Macomb, IL – There are no bike paths in Macomb, but the city hopes it can soon change that. Aldermen have agreed to apply for state money to help build a quarter-mile path from East Wheeler Street to Home Street, which is near the east side shopping district. The estimated cost is more than $100,000. The state would pay 80%. City Administrator Mike Hays says it's a small project, so the city should be able to afford it. Macomb expects to find out this fall or winter whether it will get the money. If it does, the 10-foot wide asphalt path would be built next year.
Ft. Madison, IA – The HMS Bounty will make a ten-day stop along Fort Madison's riverfront July 14-27 of next year. The ship is a replica of the famous English vessel from the late 1700s. It was built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" which starred Marlon Brando. Chamber of Commerce executive director Tracy Vance says the visit will help the region's economy. Ft. Madison is one of the eight stops the ship is scheduled to make as it travels up the Mississippi River next summer.
St. Louis, MO – U-S House passage of a rivers bill has barge operators convinced they can get the measure through the Senate as well. The bill would provide $1.8 billion for new locks on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Among the projects would be one on the Illinois River at LaGrange and one on the Mississippi River south of Keokuk. Paul Rhode of the Midwest America River Coalition says those who lobbied for the bill include barge operators, environmentalists and groups working for better flood control.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk will continue preparing the county's payroll after all. The county board's finance committee had been upset with errors in preparing the payroll. They were also concerned about what they saw as a lack of confidentiality regarding raises or pay levels. County Clerk Florine Miller says a seminar she attended showed her outsourcing the payroll wold cause more problems than have been experienced so far. The Finance Committee will recommended to the full board that the clerk's office continue to run the county's payroll.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen Monday will be asked to support the idea of a bike path from the northeast edge of town to the East Jackson Street shopping area. The project is being proposed by the McDonough County Trails and Greenways Committee. Member Dave King says the quarter-mile asphalt trail would offer a safe and direct route that would keep walkers and bikers from having to go along East Jackson Street with its heavy traffic. King says 80 percent of the $112,000 project could come from Illinois Department of Transportation Enhancement Funding.