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11
Apr

ACSD Board approves bid for purchase of Waterville Elementary

At a Tuesday morning, April 10 special session, the Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors approved a bid submitted by the City of Waterville for the purchase of the Waterville Elementary School building and land. The board held a public hearing regarding the sale of the property and later opened three bids for its purchase before going into closed session to discuss the bids. Upon return to open session, the City of Waterville bid in the amount of $15,000 was approved. Additional information about the public hearing, bid openings and other business addressed at the 7 a.m. Tuesday morning session can be found on Page 8A inside the April 11 edition of The Standard.

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Wed
11
Apr

Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment to hold public meetings

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is conducting a Housing Needs Assessment with assistance from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission. The housing needs assessment includes data, projections and recommendations for action. The public is invited and encouraged to attend public open houses to view the findings from the assessment, and to share their comments and ideas.

Those Public Meetings are scheduled to be held according to the following schedule:

Wed
04
Apr

Byway Art Project coming to Waukon

The Driftless Area Scenic Byway Advisory Board and Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) are working closely with the Waukon Art Advisory Committee to complete a public art installation in downtown Waukon.

The Advisory Committee selected artist Cara Briggs Farmer of Marion to develop a public art project to be placed in the downtown plaza area at the stoplight intersection of Main Street and Spring Avenue/Rossville Road in Waukon. The installment was designed to reflect the vibrancy and uniqueness of Waukon and will complement the downtown area surrounding it. It is part of a larger statewide project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town Grant Program” to install a total of 16 public art pieces in scenic byway communities throughout Iowa.

Wed
04
Apr

Community welcome to hear Joan Becker speak on mental health experience and issues this Friday


Joan Becker ... Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Nursing Council are welcoming Joan C. Becker for a public presentation at the Waukon High School auditorium this Friday, April 6. Becker is the author of the book “Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation.”

It was Becker’s son, Mark, who was responsible for the June 2009 tragedy in Parkersburg, when legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed. Her presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. The presentation is open to the entire community, free of charge.

Wed
04
Apr

City of Waterville hoping to find solution for future of elementary school property


Public hearing April 10 to open bids on Waterville Elementary School ... The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 a.m. for the opening of bids for the purchase of the Waterville Elementary School property, the main building of which is pictured above. Bids for purchasing the property are due to the school district by 1 p.m. Monday, April 9. The Notice to Bidders for the intended sale of the property was published in the March 28, 2018 edition of The Standard on Page 2B. Standard photo by Sara Aleckson-Melcher.

by Lissa Blake

If someone is going to come up with a proposal to purchase the soon-to-be-vacated Waterville Elementary School, they’ll have to do it quickly.

“The deadline doesn’t give anyone much time to put something together,” said Waterville Mayor Dave Monserud of the Monday, April 9 deadline set by the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors for submitting sealed bids to purchase the property.

The ACSD Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 a.m. to open the bids. The action came following a unanimous ACSD Board of Directors vote this past December to close the school at the end of the current 2017-2018 school year.

CONCERNS
Monserud said although the school district has laid out a short timeframe for proposals, there are a number of conversations happening in the community about how to put a viable program together to purchase the school property.

Wed
04
Apr

ISU Extension and Outreach celebrating 100 years of work in Allamakee County

This year, Allamakee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) provides local citizens with access to education and university research, building partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Allamakee County. ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County will be receiving its 100-year certificate during the Allamakee County Fair.

A hundred years ago, the people of Allamakee County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today, ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.

Wed
04
Apr

Emergency warning sirens to be tested in Waukon this Thursday; Postponed tornado drills to also be held that day

The Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency, along with local emergency response authorities, want residents of Waukon to be aware that emergency warning sirens in Waukon will be tested the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. This Thursday, April 5 will be the next of those scheduled test days, and Waukon residents can expect to hear the local emergency warning sirens activated at approximately 10 a.m.

Wed
04
Apr

Dan Byrnes announces he will seek re-election to Allamakee County Board of Supervisors

Dan Byrnes ...
Dan Byrnes ...

Dan Byrnes of rural Waukon is announcing his candidacy for Allamakee County Supervisor and will seek another four-year term during this year’s election. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2014 and is nearing completion of that initial term in office.

“As a supervisor, I’ve gained valuable knowledge, experience and an understanding of county government which will help me serve the people of Allamakee well during the next four years,” said Byrnes. He underscored his commitment to listening to all viewpoints by saying, “the people of Allamakee County deserve to have their voices heard and respected.”

Wed
28
Mar

Female country music artist Terri Clark to headline grandstand entertainment at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair in July


Terri Clark ... Photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Fairboard.

One of country music’s female mainstays with her music will be the headlining the grandstand musical acts at the 165th Allamakee County Fair scheduled for July 18-22 in Waukon. Terri Clark, known for her chart-topping hits such as “Better Things To Do” and “Girls Lie Too,” will grace the grandstand stage Friday, July 20 following an opening set from country music newcomer Nick Hickman, all beginning at 7 p.m.

TERRI CLARK
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark will be returning to Allamakee County this summer after making stops in both Lansing and New Albin this past winter as a featured performer aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Her performance at the Allamakee County Fair will be part of a tour with her own band, and she has also recently been making a touring circuit with fellow female country music artists Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss on their “Chicks With Hits” Tour.

Wed
28
Mar

Walk-On Waukon group seeking to improve walking access in Waukon


Phase 1 of proposed Walk-On Waukon project ... Photo above shows a portion of the area included in Phase 1 of the sidewalk project proposed by the local Walk-On Waukon organization. That Phase 1 project would begin at the Jet’s Meats location at the four-way stop sign intersection of West Main Street and Ninth Street NW and travel westward to West Main Street’s intersection with Thirteenth Street NW (the area pictured at right in the foreground of the above photo) and then north to the Waukon Wellness Center (pictured at left in the above photo). Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Lissa Blake

A group of local residents is taking steps to make Waukon a more inviting place to walk. Walk-On Waukon is a non-profit organization which recently was formed to address the fact that many areas within the city do not have sidewalks.

Group co-organizer Brooke Troendle said, “Jayne McCormick and I were walking and discussing how there are a lot of areas in Waukon that do not have sidewalks. We also talked about how generations before us worked really hard to make sure we had a nice city park, swimming pool and Wellness Center.”

Troendle said when she and McCormick approached the Waukon City Council to discuss the matter, they realized the City already had a lot of infrastructure projects and improvements that were needed in Waukon.

“They were not against the idea of improving the sidewalks, but they suggested we look into funding options like grants,” she said.

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