Increased Deer Movement Means Extra Caution Needed on Iowa Roadways

Posted: Mon, November 4, 2013

This time of year it is not uncommon to see deer running beside Iowa's highways. Field and Stream.com (http://www.fieldandstream.com/rut-report) shows deer in many parts of Iowa are currently in the "seeking and chasing" phase of the annual rut. That means more animals on the move and more danger to motorists, especially at dusk and dawn when it is more difficult to see animals along the roadsides.

There is little a driver can do about deer movement, but to reach the goal of zero fatalities on Iowa highways drivers need to be more aware of deer habits to reduce the risk of coming in contact with deer. As of Oct. 15, Iowa Department of Transportation data shows, 3,279 drivers reported collisions with deer so far in 2013. These crashes resulted in four motorist deaths and an estimated 172 injuries. Since 2003, 70 people have died in Iowa as a result of motor vehicle crashes involving animals. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, each year nearly 200 fatalities nationwide are caused by deer-vehicle collisions.

If a deer runs into the path of your vehicle, not veering to avoid the animal greatly increases the chances of maintaining control of your vehicle. Most deer crash injuries and deaths result when drivers attempt to avoid the animal. This action often results in drivers losing control and colliding with other vehicles or running off the road.

When a deer is in the path of your vehicle, the driver of a vehicle (other than a motorcycle) should:

  • Brake firmly.
  • Steer to maintain control.
  • Stop safely within the lane or along the shoulder of the highway.
  • Use a safety belt to reduce the chance of personal injury.
The following motor vehicle driver tips will reduce the risk of deer crashes.
  • Slow down when you see a deer warning sign - pay greater attention.
  • Be especially careful driving at dawn and dusk.
  • Remember deer rutting season occurs in November and December, and deer are more mobile and less cautious.
  • Deer are more mobile during harvest and the hunting season.
  • Be most alert for the presence of deer at locations where three factors converge:
  • Food (corn fields or recently harvested corn fields).
  • Shelter (woods).
  • Water (streams, culverts and river crossings).

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Job Opening- Assistant Finance Manager

Posted: Tue, June 11, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Assistant Finance Manager. Under general supervision, the Assistant Finance Manager will assist with a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in payroll and payroll tax reporting, account reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger and annual audits. Working closely with the Finance Director, the candidate will also provide administrative assistance that includes coding invoices, making deposits, preparing reports and spreadsheets, ordering supplies, etc. We're looking for a candidate who has a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. A Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance required. Qualified applicants should also be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and have a good driving record. Great benefit package.

Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please submit resume and cover letter to:  Karen Cooper, Finance Director, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to kcooper@uerpc.org.

 

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2013 Ford Fusion SE For Sale

Posted: Thu, May 30, 2019

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2013 Ford Fusion SE, 2.5L 6-speed transmission, 120,000 highway miles, bordeaux exterior, four-door, charcoal black cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean.

Minimum bid is $8,700. 

Sealed bids due on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) to Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Do not need to be present at opening.  Will let bidders know by June 17th.

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Job Opening- Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Tue, May 28, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a Community Housing Coordinator. The Community Housing Coordinator is a full-time position working under direction of the Housing Department Head to implement programs serving the low-income, disabled, and elderly population of a 5-county geographic area. This position will work primarily with the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program and other programs and special projects as assigned. The essential job functions will include processing applicant files, determining program eligibility, managing applicant waitlist, and conducting rental unit inspections. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to interpret and apply complex federal program regulations, excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work efficiently, accurately, and independently. A two- or four-year degree or a combination or related experience and education is preferred.  

Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer.  Please submit resume and cover letter to:  Rachelle Howe, Executive Director 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to rhowe@uerpc.org

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Regional Transportation Board and Committees to meet Thursday, May 30 in Postville

Posted: Fri, May 24, 2019

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC’s Postville Office (134 West Greene Street). The Enhancement Committee and Technical Committee will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The Policy Board will be discussing and considering revisions to its bylaws, as well as considering and possibly approving the Transportaiton Planning Work Program (TPWP) for state fiscal year 2020. There will also be a public hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal year 2019, followed by consideration and possible action by the Policy Board.

All RPA-1 Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.

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