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Wed
23
Jan

Waukon City Council hears presentation on importance of small town airports, discusses tax abatement possibilities

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 21 to address a full agenda of items including budget review and department requests, discussion of the Urban Revitalization Program and tax abatement and a presentation from the Airport Commission.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order. There was no Public Comment and the City Council moved into Departmental Reports.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett indicated that some minor equipment repairs have been made with preparations ongoing for expected weather conditions this week. Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper discussed the replacement of water tower lights and the potential purchase of a replacement camera system for viewing and determining whether sewer issues are homeowner or City responsibility.

Wed
23
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Person of the Year and other honors presented at annual Chamber Banquet Feb. 22

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Wed
23
Jan

Community invited to take part in Robey Memorial Library’s World Read Aloud Day scheduled for February 1; Sign up now to participate

Every year, World Read Aloud Day is a global celebration that calls attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to read aloud together to advocate for literacy as a human right.

Friday, February 1, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will observe this special event by filling its open hours at the library with stories read aloud by community volunteers and library staff. Individuals, groups and classrooms from throughout the community are invited to participate by spending part of their day at Robey Memorial Library reading aloud or listening to a book being read aloud.

Wed
23
Jan

Top entries in Gingerbread House Decorating Contest ...


First Place - Lawrence and Cassie Olson family

Second Place - Darcy Connelly family

Third Place (tie) - Jeffrey and Anna Wilkes family

Third Place (tie) - Andrew and Hailey Miller family

The top entries in the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest recently hosted by Robey Memorial Library in Waukon are pictured in the surrounding photos. The public was invited to pick up one of the decorating kits from Robey Memorial Library, decorate their creation and return it for judging by library patrons over a period of several weeks, with 724 total votes being cast in this year’s contest. The entries that received the most votes are picture above and include: First Place - Lawrence and Cassie Olson family, Second Place - Darcy Connelly family, Third Place (tie) - Jeffrey and Anna Wilkes family and Andrew and Hailey Miller family. Each of the top entries received an Amazon 7 Fire tablet from the Robey Memorial Library Foundation. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
16
Jan

Documentary film series to be hosted by First Presbyterian Church aims to foster healthy conversation and understanding

First film scheduled for this Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Waukon will be hosting a documentary film series to raise awareness and foster healthy conversation about several contemporary issues facing both the local community and this country. The film series will be held one Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. during each of the next three months, beginning this Sunday, January 20, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Each of the films focuses on telling the stories of how various cultural and political challenges actually affect real people. The intent of the film series and community conversations is not to take sides on the issues or to promote one viewpoint over another. Rather, the intent is to use the power of storytelling to create understanding and empathy.

Wed
16
Jan

Good Samaritan Society-Waukon receives AED ...

The Iowa Heart Foundation awarded Good Samaritan Society-Waukon an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) this year following a request made by the organization. With approximately 100 people always in the facility and the many visitors that come on a daily basis to Good Samaritan Society-Waukon, it was deemed important to have this life saving equipment. All staff will be trained on the AED, but with its ease of use anyone is able to use it. The AED is completely automated and will direct anyone using it through every step without the need to even push a button. The newly-donated AED is located just outside the main living room area of the Good Samaritan Society-Waukon facility and in the case of an emergency there will be signs throughout the facility directing individuals to the location so they can access the AED as quickly as possible.

Wed
16
Jan

Shopko donates to Waukon Park, Rec and Wellness Tennis Court Project ...

The Shopko Foundation has made a donation of $1,000 to the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department Tennis Court Project. Pictured above at the check presentation that took place at the Waukon Shopko location are, left to right, Shopko of Waukon staff member Andrew, Waukon Park & Recreation Wellness Director Jeremy Strub, and Shopko of Waukon staff members Valerie, Sandy and Laurie. The project will include two tennis courts that will be located near the soccer fields on the west edge of Waukon, close to the new concession stand/restroom building. The tennis courts will be open to the public so anyone can use these courts with no membership or other fees. The courts will be lighted and could also be used in the winter for ice skating. For additional information on the project, or to make a donation, contact Jeremy Strub at 563-568-0074, extension 1.
 

Wed
16
Jan

Waukon City Council discusses financing options for wastewater treatment plant, conducts budget review in special session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in special session Monday, January 14 to address several matters including loan financing for the new wastewater treatment plant, budget review and a strategy meeting in closed session to discuss collective bargaining regarding Waukon Police Department wages.

Council members agreed to adjust the order of agenda items with Managing Director Travis Squires of Piper Jaffray and Co. not yet in attendance due to weather-related travel conditions. The council immediately moved into closed session for approximately a half hour to discuss strategy involving the reopening of collective bargaining with Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Union Local No. 238 regarding Waukon Police Department wages.

Wed
09
Jan

Helping Services celebrates National Mentoring Month during January

January is National Mentoring Month, and Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of the local community’s young people with a friend.

Local communities have a list of 23 kids who are waiting to spend time with an adult friend. Groundbreaking research from the National Mentoring Center shares that people across the United States believe that mentoring unites people, that there is a critical opportunity to increasingly engage the public in mentoring, and that a significant percentage of adults are mentoring kids outside their family. In turn, the results further share:

• 44% of Americans aren’t mentoring yet, but are willing to consider it
• 73% of employees report strong career satisfaction when their employers support youth mentoring
• 73% of mentors are mentoring youth of a different ethnicity.

Wed
09
Jan

Arrest made following attempt to flee service of an arrest warrant

Saturday, December 29 at approximately 1 p.m., the Waukon Police Department and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a subject at The Stoney Creek Inn in Waukon. While attempting to make contact, the subject fled from a second-story window of the building. He was apprehended a short time later at a residence on Second Street SW in Waukon and the public was not at risk.

As a result, 37-year-old Jonathan A. Steele of Farmersburg was arrested for a Wisconsin-issued arrest warrant on a probation violation. He was also charged with interference with official acts and violation of a no-contact order in Allamakee County. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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