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Sep

City of Waukon welcomes new City Manager Dean Hilgerson; Public invited to introduce themselves at "meet and greet" open house Monday


Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson ...

by Joe Moses

The City of Waukon recently created a City Manager position to assist the Mayor and City Council in a variety of areas. Dean Hilgerson was selected for the City Manager position following an extensive search and may be a new presence in Waukon City Hall, but has had a long career in management, finance and city government.

A northeast Iowa native, Hilgerson farmed near Gunder for 20 years following graduation from Valley High School. Hilgerson earned an associates degree in Accounting from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) in Calmar, now known as Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), and later earned a four-year Bachelors in Science degree in Business Management at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT through evening classes while employed as an Accounting Manager.

Wed
27
Sep

Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator speaks at recent Allamakee Democrats meeting

Corey Snitker ...
Corey Snitker ...

Thursday, September 14, the Allamakee County Democrats monthly meeting welcomed Corey Snitker, Emergency Management Coordinator for Allamakee County. Snitker began by talking about the three levels of emergency management, from FEMA at the national level, to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, and finally, the Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency. The county agency and its duties and responsibilities are part of the Code of Iowa, Chapter 29C and Iowa Administrative Code, Section 605.

Wed
27
Sep

Supervisors pass Social Host Ordinance, revise speed limits near petitioned Lansing intersection

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 25 to address a full agenda of items, including the Second Reading of the Social Host and Civil Cost Recovery Ordinance, consideration of several appointments and reappointments to County Boards and Commissions, and the revision of speed zones on County Roads X42, X52 and Columbus Road near Lansing. There was no Public Comment during that portion of the meeting.

Wed
20
Sep

Pancake breakfast proceeds benefit retired firefighter ...

Pictured left to right, Waukon Area Fire Protection District Chief Dave Martin presents proceeds from this year's annual fireman’s pancake breakfast held in early August to retired firefighter Randy Sweeney and his wife, Diane. Sweeney joined the department in February of 1973 and has had to retire due to health ailments. Department officials say this year's breakfast was the largest they have ever had, both in the number of people served and the amount of money collected, and they appreciate the public's support of the event. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
20
Sep

Waukon City Council discusses financing and other details for wastewater treatment facility, numerous other City projects at special work session and regular session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met twice within a week with a special work session Wednesday, September 13 and a regular session Monday, September 18 to address a variety of matters. Coverage of both meetings is included below.

SEPTEMBER 13 WORK SESSION
Mayor Duane DeWalle called the September 13 work session to order with Travis Squires, Managing Director in the Public Finance Group of Piper Jaffray, an investment and asset management firm, conducting an hour-long presentation detailing the funding options that could be utilized by Waukon in financing the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility at a preliminary estimated cost of $8.6 million. The presentation focused on financing options including sewer revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, a combination of these two types of bonds and other alternate revenues.

Wed
20
Sep

Abraham Lincoln portrayer will present "A New Birth of Freedom" at Robey Memorial Library October 2


Abraham Lincoln portrayer Kevin Wood will present “A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Abiding Call” Monday, October 2 at 6 p.m. at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. This program is free to the public and sponsored by the Allamakee County Historical Society and Robey Memorial Library. Submitted photo.

Abraham Lincoln portrayer Kevin Wood will present “A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Abiding Call” Monday, October 2 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. This program is free to the public and sponsored by the Allamakee County Historical Society and Robey Memorial Library.

One hundred and fifty years after the American Civil War, it is still important today to remember those people and events which had a great influence on the development of this nation.  And whom better to hear that story from than that period’s greatest protagonist, Abraham Lincoln?

Adults and children alike will enjoy hearing a portrayed first-hand account from Mr. Lincoln's perspective of the history of the USA, from its establishment in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. This was a time of new ideas, tremendous change, and exciting growth in this young country.

Wed
20
Sep

Supervisors approve first reading of Social Host Ordinance addressing underage drinking

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 18 to address a full agenda of items including the Public Hearing for the Social Host and Civil Cost Recovery Ordinance, Consideration of LP gas bids and the Acknowledgment of the Secondary Roads Department Annual Report for Fiscal-Year 2017.

Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order and the current agenda and the meeting minutes of September 11 and 15 were approved. There was no Public Comment.

Wed
13
Sep

RAGBRAI Waukon hears "You nailed it!" at final review session with annual event directors, shares $32,000 profit with local organizations


Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness was awarded $10,000 from the RAGBRAI Waukon 2017 profit of $32,000 to be designated for the construction of tennis courts. Pictured above, left to right, are Steph Dugan and Ardie Kuhse of the RAGBRAI Waukon Executive Committee, Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub, and Dennis Lyons, Stefanie Perkins and Danette Jones of the RAGBRAI Waukon Executive Committee.

The Waukon Police Department was awarded $5,000 from the RAGBRAI Waukon 2017 profit of $32,000 to be designated for equipment. Pictured above, left to right, are Jeremy Strub and Ardie Kuhse of the RAGBRAI Waukon Executive Committee, Waukon Police Department Chief Phil Young and Assistant Chief Paul Wagner, and Dennis Lyons, Stefanie Perkins, Danette Jones and Steph Dugan of the RAGBRAI Waukon Executive Committee.

Members of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of the local RAGBRAI Waukon organization put some more specific finishing touches on the RAGBRAI event that made its first venture into Allamakee County in four decades and its first-ever overnight stop in Waukon just over a month ago. Those local leaders sat down for a final review with RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz and Assistant Director Scott Garner Wednesday, August 30, and members of the Executive Committee also recently distributed shares of the $32,000 profit Waukon RAGBRAI realized from RAGBRAI's Friday, July 28 overnight stop in Waukon.

Both Juskiewicz and Garner had extremely positive comments to share with local leaders in regard to a final review of the overnight event. "Waukon should be absolutely proud of hosting that many people for a first-time event like that," Juskiewicz said. "You guys hit it out of the park!"

Wed
13
Sep

Waverly native establishes new business, Evergreen Marketing, in Waukon area


Evergreen Marketing, newly located in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Erica Nosbisch, Katie Danover of Evergreen Marketing, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad. Submitted photo.

Being able to make a difference in the lives of business owners she knows and loves is what Katie Danover of newly-established Evergreen Marketing in Waukon sees as the most rewarding aspect of owning her own business. Started just last month, Danover has established Evergreen Marketing as the only marketing agency of its kind in Allamakee County.

“I wanted to help local mom and pop businesses utilize agency-style marketing resources at an affordable price,” Danover says. "We customize every social management plan to each individual customer in order to help them get the best bang for their buck."

Danover recently moved to Waukon when her husband was transferred to Fareway’s Waukon location. The two were married earlier this year. “It was only natural for me to invest in the Waukon community alongside him," Danover said.

Wed
13
Sep

Waukon City Council discusses downtown parking

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, September 5, following the Labor Day holiday. The Public Hearing for the First Avenue NW and Second Street NW Storm Sewer Improvements Project was opened and closed without written or verbal comment.

During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed the scheduled tour of the Aveka Nutra Processing facility to take place September 14, inviting the Mayor and City Council to attend.

Under Departmental Reports, Water and Sewer Superintendent Bob Campbell discussed recent tours of wastewater treatment plants in preparation for the planning of Waukon's new wastewater treatment facility. Campbell recommended the oxidation ditch wastewater treatment example as being a good fit for Waukon's needs. Campbell discussed the purchase of a replacement pick-up, which will be added to the next meeting agenda.

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