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10
Feb

Waukon City Manager breaks down water/sewer bill revenue allocations, provides updates on variety of projects and other matters involving the City

by Joe Moses

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden provided an update to The Standard Friday, January 29 relating to a variety of matters including Fiscal-Year 2022 water/sewer bill allocations, planning related to street improvement projects and grant opportunities being pursued by the City of Waukon.

Boden discussed specifics relating to the Fiscal-Year 2022 (FY22) use of water/sewer bill revenue and provided a pie chart (accompanying this article) illustrating the percentages and dollar amounts of this revenue used in funding necessary City operations and needs. Boden pointed out that 28% of this revenue is designated for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant’s debt service, with that project to come in at an approximate total cost of $12.3-12.5 million. Boden added that this is a mandated project from the State and Federal government with the project’s expense resulting in a water/sewer utility bill increase of 25% in comparison to what it was four years ago.

Wed
10
Feb

December “more of a typical month” for Veterans Memorial Hospital; Progress continues to be made on new clinic anticipated to open in May

by Brianne Eilers

The month of December ended up being a bit quieter compared to the rest of 2020 for Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon. VMH Administrator Michael Coyle noted that Emergency Room (ER) visits were up slightly over last month, with 16 more ER visits in December 2020 than November 2020, but ER visits were down 54 visits compared to last year at that same time.

Ambulance runs were down 20 in December 2020 compared to November 2020. Coyle did note that comparing December 2020 to December 2019 for ambulance runs, it was almost the same. Urgent Care was down “considerably” compared to last year, with 147 fewer visits comparing yearly.

Wed
10
Feb

Early Friday morning home invasion and assault results in arrest

Friday, February 5 at 2:03 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of a home invasion in progress involving a possible assault of the home owner.

Upon arrival on scene, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with the home owner and determined that the subject had fled the scene. The subject had broken into the residence and was attempting to commit a burglary when confronted by the home owner. The subject then assaulted the home owner and fled. The home owner sustained minor injuries during the incident.

As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Joe Johnson, age 46, of Waukon was arrested on a charge of First Degree Burglary, a class B felony. Johnson is being held in the Allamakee County Jail.
 

Wed
03
Feb

Waukon Police Department to partner with Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product education and enforcement

The Waukon Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Allamakee’s underage persons. Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws.

Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 95%. By participating in the program, the Waukon Police Department has committed to do its part to increase that rate even more this year.
I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale.

Wed
03
Feb

St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 14, pending COVID guidelines

Tentative plans have been announced to hold the 2021 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon Sunday, March 14 at 1 p.m., depending on what guidelines may be in place regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at that time. Should the parade be held, it will follow its traditional route of years past. For additional information, contact the Sweeney family at Village Farm & Home in Waukon at 563-568-4577.
 

Wed
03
Feb

Clover Kids get involved in Maze Craze ...

Clover Kids entered the Maze Craze at their last meeting, Saturday, January 16. They started designing their own mazes by making a marble maze on a paper plate, using wax craft sticks to create a unique design for their marble to travel.  Next, the Clover Kids were challenged to use the engineering design process to create a maze for their hexbug, which is a small sensory vibration toy that resembles a small bug, scurrying over any surface and bouncing off walls.

Youth had to imagine, plan and create their design first. Some made ramps, dead ends, roads or a replica of a house, using a variety of craft materials. Then they added the hexbug. As the hexbug scurried around their maze they were able to see what worked and what didn’t work. The youth were then able to improve their design, fixing gaps or adding more obstacles. The most fun was had when adding two or three hexbugs to a maze and watching them race and bounce off each other.

Wed
27
Jan

Slight increase in new COVID-19 cases for Allamakee County this past week includes Good Samaritan Society-Waukon now on State of Iowa outbreak list

The rollercoaster of COVID-19 cases continued throughout this past week in Allamakee County, as a recent downward trend saw another reversal to a slight increase within the past week’s timeframe of Tuesday, January 19 through Monday, January 25, with 42 new local cases being confirmed. Still, the overall new case total for the county has remained at 50 or fewer for the fifth consecutive week, an overall improvement from the range of 65-110 new cases experienced for the previous eight weeks from mid-October through mid-December.

Wed
27
Jan

Winners of Robey Memorial Library Adult Reading Challenge ...

“Imagine Your Story” was the theme of Robey Memorial Library’s 2020 Adult Reading Challenge. A total of 175 books were read this year for the challenge. Prize winners for this year’s Challenge included (clockwise from top left in photos above): Kiefer Meyer, who won an eReader/tablet; Lori Heitman, who won an eReader/tablet; Miann Barr, who won a business gift certificate bundle; and Melodye Protsman, who won Waukon bucks. Not pictured is Jody Meyer, who also won Waukon Bucks. Readers were challenged to read books from 12 categories throughout the year. Each category read earned an entry into the  prize drawings.

Wed
27
Jan

Waukon City Council approves matching funds for fiber optic cable grant, discusses purchase of new ambulance

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 18 to discuss a full agenda of items including appointment of a City Engineer, discussion of an ambulance purchase for Veterans Memorial Hospital and approval of the City’s portion of a local match for a grant relating to the installation of fiber optic cable.

During Public Comment, Street Department employees Cory Huinker and Pat Egan briefly discussed matters relating to the Union contract currently under negotiation. Huinker mentioned that City employees have eight holidays, not 14 as was published in the January 6 Standard’s coverage of the January 4 City Council meeting.

Wed
20
Jan

River Valley Panthers 4-H club hosts Christmas toy drive ...

Serving local communities during times like what has been experienced this past year is extremely important. The River Valley Panthers 4-H club hosted a 2020 Christmas Toy Drive. Members of the 4-H club asked local businesses to serve as drop sites for the toys. December 10, members dropped off five totes full of toys to the Allamakee County Relief Office in Waukon, as evident in the photo above. Submitted photo.
 

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