Inclusive Dubuque

The challenge of all challenges as we work to help our community members to appreciate the economic and social benefits of becoming more inclusive. To be successful in this is to be successful in all things. The world is a smaller place and people have few limits as to where they can travel, live and work. In order for Dubuque to enjoy the benefit of the best and brightest young (and not so young) residents we must work to assure that everyone feel comfortable and welcome in their community. Hun...
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Resiliency

The City Council is working to make Dubuque a greener city. We will make every effort that we can afford to be successful at reducing the City's carbon footprint and improving the quality of life for all Dubuquers. We are using a few hybrid vehicles in the City fleet to determine if they are up to our vigorous tasks. The gasoline fleet is being migrated to E-85 use. The diesel fleet is primarily a "clean diesel" fleet and is currently using a soy diesel blend, with good results. We are partne...
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Stormwater Management

The Bee Branch open waterway project will see substantial construction from the area of Garfield Avenue and Kniest Street north this year. Negotiations are ongoing with the Canadian Pacific Railroad to determine the means used to get under their tracks to finish the project. Nearly 1500 Dubuque homes were threatened with flooding prior to the beginning of the watershed management project. Other elements of this project that are currently in place include an enormous retention facility on Carte...
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Sledding

As I said at the Council Meeting on January 5, When the state provides us the needed protections from liability I will move to rescind this law. They did. So did the City Council. On my motion, the ordinance was rescinded. Next sledding season, the rules will be the same as before the ban. The enormous risk to the City's fiances are gone.
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IBM

Though IBM has recently made some adjustments that have displaced some very talented workers, their presence here remains substantial. They employ several hundred folks and enabled the renovation and restoration of the largest building in downtown Dubuque. IBM has recently extended their lease on the space in the Roshek Building and expect to be here for the long haul. There does not appear to be any foundation for the recent rumors of their intent to leave Dubuque. Their business has chang...
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The Budget

With the reduction in gaming and property tax revenues adjustments are being made and will continue to be made to right size City staff and operations. Several user fee increases were adopted in the budget process. There was no increase in taxes. We have used judicious debt to move large needed projects forward and as that debt is retired in the next few years our picture brightens substantially. There will be a little pain for all of us to share for the next couple of years. Please keep in m...
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Water and Resource Recovery Center

This enormous public works project completed last year is charged with reclaiming water and other usable material from the City’s sanitary sewer system. The enormity of the project was due to completely rebuilding the facility within the footprint of the old one without shutting anything down – ever. We have switched from an incineration plant to an anaerobic digestion plant. The facility used to be among the largest users of electricity and natural gas. Now it uses very little of either. A bypr...
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Streets

We were very pleased with the results of the "East-West Corridor Study," the implementation of which will likely put new round about intersections on University Avenue at Loras, Asbury and Pennsylvania, add some lanes in the University Corridor, especially between Loras and Pennsylvania, change some lane markings, add traffic control devices and some turn lanes to Asbury Road and other east west thoroughfares. Please contact the Public Works Department with street repair concerns. Potholes ar...
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Public Safety

This is my old stomping grounds and I am very proud to say it is in great shape. Fire and EMS Technology and Training head the list of ongoing improvements in the field. New strategies powered by science help in fire attack as well as the approach to medical emergencies. Every Fire Engine or Ladder Truck is now paramedic staffed and equipped. That means the tools and training to deal with medical or trauma emergencies arrive on scene even faster than before. It means less scene time a...
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