Atkins Public Library is Open by Appointment

March 19, 2021

Atkins Library offices have returned to the Atkins Library Building!

The Library is in transition to set everything up and is operating by appointment.

Contact the Library at 319-446-7676 for the services that are available.

Hours are, 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 9 to noon on Saturdays.

Phone number is 319-446-7676.



Red Cross Financial Aid for Storm Victims

Through the American Red Cross, qualified households are eligible for $450 to support emergency needs. Funds can help families replace clothes or food, offset transportation costs or support other immediate needs.

All Red Cross services, including financial assistance, are free and available to whoever needs it, regardless of citizenship or residency status, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

To learn about other resources that may be available to assist households as a result of Iowa Derecho, call 2-1-1 or visit

To apply:  Heads of household should to call 1-800-REDCROSS, and select prompt 4. The financial assistance application requires a valid text-enabled phone number and/or an email address for processing.

You’ll need this information to complete your registration:

  • Documentation to validate identity, which can include U.S. or foreign passport, government issued driver’s license or ID, permanent resident card or consular identification.
  • Documents to validate proof of residence, which can include a valid government issued driver’s license or ID, a deed, a mortgage statement, a lease or rental agreement on property letterhead signed by landlord, a monthly utility bill or bank statement, or an official document such as mail from a child’s school or vehicle insurance card, dated between July 11, 2020 and Sept. 9, 2020.
  • Bank account information. Funds will be made available using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Rental and mortgage assistance

The Iowa Association of Realtors partnered with the National Association of Realtors to provide storm relief with a grant of $250,000. This grant can help with mortgage payment assistance or rental costs due to displacement up to $1,000 per applicant. Deadline to submit an application is Oct. 31.

Some scenarios that would be eligible:

  • A homeowner with a mortgage that was displaced due to damage of their home.
  • A homeowner with a mortgage living in their home without power due to the storm damage.
  • A renter that was displaced due to damage of their apartment building.

To apply:  Visit and fill out the application for disaster relief assistance.  For questions, email derechorelief@iowarealtors or call 1-800-532-1515

You’ll need this information to complete your registration:

  • Photo identification to show proof or residency (driver’s license or other government form of documentation)
  • Copy of mortgage statement, mortgage payment coupon, lease agreement or rent statement
  • One of the following to show proof of damage: Photos of damage; insurance estimate; copies of written claims, settlement proceeds of claim status reports; copies of repair estimates from contractors.

State assistance, for counties not approved for FEMA aid

FEMA aid for individuals is not yet available for counties other than Linn, but Gov. Kim Reynolds also issued a state disaster proclamation for Audubon, Benton, Boone, Dallas, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington counties.

For counties under the state disaster declaration, but where federal aid has not been approved for individuals and homeowners, the proclamation activates:

  • The Disaster Case Management Program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for the program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit
  • The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for reimbursement for expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Assistance for Iowa WIC families for food replacement

The Iowa Department of Public Health will provide assistance for WIC families living in the 16 counties designated under the federal disaster declaration: Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties.

WIC foods purchased between Aug. 1 and 10 and destroyed or spoiled as the result of storm damage or power outage may be replaced. Any WIC foods purchased after Aug. 10 are not eligible for replacement.

To apply:  WIC families must contact their local WIC agency no later than Aug. 31 to be considered for food replacement.  Visit the IDPH website at for more information on WIC and to find local offices or call 515-281-6650.

Help to replace food for families who receive other food assistance

Households that currently receive food assistance may request replacement of food destroyed because of storm damage, or spoilage as a result of a power outage. Households have until Sept. 17 to complete the form requesting replacement of food loss.

To apply:  Digital submission: Download and complete the application form, then submit a clear image of the form to:  Forms also are available at local Department of Human Services offices and are also available by mail. Completed paper forms can be submitted to local offices in person, by mail or by fax. Use the DHS Office Locator to find the nearest office or call 1-877-347-5678.

