Come “Explore the Bounty of Fayette County!” Fayette County offers something for everyone with four seasons of outdoor recreation at any of our beautiful parks, including Volga River Recreation Area. Springtime offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy nature while searching for wildflowers, hunting for mushrooms, or fishing in the sparkling trout streams, the meandering Turkey and Volga Rivers or beautiful Volga Lake.
Spend a summer day visiting one of our many golf courses, camping, picnicking, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding or hiking. Find a community event nearly every weekend – from Hawkeye Fun Days to Fayette’s Watermelon Days – music, parades, fireworks and family fun abound.
Autumn offers beautiful fall colors. Enjoy a drive along the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and take in fabulous views, majestic limestone bluffs and small town charm. In winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, ice fishing and skating top the list. Year round activities include bird watching, performing arts, movies and shopping. Make a day of it – quilters and junking sisters will find studios, retreats, antiques and repurposed treasures in unique shops and boutiques throughout the county.
History buffs wishing to get a glimpse of the past won’t be disappointed. Among them are: Montauk, home of Iowa's 12th governor; the Union Sunday School which houses the country's largest Kimball pipe organ being used for concerts; along with many one-room school houses, magnificent churches, century-old buildings, fascinating cemeteries, unique barns, statues, bridges, the Stone Man, opera houses and numerous museums.
Convenient motels, bed and breakfasts, public and private campgrounds, and many fine restaurants and stores are ready to serve our visitors. Come be our guest and "Explore the Bounty of Fayette County."
Towns include Arlington, Clermont, Elgin, Fairbank, Fayette, Hawkeye, Maynard, Oelwein, Randalia, St. Lucas, Wadena, Waucoma, Westgate, and West Union (the county seat).
The Fayette County Economic Development Commission (FCEDC) is a nonprofit (28E) countywide economic development corporation. The primary purpose of FCEDC is to enhance job opportunities for the citizens of the Fayette County area. FCEDC will initiate and assist in activities involving the retention and expansion of existing employers along with the attraction of new employers and entrepreneurs. Further, the organization will assist in efforts to expand the capabilities of the county's workforce and seek to assist with individual community development efforts.
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Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.
The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.
“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.
The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.
UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.
Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.
The draft RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2021-2024 is available for public review and comment and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa. The TIP document identifies the multimodal transportation projects—street, transit, highway, bridge, planning, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities—on which state and federal funding will be used over the next four years within the RPA-1 region.
Please CLICK HERE to review the document and submit any comments. Comments must be received no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.
The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will hold a public hearing at its meeting on July 7, 2020 to receive and review comments on the draft RPA-1 TIP. For information on the July 7 meeting, please contact Aaron Detter by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (563) 419-6126.
During the pandemic, UERPC has had to rethink our way of doing business. We feel the best solution for the safety of our staff and our clients is to open by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please contact either office (Postville 563-864-7551 or Decorah 563-382-6171) or contact a specific staff member to set up a meeting.
When visiting our office for your appointment, you will be asked to wait at the front door until a staff member comes to welcome you. We ask that you use provided hand sanitizer prior to entering and to also wear a mask while in our facility (if you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door). This is for your safety as well.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/81091f451e91/uerpc-june-2020-newsletter-3208770
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