Atkins Derecho Newsletter No. 5

Aug. 26, 2020

Hello Atkins! It’s day 16 after the storm! What progress we have made in our cleanup efforts! The piles are disappearing quickly. As of end of day Tuesday, August 25th, there have been 852 dump truck loads of tree debris hauled away weighing an estimated 10.2 million lbs. 

We can’t say enough about all of you working together whether it was cleaning up trees or coordinating and passing out food to families and volunteers! THANK-YOU EVERYONE! YOU ARE ATKINS STRONG! 

Information update from the City: 

The Information Desk is now in the lobby of City Hall. Please stop by if you have any City questions. City Hall and the Library remain closed. 

City Needs All Residents Help – On Thursday, August 20th, the City sent each resident a mailing asking for help. The hours worked for disaster cleanup count as money to help pay the cost of cleanup in Atkins. Part of the City’s payment can be offset by hours spent on cleanup and other recovery efforts. Details are explained in the mailing. Please complete the form and drop it in the Water Payment Drop Box near the ATM in the City Hall/Library parking lot. If you have questions, contact City Hall at 319-446-7870. Thank you to those who have returned their form! 

Power Restored – Thank you to the electric utility crews in the area working on storm related damage. All of Atkins has power restored to the main lines. Contact Alliant Energy for any power related issues. 

Building Permits – In Atkins, building permits are required for roof tear off and replacement as well as a roof installation over existing shingles. Replacing walls, roof structures and fences also require a building permit. See the City website or the Information Desk for permit applications. 

NO OPEN BURNING – PLEASE READ THIS AND SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. There is NO open burning allowed within the city. This includes tree debris, trash and construction materials. IT IS VERY DRY and FIRE SPREADS QUICKLY. Please do not make more work for our Fire Department/First Responders. Recreational fires that are monitored, no more than 3 ft tall, and a minimum of 25 ft from structures and brush piles are allowed. However, please douse your recreational fire with water when you are finished. Do not let the fire continue to smolder. 

Heat Exhaustion – Use caution when working in the heat for heat related stress. Take frequent breaks, avoid the hot part of the day, and drink plenty of water. 

Water Meter Reads will take place next week per the normal schedule. Payment can be made on-line, the drop box or at Atkins Savings Bank. If you will have difficulty meeting this month’s payment, please contact City Hall at 319-446-7870 or email:

Parks – The Main City Park is now open except for the Park Pavilion and Bandstand which remain closed. All City Playgrounds are open. Caution is advised anywhere in the City when outdoors due to storm debris that may be present in cleared and uncleared areas, streets, alleys, parks, yards, parking lots, etc. City Meetings will be held where the City can find space. Please see the posted agenda for details as meetings are moving from place to place to accommodate the dual use of those facilities. Thank-you for understanding. 

Round House Nature Trail – The Round House Nature Trail is closed until further notice due to danger of falling trees and other hazards. All entrances have been marked as CLOSED. Parents, please share this notice with your children. 

Aid for Storm Victims – Aid information for storm victims will be posted on the City of Atkins website at Information from the Red Cross, Realtors, Benton County Emergency Management etc. is posted. This includes renter assistance information. Call 211 for additional information. 

Collection of Fallen Trees and Limbs – Brush pickup will continue this week. Starting next week, the pickup will be one day a week. At this time, the day is not determined. Place tree debris (trunks, limbs and brush only) at the curb to be picked up. It is not necessary to call City Hall. Please be aware of these crews and keep your distance for the safety of all. 

Stump Grinding – If you are going to grind or pull a tree stump, contact “Iowa One Call” by dialing 811 or go to to make sure there are no gas, electrical or water lines near the area where you will be working. Stump grindings can be bagged or placed in a yard waste container for the normal Wednesday Yard waste pickup. The container or bag must be 45 lbs. or less for pickup. Grindings can also be hauled to the Benton County Landfill. The City will not be picking up stump grindings. 

Structure and Building Debris – Structure and building debris pickup has begun. Shingle pickup has also started with 6,000 pounds of shingles collected so far. Piles need to be separate – shingles, metal, wood/carpet/other items. No motorized equipment, items with rubber tires, chemicals, paint, oil, antifreeze, batteries, etc. 

Garbage, Recycle and Yard Waste – Collection has returned to the normal Wednesday pickup schedule. 

Green Trash/Recycle Bins – If you are missing a bin, contact the Information Desk. If you find a find a bin, please bring it to the south end of 2nd Avenue, near City Hall. 

Saturday, August 29th from 10 until noon, there will be food boxes available at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. Frozen chicken breasts, milk, bread and other essentials will be available while they last. 

Sunday, August 30th free pizza from Opal and Hazel’s Firewood Pizza will be served in the Library/City Hall parking lot at noon until it is gone. 

Helping Hands Food Pantry at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church is open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 11-12. Please contact Dave Duball at 319-981-6060 if you need assistance outside of these times

Need Help with Cleanup – Please contact Lana Robison at 319-929-1737. 

How You Can Help Volunteers for clean-up: See Lana Robison’s posts on the Atkins Neighbors page for the next volunteer opportunity. Also, look around your neighborhood and the City and volunteer to help those who still have cleanup to do. They will appreciate it. 

The next newsletter will be available Monday, August 31st at the Information Desk and posted at

This information is provided for the residents of the City of Atkins by the Mayor’s office. 

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