Solidarity with Muslims Statement


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.

USA Today, June 29, 2016. 2016 already marred by nearly daily terror attacks.

The Bridge Initiative, A Georgetown University Research Project, May 2, 2016. When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

Global Research, January 28, 2017, Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America.

Notice of Fiber RFP

(Decorah, IA) The Decorah Telecommunications Utility is seeking proposals for a Fiber to the Premise Feasibility Study. The purpose of this effort is to hire a qualified consulting firm to provide insight on the feasibility of installing fiber to the premise within the city limits of Decorah.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is intended to generate responses to the set of defined issues listed within the Scope of Work section, and also stimulate creative ideas that will add value to the envisioned concept of a fiber to the premise (“FTTP”) network in the city.

The utility commission is issuing this RFP for the purpose of selecting a qualified contractor to provide, at competitive and reasonable costs, professional consulting services to conduct a study of the feasibility of the Decorah telecommunications utility providing a fiber to the premise (“FTTP”) network. The proposed study is complex in nature and includes a review of salient issues perhaps not seen in communities of similar size or demographics.

A copy of the RFP may be obtained by expressing interest to the contact below or downloading a copy from the City’s website at

Interested firms should submit seven (7) copies of their statement of qualifications and experience to the following address by no later than 12:00 noon, 2/6/2017.

Prospective responders with questions regarding this RFP may email or contact:

Chad A. Bird
City Manager
City of Decorah
400 Claiborne Drive
PO Box 138
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563)382‐3651

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.

Information and FAQs about the Utility Service Line Warranty Program

SLWA is a private company that provides optional water and/or sewer service line warranties to homeowners. SLWA is proud to have been selected by the NLC as an Enterprise Programs Partner. The NLC, representing over 218 million Americans, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. After almost a decade in business, SLWA has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The program is offered at no cost to the City and no public funds are used to promote or operate the program. Importantly, SLWA is solely responsible for the administration and service of the warranty programs.

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Decorah Comprehensive Plan

The City of Decorah’s Comprehensive Plan is intended to assist local officials and community members as they make decisions regarding growth, management, and preservation of the community and surrounding areas. Decorah’s plan was developed under the guidance of Iowa Smart Planning Legislation in 2012 and amended in 2019 to reflect changes in the community since that time.

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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.

City of Decorah’s Housing Incentive Program

The City of Decorah’s Housing Incentive Program is fully completed and approved by Council.

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