CITY OF FAYETTE - PUBLIC NOTICES

YARD WASTE SITE CLOSES

The last day the Fayette Yard Waste Site will be open is Saturday, November 13, 2021.  After 11/13/21, the site will be closed for the winter and the City of Fayette will notify the citizens when it reopens in the spring. The Yard Waste Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste. Yard waste may also be burned but burning of trash is prohibited.  You may check-out the key to the Yard Waste Site at Fayette City Hall during office hours with a $5 deposit. Residents will not be able to check out the key after Friday, November 12, 2021.

/s/Kris McGrane, City Admin/Clerk

 

FLUSHING FIRE HYDRANTS

The Fayette Public Works employees will be flushing hydrants on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, and Wednesday, November 10, 2021(weather permitting), beginning at 7AM. Residents may experience rusty water.

/s/Kris McGrane, City Admin/Clerk

 

TENTATIVE LAST DAY OF LEAF PICK-UP

The tentative last day the Fayette Public Works employees will pick up leaves is Monday, November 15, 2021. If the city receives any snow prior to 11/15/21, then the leaf pick up will end immediately. Currently the Fayette Public Works Department is picking up leaves on Mondays (weather permitting). If they are unable to get to all the houses on Monday, then they will pick up leaves at the houses they missed on Tuesday. Residents should place raked leaves on the City parkway or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the back of the curb.  If you don’t have a curb, then place on the grassy area near the street.

Please do not place leaves in the street.

No tree branches, sticks or garbage should be mixed with the leaves

/s/Kris McGrane, City Admin/Clerk

The bathrooms are closed up for the winter at Klock's Island Park and Cardinal Park/Sports Complex. The electricity hook-ups are still turned on at Klock's Island Park for campers.  The bathrooms will re-open in Spring of 2022.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Fayette would like to remind you that effective November 1st through March 31st, the City of Fayette will be enforcing the Snow Removal Ordinance.  An excerpt of the Ordinance reads as follows:

     69.12  SNOW REMOVAL.  No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any City street or alley from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. or during any snow removal operations when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency to exist.  Signs indicating the November 1st through March 31st shall be posted and maintained in proper order by the Street Department at each entrance to Fayette so proper notification can be given to motorists.  All motor vehicles left parked, unattended or abandoned on any city street from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. shall be ticketed by Law Enforcement Officials or their designee and towed at the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officials or their designee at the owner’s expense to the nearest facility, garage or impound yard approved by the Police Chief.  All impounded vehicles under this ordinance may be released only after the costs of impoundment have been paid in full with cash or assurety.  All tickets issued under this ordinance must be paid within a 72 hour period unless the vehicle’s owner is otherwise granted an extension by the Mayor following a formal request for a public hearing before the City Council. 

     Following a winter storm where the accumulation of six (6) inches of snow or more has fallen, or when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency, no person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or alley, or in any off-street parking areas in the public right-of-way and lying between the property lines along the sidewalk areas and the street edge until such snow has been moved back by City Street Department crews.  In areas of town where sidewalk does not exist, the City Map indicating right of ways, which is posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall, should be used as a guide.  This is to allow the City Street Department crews to clear snow back away from the street’s edge and to promote safety through increased visibility and a roadway free of narrowing or unnecessary obstructions.

     In the event a Snow Emergency is declared by the Mayor to exist, the City Administrator/Clerk or the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the area news stations via facsimile of the declared Snow Emergency stating the time and date of the posting along with the period for which the Emergency is in force. 

     For the purpose of declaring the traveled portion areas of a street or alley, this would include all hard-surfaced areas of the street and forty-eight (48) inches from the edge of the street which is maintained by the City known as the shoulder.

A full copy of this City Ordinance is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at fayetteiowa.com/government/general-information.html.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

    The residents of the city of Fayette will have three proposals on the election ballot for the November 2, 2021 election.

Hotel/Motel Tax - The Fayette City Council has placed a 7% Hotel/Motel Tax question on the upcoming election ballot that will be decided on November 2, 2021. The proposed 7% Hotel/Motel Tax is a transient tax that would be paid only by visitors and patrons staying at a hotel/motel located within the city limits of Fayette. In 2021, 168 cities and 20 counties in the state of Iowa have such a tax. The city must use at least fifty percent (50%) of the revenues from the Hotel/Motel Tax for recreation, convention, cultural and entertainment facilities or for the promotion and encouragement of tourist and convention business in the city and surrounding areas. The remaining revenues from the Hotel/Motel Tax may be used for all other purposes permitted by Chapter 423A of the Code of Iowa.

Here is a variety of programming and service examples that other cities in Iowa have been able to fund using their Hotel/Motel Tax proceeds (courtesy of the City of Adel).

