Notice to Airport Consultants

The City of Decorah, Iowa (Sponsor) is hereby soliciting Statement of Qualifications from consultants for airfield development projects that are anticipated to occur within the next five years at the Decorah Municipal Airport (KDEH) located in Decorah, Iowa. Subject to receipt of Federal funding and/or State funding, these projects may include the following:

1. Taxiway Lighting, Estimated Construction Costs $230,000
2. Terminal Building Construction, Estimated construction Costs $1,200,000

These projects have been developed from the Sponsor’s Airport Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) prepared with assistance from Clapsaddle Garber Associates. A copy of each project CIP Data Sheet will be available upon request.

Notice To Airport Consultants RFQ

Downtown Housing

Notice is hereby given by the City of Decorah is accepting proposals in response to the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Housing Grant. The city is seeking a private developer/building owner to partner with the city in preparing and submitting an application. The Downtown Housing Grant provides grant dollars up to $600,000 for the creation of upper story residential units in the city’s Downtown District.

Downtown Housing RFP

Downtown Housing FAQ

Community Catalyst

Notice is hereby given by the City of Decorah is accepting proposals in response to the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Community Catalyst Buildings in an area central to a City’s economic development activities.

Community Catalyst Grant RFP
Community Catalyst Grant Fact Sheet

Curbside Leaf Collection to Begin on October 18th

Curbside Leaf Collection to Begin on October 18th

Decorah, IA (October 12, 2021) – The City of Decorah will begin curbside collection of leaves starting on Monday, October 18th. This year, the City will be alternating through each Ward on a different day of the week. Leaf collection will occur in each Ward on the following dates:

  • Ward 1: Mondays – 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15
  • Ward 2: Tuesdays – 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16
  • Ward 3: Wednesdays – 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17
  • Ward 4 and Ward 5: Thursdays – 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, and 11/18

A map of the current Wards is available on the City’s website. Leaves may be put into the street 48-hours prior to your scheduled pick-up day but not before. Leaves must be in the street before 7:00 AM on your scheduled pick-up day and should be raked into windrows on the street 2-feet away from the curb line. Please do not park vehicles within 30-feet of windrows so equipment has adequate room to safely collect the leaves. The City is reminding residents that curbside collection is for leaves only; all other yard waste must be taken to the City’s Yard Waste Site.

In addition to the curbside leaf collection, leaves can be deposited in the designated area at the City’s Yard Waste Site on Trout Run Road which is currently open from sun up to sun down, seven days per week. There will be no leaf drop off available at the Street Department this year.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 with any questions.

This is an official city press release.  Modifications of any kind are prohibited without express written consent of the author.  Any reprint or broadcast of this information must include this entire communication.

Leaf Collection Map

East Main Street to be Closed Starting on Monday 6/28

Decorah, IA (June 24, 2021)

The City of Decorah is notifying residents that East Main Street between State Street and Linn Street will be closed starting on Monday, June 28th.

The closure is to allow for completion of the 2021 East Main Street Improvements Project. The entire project is expected to last between three and four months.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

Newsletter Map

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Decorah Municipal Airpont hereby announces its fiscal years 2022, 2023 and 2024 goal of 0.00% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) airport construction projects. The proposed goals and rationale is available for inspection between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the City Manager’s Office, 400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101 for 30 days from the date of this publication.

Comments on the DBE goat will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:

Wanda Hemesath
City of Decorah
400 Claiborne Drive
P.O. Box 138
Decorah, IA 52101
or
Ofelia Medina
FAA Office of Civil Rights
777 S. Aviation Blvd Suite #150
El Segundo, CA 90245

Pole Line Road Bridge to be Closed Starting on Monday 6/14

Decorah, IA (June 10, 2021)

The City of Decorah is notifying residents that the Pole Line Road Bridge between US Hwy 52 and College Drive will be closed starting on Monday, June 14th.

Detour routes will be set up on North College Drive and Valley View Drive/5th Avenue.

The closure is to allow for removal and replacement of the bridge. The entire project is expected to last approximately three months.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

Thinking About Filing for a Council Position?

Positions Up for Election in 2021:

The following Council positions are up for election in 2021: 1st Ward, 3rd Ward, 5th Ward, one At-Large position, Mayor and 2 Park and Recreation Board positions.

