2023-2024 Winter Season

Winter Season Update 12/12/2023


Winter snow will eventually be coming this season, and when it does, the City will be issuing snow emergencies. Some questions have risen in the past regarding these declarations, so this post is intended to help clear things up.

  • The City can declare a snow emergency at any time. With the assistance of local weather forecasts, snow emergencies are generally issued in advance of a snow/ice event, with a projected start and end time and date. Something to note, a snow emergency is automatically in effect if snow accumulation is 1″ or more, regardless of declaration.
  • What is the significance of a snow emergency? Valid question. Snow emergencies are intended to raise awareness of poor driving conditions and alert residents that the city will likely be performing snow/ice removal operations. To effectively perform those operations, the City needs streets to be as clear of vehicles as possible. During a snow emergency, alternate side parking rules are in effect.
  • During snow emergencies on odd calendar days, vehicles need to be parked on the side of the street where houses have odd numbers. On even numbered calendar days, the vehicles need to be parked on the side of the street with even house numbers. Usually, snow emergencies will exist for multiple days, so residents need time to transfer vehicles back and forth from each side of the street. The time between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. is that given time. For example, if a vehicle is parked on the even side on December 12th during a snow emergency, and needs to be moved to the odd side for the next day (the 13th), the time to move the vehicle to the odd side would be between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on December 12th.
  • There are a number of streets in Decorah that have restricted parking on one side or the other. In these cases, follow the direction of the sign. If the sign reads “no parking”, do not park there. For example, if it’s December 13th, during a snow emergency, and the parking on the odd side of the street is restricted, no parking is allowed on that street on either side. If the signs read “no parking except during snow emergency”, then vehicles are allowed to park on that side of the street on the appropriate day during a snow emergency.
  • Parking off the street is the best way to avoid parking confusion during a snow emergency, ensure the entirety of the road is cleared as soon as possible, and protect vehicles from collisions. Snow and Ice removal is more efficient and effective when the City’s operators don’t need to traverse around vehicles in the street. Our crews are out fighting snow/ice during the worst of driving conditions, and helping them eliminate obstacles and parking on the correct side of the street will make cleanup after snow events better for everyone.

If there are any further questions, reach out to the Street Department. 563-382-2157

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Winneshiek County Supervisors Meeting – November 27, 2023

Agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance
0:00:06b – Miscellaneous
– Freeport Property / IRP request
– Notice to proceed – Festina Sewer Project
– Resolution to commit $1.5 million for Winn Co Conservation Board’s Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program Grant

00:16:22 – Andy Van Der Maaten – County Attorney
Re: legal questions regarding agenda & other issues

00:30:23 – Nick Rissman – Interim Co Engineer and/or Jeff Kuboushek – Maintenance Superintendent
Re: road projects updates

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Agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance
9:30 a.m. Second Tier Canvass for Decorah CSD Election

9:33 a.m. Miscellaneous
– Tax abatement for the City of Calmar recently acquired parcel
– Lease agreements with NEIA Community Action and Winn. Co. Historical Society
– Freeport Property / IRP request
– IT job description
– County Engineer Hiring – update and procedures

9:45 a.m. Winneshiek County Pioneer Cemetery Commission
Re: funding request

10:00 a.m. Rachelle Howe – Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
Re: funding request

10:15 a.m. Chris Troendle – NEIA Housing Trust Fund
Re: funding request

10:30 a.m. Tony Phillips – Planning, Zoning, and Flood Plain Administrator
Re: P&Z directive on Accessory Dwelling Units

10:45 a.m. Nick Rissman – Interim Co Engineer and/or Jeff Kuboushek – Maintenance Superintendent
Re: discuss/act on No Winter Maintenance roads & road projects updates

11:15 a.m. Closed Session – Discuss potential purchase of real estate and use of County properties if purchase were made. This discussion may be held in closed session pursuant to Iowa Code section 21.5(1)(j).

1:30 p.m. Department Heads meeting
2:00 p.m. Safety Committee meeting

Winneshiek County Supervisors Meeting – November 13, 2023

Agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance
0:00:01 – Ben Stevens, Steve Slessor, and Clark Goltz – WinnMed
Re: annual financial review

0:21:54 – Doug Groux – County Sanitarian
Re: budget

0:21:26 – Review/Approval job description for Network & Systems Administrator

0:32:44 – Jayne Schultz – County Recorder
Re: budget

0:43:08 – Tony Phillips – Planning, Zoning, and Flood Plain Administrator
Re: budget & NFIP update

0:51:54 – Andy Van Der Maten – County Attorney
Re: Freeport Property/IRP request, legal questions regarding agenda & other issues

1:00:00 – Public Hearing – Wren Valley Road vacation
– Consideration of comments & possible action

1:04:07 – Mary Fitch
Re: 360th St Vacation comments

1:20:30 – Nick Rissman – Interim Co Engineer and/or Jeff Kuboushek – Maintenance Superintendent
Re: Set PH for 360th Street vacation, radar speed signs & road projects updates

Winneshiek County Supervisors Meeting – November 6, 2023

Agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance
0:00:00 – Marcus Hageman – Decorah Fire Department
Re: 28E for Fire Training Facility and discussion about additional land

0:14:53 – Miscellaneous
– Appointment to Compensation Board
– Discuss Freeport Property / IRP request
– County Engineer hiring status update and discussion

0:43:40 – Andy Van Der Maten – County Attorney
Re: legal questions regarding agenda & other issues

0:58:49 – Public Hearing – Happy Hollow Road vacation
– Consideration of comments & possible action

1:07:58 – Nick Rissman – Interim Co Engineer and/or Jeff Kuboushek – Maintenance Superintendent
Re: 360th Street vacation options & road projects updates

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