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Fire Department Update

The Story City / Lafayette Township Fire Department is proud to be host of the 137th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention September 9-13, 2015!  This has been an annual event in Iowa since 1878.   As many as 3,500 firefighters and spouses from all across Iowa will visit our community. The Story City Fire Department will create a   ... read more >>

South Story City Drainage Improvement Project

The Mayor & City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on June 2nd on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for the South Story City Drainage Improvement Project.

The project includes constructing storm water detention south of Story City to capture storm water runoff from agricultural areas before it reaches the southern boundary of the City.  The detention area will be constructed by constructing a berm along the north line of the farm field, south of 1st Street.  The berm, control structures, and piping will be constructed on 3.6 acres of land acquired by the City for these purposes.  The farm field will normally be dry and will continue to be farmed.  During large storm events, electronic sensors will detect storm sewer capacity downstream and an electrically driven gate valve will throttle flows leaving the detention area to match the available pipe capacity.  Water will backup into the farm field and be released later, as downstream pipe capacity becomes available.  The detention area is designed to hold stormwater runoff generated during 100-year rain events.  Temporary ponding will occur within an approximate 32.5 acre storm water easement acquired by the City.

Delaying these flows from entering the City storm sewer system during large rain events will allow storm sewers to operate more efficiently, in carrying flows from street intakes they were originally designed to accommodate.  This will help to alleviate downstream flooding in the community during large rain events.

Odds & Ends

  • Proposed Love’s Truck Stop – It was anticipated that sometime this spring the Mayor & City Council would be considering a proposal for the location of a Love’s Truck Stop east of Interstate 35. However, Love's will need to conduct a  “Traffic Impact Analysis” which will delay consideration by the city until probably sometime later this year. 
  • In June, the Mayor & City Council will consider an agreement between the City, Story City Economic Development Corp., and Story Construction on the construction of a 40,000 square foot “Spec Building” in the City’s Interstate 35 Business Park. The City and Story City Municipal Electric will also enter into an agreement on the proposed financing of the facility. 
  • In June, Bethany Manor will be presenting for Mayor & City Council consideration a proposed site plan on a proposed $10.7 million addition and renovation project. Please take note that there may be some parking challenges for a short period of time with construction of Bethany Manor’s project and the City’s South Drainage Improvements project taking place simultaneously.


As President of Western Michigan University’s Alumni Board, I have the honor and privilege of making some remarks at WMU’s graduation commencement. There were four ceremonies held on April 26th at Miller Auditorium (e.g. C.Y. Stephens) where more than 2,700 degrees were awarded to students. I never thought I’d ever do something like this, but I must admit it was a lot of fun.

Two things I noticed as the graduates came on stage to receive their degrees were the caps and the ladies shoes. Many of the caps were decorated or had sayings like "Thanks Mom & Dad," or "We did it," or had a simple gold "W." Giving thanks to your parents, a sense of accomplishment, and pride in your university says it all. I noticed two things in particular with regards to the ladies shoes. First, I didn’t know there were so many styles and now have a greater appreciation on how difficult it can be for a woman to make a decision on which shoe(s) to purchase and wear. Second, the heels, in particular the height of the heels. I thought for sure some lady was going to fall merely walking across the stage and did mention in my remarks that being somewhat vertically challenged, I could use some help from the height in those heels.

In President John Dunn’s remarks, he offered ten simple tips for living. I thought there weren’t only appropriate for the graduates, but for all of us. So, I would like to share those with you.
  1. Exercise each and every day – it’s good for the heart, mind, and soul!
  2. Be kind to others – be purposeful in your desire to help others.
  3. Give thanks each and every day – there is much to be thankful for.
  4. When you make mistakes, and you will, say, "I’m sorry."
  5. Practice humility – acknowledge others for their contributions.
  6. Go to funerals – honor those that have passed away; it means a great deal to the family and friends.
  7. Never say Never – be persistent in all things.
  8. Protect the Earth – leave it a better place for those who follow.
  9. Practice moderation – in all things
  10.  When everything is crazy (and there will be days), remember to "keep calm and carry on."
"Consider it Dunn."
Mark A. Jackson, City Administrator

City of Story City

504 Broad St.
Story City, IA 50248
(515) 733-2121
(515) 733-2460 Fax
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