TWIN SPRINGS ROAD CLOSURE 5/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Decorah Street Department

Press Contact: Jeremy Bril, City Engineer, 563-382-2157

Twin Springs Road Closure on Tuesday 5/23

Decorah, IA (May 22, 2023) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that Twin Springs Road will be closed to thru traffic on Tuesday, May 23rd. The road will be closed between Oneota Drive and 2106 Twin Springs Road. The closure is to allow for work to occur on Steyer Bridge.

Residents are encouraged to find alternative routes during this closure. Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

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Homestead Law Change for 65 years of age or older

On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older.

In addition to the homestead tax credit, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption. For the assessment year beginning on January 1, 2023, the exemption is for $3,250 of taxable value. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, the exemption is for $6,500 of taxable value. An exemption is a reduction in the taxable value of the property rather than a direct reduction in the amount of property tax you pay.

The Iowa Department of Revenue has amended the Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption (54-028) form to allow claimants to apply for the new exemption. Applications are due July 1 to your local assessor. If the exemption is granted, the exemption will be allowed for future years without future filing as long as the claimant continues to qualify.

Application forms can be found online at Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption (54-028) or by visiting the Winneshiek County Assessor’s Office. Please contact us by phone at 563-382-5356 or by email at khoulihan@co.winneshiek.ia.us if you have any questions.

Eligibility: Must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year. Persons n the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible.

The annual deadline to apply is July 1.

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Winneshiek County Supervisors Meeting – May 15, 2023

This is the entire meeting of about one hour in length.

00:18 – Lee Bjerke – County Engineer
Re: road matters

32:15 – Steve Vanden Brink
Re: EMS Week Proclamation

41:30 – Miscellaneous
– Review budget amendment requests
– Solution contract

1:00 -Tour at Spectrum Network

Pleasant Ave. Closure Starting 5/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Decorah Street Department

Press Contact: Jeremy Bril, City Engineer, 563-382-2157

Pleasant Avenue Closures Starting Monday 5/15

Decorah, IA (May 12, 2023) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that Pleasant Avenue will be closed to thru traffic on Monday, May 15th and Wednesday, May 17th. The street will be completely closed between Day Street and the Hwy 9 bridge.

The closure is to allow for pavement removal and repaving as part of the Pleasant Avenue Improvements Project. Residents are encouraged to find alternative routes during these closures. The timing of each closure will be dependent on weather conditions and contractor schedules.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

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Yard Waste Site Giveaway Postponed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Decorah Street Department

Press Contact: Jeremy Bril, City Engineer, 563-382-2157

Yard Waste Site Giveaway Postponed

Decorah, IA (May 12, 2023) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that the Yard Waste Site Giveaway Days scheduled for this week are being postponed due to poor weather conditions and a low supply of materials. There will not be an end loader at the site for the remainder of today, and there will not be an end loader at the site from 7:30 AM to Noon tomorrow (Saturday, May 13th) as initially scheduled. However, the Yard Waste Site will be open for normal operation hours on Saturday, May 13th from 8 AM to Noon and Sunday, May 14th from Noon to 4 PM.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 with any questions.

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Energy Efficiency Programs

PRESS RELEASE

THE DECORAH SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

May 12, 2023


Decorah Businesses Encouraged to Utilize Energy Efficiency Programs

According to a study completed in 2020, the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Decorah comes from the Commercial sector (28.4%).  Electricity use makes up 61% of these emissions and natural gas represents the remaining 39% of emissions.

The Decorah Sustainability Commission encourages local businesses to help reduce these emissions and to save money by making use of the ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs offered by Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy.

Given the disproportionate impact of electricity-related emissions, the commission encourages local businesses to participate in Alliant’s Small Business Energy Solutions Program, which helps businesses invest in more efficient lighting and refrigeration systems.

Interested businesses start by selecting one of the two participating local contractors (Perry Novak Electric or See Electric).  These companies will evaluate current lighting and/or refrigeration, identify improvement opportunities, and provide a proposal with upgrade recommendations, project costs, paybacks, and rebate information. Alliant Energy pays up to 70% of the completed project cost directly to the contractor. The business pays the balance.

To be eligible, businesses must receive electric service from Alliant Energy, have an annual electric billing of less than $100,000, occupy less than 50,000 square feet, and receive landlord approval if the facility is leased.  In addition, installed lighting must be ENERGY STAR or Design Lights Consortium qualified.  For further information, contact Novak Electric, See Electric, or Dylan Kullasch at dylan.kollasch@clearesult.com.

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Winneshiek County Supervisors Meeting – May 8, 2023

0:41 – Road Department
Re: road matters

27:35 – Steve Johnson – Winn Co Historic Preservation Commission
Re: Proclamation of Historic Preservation Month

37:18 – Brenda Kreitzer – County Treasurer
Re: Property Tax Suspension

42:50 – Miscellaneous
Set Public Hearing for FY23 Budget Amendment
Approve Hacker Nelson contract

47:44 -. Mark Faldet
Re: Consider outside financial consultant for IRVM analysis

58:03 – Open Bids for Farm Lease (approx. 10 acres on East Ridge Rd) Public Hearing – Farm Lease Consideration of comments and action on lease

1:15:00 – Andy Van Der Maaten – County Attorney
Re: discuss/act on County Engineer replacement process
Re: legal questions regarding agenda & other issues

1:30:45 – .Lori Egan – NEICAC Transportation Director
Re: Transportation Program summary

1:51:40 – Kevin Lee
Re: recommendations and expectations regarding Board of Supervisors

2:04:24 – Shirley Vermace
Re: Public Thank You to Winneshiek County employees

Veterans Affairs Commissioner Board Appointment in Winneshiek County

Winneshiek County is accepting applications for the appointment of Commissioner Board Member of the Winneshiek County Commission of Veterans Affairs Board. An applicant must be a veteran as defined in Iowa Code Section 35.1. Applications available at winneshiekcounty.org, Winneshiek County Veterans Affairs Office or Auditors Office. Please return application and copy of all DD214’s to Winneshiek County Veterans Affairs or Auditors Office. Courthouse – 201 West Main, Decorah, IA 52101. Applications are due by May 25th.

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Compost Only at Yard Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Decorah Street Department

Press Contact: Jeremy Bril, City Engineer, 563-382-2157


Yard Waste Site Giveaway Day Update – Compost Only

Decorah, IA (May 5, 2023) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that there are currently no more wood chips available at the City’s Yard Waste Site. The City will still have an end loader at the Yard Waste Site today until 3:30 PM and on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 AM to 12 noon. However, the only material that will be available is compost.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 with any questions.

 

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