The U-S-D-A reports farmers made planting progress in some areas last week despite continued weather issues. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.
How many times does a rezoning request get turned down in the city of Decorah? The question was asked in connection to the current council debate regarding potential changes to the city’s zoning code. City manager Chad Bird says since 2011, his time as city manager, there have been 16 rezoning requests in Decorah and 15 have been approved. The only one to not be approved was a request from Menards last year. On a 4-3 vote Monday night, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance which would change the requirement to 2/3 of the council from 3/4 of the council to approve a rezoning if the planning and zoning commission recommends against the rezoning. The second reading of the ordinance is set for June third.
The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department is releasing details of a motorcycle vs deer accident last Thursday night which injured a Decorah man. Authorities say shortly before 10 p.m, 22 year old Cody Phillips struck a deer while travling westbound on the Pole Line Road. The sheriff’s department says Phillips suffered injuries to his right leg and back and was taken to Winneshiek Medical Center by private vehicle.
The Decorah city council approved entering into a professional services agreement with Cayler Consulting at its meeting Monday night. The consulting firm will assist the city in its search for a new police chief. City manager Chad Bird says the Cayler will assist the city in the recruiting search, candidate/applicant searching, and testing and assessment for the position. Bird says the agreement is not-to-exceed 13-thousand five hundred dollars. Current Police chief Bill Nixon will retire this summer.