Do You Have Ash Trees on Your Property?

Do You Have Ash Trees on Your Property? Be Sure to Have Them Checked for Borers.

Decorah, IA (January 11, 2022) – The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now firmly established in Decorah and infesting trees throughout the community. This introduced pest kills all species of ash trees by tunneling under the bark, destroying tissue that is essential to the life of the tree. Symptoms include cracked bark, branch dieback, new shoots sprouting from the trunk of the tree, and patches of light brown bark where woodpeckers have chipped off the gray outer bark while searching for the insects (called flecking).

Flecking is easily identified this time of year because woodpeckers are busy foraging for the larvae. In early stages of the EAB infestation, flecking will appear in the upper canopy of the tree (on smaller branches). As the infestation progresses, signs of flecking will continue throughout the lower canopy and down the trunk of the tree. In most cases, the tree should be removed as soon as possible when flecking is noticed on the trunk.

Trees that are heavily infested by EAB must be removed. The wood of trees killed by the borers dries out quickly, becoming brittle and hazardous, so it is wise to monitor trees regularly for presence of the pest and remove them while it is still safe to do so.

If a homeowner has an ash tree or suspects they may have an ash tree on their property, the City is highly recommending that it be checked by an arborist. If not badly infested, trees can be treated by having a certified applicator inject a suitable insecticide into the trunk of the tree. Treatments vary and must be reapplied throughout the life of the tree. Treatments applied to the soil are not recommended as they can be less effective, harmful to pollinators, and more likely to be overapplied. Please check with a local arborist for a treatment option that best fits the needs of you and your tree.

Diversity in our urban tree canopy is vital, so a disease or pest infestation is less likely to affect such a large portion of trees all at once. When planting, take a look at tree species in your neighborhood and choose one that is less common. One of the most commonly planted trees is maple. Homeowners are strongly cautioned against planting maple trees on private property due to overpopulation. All but one species of the maple genus are prohibited in boulevards until a healthy diversity in the urban canopy is achieved.

For more information, please contact City Forester Sam Hogenson at 563-277-5153 or by e-mail at Additional information is also available on the Decorah Tree Board website at

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

From Winneshiek County Public Health

Winneshiek County Public Health


Protect Yourself Covid 8.30.21


At Home Test Kits Available at Smith Building


Covid Vaccinations At The Winneshiek County Fair Friday July 16th 1-3 PM


Winneshiek County Public Health Joint Press Release 05-19-2021

J&J vaccine (1 shot only) walk-in clinic this week

Winneshiek County Public Health will be holding walk-in clinics for the J&J Covid vaccine (1 shot only) on

     • Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 1 – 6 pm

Location: 911 So. Mill St. (Upper Iowa Insurance building) located across from the Decorah Bank & Trust drive-up and Leon’s Service. Watch for the signs.

NO appointments needed. Walk-ins only. This is for ages 18 and older.

If questions, please call 563-382-4662.


J&J vaccine (1 shot only) walk-in clinic this week

Winneshiek County Public Health will be holding walk-in clinics for the J&J Covid vaccine (1 shot only) on

     • Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12 noon – 6 pm

Location: 911 So. Mill St. (Upper Iowa Insurance building) located across from the Decorah Bank & Trust drive-up and Leon’s Service. Watch for the signs.

NO appointments needed. Walk-ins only. This is for ages 18 and older.

If questions, please call 563-382-4662.


J&J Vaccine (1 shot only) walk-in clinics this week

Winneshiek County Public Health will be holding walk-in clinics for the J&J Covid vaccine (1shot only) on

    • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 12 noon – 6 pm
    • Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 12 noon – 6 pm

Location: 911 So. Mill St. (Upper Iowa Insurance building) located across from the Decorah Bank & Trust drive-up and Leon’s Service. Watch for the signs.

NO appointments needed. Walk-ins only. This is for ages 18 and older.
If questions, please call 563-382-4662.


04 13 2021 Press Release regarding Janssen (J&J) vaccination clinics


Covid Vaccine Update


Covid Vaccine Update


COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Winneshiek County


From Winneshiek County Public Health – Increased of Covid-19 Cases in Winneshiek County


Public Health Press Release Regional Proclamation


New Governor Directives Today – Stricter Mitigation Steps for Region 6 (Which includes Winneshiek County)


Winneshiek Co Public Health Covid 19 Easter Observances 04-10-2020


Winneshiek County Covid-19 Press Release 03-27-2020


Winneshiek County First Covid-19 Winneshiek County Press Release 03-18-2020

Winneshiek County Covid-19 Press Release 03-18-2020


Winneshiek County Covid-19 Press Release 03-17-2020


East Water Street Closure June 23

East Water Street to be Closed Starting June 23rd

Decorah, IA (June 18, 2020) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that East Water Street will be closed Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, June 26th. The closure will occur on East Water Street between Day Street and Montgomery Street.

Detours will be set up along Broadway Street and Day Street throughout the duration of the closure. To accommodate the detour route, parking will be restricted along Broadway Street and Day Street.

