It’s the first Monday of the month, but there will not be a Decorah city council meeting this evening. City manager Chad Bird says less than four members of the council were available for tonight’s meeting, meaning a quorum could not be reached. The council’s next regular meeting will be held July 15th.
Matters related to the Winneshiek county veterans affairs commission will be discussed at today’s meeting of the Winneshiek county board of supervisors. Last members, representatives from the VFW and American Legion met with the board to express some concerns about the commission. The also presented a petition with 50 signatures asking the commission to be three members instead of the current five. The board will hear from commission members and consider two appointments to the commission. The meeting will begin at nine-30 at the courthouse annex building in Decorah.
A Cresco man has entered a not guilty plea to felony domestic abuse charges. Court records say 35 year old Michael Levi Koch was arrested after a May 12th incident. His trial is set to begin August seventh.
It’s been a week of catching up on the growing front after a wet spring put corn planting about two weeks behind. I-S-U Extension field specialist Rebecca Vittetoe (Vitt-uh-tow) the heat will help — but not all the corn will hit the mark in the old adage: “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” She says some of the earlier planted corn will make it — but the later planted corn will be lucky to be knee-high. The corn is normally ready to start the tasseling phase around mid-July, but she says that could be the end of July or early August this year. Vittetoe has talked with her colleagues and is hearing there’s a large variance across the state in corn development.
The last U-S-D-A crop report listed 62 percent of the corn crop in good to excellent condition. Sixty-three percent of the beans were rated in good to excellent condition.
Later this month, representatives from the city of Decorah will make a presentation to apply to be part of the Main Street Iowa Program. The Decorah city council over-rode a veto of the application by mayor Lorraine Borowski. Borowski cited financial concerns as one of her reasons for the veto saying the city has other priorities, such as infrastructure improvements. City manager Chad Bird says the city’s contribution will come from hotel/motel tax dollars, which is traditionally not used for road projects.
The council over-rode the veto at a meeting last Thursday morning.