Election Dates:

Filing for Candidacy: Filing Begins: Monday, August 23, Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 General Election: November 2, 2021

 

Facts You Should Know 

I.  FORM OF GOVERNMENT

Decorah is a Chartered City, operating under a Mayor/Council form of government. The City Manager and City Clerk, Treasurer are appointed by the City Council. There are seven members serving on the Council elected for four-year terms. There are five ward positions and two at-large positions.

II.  COUNCIL LEGISLATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

The City Council acts as the official legislative and policy making body of the City adopting all laws, ordinances, and resolutions, and approving contracts required by the City. The Council analyzes proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs and determines the ability of the City to provide financing for City operations. The Council also reviews, modifies, and approves the annual municipal budget presented by the City Manager and City Clerk, Tr. Additionally, the City Council performs other miscellaneous duties, including appointments to various boards and commissions, acts as liaison with other governmental bodies, and responds to community groups and individual constituents. As the governing elected body, the Council is also responsible for oversight and response of any natural or man-made emergency within city limits. Further, Council is expected to be on-call and available during times of disaster. The Council has established a series of committees and shares assignments on other special or ad hoc committees, generally determined by the Mayor.

How much time does it take to be a Council Member?

City Council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:45 p.m., except when official holidays occur on these particular Mondays. Duration of meetings vary from one-half hour to three hours, usually averaging one hour. Typically, committee meetings are held immediately following regular Council meetings and one council work session is held the fourth Monday of the month, if needed. All Council and committee meetings must comply with State Open Meeting Law requirements. Therefore, most meetings are open to the public. Closed meetings must comply with strict requirements set forth in the State Code. Committee meetings are also open to the public but generally are less formal and afford the members an opportunity to review details and brainstorm ideas that might not otherwise occur in the more structured setting of a Council meeting. On Thursday prior to the Council meetings, an electronic Council packet containing the agenda for the upcoming meeting, staff reports and other general information is sent to each Councilmember. Periodic updates on other matters of concern are also sent out as needed.

In addition to these meetings, you should allow time for other duties; (i.e. out-of-town meetings, speaking engagements, conversing with citizens, and ceremonial events). A budget work session is held in January or February, during which time the proposed budget is presented.

III. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND THE APPEARANCE OF FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

Members of the City Council are required by law to comply with certain standards of conduct involving potential conflicts of interest. Details about this and related questions can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office.

IV.  QUALIFICATIONS

The elective officers of the City shall reside in the Ward for which they are running. Members of the Council shall be qualified electors of the City.

V. SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS

The salary for Council members is established by ordinance passed by the Council. No Councilmember may vote himself/herself an increase in salary. Action on a salary increase normally is considered prior to the regular general election with the increase being effective the first of the following year.

Effective 1-1-18 pay for Council positions is $50.00 for each official Council meeting and $400/mo. for Mayor

The fringe benefits include:

  • Reimbursement for eligible
  • Workmen's Compensation insurance
  • Professional liability indemnification covering Council members in their official capacity.
  • Payment by the City of its portion of Social Security payroll tax or membership in the Iowa Public Employers Retirement

VII.  ELECTION PROCESS

All elections, whether special or general, shall be conducted by the County.

Filing for Candidacy:

Candidate nomination papers may be obtained from Wanda Hemesath, City Clerk, Tr., City Municipal Building or Ben Steines, Winneshiek Co. Auditor, Court House.

All candidate declarations of candidacy must be filed with Ben Steines, Winneshiek County Auditor, between August 23rd and no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept 16th. All general elections for the City shall be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in the odd-numbered years. City elections are non-partisan.

VIII.  HOW A VACANCY ON THE COUNCIL IS FILLED

If any Councilmember, elected or appointed, to an at-large position moves outside the City boundary, or in the event a Councilmember elected or appointed to a "ward position" moves outside his/her ward, then that Councilmember shall thereby forfeit the office of Councilmember and said position shall be deemed vacant.

In the event a vacancy occurs, for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled pursuant to Section 372.13 of the Code of Iowa.

IX.  ELECTION INFORMATION

Positions Up for Election in 2021:

The following Council positions are up for election in 2021: 1st Ward, 3rd Ward, 5th Ward, one At-Large position, Mayor and 2 Park and Recreation Board positions.

Election Dates:

Filing for Candidacy: Filing Begins: Monday, August 23, Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 General Election: November 2, 2021

X. Political Advertising

The City, in Chapter 17 (Zoning Code) regulates political yard signs. Political signs are permitted which during a campaign, advertise a candidate or candidates for public elective office, a political party, or promote a position on a public issue, provided such signs are on private property and are removed within seven days following the election.