The road is being closed to allow the contractor finish paving as part of the East Water Street improvements project.

The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. 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.


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 help bridge the “digital divide”.

Will you have data caps or allowances on your internet service?

No. Decorah’s fiber internet service will allow unlimited usage for all customers without overages or data caps.

Will this make my taxes increase?

No. A Decorah fiber network will be financed using revenues from the people who use it. That’s the same way our water utility works today…no tax dollars involved. If you don’t use it, you don’t pay for it.

What other communities have built their own fiber networks?

A lot! Just here in Iowa, we have communities larger than Decorah (Cedar Falls, Indianola, Waverly, Spencer, Muscatine) and smaller (Bellevue, Coon Rapids, Lenox) that have built or are building fiber networks. In addition, we have over a dozen other Iowa communities that have successfully operated hybrid fiber‐copper networks successfully for over 20 years.

Decorah is not alone in its efforts to consider a community‐owned fiber network. Other Iowa communities that are also in the process include Charles City, New Hampton, Pella, and Adair. It is expected that some of these cities will be building their own fiber networks in 2018.

Why would a city‐owned fiber network be better than what we have today?

During the past 3 years, city leaders and community advocates have talked to hundreds of Decorah citizens about their experience with current telecommunications services. They’ve told us that service is often unreliable, speeds are less than what is advertised, and the customer service experience leaves a lot to be desired. Those are problems that a new, community‐owned fiber network can solve for the benefit of the entire community.

I’m concerned about Net Neutrality. What can a Decorah Fiber network do to protect an open internet?

As a publicly owned provider, the city of Decorah will not engage in any practices that would block, throttle, or prioritize any traffic on our network. We believe the internet must remain free and open.

I’ve signed the pledge! Now, when can I get service from Decorah Fiber?

If enough people sign the Decorah Fiber Pledge, it will give us confidence that a community fiber network is a feasible project. The next steps would include finalizing a business plan, creating a financing plan, and hiring an engineering firm to design the network. It is possible that, if all goes smoothly, we could begin building Decorah Fiber in 2019!

Decorah Fiber – 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 on August 1st, asks residents and businesses to commit to switching their telecommunications services to the city network when it is built.

“I want the City of Decorah to build and operate a state-of-the-art fiber optic network and provide internet, cable television, and telephone service to citizens. By my electronic signature below, I pledge to switch some or all of my residential telecommunications services to the City fiber utility within 12 months of the date they become available at our address.”

Jarrad Walter, chair of the Decorah Telecommunications Utility Commission, says the fiber pledge is designed to measure what the likely take-rates would be for a city project.
“Surveys are helpful, and the survey conducted during the original feasibility study showed strong support. But the fiber pledge campaign will give us even better projections to use in the business plan,” says Walter.

The Commission is currently working with CCG Consulting on a revised business plan that will bring the project’s financial viability into sharper focus. As part of that process, the Commission worked closely with CCG to develop proposed pricing for internet, cable tv, and telephone services.

The Commission’s goal is to build a network that can provide better service for a competitive price. If enough homes and businesses take the fiber pledge it will give the Commission confidence that a community fiber project will be successful financially and allow the fiber-to-the home project to continue moving forward with planning.

The Decorah Fiber Pledge is being conducted online at the following website: Two pledge forms are available on the site; one for residential customers and the other for business customers. Persons responsible for broadband decisions at their home and business are encouraged to fill out both pledge forms. On the page for each pledge form are the proposed prices for internet, cable tv, and telephone services.

Jim Fritz is with Decorah Fast Fiber, the citizens group that has advocated for a community broadband network for the past three years. The group’s effort resulted in a 93% positive vote in the telecommunications referendum in November 2015. Fritz says the group is hoping that Decorah citizens will show the same kind of community spirit with the fiber pledge as they did with the referendum.
“We strongly encourage everyone to take the Decorah Fiber Pledge to show your support for a community-owned fiber network to bring better broadband to everyone.”

Jarrad Walter, Chair, Telecommunications Utility Commission

Chad Bird, City of Decorah, City Manager

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 petition, including a review of the various factors it considers in making its final decision.   The Commission’s review will include a findings of fact.  The Commission’s recommendation to the Council on the rezoning application should apply the Comprehensive Plan, City Code and I.C.A. §414.3 to its findings of fact to support its recommendation.

This presentation by the Iowa Flood Center is part of the Commission’s due diligence in reviewing Menards’ rezoning application. As part of its formal report to the Council, the Commission’s analysis must include applying the Iowa Flood Center’s modeling regarding Menards’ Site Plan, the Wal-Mart store, and the city’s 100yr and 500yr flood plain to the Comprehensive Plan, City Code and I.C.A. §414.3. This presentation is part of that process. To view a PDF file of the presentation slides please click on the link below.

Iowa Flood Center July 18, 2018 Slides

Final Phase II Iowa Flood Center Model September 10, 2018



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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