Good morning Oelwein reader. Here are six local news item at 6 a.m. to get your day started. It’s Tuesday, Oct. 11.
1. CITY ATTORNEY RESIGNING — The Oelwein City Council is weighing its options to replace Patrick Dillon as city attorney. City administration recommends contracting with a large firm with more resources than a local attorney could provide and requesting an attorney at Council meeting when necessary.
Dillon submitted notice to City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger on Sept. 29 that he is resigning.
“It has been a pleasure to work with you and the city since 2016,” Dillon wrote. “I am submitting my notice in accordance with our contract that requires 90 days’ notice of termination. The termination of my services shall be 12-31-2022. Changes in my office staff and the change in the legal landscape in northeast Iowa necessitate this change.
I will continue to provide services through that date but can transition operations to a replacement attorney sooner than that if you should so desire.”
2. WEATHER — Today will be mostly sunny and increasingly windy with a high near 75. South winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Tonight, there is a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 3 a.m. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 52. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
3. SPORTS — Wapsie Valley volleyball defeated Don Bosco 2-1 (25-19, 21-25, 15-10) and Tripoli 2-0 (25-11, 25-10) on Monday during a triangular at Don Bosco.
4. FALL COLORS — “The fall color season is in full swing in Northeast Iowa,” the National Weather Service reported Monday. “This year’s fall weather has been ideal for generating vibrant colors. The forested valleys are full of colors. Get out and enjoy fall.”
5. FALL BURNING RULES — It’s open burning season inside the Oelwein City limits through Nov. 20. On days when weather conditions are favorable burning of “landscape waste piles” is allowed between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Check with the fire or police departments to see if burning is OK on the day you plan to burn. Also, at minimum, burning needs to be 25 feet from any structure. If a fire is larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, it must be at least 50 feet away from any structure. Fires must be constantly attended, and extinguishers of some sort, such as a garden hose must be readily available.
6. OELWEIN AIRPORT ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY RNWAY CLOSURES — From Oct. 17 to Nov. 17 runways at the Oelwein Municipal Airport will be closed. All of them will be down Oct. 17-19. Call the airport for runway availability after that, 319-283-5089.