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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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


Open Houses Scheduled For Housing Needs Assessment Input

The Winneshiek County Housing Needs Assessment committee will be holding its final public open house meetings during the months of October and November to conclude the assessment process.

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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

Leaf Removal Program Returns

Leaf Removal Program...

The City of Decorah will be offering leaf pickup service from October 1, 2017 to November 15, 2017

  • 24/7 drop off at the Street Department located at 108 Railroad Avenue
  • Extended hours at City Compost Site (see below)
  • Scheduled leaf pickup along street curbs

Extended Hours At Compost Site Beginning October 1, 2017...

Saturdays, 8 a.m. - Noon
Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Compost/Wood Chips Giveaway

The City of Decorah is offering a “Free Loading” opportunity in May. Continue reading


A phone survey will be conducted beginning May 25, 2017 to gauge public demand for a Decorah Broadband/High Speed Internet telecommunications utility.  The city has hired American Directions Research Group, a market research company, to solicit citizen feedback.  The survey should only take 10-12 minutes of your time.  If you are called, please plan to participate.  Any questions you have regarding the survey may be directed to City Hall at (563) 382-3651.

Thank you for your cooperation!