Census Workers Still Needed in Winneshiek County

The 2020 Census still needs several more workers in Winneshiek County. These workers will help insure that all citizens are counted so that the cities and the county receive the maximum benefits that result from a complete count.

07-07-2020 AN IMPORTANT CENSUS JOBS UPDATE – DEADLINE NOW JULY 31

All applications are accepted on line by going to:  www.2020census.gov/jobs.

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

Information and FAQs about the Utility Service Line Warranty Program

SLWA is a private company that provides optional water and/or sewer service line warranties to homeowners. SLWA is proud to have been selected by the NLC as an Enterprise Programs Partner. The NLC, representing over 218 million Americans, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. After almost a decade in business, SLWA has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The program is offered at no cost to the City and no public funds are used to promote or operate the program. Importantly, SLWA is solely responsible for the administration and service of the warranty programs.

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Special Note for Businesses in the C-3 Zoning District Downtown

The downtown district does have a building design overlay guideline for improvements and remodeling to building exteriors. Please click here for more information and click here for the application. Improvements are subject to review by the Planning and Zoning Commission.