Keokuk, IA – Keokuk aldermen are considering a total updating of the city's code book. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the task would not be easy, but it would be worthwhile. He says the city would likely use outside professionals. Several council members are working on generating ideas for change, beginning with city planning and zoning. A topic that has sparked debate in recent weeks has been the use of large metal trailers for storage on or near Main Street. Police Chief R.L.
Macomb, IL – A computer was seized several months ago from the McDonough County Highway Department to investigate allegations that it contained pornography. It was in the office of then-county engineer Josh Richardson. It was accessible to several employees. State's Attorney James Hoyle says the hard drive was duplicated and sent to the Illinois Attorney General's office to see if there were grounds for prosecution. Hoyle has assured county board members that the hard drive was not erased and there was no cover-up.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton, Warsaw, and Nauvoo-Colusa districts are in the early stages of conducting a consolidation feasibility study. Hamilton Superintendent Steve Breckon says the study will provide data about each district and will give them an idea how things might look if the districts combined into one. He says it does not commit the districts to a reorganization plan. The districts have met with the Regional Office of Education to begin the process of searching for a consulting firm to conduct the study.
Carthage, IL – Carthage residents will be paying more on their water and sewer bills. The council approved a hike designed to cover what the city pays the firm contracted to run the water and sewer plants. City Clerk Kathy Graham says the increase will add about a dollar a month to those paying the minimum bill. The increase will be proportionately larger on commercial billings. The increase is scheduled to take effect next month. The city was not charged a rate increase by the firm last year.
Fort Madison, IA – The Board of Supervisors has agreed to enter into one-year contracts with nine different groups and organizations that work with county residents who have mental health or developmental disabilities. The contracts cover services such as psychiatric care, counseling, and residential care. Service rates were increased in four of the contracts. The rates will remain the same in the other five. The contracts will begin July 1.