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Open House for New Public Works Facility


OPEN HOUSE – On Tuesday, January 24, the La Porte City community will get its first look at the City’s new Public Works building during an Open House held at the facility. With 9,900 square feet of space, the building offers plenty of room to store vehicles and other large equipment. In addition to office space and a break room for Public Works staff, a special climate-controlled area allows city personnel to complete repair and maintenance tasks regardless the weather. Photo by Mary Bauer.

Getting a Lift


“YOU DON’T KNOW THE POWER OF…” – Last week, representatives from ESCO, a company that provides highly engineered wear and replacement products for its industrial customers, got a lift (literally) from a large crane to complete work atop the City’s new substation. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.

Boat Show Comes to Cedar Falls


Boating and outdoor enthusiasts will get the first look of summer at the 29th Annual Iowa Boat, RV, and Vacation Show, presented by Ford, January 20-22 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Marine and recreational vehicle dealers will showcase the state’s largest indoor showroom of dealers and new models. More exhibits and special performances for families and anglers will also be featured and are included with admission to the show.
Boat and RV displays will be featured by over 25 dealers at the Iowa Boat & RV Show. Attendees can shop hundreds of new models at pre-season prices and take advantage of last chance close-out units. A wide variety of fishing boats, runabouts, pontoons, tritoons, center consoles and deck boats along with jet boats, and personal watercraft, kayaks and canoes will be on display. More marine exhibits include motors, covers, boat repair, marine service and water toys. A large selection of floating and stationary dock and boat lifts will also be on display.
RV enthusiasts can shop an expanded selection of recreational vehicles showcased by eastern Iowa dealers. This is a one-stop experience to compare models, floor plans and features of light-weight campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and class A & C motorhomes. The RV lifestyle has fueled a surge in recreational vehicle ownership to a new peak of 8.9 million households, up one million from 2005.
More exhibits at the Iowa Boat, RV, & Vacation Show include family resorts, U.S. and Canadian fishing camps, Lake Michigan sportfishing charters, campgrounds and tourism destinations. Truck enthusiasts can shop bed liners, toppers, covers, and other accessories. Tow vehicles and golf cars will also be featured. Fishing tackle will be offered at this year’s show with everything for ice fishing and those getting ready for spring action.
Special Feature, local magician and Las Vegas showman are one in the same Kevin Barnes appearing at Iowa Boat, RV and Vacation Show. Now You See Me 2, the movie, has nothing on the skills of Kevin’s card scaling or throwing able to reach heights of the Dome ceiling! That’s just a part of his act that includes a floating table, and a few select audience volunteer routines that will have you amazed and entertained with the fun comedy magic. With over 11,000 performances at the Excalibur Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Kevin is an amazing illusionist and magician who has mastered audience participation and is a true showman. Shows will be held on the upper north concourse of the UNI-Dome and are included in the price of admission.
Seminars will offer anglers tips on bass, walleye, crappie and ice fishing. Tommy Skarlis, area professional angler, will share tactics on catching crappie and walleye all three days. Mike DelVisco will also be featured throughout the show sharing numerous bass fishing tips. Ice fishing expert and product representative, Todd Reed, will be on hand Saturday.

Iowa Boat, RV, and Vacation Show

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls

Fri., Jan. 20 3-9 PM
Sat. Jan. 21 10 AM-8 PM
Sun. Jan. 22 11 AM-4 PM

Admission: $7/adult
Youth 12 and under FREE
Friday Specials: $5 All Day
Free Parking!

Detailed show information and discount coupons can be found at: or follow Iowa Shows on Facebook.

Public Works Open House January 24


The City of La Porte City will hold an open house at the new Public Works facility, 800 Commercial Street, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 4-7 PM.  A ribbon cutting will take place at 5 PM and refreshments will be served.  The public is invited to attend.

Audit of La Porte City Financials Released


Ridihalgh, Fuelling, Snitker, Weber, & Co. CPA’s recently released an audit on the City of La Porte City, Iowa.
The City’s receipts totaled $3,810,678 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a forty-two percent increase over the prior year. The receipts included $922,017 in property taxes, $139,168 from tax increment financing, $279,050 from Local Option Sales Tax, $739,035 from charges for services, $429,305 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest, $88,224 from capital grants, contributions and restricted interest, $20,327 from unrestricted investments, $843,190 from bond proceeds and $350,362 from other general receipts.
Disbursements for the year ended June 30, 2016 totaled $3,167,534 a twenty-four percent increase over the prior year, and included $509,427 for public safety, $739,423 for public works, $8,180 for health and social services, $375,601 for culture and recreation, $50,717 for community and economic development, $387,953 for debt service, $507,645 for capital projects, and $162,651 for other general disbursements. Also, disbursements for business-type activities totaled $425,937.
The significant increase in receipts is primarily due to bond proceeds received. The significant increase in disbursements is primarily due to completion and payments for capital projects.
A copy of the audit report is available for review in the City Clerk’s office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at


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