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Wed
08
Aug

Downtown plaza, Police Department personnel matters among many items discussed by Waukon City Council; Police Department urges public to claim their bicycles or they may be auctioned off

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, August 6 to address a full agenda of items including the Plaza Art Project, a modification to Police employment contracts and the 2019 Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) street and sidewalk project. There was no Public Comment.

Under Departmental Reports, Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner advised that a large number of unclaimed bicycles are stored at the Waukon Police Station. The council agreed that a final attempt should be made to locate owners and if unclaimed a sale or auction would be an option.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussed that new street signs have been going up and that three City parking lots have been resurfaced with some minor touch-up and painting to be accomplished soon.

Wed
08
Aug

Project diverting underground spring into storm sewer along Spring Avenue nearly complete


The spring in Spring Avenue will now remain an underground operation ... The surrounding photos show the progress made with the installation of a pre-cast concrete box intake near the intersection of Spring Avenue and First Avenue SW in downtown Waukon. The concrete structure was installed to divert the freshwater underground spring into the storm sewer, rather than allowing the spring to surface at street level as it has been in most recent years. The pre-cast intake box is pictured above in place and connected to a storm sewer pipe along Spring Avenue. The rectangular screen in the foreground of the photo will allow the freshwater spring to flow into the storm sewer while not affecting the functionality of the storm sewer. In the photo below at left, City of Waukon Street Superintendent Keith Burrett and his crew are pictured guiding the lid of the pre-cast intake box as it is lowered in place. The lid of the pre-cast intake includes a manhole cover (as pictured below at right), allowing access for future maintenance of the intake, with the surrounding open area filled with crushed rock and scheduled to be paved over top to finish off the project. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

An area near the intersection of First Avenue SW and Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon has been barricaded with orange safety fencing for several weeks this summer as City crews and other professionals have developed and installed a solution to the flow of a freshwater spring that has surfaced in that area over the past several years.

The natural spring flowing under Spring Avenue has been documented throughout Waukon’s history with references dating back to the 1896 installation of a horse trough at the head of Spring Avenue, which took advantage of this natural water source. Due to heavy rainfall in recent years, this freshwater spring has created a bubbling effect near this intersection as spring water would flow from below ground to street level and then into the storm sewer.

Wed
08
Aug

Anonymous donation fuels new amphitheater in Waukon City Park


Amphitheater to provide new entertainment venue in Waukon City Park ... Photos above and below show differing views of the new amphitheater under construction at the Waukon City Park. The view above shows the concrete slab stage area viewable from the terraced seating with the Indian Springs Pond as a scenic backdrop. The view below shows Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub standing amongst the different terraced seating levels that have all been filled in with dirt and await grass growth before the amphitheater will be usable by the general public next year. Photos by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

An anonymous donation has helped make a new Waukon entertainment venue a reality.

“I had it in a long-range plan of mine,” said Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub of the new amphitheater in the Waukon City Park. “A family came in and asked how they could help with park projects. When I showed them what I was thinking, they liked it.”

The family donated $25,000 toward the construction of the project, which is located at the south end of the park, near the Indian Springs Pond and ball diamond area. It includes a cement stage and three rows of terrace seating with lighting.

“That’s so people can see where they’re walking,” said Strub.

Wed
01
Aug

4-H exhibits advance to Iowa State Fair ...

The Allamakee County 4-H members pictured above represent just some of the 28 local 4-H youth who had their projects and exhibits selected for advancement to the Iowa State Fair to be held in August in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Allie Bieber, Brandon Teslow, Thomas Troendle, Logan Brown, Faith Palmer, Diana Davison, Madi Palmer, Jenn Kloke, Tessa Rubendall. Back row - Taylor Howard, Emma Palmer, Mallory Byrnes, Parker Leppert, Memphis Miller, Katelyn Benzing, Madelyn Waters, MaKenzie Marting, Ashley Liddiard, Carley Sweeney, Denzel Decker. Not pictured - Katelyn Monroe, Abbie Brainard, Natalie Byrnes, Austin Schutte, Emily Bieber, Violet Holthaus, Neva Peterson, Katelyn Leiran. Photo courtesy of Allamakee County ISU Extension and Outreach.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Judges’ Choice Award winners from Open Class exhibits at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair...

