Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors may look at cross training county employees to try to save money. The board voted against hiring a real estate clerk for the Recorder's office to replace an employee who is leaving. Supervisor Joe Kowzan says with the county facing a difficult budget process next year, the board must save money wherever it can. The board plans to discuss the cross training opportunities during next week's scheduled department head meeting.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's deputy assessor hopes to switch offices. 30-year old Susie Brown of Bushnell says she will seek the Republican nomination for county clerk. Brown has never worked in the clerk's office but believes she can adapt to it. She wants to protect property rights, provide educational resources, and establish an all-inclusive county website. But Brown says she will need to get into the office before she can determine the biggest challenge facing it. Brown says Florine Miller, who is retiring as clerk, provided strong leadership.
Lee County, IA – The recent "Buy Fresh Buy Local" tour through Lee County showcased locally grown foods. The stops included Dave's Old Fashioned Meats, Kathy's Pumpkin Patch, and Faeth Orchards. Those taking the tour could sample products at each site, talk to the producers, and even place an order. The Southeast Iowa "Buy Fresh Buy Local" campaign has been active for about a year. Nearly 40 producers take part in the program. Local co-chair Mallory Smith says organizers hope to attract more local producers next spring.
Macomb, IL – An updated set of aerial photos is helping the McDonough County assessor's office find new construction to go on the tax rolls. Supervisor of Assessments Tammy Camp says some people voluntarily report when they build something. Others are more willing to tell her office only when they take down a structure. Camp says the photos not only show new construction, but whether something reported as being torn down actually has been. Camp says after appeals are resolved, staffers will compare old and new photos, section by section, to look for changes.
Macomb, IL – Water quality has been an issue in Macomb's northeast quadrant for several years. Now the city is hoping to resolve the problem. Aldermen will be asked next week to approve hiring McClure Engineering to draw up design plans and specifications for a water main replacement project. Those design plans will cost more than $30,000. In addition, the water main replacment work could cost close to $600,000. City Administrator Mike Hays says Macomb will seek federal grant money to help offset the cost.