Decorah Fire Department
The Decorah Fire Department proudly services the City of Decorah and the residents of Decorah, Glenwood, Canoe, Pleasant Townships and portions of Madison, Bluffton, Burr Oak, Hesper, Highland and Springfield townships through an agreement with the Decorah Rural Fire Protective association
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Useful fact #728
Did you know that building address numbers are required on all buildings and residences in the City of Decorah?
Having such numbers properly displayed helps our dedicated public safety officers locate the correct property when responding to calls for service, whether emergency or not.
It can also help the public find you easier.
City Code 12.16.030 - Numbers installed by owner.
It is the duty of the owner of any house or building to see that said structure is properly numbered as provided in this chapter, with numbers not less than three inches in height, with said numbers to be placed in some conspicuous place where the same can be seen from the street.
Iowa Senate File 634, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 23, 2019 requires Cities and Counties to provide notice for and hold a second additional public hearing on the City’s annual budget. The new legislation requires cities to hold this second public hearing and adopt a resolution establishing the total maximum property tax dollars that may be certified for levy for general city services and the total maximum property tax dollars that may be certified.
The Decorah City Council held this public hearing on Monday, Feb 3, 2020 at 5:45pm.
The Council heard a presentation on the Maximum Levy Rate, there were no public comments. The City Council approved the Resolution unanimously.
A link to the max rate notice may be found here.
The City Council also set the public hearing on the final and actual FY21 budget for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:45pm.
Iowa Senate File 634, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 23, 2019 requires Cities and Counties to provide notice for and hold a second additional public hearing on the City’s annual budget. The new legislation requires cities to hold this second public hearing and adopt a resolution establishing the total maximum property tax dollars that may be certified for levy for general city services and the total maximum property tax dollars that may be certified. To clarify, the public hearing is on the max rate, as required by law, not the actual rate. Another public hearing will also be necessary on the final actual rate as proposed by city council.
A link to the max rate notice may be found here.
City of Decorah – Council Ward 2 listen session
with Ward 2 Councilperson Emily Neal
Decorah’s Ward 2 Councilperson Emily Neal is announcing a listening session on Sunday, January 19th at 6:30 pm at Decorah’s City Hall Council Chambers.
During the Ward 2 listening session, council member Emily Neal will welcome questions and comments regarding city affairs, policies. and priorities. Residents interested in either the 2020/21 budget planning process, the drafted City of Decorah Sustainability Plan, or other city matters are encouraged to attend.
“Perhaps one of the most important tasks of the City Council is planning and implementing the city budget, I feel it is very important for my constituents to understand how the budget is put together and equally important for me to hear about their priorities for our community.” said Emily Neal.
In addition to the City Budget, the City has been engaged in the process of approving the updated Sustainability Plan. Over the course of 2019, the Sustainability Committee utilized a robust public input process to develop the vision statements and related actions in the 2020 Decorah Sustainability Plan.
“I’m looking forward to re-connecting with people in Ward 2. Sunday is an opportunity to engage in open dialog about our community, share ideas and for folks to learn more about city government, finance and infrastructure. I welcome anyone to the meeting and welcome any and all questions that folks may have” said Neal.
Another great Locust Road planning meeting tonight. Plans are coming along and input is greatly appreciated. Check out this concept video.
In the spring of 2020, the US Census Bureau will launch the largest 2020 Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census Takers will knock on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire.
The US Census Bureau needs workers to complete these tasks.The Census Bureau is in the process of opening 248 offices to support the 2020 Census.
An accurate census count is important for Cities and Counties as some revenue and funding is based on per capita calculations from State and Federal sources.
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The City of Decorah's Street Dept has set up a site to collect old Christmas Trees. Please take them the Street Shop on Railroad Ave until January 31, 2020. Trees may also be taken to the City's yard waste and compost site on Trout Run Road daily dawn to dusk. Better yet, call a Boy Scout and they will pick them up for you.
The DRAFT of the Sustainability Plan for the City of Decorah is now available to review and comment online. The plan is organized by eight interconnected themes that combined will create a more resilient, prosperous and welcoming community for everyone. There is no priority level to any one action, but rather a suggested timeline. The plan is a living document and will be implemented as it fits into the general operations of the City and as new opportunities arise. Please direct all questions and feedback to Emily Neal, chair of the Sustainability Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send feedback and comments to email@example.com or 563.382.3651.
access the draft plan here.
While this was sent out yesterday, there will certainly be changes due to today's weather. Thank you for your continued patience.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Jeremy Bril, City Engineer, 563-382-2157
Last Week for Curbside Leaf Pickup
Decorah, IA (November 26, 2019) – This week will be the last week for leaf pickup in the City of Decorah. Per City Code, the last day residents could push leaves into the street was November 15th and the last scheduled Ward pickup day was November 22nd. Because of the early snowstorms, the Street Department has been revisiting Wards that had the pickup schedule impacted by the snow. The Street Department has also been working through all Wards this week to pick up additional leaves. With the forecast for winter weather on the way the City needs to prioritize snow removal and prepare equipment for clearing snow and spreading sand/salt. Weather permitting, the City will work to pick up leaves that are already in the street but no additional leaves can be pushed into the street.
Residents are still able to drop off leaves at the City’s Yard Waste Site on Trout Run Road. The site has extended fall hours and is currently open 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week, until further notice.
Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 with any questions.
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News and Reminders
Please contact the Decorah Fire Department of any controlled burn. You can contact the Decorah Fire Department by calling 563-382-3472 any time before you burn. Please include your name, contact number, location and description of what you are planning to burn.
Clean and check your smoke detectors monthly.
Iowa Smoke Alarm Law:
State of Iowa Law change requiring all newly constructed residential properties to have dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) detectors placed in the residence. If you are replacing smoke detectors in you house. You will be required to purchase and install the dual detectors. For more information about this new law please click here.
If you would like to learn more about the Decorah Fire Department and how you can volunteer please contact any fire department member or stop at the fire station. Visit our training page for updated pictures and videos of our training.
Visit and Tour:
Individuals may visit the Decorah Fire Department between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other dates and times may be scheduled by calling or stopping at fire quarters.
Decorah Fire Department Mission Statement
The Decorah fire Department is committed to providing rapid, high quality emergency services through teamwork and leadership, utilizing highly trained volunteers dedicated to the well being of our community twenty-four hours per day.