Help for farmers

While FEMA aid has not been approved to cover agriculture losses, the USDA has an emergency farm loan program that assists farmers to recover from destroyed grain bins, according to information shared by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office.

Farmers should work closely with their local Farm Service Agencies and crop insurance providers for disaster-related assistance. The Livestock Indemnity Program provides assistance for livestock deaths from adverse weather events. There also is help available for noninsured crops through the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP). Nursery tree operators and orchard growers may qualify for help through the Tree Assistance Program. The EQIP and Emergency Watershed Protection Program provides disaster-related recovery and conservation assistance. The Risk Management Agency administers the federal crop insurance program. More than 90 percent of Iowa farmers are covered by federal crop insurance. Producers are advised to follow up in writing within 15 days of reporting losses and crop damage to their insurance service provider.

Small Business Administration loans for business, residential

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Iowa businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

To apply:  Visit, click “Apply Online” and follow the registration process and fill out the application.  For questions, call 916-735-1500or email

You’ll need this information to complete your registration:

Businesses:  IRS Form 4506-T completed and signed (this allows the SBA to receive a transcript of your tax return).  Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent federal income tax returns for the applicant business.  Other information that may be necessary is listed here.

Homeowners and renters:  IRS Form 4506-T completed and signed (this allows the SBA to receive a transcript of your tax return)

Disaster loans from local banks, credit unions

Many area banks and credit unions are providing hardship loans for people affected by the storm, some providing relief from payments for 90 days or more or delaying interest payments. For more information, contact your financial institution or visit the website. Financial institutions include MidWestOne, GreenState Credit Union, Veridian Credit Union, Hills Bank, Linn Area Credit Union, and many others.

Hey Volunteers! – Status Update –

Atkins Volunteer log

Attached is information about logging your volunteer hours.  It states that it is due on Aug 31st, 2020.  If you are still putting in volunteer hours please continue to log your hours.  You can still turn them in to the drop box in the City Hall parking lot.

First of all, Thank You! Your hours worked in disaster cleanup count as money to help pay the cost of cleanup of

Atkins. To date our volunteers have logged over 8,000, that is correct!  Over eight thousand hours!

This will go a long way to complete our City match for grant funds. Thank you again and continue to turn

in your hours as the cleanup winds down.  Call City Hall at 319-446-7870 if you have questions.


October 2015 Newsletter

October Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

TREES, TREES & MORE TREES!   You may have noticed a big change around the City Hall/Library building this month.  The planting of 25 trees took place on Sunday, Sept. 20th.  Atkins was awarded a $2,728.99 grant from the Branching Out program to plant the trees.  The Branching Out program is a three-way partnership between Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and the Atkins Improvement Mission (AIM) to promote energy efficiency and also help beautify the area.    Two additional oak trees were planted in memory of Jim Heitzman, donated by his wife Bonnie.   A special thank you to Rich Scheer and Rob Hursh who brought in an auger to dig all of the holes for us!  WHEW!!!   And a huge thank you to all of the 47 volunteers who gave up their afternoon to help, including Boy Scouts from Pack #46, Girl Scouts from Pack #366, City employees, AIM Committee members and many other local citizens.  You did an awesome job!


