Macomb, IL – A school detachment plan will go back to the McDonough Hancock County regional school trustees for another hearing. Earlier his year the trustees okayed having 15 students transfer from Industry to Macomb schools. The board agreed with parents that opportunities for the children would be better there. Circuit Judge David Stoverink said the regional board acted improperly when it compared the advantages of the Macomb and Industry districts ... instead of comparing Macomb to the new Schuyler-Industry district.
Macomb, IL – A former McDonough County Deputy Sheriff will serve as interim Emergency Services and Disaster Agency director. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says Dave Nissen has the background to oversee the agency. Nissen is an EMT and a member of the multi-county medical emergency response team as well as a ham radio operator. Harwick says the county is checking with state-level emergency management staffers to determine what training Nissen will need to get. The county plans to advertise the position to select a permanent director.
Fort Madison, IA – The Recorder's office in Lee County may have to reduce its hours of operation due to staffing levels. County Recorder Larry Holtkamp says he will have a hard time maintaining regular office hours in both Keokuk and Fort Madison with just 4 full-time and 2 part-time employees. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted against replacing a full-time employee leaving the office. Without that employee, Holtkamp says his focus will be on keeping one office open on a daily basis.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University will borrow up to $11 million to pay for three construction projects. The borrowing will be done through certificates of participation. Student fees will be used to repay the money for two of the projects, which are the construction of a multi-cultural center and improvements to the seating at Hanson Field. Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson says the university gathered student input about the projects. The third project is construction of a new building for document production and property storage.
Macomb, IL – Macomb will soon know how much it will cost to install a new traffic light and make other improvements at a busy intersection. The city will open bids next Monday for work at what it calls "the Burger King intersection." It's where the fast food restaurant, Wal-Mart, and strip malls are located along East Jackson Street. Aldermen gave themselves power approve a bid during next week's committee meeting. Engineers have estimated the work will cost more than $350,000. The money will come from the city's half-cent sales tax.