Pine Crest Drive and Locust Road to Be Closed Starting 10/21

Intersection of Pine Crest Drive and Locust Road to Be Closed Starting on 10/21

Decorah, IA (October 16, 2020) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that starting on Wednesday, October 21, the east end of Pine Crest Drive will be closed at Locust Road. As a result, there will be no thru traffic from Locust Road to Pine Crest Drive. This means that residents using the local detour of Ridge Road to Pine Crest Drive to Locust Road will need to use the official detour or alternative routes.

The closure is needed to allow the contractor to make the planned improvements to the Locust Road and Pine Crest Drive intersection. This includes grading, new pavement, and new storm sewer pipe. The work is expected to last for a few weeks. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 or City Hall at 382-3651 with any questions.

Pinecrest and Locust Rd Closure

Decorah Face Covering Ordinance

Friday, August 21st, the Decorah City Council approved the second reading and approved waiving the third reading of Ordinance 1257, An Ordinance Mandating The Use Of Face Coverings In Public Places Withing The City Limits Of The City Of Decorah, Iowa placing it for adoption. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor and published August 27th. As of August 27th, 2020 the ordinance is in effect.

Face Covering Ordinance and Frequently Asked Questions

Face Covering Ordinance Resources

The images below are provide for public use. Click on an image below to open a downloadable and printable PDF version.

Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) Appeal Notification

FEMA has announced the beginning of a 90-day Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) appeal process for the preliminary flood insurance maps.

The 90-day period began August 27, 2020. The City has issued an overview letter with FEMA appeal criteria. Any homeowner who believes the

preliminary maps to contain incorrect technical data are encourage to contact FEMA or the City to discuss the information and file any appeal.

Not every homeowner will be impacted by the new maps, but anyone who owns property in a flood zone should understand this information.

A copy of the Notification Letter and the Criteria for Appeals are linked below.

FEMA And Decorah FIRM Maps Appeal And Notification Letter August 28 2020 

 

Ordinance Mandating the use of Face Coverings in Public Places

08-25-2020:

Ordinance 1257, An Ordinance Mandating The Use Of Face Coverings In Public Places Withing The City Limits Of The City Of Decorah, Iowa

Mayor’s Statement regarding Ordinance 1257:

August 22, 2020

Friday, August 21st the Decorah City Council approved the second reading and approved waiving the third reading of Ordinance 1257, placing it for adoption. While the council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance it will not go into effect until it is signed by the Mayor and published.

The use of face coverings, washing hands frequently, and/or use of hand sanitizer, avoiding large crowds, staying home when sick, and enjoying the outdoors distancing as needed, are in the best interest of health, safety and economic recovery. Until a vaccine is in place, these initiatives are the only means for being proactive in attempting to flatten the curve and potentially reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Decorah and surrounding areas are fortunate to be tourist and recreational destinations. Thousands of visitors come for enjoying recreational activities, the many shops and restaurants and breweries. We want these visitors to feel safe when they visit.

As area schools in the county open, and students return to Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College, measures are needed to ensure safety for ongoing education. In addition, a proactive approach is necessary to insure continued economic return of local businesses. For these reasons, I am signing Ordinance 1257.

I understand that this is an extremely divisive issue and I will continue to reach out to community partners to develop promotional materials to ensure community awareness and encourages dialogue.

Moving forward, there needs to be guidelines, analysis, input, and conversation in order to determine the effectiveness of the ordinance.

In this unprecedented and challenging time, we have limited tools at our disposal and yet the stakes are higher than ever. Thank you for joining with your families, friends, and neighbors to support the health and well-being of our students, educators, local businesses, and our entire community by wearing face covering in public spaces.

/s/ Lorraine Borowski
Mayor, City of Decorah

08-21-2020:

The city council met on Friday, August 21 and approved Ordinance 1257, a face covering mandate for the City of Decorah. While the council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance it will not go into effect until it is signed by the Mayor and published, this is anticipated to occur by the end of August. As of August 21, the mandate is not in effect.

City staff, including the Police Department are working through the ordinance to develop an administrative response and plan to support education and awareness of the ordinance as well as face covering and COVID personal protective measures.

