3/13/2020 Community Email & Coronavirus Update

Below is the Community Email that was sent out on 3/13/2020 at 2:15PM. Community Emails are randomly sent out to whomever signs up, at least on a monthly basis, and provides information about the City of Fayette including events and announcements. To sign-up, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


   I am going to jump right in today because there are a lot of things to share. I do have some local updates and information in reference to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 below.


  • News from City Hall: 
    • HIRING FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER: Police SGT Brian Waid has accepted a position with a larger police department. We are sad to see him go and we wish him the best of luck! The City of Fayette is now accepting applications for a Full Time Police Officer.

The Fayette Police Department is a progressive, highly trained department providing services to the citizens of Fayette and Upper Iowa University campus. The Fayette Police Department is growing in reputation and offers a flexible schedule, training opportunities, promotional opportunities, community involvement, career education and various benefits.

Applicants must be 21 years of age and possess a High School Diploma or equivalent and meet all the minimum hiring standards as set forth by the ILEA. Applicants already possessing an ILEA (police officer) certification or comparable state certification, Associate Degree or above will be given preference. Applicants must have a good moral standing and character, able to handle high stress environments and have a dedication to duty and service. Any employment offer will be conditioned upon the results of a background investigation, a psychological examination, and a physical examination, all to the satisfaction of the City.

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter and three references to Police Chief Ben Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. subject "Police Officer Position" or via U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 28, Fayette, IA 52142. We will be accepting applications until April 8, 2020 at 4PM, or until the position is filled.

For more information, visit www.fayetteiowa.com. The City of Fayette is an equal opportunity employer.

    • FAYETTE FIRE DEPT. SPAGHETTI SUPPER: The 23rd annual Fayette Fire Departments Spaghetti Supper is planned for tomorrow (Saturday, March 14th) from 5PM to 7:30PM at the Fayette Fire Station (149 S. Main Street). Freewill offering, carry-outs available. If you do not feel comfortable attending with the recent Coronavirus/COVID-19, consider getting a carry-out or dropping off/mailing a donation to show your support.
    • CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: I know we are hearing a lot about this, so I’m only going to provide a few tips and local information. Information and events seem to be changing hour by hour. It sounds to me the main strategy is to avoid everyone getting sick with the virus at the same time. I believe the goal is to spread out people catching the virus that way there is a better chance to avoid going over the health care system capacity or having too many cases for our medical providers and hospitals to treat. That is the reason why events and activities that bring many people together are being cancelled or postponed. Here are few tips:
      • City of Fayette: We encourage everyone to start communicating more through email, phone calls, social media, etc. rather than physical contact. The City of Fayette has many forms online and options to pay your utility bill and parking citations online at www.fayetteiowa.com. We also have the drop box right next to our front door at City Hall (11 S. Main Street). There are no plans on closing City Hall at this time, but the more we can avoid physical contact, the better chance we all stay healthy.
      • Prevention: Wash your hands with soap and water frequently – for at least 20 seconds, leave 3 to 6 feet distance between yourself and others, avoid physical contact such as shaking hands, cover your cough/sneeze and wash hands immediately after, avoid touching your face and clean/disinfect surfaces regularly are just a few important things to know.
      • Sickness: If you have symptoms (including fever, cough, shortness of breath) or discover you were around someone who has become sick, contact your medical provider and take precautions to not spread the virus. Stay home, avoid contact with others or going out in public – they recommend for at least 14 days. Symptoms develop 2 to 14 days following exposure to the coronavirus/COVID-19.
      • Scams: Unfortunately, this is something we always need to be aware of. If something sounds “to good to be true”, it is probably a scam. Be extra cautious with information you hear or if people want you to “buy” something related to the virus.

Local Information: I would recommend you call ahead before you take any trips, visit any places, attend any events or special functions. There are many things that are getting cancelled/postponed or are requiring extra screenings.

      • Events – As of this morning (3/13/20), the Fayette County Public Health Coordinator is encouraging any events to have a pre-event, during the event and post-event “Coronavirus Plan”. That means the event coordinators need to prepare for the exposure of the virus and how to educate anyone who may attend the event who would be exposed.
      • Maple Crest Manor/Assisted Living – Please contact them at 563-425-3336 to find out updated information before you plan on visiting. They do have Skype set-up so you may “virtually” visit the residents. Also consider calling instead of physical visits.
      • Upper Iowa University – Below is a letter from the UIU President, William Duffy II. Please contact them at 1-800-553-4150 or visit www.uiu.edu/coronavirus to find out updated information. This week the UIU students are on Spring Break. UIU has decided to delay the start of classes for one week. In-person classes will now start the week of 3/23. All UIU athletic events are cancelled through 3/31/20.
      • Local Schools – Please keep up to date with the local school districts for classes and activities. Some schools in Iowa have already started closing and cancelling events to avoid the spread of the virus.  