- Community Events: Autumnfest (City of DeWitt), Heritage Days (City of Mount Vernon), Lincoln Highway Arts Festival (City of Mount Vernon), Midwest Old Threshers (City of Mount Pleasant), Various events (City of Clarion and West Des Moines)

- Culture/Recreation: Parks & Recreation (Cities of Anamosa, Clive, DeWitt, Humboldt, Mount Pleasant & Osceola), Cultural programming (City of Osceola), Southeast Iowa Symphony (City of Mount Pleasant), Museum displays for non-profit organizations (City of Clarion), Bravo Greater Des Moines (16 cities in the Des Moines metro-area), Christmas lights (City of Mount Pleasant), Banners & flowers for downtown (City of Clarion)

- Tourism/Chamber: Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau (14 cities in the Des Moines metro-area), Mount Vernon Community Development Group (City of Mount Vernon), Main Street group (City of Mount Pleasant), Chamber marketing and/or membership (Cities of Anamosa, DeWitt, Humboldt & Marion), General tourism and marketing (Cities of Anamosa, Clarion, Elkader, Humboldt, Mount Vernon & Oelwein)

- General Fund/Use: Library Programs (City of Clive), Street maintenance (City of Osceola), Facade improvement grants (City of Clarion), Economic Development programs (City of Clive)

 

City Council Term Changes - The Fayette City Council has placed a City Council Term Change question on the upcoming election ballot. Currently, the Mayor and all 5 City Council members serve a 2 year term. The question asks the residents if they want to change the City Council members terms from 2 years to 4 years and stagger the terms so not all members are up for re-election every 2 years. If this is passed, it would not start until 1/1/2024 (that means the Mayor and City Council members on the 11/2/2021 ballot will only serve a 2 year term and the next election in November of 2023 will be the first election to start the 4 year staggered terms).

 

Local Option Sales Tax - The Fayette City Council has placed an extension of the local sales and services tax, at the rate of 1%, to be effective 1/1/2025 until 12/31/2034 on the upcoming election ballot. The city of Fayette currently has a local option sales tax. If this passes, 100% of the revenues will be used for community betterment for the city of Fayette. Currently, these cities/places in Fayette County participate and have a 1% local options sales tax: Alpha, Arlington, Clermont, Donnan, Eldorado, Elgin, Fairbank, Fayette, Hawkeye, Maynard, Oelwein, Oran, Randalia, Saint Lucas, Wadena, Waucoma, West Union and Westgate. Many cities and counties throughout Iowa also participate and have a 1% local options sales tax. Below is the revenue the city of Fayette has brought in the last few years from the local option sales tax. The local option sales tax revenue is currently used to help fund recreation within the city as well as to help fund the streets and police departments.

Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) the city of Fayette received $121,939.34

Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) the city of Fayette received $101,209.04

Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) the city of Fayette received $106,909.34

Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) the city of Fayette received $101,821.83

Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) the city of Fayette received $102,674.98

Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) the city of Fayette received $95,424.86

Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) the city of Fayette received $103,807.31

Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014) the city of Fayette received $93,882.01

 

Please contact Fayette City Hall, 563-425-4316, with further questions about any of the proposals on the ballot.

The Fayette Public Works employees will begin leaf pick-up on Monday, October 18, 2021.  Pick up will be on Mondays (weather permitting). If they are unable to get to all the houses on Monday, then they will pick-up leaves at the houses they missed on Tuesday. Place raked leaves on the City parkway or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the back of the curb.  If you don’t have a curb, then place on the grassy area near the street.  Please do NOT place in the street!  No tree branches, sticks or garbage should be mixed with the leaves because they will puncture the vacuum hose. 

The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  A Yard Waste key may be checked-out at Fayette City Hall during office hours.  Yard waste may also be burned but burning of trash is prohibited.  City Ordinance 135.08 prohibits the burning of leaves on any curb and gutter or on any paved or surfaced street or alley.  A fire burns not only the leaves, but also the tar/oil in asphalt and cracks can crack the concrete.

The Fayette Tree Board is considering submitting an application for the free tree seedlings program through the Iowa DNR. Fayette is eligible to receive free seedlings for residents within city limits but can only submit one application for the city. If you are interested in receiving 11” to 20” or 21” to 30” tall seedlings, please print and fill out the below sheet and return it to Fayette City Hall or the Fayette Community Library before October 31, 2021. You may also stop by Fayette City Hall or the Fayette Community Library to sign-up before October 31, 2021. If there is enough interest, the Fayette Tree Board will apply to the program in hopes for a spring delivery. To see what trees are available through the program, visit https://nursery.iowadnr.gov/spring-delivery.html. If kids will be helping to plant the seedlings, please include that on the sign-up sheet because it is part of the application process. These would be trees planted on residents’ private property and not in the city right-of-way (or the land the city owns between the roads, streets, alley’s to the sidewalks). Contact Fayette City Hall to view the Resolution of recommended trees that may be planted in the city right-of-way, however, permission to plant trees in the city right-of-way must have prior approval from the Fayette Tree Board with guidance from Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand.

 

 

 
Fall is here and the beautiful flowers on Main Street have started coming down. We received a few more donations for them and want to thank the Main Street Matters Committee, Nancy Wulfekuhle, John Winke for watering the flowers and the below financial donors.

There is no place like home. And there is no place like Fayette.

11 S. Main Street

563.425.4316

info@fayetteiowa.com

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