AIM For a Better Atkins  

AIM (Atkins Improvement Mission) has taken on the Soccer Park as their next project.  Phase One is to enclose part of the open air pavilion.  The initial plan is for the area to be used for concessions during soccer events. Central Lutheran was already able to utilize it for a tournament last Saturday.  A garage door will be added to the service window to complete this phase.  Special thanks to Bill Rinderknecht and Dick Lange for donating their time to enclose the area.  We are looking for donations of used refrigerators, microwaves and kitchen cabinets in good condition.   Please contact Dick Lange at 446-7818 if you have anything to donate. Phase Two – the construction of restrooms at the Soccer Park.  Work will begin in the spring. Restrooms will be in a separate building located west of the pavilion.  The Atkins Community Club is helping to finance the restrooms by providing part of their profits from Watermelon Days for the project.    AIM is sponsoring a Harvest Hoedown on November 7 at Bloomsbury Farm to raise additional funds for the restrooms.  Advanced tickets are $25 per person- $30 at the door.  You can read more about this event in this newsletter or watch for a flier in the mail.  Space is limited so you will want to order your tickets early for the “Party for the Potties”.  Once the restrooms are complete and water and sewer are run to the kitchen/concession area, citizens will be able to rent the kitchen/pavilion much like the pavilion in the City Park.  Watch future newsletters for more information

New Books

Richard Castle           Driving Heat J. A. Jance                 Dance of the Bones            Lee Child                    Make Me Linwood Barclay        Broken Promises Harper Lee                Go Set A Watchman Sandra Brown            Friction Ottessa Moshfegh     Eileen Jack DuBrul                Lighting Stones J. D. Robb                    Devoted in Death Catherine Coulter        The End Game Reading Group book for October is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

The group meets on the second Monday at 2:00


Atkins Family Clinic Is offering walk in flu shots Walk in on October 29th and 30th From 8am to 5pm


Blood Drive

Atkins City Hall

November 25th, 2015

From 3:30pm to 6:30pm


Atkins Neighbors,

We hear regularly from people approaching retirement that Social Security is overwhelming!  The rules are complicated, and it’s difficult to get answers from the Social Security Administration. That’s where we can help! Don’t miss our upcoming workshop: Solving the Social Security Puzzle.  We will address some of the important questions about Social Security Including:

Will Social Security be there when I’m ready to claim? How are my benefits calculated? How much will I potentially get? How can I potentially get more?

WHEN:  Wednesday November 18th, 6:30p.m. Where: City Hall in Atkins All are welcome but seating is limited

RSVP to Deanne Becker at 743-2912 or We look forward to seeing you in November.


 Halloween Safety

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime for safety of the skin.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Friendly Reminder from Benton County

Tips for Keeping your car safe!


1.  Don’t leave your car unlocked

2.  Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked

3.  Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle.         Many people keep a spare key under the car, just in case they get locked out and thieves know exactly where to check for an extra key, while getting locked out of your car is a pain, think about the potential hassle of your car getting stolen.

4.  Never leave your windows open. Even during the summer when it is hot, don’t leave your windows open or slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle

5.  Park in well-lit, public areas.

6.  Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device.

7.  Consider installing a GPS Tracking system.

8.  Don’t leave valuable personal property in your car. The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse or another high value item in a highly visible area of your car. If you must put something of value in your car, keep it in the trunk or under the seats, where it is not visible to others.

9.  Use Common Sense. If you are wary of the safety of your car or see someone loitering around the parking lot, it’s best to park somewhere else.         It’s better to walk a few extra steps than to have your car stolen because you ignored your instincts.



Atkins Community Club

Halloween Party


We welcome everyone to come to the annual Atkins Halloween Party at the Legion Hall!


Saturday, October 31st from 4:00-5:30pm


Free Glow Items can be picked up

at the Legion after 3:00pm.


Free refreshments – hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, bars and punch


Your donation of cookies and bars is greatly appreciated.

Please drop them off at the Legion Hall any time after 3:00pm.


Costume Judging Contest starts at 5:00pm.

