Pope named Monona Police Chief
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times
Robert Pope was officially approved and sworn in as Monona’s new police chief at the city’s Jan. 20 council meeting. He previously served as the police chief in Strawberry Point.
The Monona Police Department had been without a staff member for roughly the last two months, after former chief Jane Scott-Quandahl resigned. In the interim, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office provided coverage in Monona.
At the meeting, the council also gave Bob Radloff the go-ahead for the Lions Club to begin preparing for Hay Days. The event will once again take place Father’s Day weekend, with festivities kicking off Friday, June 13, with lawn mower races. Other festivities will include a pancake breakfast, kiddie tractor pull, bean bag tournament, inflatables and a golf cart obstacle course where the driver is blindfolded and the passenger gives directions. Radloff said they would also like to have mud volleyball, which was a popular event in the past, but need more people to help put it together.
Councilwoman Randee Blietz said she recently attended a trail meeting where the proposed bike trail between Luana and Monona was discussed. Blietz said the trail organizers were encouraged to learn that the railroad is not completely opposed to having the trail run along the railroad side of the road. This option would cut down on the number of properties through which the trail would travel.
Although the trail group had hopes of connecting the trail, which would begin in Luana, with Monona’s butterfly trail, Blietz said that is probably not feasible. However, she said some signage could easily lead trail users there.