Pictured in the surrounding photos are the Judges’ Choice Award purple ribbon winners from the Open Class exhibits at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Pictured in the photo at immediate right are, left to right, Diana Davison, Jackson Perkins and Pam Christianson. Pictured in center photo is Jackson Moore. Pictured in the photo at bottom are, left to right, Carol Gaunitz, Patsy Kerndt, Becky Estebo, Logan Wood and Dallas Tilleraas. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Winners in Tall Corn Contest ...

A pair of local youth were awarded certificates for their winning entries in the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Tall Corn Contest, those awards being distributed at the Tuesday, July 17 Youth Showcase event held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to help kick off the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Pictured at right is Bella Grimstad standing with her award certificate in front of her winning entry among some of the other entries in the Tall Corn Contest. Her winning corn stalk measured 142-7/8 inches tall. Pictured below is Brooklyn Moen with her award certificate for the Cutest Bucket among all the buckets decorated by entries in the Tall Corn Contest. Photos courtesy of Allamakee County ISU Extension and Outreach.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Supervisors discuss tower matters, upcoming Bible Reading Marathon

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, July 30 to address a full agenda of items including discussion of Amendment 3 to Zoning Ordinance L involving exceptions to towers located in the Bluffland setback area, the Roadway Maintenance Agreement with the City of Waukon and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the hiring of a full-time employee for the Allamakee County Engineer’s office.

During Public Comment, Maynard Johnson of Lansing briefly discussed communication towers within the county. Johnson also expressed concerns about road maintenance and the absence of white lines on some County roads. In response to the tower discussion, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick provided details about the Alliant Energy tower and the proposed tower near New Albin for FirstNet, the First Responders Network, a nationwide interoperable network for fire, police and emergency personnel.

Wed
25
Jul

Difficult decision to make ...

Wednesday, July 18 marked the final chapter in the history of Mulligan’s Grill Pub in Waukon following the January 23, 2018 fire that destroyed the building’s interior. The six months since that fateful day for owner Dana Ruegnitz and his wife, Jordan, have been a difficult timeframe of follow-up and decision-making, ultimately leading to a decision to tear down the remaining structure and not rebuild. The tearing down process took place in just a single day July 18, depicted in the surrounding photos.

Wed
25
Jul

Red Rock Threshers Tractor Ride appreciates area hospitality ...

The Red Rock Threshers based out of Pella held their annual Tractor Ride in Allamakee County this year, with more than 220 tractors traversing the roadways of Allamakee County Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. After arriving at their homebase location of the Waukon High School parking lot (pictured in wide photo above) Thursday afternoon, July 19, riders departed from that location (pictured in two photos at left and right) early both days of the ride, traveling 86 miles Friday from Waukon to New Albin and then through Lansing, Harpers Ferry and Waterville before returning to Waukon in the late afternoon, and then journeying 62 miles Saturday up Highway 76 to Dorchester and Eitzen, MN before returning to Waukon via Lycurgus Road to then prepare to depart for home.

Wed
25
Jul

Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness offering the opportunity to bring new community tennis court project to its financial goal


Location of planned tennis court project ... The grassy area just to the north (the right side of the above photo) of the new concession stand located at the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness soccer fields on the west edge of Waukon is being planned for a new community-use tennis courts project within the next year or so. Funding for the project is currently being gathered, and anyone wishing to contribute to the project may contact Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub at 563-568-0074, extension 1. Submitted photo.

The Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department continues to move forward with its planned project for outdoor community tennis courts available for anyone to use, reaching nearly two-thirds of its project funding goal. That funding has come from a variety of different grant and coordinated sources, and now the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department is offering local organizations, businesses or individuals the opportunity to help finish out that funding process.

The Waukon community has been without an outdoor tennis court facility for nearly two decades, with the aging courts previously owned by the City of Waukon and located in the Waukon City Park being removed in the fall of 1996. The Allamakee Community School District also had its two tennis courts removed from the Waukon High School location near the turn of the century to make room for campus and facilities improvements and expansion.

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