I will do my best to keep everyone up to date when it comes to changes with the City of Fayette. I will post up to date information on our website (www.fayetteiowa.com).

    • FAYETTE REC BOARD: We do have to focus on some positive things and future Fayette events.
      • The Fayette Recreation Board would like your help and ideas to identify types of events and activities you want to see in the City of Fayette. You may contact the Fayette Rec Board on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fayette-Rec-Board-2203229983336500/ or contact the City of Fayette by Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofFayetteIowa/ email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 563-425-4316.
      • There has been some interest in forming a co-ed T-Ball Team in Fayette for kids who have not yet completed kindergarten. Children from Fayette and surrounding communities are welcome to participate. If you or someone you know may have a child interested, please contact the City of Fayette or the Fayette Recreation Board and let us know. We also ask that you please help us spread the word. If you would also be interested in volunteering to assist with the team, let us know.
  • Reminders:
    • NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: The Fayette City Council has finished the Fiscal Year 2021 Estimated Budget for the City of Fayette and have set the public hearing for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6PM at Fayette City Hall. To view the public hearing notice, posted on our website, click here (https://fayetteiowa.com/news/565-public-hearing-proposed-fy2021-estimated-budget.html). You may also review the information at the Fayette Community Library or Fayette City Hall. The Public Hearing notice will be published in the February 26th, 2020 edition of the Fayette Leader. If anyone has any questions or concerns and would like to contact me, please do so.
    • SEEKING TREE BOARD MEMBER:  Volunteer and make a difference in Fayette by serving on the City Tree Board.  The City Council is seeking a volunteer to serve on the City Tree Board.  The Tree Board currently meets about once a quarter and helps plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. The Tree Board is made up of five volunteers, with the majority of the members being citizens and residents of the City of Fayette.  Some members may live outside the city. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact me.

Up-Coming Fayette Events

(Call ahead to make sure events do not get cancelled at the last minute. Events below are subject to change with little or no notice)

MARCH 2020

3/13/20 @ 5PM-8PM All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry (Beer Battered Cod and/or Catfish) @ Big Rock Country Club (9684 146th Street). Buffet style dinner including salad bar.

3/14/20 @ 5PM-7:30PM Fayette Fire Department Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser @ Fayette Fire Station (149 S. Main St.)

3/16/20 @ 6PM Yoga Nidra @ Yoga Genesis (246 S. Main Street) $15/person, no previous yoga experience required. Call 319-461-5396 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Yoga.Genesis.IA/ for more information.

3/16/20 @ 6PM Fayette City Council Meeting @ Fayette City Hall

3/17/20 @ 6PM-7:30PM Women In Ag, Agronomy In the Field @ Fayette County ISU Extension and Outreach Center (218 S. Main St.) A gathering of women to learn more about agronomy through distance learning sessions. Contact Deb Kahler at 563-425-3331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

3/18/20 @ 3:45PM-5PM Kids Club Makerspace @ Fayette Community Library (104 W. State St.). Contact the library at 563-425-3344 for more information.

3/19/20 @ 6:30PM Discover "Social Nonsense" @ Fayette Community Library (104 W. State St.). Everyone who has ever been bored is invited to this free event! Spend time with friends, and strangers who don't know they're your friend yet, as we create our own fun - This author teaches us how to use this simple but profound book to "Create diversions for two or more players - anytime, anywhere."

3/20/20 @ 5PM-8PM Fish Fry @ Big Rock Country Club (9684 146th Street). Buffet style dinner including salad bar.

3/20/20 @ 2:30PM Community Conversation about the Fayette County Freedom Rock @ Fayette Community Library (104 W. State St.). Join us in the Fayette Community room for some cookies, coffee, and conversation! Sharon Orr will host a Community Conversation program to give us some more information about the Freedom Rock project, how it got started, what it means to people and how Fayette got to host the one for Fayette County.

3/21/20-4/1/20 Jennifer Bates, artist, exhibit @ Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery at Upper Iowa University. The gallery is open from 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.

3/21/20 @ 9AM-11AM Intro to Olympic Lifting @ UIU Rec Center (514 Union St.).  Free and open to the public.

3/23/20 @ 6:45PM Fayette Lions Club meeting @ UIU Student Center (605 Washington St.). Any adult is invited to attend.