Ordinance 1257, An Ordinance Mandating The Use Of Face Coverings In Public Places Withing The City Limits Of The City Of Decorah, Iowa

Locust Road Construction to Begin Monday, June 22nd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Jeremy Bril,

Locust Road Construction to Begin Monday, June 22nd

Decorah, IA (June 12, 2020) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that the Locust Road Improvements Project is scheduled to start on Monday, June 22nd. As a result, Locust Road will be closed between College Drive and Pine Crest Drive. The project is expected to be complete in late October 2020. Locust Road will be closed throughout the duration of the project.

Local traffic will be detoured around the project on Ridge Road. Truck traffic and other traffic will be detoured on College Drive to Highway 52 to North Winn Road to 337th Street to Locust Road. See attached map for detours.

Residents that live on Locust Road within the project area will be provided access via a temporary construction road. Residents affected by the project will also be receiving a newsletter this week in the mail that describes changes to mail and garbage collection.

The construction schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. Please contact the Street Department at 563.382.2157 or City Hall at 563.382.3651 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.
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Locust Road Construction Detour Map

Iowa Census “Key to the Future” Challenge

Iowa Census Complete Count Committee launches “Key to the Future” challenge to increase 2020 Census response rates

Wed, 05/27/2020 – 12:15

The State of Iowa’s 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count Committee, formed by Gov. Kim Reynolds, chaired by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and vice-chaired by Secretary of State Paul Pate, is launching a “Key to the Future” response rate challenge for all of Iowa’s 942 cities and 99 counties to boost their 2020 Census response rates.

“From disaster relief to representation in Congress, the Census plays an important role in protecting Iowa’s future,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Iowans take our civic responsibility seriously and I hope everyone will do their part and participate in the 2020 Census.”

The challenge is based on the 2020 Census Response Rate Map (2020Census.gov/response-rates(link is external)), which tracks self-response rates of households at the national, state, and local levels. As of May 25, 2020, Iowa has a response rate of 66.9 percent, with about 990,000 households responding. Iowa ranks No. 3, behind Minnesota (70 percent) and Wisconsin (67.4 percent) and just ahead of Michigan (66.7 percent) and Nebraska (66.5 percent).

“We are challenging every one of our cities and counties to help Iowa become No. 1 in response rates in the nation,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. “We want to count everyone in Iowa because the 2020 Census shapes our future. Census data impacts how we plan and how we make decisions every day.”

Census results inform how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services. The 2020 Census results will impact Iowa for the next 10 years.

Secretary of State Pate said, “Participating in the Census only takes a few minutes and it benefits your local community and the entire state of Iowa. Everybody wins by taking this challenge.”

Self-response rates measure households responding in one of three ways: Online at 2020Census.gov, by phone (1-844-330-2020), by mailing in paper questionnaires.

Iowa cities and counties are being challenged to meet these goals:

Tier 1 Cities: Populations up to 5,000 – to reach 100 percent count of households

Tier 2 Cities: Populations 5,001 to 50,000 – reach 2010 response rates PLUS 10 percent

Tier 3 Cities: Populations 50,001 and larger – reach 2010 response rates PLUS 10 percent

Iowa counties: Reach 2010 response rates PLUS 10 percent

The State of Iowa Complete Count Committee will recognize each city and county that joins the challenge to boost self-response rates of households in their city. The first city in each of the three tiers and the first county to reach their goals will be recognized with Key to the Future plaques. Each city and county that reaches its goal will receive recognition in news and social media announcements by the State of Iowa Complete Count Committee.

More information on the “Key to the Future” response rate challenge can be found by clicking here.

 

Need Wifi Access? City Wifi Available at the Municipal Building & Decorah Public Library

City Wifi Available at City Hall and Decorah Public Library

If you experience internet outages or slow speeds, The City can provide some relief.

The Municipal Building and the Decorah Public Library utilize the Decorah MetroNet, a redundant fiber ring connecting many public and government facilities in Decorah. Because of the true “network” construction of the fiber ring, connection to the Internet is still intact even if other service providers go down. The public is invited to use the WiFi network at either of these public facilities.

Municipal Building –        Network Name: Decorah_public                 PW: metronet

Decorah Public Library – Network Name: Decorah_library_public  PW: metronet

Census is hiring temporary workers

Are you looking for a temporary job to make some extra income?  2020 Census is looking for people that want to help out in our community with a variety of jobs.

Census Job Information

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.