Beacon

Beacon

Beacon was laid out in 1864 as a coal mining town under the name of "Enterprise." On the completion of the Keokuk and Des Moines Railroad, it was call "Oskaloosa Station." Mining boomed shortly after the Civil War. There used to be a five-story mill in the town made of brick and stone. Beacon was incorporated in 1874 and was a thriving mining community. As the mines moved westward, so did the miners. Beacon today is a quiet, comfortable community located on the west edge of Oskaloosa.

Demographics

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010)

Population: 494
Total Area (in square miles): 1.01
Land Area (in square miles): 1.01
Water Area (in square miles): 0

Housing Units

Total Housing Units: 217
Occupied Housing Units: 208
Vacant Housing Units: 9
Seasonal, Recreational, or occasional use: 2

Mahaska County Labor Force (Source:Iowa Workforce Development)
December 2013 (Year-to-Date figures in parenthesis)
Not seasonally adjusted - Benchmark: March 2012

Resident Civilian Labor Force 11,730 (11,410)
Resident Unemployed: 500 (550)
Percent Unemployed: 4.3 (4.8)
Resident Total Employed: 11,220 (10,860)
Total Non-Farm 8,300 (8,060)
Labor Mgmt. Disputes
(# Persons)
0 (0)

(Note: Labor Force Statistics are only available county-wide through IWD)

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Government Information

Type of Government

Contact Information
Mayor: Shawn Maxwell
641-672-1335

Mayor Pro Tem & City Council: Richard Thomas
641-673-3134

Ken Allsup 641-672-9153
Tom VanDerVeer 641-673-7145
Jim Hughes 641-673-0114
Ron Ferree 641-660-7522

City Clerk: Jill Finneman
641-295-4037

City Treasurer: Lois Nicholson
641-673-7638

Water & Sewer Department Billing:
Shirley Mitrisin 641-673-7512

Renting of City Hall:
Jill Finneman 641-295-4037

Meeting Notices
City council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Beacon City Hall at 7 p.m. All Beacon meeting minutes are posted at the Beacon Post Office and Thomas Sanitation a day or two after meetings. The Post Office and Thomas Sanitation also has a list of phone numbers of City Officials for anyone who may need them.

Ongoing projects that the council discussed include the ongoing efforts to keep properties cleaned up in both residential and business areas. Another is possibly fixing water drainage problems throughout Beacon. This has been an ongoing problem for years and the council seems interested in taking care of it as funds become available. Another is updating the city ordinances. During the term of Council Member Bernie Chapman, he compiled a disk containing the ordinances, which is making the ordinances more accessible.

At the first meeting in February, the council will be discussing the City Budget.

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Community Information

Mid American Energy is our power and gas source. The phone number is 1-888-427-5632.

Phone service is available through Qwest Communications. They can be reached at 1-800-244-1111.

Trash service is not mandatory in Beacon. However, Thomas Sanitation is located in Beacon and can be reached by calling 641-673-3134.

Cable services are available from
Mediacom 800-332-0245.
Mahaska Communication Group 641-676-1000

Water and Sewer services are available from the City of Beacon. Shirley Mitrisin is in charge of new accounts and billing. Her number is 641-673-7512.

Beacon enforces ordinances such as animal control (leash law), parking regulations, junk vehicles, weed ordinance, open burning, abandon buildings.