3/24/20 - 4/28/20 @ 6PM-8PM Art for a Lifetime: Ceramic Wheel Throwing Class @ UIU PAAC (Peacock Arts and Athletic Center, 500 Wadena Road).  Classes every Tuesday night.  Learn the basics of how to create ceramic forms utilizing the potter's wheel along with finishing and glazing works. Participants are supplied with art materials and instruction, 24-hour access to the studio during the session, and the opportunity to connect with fellow community members.  Register early by email as space is limited to 10 students per class.  Registration closes the March 23rd.  Cost is $75.  Call 563-425-5850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information. 

3/25/20 @ 3:45PM-5PM Kids Club Makerspace @ Fayette Community Library (104 W. State St.). Contact the library at 563-425-3344 for more information.

3/26/20 @ 7PM K&K Gardens Presentation @ Fayette Community Library (104 W. State St.). Join Keith Kovarik, from K&K Gardens, Hawkeye, IA for an informative and inspiring presentation, showcasing new, exciting, and vibrantly rewarding plants, guaranteed to enrich your home garden or landscaping paradise. No fee required, but we kindly ask you to rsvp through this post, or contact K&K Gardens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or the Fayette Community Library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm your seat. Refreshments, treats and handouts will be provided. K&K Gardens will also provide door prizes. This is an informational presentation, designed for any level of garden enthusiast, interested in learning more about plants suitable for northeast Iowa growing conditions. The session will last approximately 90 minutes 

Looking Ahead…

3/27/20 @ 5PM-8PM Fish Fry @ Big Rock Country Club (9684 146th Street). Buffet style dinner including salad bar.

3/28/20 @ 10:30AM-Noon Easter Egg Hunt @ North Fayette Valley Elementary School (200 Volga Street) sponsored by the Fayette Community Church. Free Easter Egg hunting, face painting, games, ice cream, bounce houses, Easter Bunny & more.

For a complete list of activities, visit https://fayetteiowa.com/events-and-recreation/what-to-do.html

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Have a great week and try and stay healthy!


Kris McGrane

City Administrator/Clerk

City of Fayette

PO Box 28

11 S. Main St.

Fayette, IA 52142

(563) 425-4316

Community of Fayette,

This message is to provide an update to the community of Fayette about Upper Iowa University’s actions related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The health and safety of our students, employees, community and visitors are a top priority at Upper Iowa University. With this in mind, University leadership and emergency operations personnel continue to communicate with and receive guidance from public health officials with regard to COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the situation and planning diligently for all scenarios as the situation continues to evolve quickly.

UIU’s current course of action, as announced to students and staff on March 12, 2020:

  • In-person classes:  UIU is currently on its Spring Break between Sessions 3 and 4. UIU is delaying the start of Session 4 for a one week period of time. Classes that are scheduled as in-person classes will now start the week of March 23. This means that spring Session 4 will be a 7-week session. Faculty are also being asked to prepare to migrate all courses to be delivered online should public health officials advise against face-to-face instruction at any of our locations. As you know, UIU has delivered exceptional online classes since 1999 and we are confident that UIU is better positioned than most to ensure course objectives are met even during this challenging time.
  • Online:  Courses that are scheduled to be delivered online will still start the week of March 16 and will follow the normal 8-week session format.
  • Fayette Campus:  Out of an abundance of caution, Fayette students are being asked not to return to the Fayette Campus until March 22. International students or students needing to reside on campus in the meantime will be allowed to do so and have been asked to contact Student Life to make arrangements to return to campus. A number of precautions are being taken on campus to mitigate risk.
  • Athletics:  On Thursday, March 12, the NCAA announced that all winter and spring championship competitions are canceled. More information will be made available as it is announced.
  • Travel:  Upper Iowa University is canceling all University-sponsored international travel until further notice. UIU is supporting and implementing guidance received from public health officials with respect to self-isolation for those who traveled from locations identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state officials as areas requiring a period of self-isolation.
  • Events:  We are reviewing internal and external events scheduled for the upcoming months. At this point, the decision has been made to cancel all Center Graduate Receptions as well as the Honors and Awards Banquet scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at Fayette Campus.

For up-to-date announcements and additional information including prevention, symptoms, external public health resources and FAQ, visit uiu.edu/coronavirus.

The University COVID-19 Planning Team is meeting frequently to monitor current situations for all UIU locations and follow guidance of local public health and CDC. The intent of these measures is to keep our university community healthy and safe. Thank you for your patience during this rapidly changing situation.


William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.
Upper Iowa University
W: (563) 425-5221
Website: http://www.uiu.edu

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