Atkins Newsletter – May 2020

Hello from the Mayor’s office!

Meet the Mayor will be canceled until further notice.

As the COVID-19 situation continues, please monitor the State of Iowa website WWW.Coronavirus.iowa.gov for the latest information on orders and recommended practices affecting Iowa. Continue to practice social distancing, avoid close contact, washing your hands and stay home when you are sick. These and other preventive measures are shown on the web site. Thank you for your help to slow the spread of the disease. City facilities will open when it is safe to do so with practices in place to protect the public. Currently, the City facilities remain closed until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

Another item the residents of Atkins can help with is to remember that “flushable wipes” are not really flushable and these can cause serious problems when placed in the sewer system. Greater quantities of these products have been showing up in the sewer collection mains. Likely with the convenience of their use but please place these products in the trash. Only toilet paper is recommended for the City sewer. This can help prevent expensive backup repairs.

Regards, Bruce Visser, Mayor

Atkins Public Library

T he Atkins Public Library is hosting a Quarantined Summer Reading Program Drive By on Wednesdays starting May 13, 2020 through June 10th from 10 – 12. Please drive thru, stop at the main doors and we will bring you a bag for each child ages 4 – 10 to your car. If you would also like to receive books call ahead (319-446-7676) and we will have them ready for pick up. You must call by Tuesday at noon, to receive the books on Wednesday. Hopefully as the state opens up you will be able to come into the library to pick your bag and check out books.

On Tuesday June 16th Macaroni Soup will be presenting a musical program at the library. The program starts at 2:30.

On Wednesday, June 24th Blank Park Zoo will be at the city park at 2:00.

T hese programs will depend on when social distancing can be eased.

Remember to get your Golf Cart Permit!

Way to Go Atkins!

Atkins has had 69.1% of our residents respond to the 2020 US Census. The average response rate in Iowa is 61.4%. Nationwide the average response rate is 53.7%. We are doing great! If you have not responded yet go to 2020census.gov.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. 

The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.

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