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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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


City Snow Removal Procedures

Whenever the city experiences a snowfall which accumulates to a depth of one inch or more, a snow emergency shall automatically be in effect.

Snow Emergency Procedures requires all curbside vehicles be parked on the side of the street where buildings bear EVEN NUMBERS until such time as the snow has been removed or plowed from the opposite side of the street. At that time, vehicles should then be moved to the side of the street where buildings bear ODD NUMBERS. When both sides have been plowed, normal parking regulations resume.

Violations:  In order to aid snow removal, vehicle owners are reminded that no street, public alley, or highway may be used for storage purposes. The city has the authority to ticket and/or impound vehicles parked for a period of time exceeding forty-eight (48) hours at the owner’s expense.


It is the responsibility of property owners to promptly remove snow and ice accumulations from sidewalks abutting their property.

Violations:  If the city is required to remove snow and ice obstructing free use of sidewalks, costs of such removal, including a $50.00 service charge, will be assessed to the property owner who has failed to abide by the notice to abate.



2017 City Election Information

The 2017 General Election will be held Tuesday, November 7th for cities in Winneshiek County.
Additional information can be found below.
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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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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 one more “Free Loading” opportunity in September. 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!

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