Cresco is the largest town in Howard County. The population is just under 4,000. It has just about everything you need and then some. Cresco is home to Featherlite Trailers, the nation's leading provider of aluminum livestock, horse, and utility trailers. It is also the home of Bethany Housewares, a long established company with an international reputation. Donaldson Company, Inc., a multinational company, has its star-ship plant in Cresco. That is just part of the existing industry.
The educational system in Cresco is one of pride for the entire area with public and private systems provided. Cresco is the home to a Northeast Iowa Community College center. The Cresco Center is a valuable option for people of all ages who want to take college courses close to home.
Cresco has been described as one of the prettiest small towns in the Midwest and it is apparent from the outset that the people of Cresco care about their homes, their businesses, and their neighbors. In Cresco, you can walk down the Maple covered streets in safety, enjoying your neighbors, relaxing at one of the city's numerous parks, shopping in the convenient business district, or attending the church of your choice.
Cresco is also known all over for having excellent snowmobile trails. Every year, many out-of-towners arrive for the annual SnowFest. There is also an annual Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest which draws a great number of people as well. It is a weekend celebration in September that includes Inspire Day at the Borlaug farm, parades, sports events, quilt auction, car show, and many other activities.
You can be as busy as you want to be in Cresco with more than 40 clubs and organizations providing a wide range of activities and fellowship. Or you can relax quietly, and enjoy the good life!
History of Cresco
Although Cresco quickly became the largest town in the county, it took several years for it to be recognized as the county seat. Before Cresco was founded, a heated disagreement arose as New Oregon, Vernon Springs and Howard Center all pitched to be the county seat. In a compromise, a courthouse was built about half way between New Oregon and Vernon Springs, but it was constructed of basswood and after a few years it was not usable. Court was then moved into private homes in the area, and that was the status when Cresco was founded.
Cresco naturally wanted to be the county seat and the necessary paperwork was completed and the vote was held. Almost unbelievably, the voters turned down Cresco as the county seat, preferring the site of the original courthouse.
But the board of supervisors used the Iowa rule that communities has jurisdiction within two miles of their city limits, thus enabling the supervisors to move the courthouse location from the Vernon Springs/New Oregon site to Cresco.
The first courthouse was made of wood and was located in the center of town on a city block donated by the city of Cresco. It was destroyed by fire in 1876. A brick courthouse was constructed in 1879 and opened on January 1, 1880. That same building continues to be used today, although a number of additions have expanded it. The jail and attached sheriff's home were built in 1882 and continue to serve today. A new Law Enforcement Center was added in the early 1980s, serving the sheriff and Cresco police departments and housing a joint dispatch center.
$5.49/1,000 gallons up to 7,000 gallons next 60,000 gallons used per month is $5.01 per 1,000 gallons all over 67,000 gallons used per month is $4.59 per 1,000 gallons
Minimum bill 1,500 gallons, $8.24
$10.98/1,000 gallons up to 7,000 gallons next 60,000 gallons used per month is $10.02 per 1,000 gallons all over 67,000 gallons used per month is $9.18 per 1,000 gallons
Minimum bill 1,500 gallons, $16A7
$80.00 Residential $100 Commercial $200 Industrial Based on credit history, deposit will be refunded after three years. Your refund will be applied to your account. If you move out of town the refund will be applied to your final bill. No interest is paid by the City.
$9.19 per 1,000 gallons in City limits
Minimum bill $13.79 per month Based on 1,500 gallons
$18.38 per 1,000 gallons outside City
Minimum bill of $27.57 per month Based on 1,500 gallons
Regular household pickup $18.56 per month for residential $17.8'5 per month for senior residential (at least one resident of household over 65 years of age) $23.02 per month minimum commercial Hawkeye Sanitation must be contacted at 547-3828 by commercial customers to establish contracts.
Please set on the curb the night before.
Must be packaged in bags.
A maximum of 5 garbage bags per week allowed. Each bag must weigh less than 60 lbs. If in garbage cans, it must be bagged inside the cans so the haulers may just take the bags out instead of dumping the whole can. Labor saving and less dangerous for haulers. No cardboard boxes allowed. Corrugated cardboard must be recycled.
$1.75 per month Billed year around due to the very labor intensive and high operational costs of the program during the spring and fall collection period. Calendars available at City Hall or on website at wvvw.cityofcresco.com
Biweekly same day as your garbage pickup — recycling calendars available at City Hall or on website at www.cityofcresco.com $5.14 per month $14_00 for recycling bin
Bills not paid when due shall be considered delinquent. A one-time late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount due shall be added to each delinquent bill.
Residential customers pay 6% IA water excise tax on the water charges only. Commercial customers pay 6% water excise tax on water and 7% (6% IA sales tax, 1% Local Option sales tax) on sewer and garbage unless signed up with the city as tax exempt.