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  • Decorah Fiber – FAQ’s

    Will service be available outside of the Decorah city limits? While the current plan is to build a fiber network within the city itself, we understand that the community of Decorah does not stop at the city limit boundaries. We are hoping to work with possible partners to improve connectivity outside of the city and … [READ MORE]
  • Decorah Fiber – News Release

    NEWS RELEASE Decorah Fiber Pledge Campaign to Measure Interest in Building a Community Fiber Network  Decorah, IA (August 8, 2018) – The City of Decorah and the Decorah Telecommunications Utility Commission are asking citizens to express their support for a community-owned fiber optic network by signing the Decorah Fiber Pledge. The Decorah Fiber Pledge, launched … [READ MORE]
  • Iowa Flood Center Presentation – UPDATED 09-11-2018

    July 18, 2018 In the review and consideration of the Menards application for rezoning and site plan development, the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the decision of the City Council must be supported by “facts” and “evidence”, not presumptions.  The Commission will make an official record of its evaluation of the rezoning … [READ MORE]


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City of Decorah

1 week 5 days ago

One minute video. One minute each week exploring some event, activity, person, or facility in our community. What would we learn about Decorah at the end of the year with 52 minutes of something new? Thanks to the guys at Decorah’s waste water treatment plant for keeping things operating smoothly.

City of Decorah

1 month 1 week ago

Feeling Bored? Why not serve on a Board?

Decorah City Council announces openings on appointed
advisory boards and commissions

Decorah, IA (December 7, 2018) – Mayor Lorraine Borowski announced today that there are several openings on some of the city’s advisory boards and commissions. The Mayor noted she is focused on comply with state law that seeks a diverse balance to the membership of boards and commissions and she is making this call for applications in hopes of sparking interest in serving the city by serving on a board or commission. The Iowa law states that no more than a simple majority of appointed members shall be of one gender. If after 90 days of making
a “good faith effort” to achieve gender balance a city is unable to make an appointment; the opening may be filled regardless of balance.

In general, all board or commission members are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Selection criteria varies depending upon the purpose, mission and requirements of each body. The following characteristics, however, are common to all
board or commission members:
• An interest in the board's / commission's area of concern
• The ability to work with other people in a tactful and cooperative manner
• The time to carry out the board's/commission's duties / responsibilities
• A community point of view

Interested citizens may complete and submit an application for any of the boards/commissions at any time.

A handbook detailing the duties of each board and commission is available on the city’s website.

Currently, there are openings on the city’s planning & zoning commission, zoning board of adjustment, airport commission, low rent housing agency, tree board, and the Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) boards. All the boards have varied qualifications for appointment.

The application for all appointed city boards and commissions is on the city website.

City of Decorah

1 month 1 week ago

A friendly reminder about snow accumulations and removals on Sidewalks/Streets

Sidewalks - Chapter 12.28.130 of the Decorah City Code requires abutting property owners to clear sidewalks of snow/ice accumulations within a reasonable time.

Failure to do so may result in the City having the sidewalk cleared with or without notice. The costs including a $50.00 administrative fee will be charged to the property owner. Failure to pay will result in the charges being assessed against the property as taxes.

Streets – Snow Emergency Parking Procedure – During a snow emergency the city requires all vehicles to park on the EVEN numbered side of the street until snow is cleared from the opposite side. Then move to the ODD numbered side. When both sides have been plowed normal parking resumes.

City of Decorah

2 months 6 days ago

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City of Decorah

2 months 1 week ago

We hope you can join us for the Decorah Fiber public meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30am. If you can’t, you can tune in via Facebook Live right here!

City of Decorah

2 months 1 week ago


*** SCAM ALERT ***

We received a report this morning of a e-mailed citation for a traffic infraction that supposedly occurred in the city limits of Decorah. The Decorah Police Department does NOT issue e-mailed citations nor takes payment for citations online.

If you receive any citations via e-mail involving our city, please feel free to contact our office to verify the validity of it prior to contacting the sender or paying the fine online.

A copy of the "e-citation" (shown below) is a current format being sent. The Decorah School District IT Department has also been notified.

City of Decorah

2 months 3 weeks ago

As we near that beloved time of year, when snow falls, and shovels are polished up. The City of Decorah reminds everyone of US Postal Service guidelines for proper mailbox installation.

Mailboxes in winter? Why is this important? Due to the configuration of snow plows used by Decorah’s street department and the addition of some really cool new snow removal equipment, the protection and safety of your mail and mailbox is important to keep in mind.

The suggested guideline for lateral placement of a mailbox is forty-four to forty-seven inches (44” – 47”) above the roadway surface. Furthermore, a mailbox or any object protruding into the necessary six-inch (6”) clearance zone behind the curb or street edge is subject to unavoidable damage by the snow plows, at the unnecessary expense of the homeowner. (please see the really cool diagram provided by the USPS).

The City’s mailbox repair or replacement policy is capped at $35 to be fair and consistent. Reimbursement or repair is only made to private mailboxes when an incident occurs where a mailbox is damaged by a city vehicle, the snow plow jumps the curb (they can be ornery that way), or there was obvious operator error. Claims must be submitted to the street department within 48 hours of damage to be considered for reimbursement.

The city does not accept or acknowledge any responsibility of liability for the placement, location, or maintenance of mailboxes on city right-of-way. This is legalese for “that’s the Post Office’s job”.

Please call the Street Dept at 563.382.2157 or City Hall 563.382.3651 with any questions.

We sincerely hope you have a great winter season, free from flying mail and damaged property. (Whew! That was a long post).

City of Decorah

2 months 3 weeks ago

On this blustery day, thanks to our very own Rock Star Street Department for being ready to handle anything that comes their way.

City of Decorah

2 months 4 weeks ago

While the City doesn't take an official position on festivities, the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Decorah Police Department, announces Halloween trick or treating will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 5–8 p.m. The DPD and DACC remind everyone to keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.

While 5-8 p.m. are the encouraged hours for the night please be mindful of porch lights. Only visit homes with porch lights on at any point in the night. Alternatively, if you are not interested in greeting all the trick-or-treaters, keep your porch light off

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