At least five Decorah city council members want to advertise regionally for the Decorah police chief position. The process of hiring a new chief was discussed in a work session of the Decorah city council Monday night. Current police chief Bill Nixon will retire this summer. The council members also directed Chad Bird to receive more information from the two search firm on how and to what level they can assist the city in the process. Bird also suggested the personnel committee should meet to review the job description. Bird said the council will likely be asked to approve the formal advertising for the position at its May 20th meeting.
A property tax reform bill passed the Iowa legislature. State representative Mike Bergan of Dorchester says the concerns cities and counties presented have been alleviated. Originally the bill would have required a public referendum if local governments wanted to raise property taxes two or more perfect. The final bill changes the requirement to 2/3 of a majority of the local governing board. Bergan says the bill also allows for more transparency in the process.
Bergan says the measure won’t have an effect on most counties since 69 of the 99 counties in the state have only three members on their county boards, meaning anything that passes has a 2/3 majority already.
A veterans nursing home seminar will be held in Decorah (Wednesday) afternoon. A representative from the Iowa City V-A hospital will share information on nursing home benefits and qualifications and a representative from the Winneshiek county veterans affairs office will provide information on county, state and federal veterans benefits. The seminar will be held from two until three p.m. at the Decorah V-F-W located at 104 State Street.
Last Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is being deemed a success. The Northeast Iowa Drug Task force says a total of 540.2 pounds of prescription medications were collected throughout their sites in Northeast Iowa. Authorities say the purpose of the event is to keep medications out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially our youth.
State flood aid is included in a bill that cleared the Iowa legislature on Saturday — the final day of its 2019 session. Governor Kim Reynolds asked legislators to set aside the 15-million dollars for flood recovery and mitigation. Senator Michael Breitbach (BRIGHT-bawk), a Republican from Strawberry Point, says the governor has a team of experts on the ground and he trusts her judgment.
Legislators did commit another 10 million dollars to state tax credits for home building, hoping to help RE-building in devastated communities like Pacific Junction and Hamburg.
A Carbon footprint workshop will be held tonight at the Decorah public library. Event organizers say the workshop will include how to measure your carbon footprint and ways persons can reduce it. The event will be held from six until eight p.m. tonight. It is free and open to the public.