Van Horne Community Newsletter

Van Horne Community Newsletter

July 2021

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

As I write this we are expecting a storm tonight. Hopefully we get some more rain, but miss the storm. I think we are all a little “gun” shy after last year.

Wow, derecho recovery is happening in town, several houses are getting roofs, siding, or both. Lots of other things happening in Van Horne.

First off I have to thank Devin Pickering of Pickering Backhoe for donating his time and equipment for two projects, one for the rec department and one for the city. Both projects came up to about 1,000 dollars. Thanks Devin for donating, a great community support effort.

Keep in mind you do not need a building permit for roof and siding repairs to your house. If you change the structure or add a deck, then you need a permit. Also if putting in a fence or a storage building you do need a permit so setbacks can be checked.

Pet complaints have been way down this year, keep up the good work.


The city has awarded the tree carving project in the park to Brian Parr from Vinton. Some of the carvings, will be a derecho sign with the date, a bobcat, an eagle, and a hornet. The city left the rest up to him, there is eight total.

In coordination with Brian, the business group in town is going to sponsor a “We survived a year after the derecho” event on Tuesday August 10th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Business group will have a grand opening of the new shelter house. They will be serving free hot dogs and hamburgers and drinks to anyone wanting to attend.

Also Brian will be on site doing a carving that same evening, weather permitting, so come watch him and have a sandwich.

The city will also be accepting donations that night to help pay for the tree carvings. Hope to see you there, rain date the 11th.

The Marketplace

Mary Rausch has purchased the lot south of the Antler. She plans on putting in an array of small businesses, she is going to call it the Marketplace. The first one to open will be Birds of a Feather. She is hoping for other small businesses to join her. She is kicking off this season with three farmers market dates. Saturday Sept. 11th, the 25th and the 9th of October. They will begin at 8:30 am and go until noon. She is looking for vendors to attend also.

Cleaning up

The city is also starting a campaign to try to clean up some of the junk properties in town. We have had a lot of complaints from citizens about run down properties and junk cars parked in lawns and backyards. The sheriff’s department has been contacted and all property owners are getting notices, so beware and get them cleaned up.


We have received other complaints about young drivers tearing around on golf carts. The city ordinance says you have to be 16 to operate a golf cart.

Your quote for the month from Les Brown. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Hope to see you on the tenth. Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.

Dates On Deck

July 27 Senior Citizen Luncheon at Noon @ Community Center
July 28-30 City closed for Continuing Ed
August 9 City Council meeting at City Hall @ 6:30 p.m.
August 11 Business group’s “We survived a Year” at the City Park from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The City has been asked to ask residents if they could refrain from blowing grass clippings onto the alley and roadways when mowing. This is a HUGE hazard for bikes and motorcycles.

The City is offering a discount on your sewer charges if you plant and water new trees this spring/summer. Contact City Hall at 319-228-8238, with number of trees you planted.

FUTURE GREEN: Future Green is looking for new members to help get new trees planted in Van Horne. The last few years, the group has struggled to find places to plant trees and to get volunteer hours. Now that Derecho 2020 has provided many bare spots in town, we need new members to get Future Green active again. The goal is to meet quarterly, more if needed, and to once again qualify for Tree City USA and to apply for grants to plant trees. If you are interested in helping or donating, please contact Darcy (319-361-0290) or Lou (641-660-6188).


NEW MATERIALS: Adult Fiction: LEGACY by Nora Roberts, THE SABOTEURS by Clive Cussler, ARTIC STORM RISING by Dale Brown, JACKPOT by Stuart Woods, OPT-CTR THE BLACK ORDER by Tom Clancy, Series Truth Seekers by Susan Sleeman: DEAD RINGER, DEAD SILENCE, DEAD END, DEAD CENTER, DEAD EVEN and DEAD HEAT, TOM CLANCY TARGET AQUIRED by Don Bentley, THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, NIGHT, NEON by Joyce Carol Oates, THE BULLET by Iris Johansen

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: HER EVERY MOVE by Kelly Irvin, OBSESSION by Patricia Bradley, THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Krista Davis, A PATCHWORK PAST by Leslie Gould, BOOKSHOP BY THE SEA by Denise Hunter, MURDER ON WALL STREET by Victoria Thompson, THE LAST GREEN VALLEY by Mark Sullivan, THE COTTAGE ON LIGHTHOUSE LANE by Davis Bunn
Children’s: REGINA IS NOT A DINOSAUR by Andrea Zuill, IF I WERE A TREE by Andrea Zimmerman, NIA AND THE NEW FREE LIBRARY by Ian Lendler

YA: LOVE IS FOR LOSERS by Wibke Brueggemann, DESTINATION ANYWHERE by Sara Barnard, KATE IN WAITING by Becky Albertalli, YOLK by Mary H.K. Choi

Juvenile Fiction: BREATHING UNDERWATER by Sarah Allen, THE ROAD TO WHEREVER by John Ed Bradley, FRANKLIN ENDICOTT AND THE THIRD KEY by Kate DiCamillo, DRAGONS BEFORE DARK MAGIC TREE HOUSE (graphic novel) by Mary Pope Osborne

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