6 categories of judging

1.       0-2 years of age

2.   3-5 years of age

3.   6-10 years of age

4.   11-14 years of age

5.   Group

6.   Most Original



Atkins Community Club wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Christy Damon at #446-602



October 2015



Atkins City Hall                                              Department of Public Works                             Atkins Public Library    

City Clerk-Amber Bell                                           Water & Sewer                                                Cathy Becker                                                                                                                      

Deputy- DaShawn Wilson                                       Mike Jennings                                                         Vicky Myers

480 3rd Avenue                                                         Todd Damon                                                            (319) 446-7676 

Atkins, IA 52206-0171                                            (319) 446-7870

(319) 446-7870

(319) 446-6003 (fax)                                               Atkins Post Office                                  

                                                                                         (319) 446-7272                                         

City Hall Hours                                                                   Connie Drahos                                                    

Monday to Friday

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                                              Pavilion Rental                                                         Fire Department

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.                                                         (319) 446-7676                                                   Fire Chief – Gary Lange                                                                                                                                                                               (319) 446-7400                                                                                                                                                                


Mayor–   Dave Becker

City Council–    Diane Herman, Kevin Korsmo, Tim Harbach, Nathan Shepard, Weston Bishop. Council meetings First and Third Monday, each month, 7:30 PM, New City Hall

Council meeting minutes available at post office and on line at


Akins City Hall                                                                                                                               Presort Standard Mail                                                          

PO Box 171                                                                                                                                       Postage Paid

480 3rd Avenue                                                                                                                              Permit # 30

Atkins, IA 52206                                                                                                                            Atkins, IA 52206

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ECRWSS                                                                                                                                             Postal Patron

                                                                                 Atkins, IA 52206





Central Lutheran School PTL brunch will be Sunday November 2, 2014 from 9a.m. – 1:00p.m.  ‘All you care to eat’  Supplemental Funds provided by Thrivent Financial For Lutherans.

Fall garage sales will be October 4, 2014 from 8-2.  Contact Jen Davis at 446-7410



Benton Marching Band Raffle!!!

Your winning ticket could have you sending the Benton Community Marching Bobcats – conveniently placed on your lawn or your neighbor’s front lawn at 7AM on Friday, October 3!  All 88 of them – with instruments, percussion equipment and the Color Guard, along with their three buses and equipment trailer!  YOU could win this awesome opportunity by signing up for the 2014 Homecoming BAND Raffle!

Purchase the tickets:



9/22/14 JV football

9/23/14 8th grade football, Freshman & JV & Varsity volleyball

9/26/14 Freshman & Varsity football

9/30/14 @ Norway 7th grade volleyball

Freshman & Varsity volleyball

7th grade football


$1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets!!


Support Benton Band Boosters!




Atkins City Wide Cleanup Days

Items too large for regular weekly pickup may be brought to the old sewer plant at the north end of Northview Avenue for disposal.

Drop off times are:

Thursday – October 2nd 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Friday – October 3rd 9:00 AM to Noon & 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Saturday – October 4th 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM


The following is a partial list of items accepted free of charge:

Furniture, mattress & box springs, etc

Bicycles (tires must be removed)

Lawn mowers (tires, gasoline and oil must be removed)

BBQ Grills (Gas Grills must have tank removed)

There is a Disposal Fee for the following items:

Computer monitors (flat screen/LCD) -$5

LCD/Flat Screen TVs – $5

CRT/Tube Television or Monitors – $5 for 22” & smaller; $10 for 23” or larger

Desktop printers/copiers- $1,

Large Printers/copiers-$10

Large Appliances -$5

Small Appliances (Microwaves) – $1

Small LP Gas Tanks-$5

Large Batteries – $1

Payment must be made when item is delivered.

The following items WILL NOT be accepted:

Appliances Filled with Food



Large Propane Tanks

Household Garbage

Building Materials

Hazardous Waste (Gasoline, oil, oil filters, paints, solvents etc.)

If you need to get rid of a working refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner, call Alliant Energy at 1-800-723-7635 for information on their recycling program.  It is possible they will pick up/dispose of your old appliance and pay you for it.  The appliance must be in running order to qualify.

Any Elderly or Handicap citizen, who would like to participate in the program but needs assistance, may call City Hall at 446-7870 before Wednesday,

October 1st. Items will be picked up on Thursday October 2nd.

This service is for City of Atkins Residents ONLY!!