serving on numerous committees as assigned by the Mayor. Committee assignments are listed below each council member and a full description of each committee is available below.

Full Committee Descriptions

THE 2016 DECORAH CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES


Mayor, Donald P. Arendt - 382-6062 Dec 2017
mayor@decorahia.org


City Council:


Ward 1, Randy Schissel - 380-3488  Dec 2017
randyschissel@yahoo.com


Ward 2, Dan Bellrichard - 419-5571 Dec 2019
ward2decorah@gmail.com


Ward 3, Andy Carlson - (970) 420-6465 Dec 2017
Decorah3@gmail.com


Ward 4, Steve Luse - 379-2327 Dec 2019
stevele.luse@gmail.com


Ward 5, Charles Lore - (319)240-6202 Dec 2017
milkdr@yahoo.com


At large, Kirk Johnson - 419-3626 Dec 2019
johnsonk@luther.edu


At large, Gary Rustad - 380-0124 Dec 2017
Rustad1@msn.com


Mayor Pro Tempore: Gary Rustad


City Council Committees (Chair Listed First):
The City Council committees meet on an as needed basis when there is an item to be discussed. The purpose of the committees is to plan and conduct research and develop rules and policy to recommend to the City Council. If you would like to address a committee regarding a certain issue you may contact a committee person or call City Manager Chad Bird at 382-3651 to be placed on the agenda.


Personnel, Negotiating and Insurance- Johnson, all other members of council
Reviews and negotiates wage and benefit packages for City employees. Reviews and approves various personnel actions and policies. Monitors and reviews claim history and provides input in reviewing and selecting the best insurance programs for the City. Reviews proposed union / bargaining agreements and organizational structural changes.


Streets, Alleys, and Sidewalks – Rustad, Bellrichard, Schissel, Johnson
Review issues related to streets, sidewalks alleys and other concerns related to the street department. Reviews plans for the growth, improvement, and maintenance of the street system including capital improvements programming, annual projects and requests. Street related improvements generally include those whose construction, acquisition or maintenance costs may be funded with Road Use Tax or Local Option Sales Tax funds.


Water, Sewer, Public Lights and Utilities – Carlson, Lore, Bellrichard, Rustad
Reviews plans and projects related to the sanitary sewer system, public water system, garbage collection and recycling. Reviews budgets, rates, and growth demands. Plans future growth and development of the systems and determines policy.


Economic Development and Community Betterment – Bellrichard, Johnson, Luse, Rustad
Initiatives and suggestions involving quality of life matters for the citizens and visitors of Decorah. Ordinance and other policy issues related to matters involving Human Rights Commission and code section and Historic Preservation Commission and code section. Also may review and recommend policy on issues related to tax abatements and increment financing.


Property and Purchasing – Luse, Rustad, Carlson, Schissel
Acquisition, disposal, and maintenance of real property. May also review capital building projects and improvement programs.


Budget & Finance – Schissel, Lore, Johnson, Carlson
Works with staff to provide input and feedback during the budget preparation process. Reviews and makes recommendations on budget issues that occur throughout the year. Also provides feedback on revenue projects and matters regarding debt.


Public Safety – Lore, Carlson, Schissel, Luse
Reviews policy and issues involving the Police and Fire departments, First Responders and Disaster Services. Also reviews initiatives and suggestions related to general public safety concerns.


Special Committees
From time to time the Mayor may designate a special committee to review and resolve a particular problem or issue.

The council appoints the following positions: City Manager, City Clerk / Treasurer. The Council may also appoint a City Engineer and City Attorney.

Mayor – Don Arendt

Mayor – Don Arendt

Elected to a four-year term. Mayor Arendt's term expires 12/31/17.

Mayor appoints the Chief of Police with Council approval and one Council member to act as mayor pro tempore.

1st Ward – Randy Schissel

1st Ward – Randy Schissel

Term expires 12/31/17

Committee Assignments: Budget & Finance, Chair

Also serves on: Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks, Property and Purchasing, Public Safety, Personnel

2nd Ward – Dan Bellrichard

2nd Ward – Dan Bellrichard

Term expires 12/31/19

Committee Assignments: Economic Development and Community Betterment, Chair

Also serves on: Street, Alleys and Sidewalks, Water, Sewer, Public Lights and Utilities, Personnel

3rd Ward – Andy Carlson

3rd Ward – Andy Carlson

Term expires 12/31/17

Committee Assignments: Water,Sewer, Public Lights and Utilities, Chair

Also serves on: Property and Purchasing, Budget and Finance, Public Safety, Personnel

4th Ward – Steve Luse

4th Ward – Steve Luse

Term expires 12/31/19

Committee Assignments: Property and Purchasing, Chair

Also serves on: Economic Development and Community Betterment, Public Safety, Personnel

5th Ward – Charles Lore

5th Ward – Charles Lore

Term Expires 12/31/17

Committee Assignments: Public Safety, Chair

Also serves on: Water, Sewer, Public Lights and Utilities, Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks, Budget and Finance, Personnel

At Large – Kirk Johnson

At Large – Kirk Johnson

Term expires 12/31/19

Committee Assignments: Personnel, Negotiating and Insurance, Chair

Also serves on: Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks, Economic Development and Community Betterment, Budget and Finance

 

At Large – Gary Rustad

At Large – Gary Rustad

Mayor Pro-Tempore

Term expires 12/31/17

Committee Assignments: Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks - Chair

Also serves on: Water, Sewer, Public Lights and Utilities, Economic Development and Community Betterment, Property/Purchasing, Personnel