Nauvoo, IL – Groups of Hancock County businessmen are beginning a series of county-wide networking meetings. Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce president David Miller says his group is working with counterparts in Hamilton and Carthage for breakfast meetings with a business speaker. Miller says the group plans to address both business and countywide issues. The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 6:30 a.m. at Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites. Miller says the goal will be to end meetings before 8 a.m. so participants can make it to work on time.
Macomb, IL – W.I.U. kicked off its homecoming weekend by announcing it will bring home a big chunk of change for a much-delayed construction project. It's been several years since Western was told it would get money for renovating Memorial Hall. Now, the state says it will release the $12 million needed to upgrade the electrical and heating systems, remove asbestos, and complete other improvements. A ceremony was held outside the building Friday morning to make the announcement. The state says its tight budget prevented it from releasing the money sooner.
Keokuk, IA – The city of Keokuk will soon begin infrastructure work at the site of a future hotel. The city will build an entrance road, add sewer and water lines, and remove trees from the old Joyce Park, which is the future home of a Hampton Inn Hotel. During yesterday's special meeting, the council awarded the construction contract to Keokuk Contractors, who bid more than $350,000. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the city will not spend its own money on this project. The council held off on awarding the contract until adequate work had begun on the hotel site.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council will vote next week on whether to make its annual payment to the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. Police Chief RL Dobson says Keokuk's share, about $15,000, is due now. Much of the Task Force's money comes from a federal grant. Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Lee County split the cost of the cash match for that funding. If approved, Keokuk's share will have to be transfered in from the general fund, because the city did not budget for the expense. The council appears to be in favor of paying the bill with the general fund money.