Rushville, IL – The Rushville City Council has agreed to support the Two Rivers Regional Council's bid for Community Development Assistance Program, or CDAP, grants. If awarded, the grants would send about $400,000 Rushville's way to rehabilitate 8 to 12 low-income homes.
Mayor Scott Thompson says the council's letter of support does not approve receipt of the funding, nor does it approve the projects. But, it's still important. Thompson letters from local governments, lawmakers and other entities are important when the state decides which projects to fund.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois' Partners for Paint program ended this month. It was an initiative that encouraged people to bring their old, unused paint in for proper recycling.
But facing serious budget deficits, the state swept money out of the solid waste management fund to help pay past due bills. The fund contained the money for this area's program -- which cost the state roughly $20,000 a year.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk operates a combined sewer system. There is one pipe used for both sanitary and storm-water discharge.
The system dumps overflow material into the Mississippi River during heavy rain. The federal government wants Keokuk, and many other cities up and down the river, to separate its system to avoid the overflow into the river.
Keokuk says separating its entire system would cost around $75-million. That figure is in current dollars and does not take into account future construction inflation.