Keokuk, IA – Keokuk wants the state to look into whether one of the city's busiest intersections should be made wider. Dozens of large tractor-trailers utilize the 7th and Main Street intersection on a daily basis. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the intersection was not designed for these large semis. The city council has asked the Iowa Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study at that intersection. Richards says the DOT would focus on tractor trailers turning left from Main onto 7th and those turning right from 7th onto Main.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler County Board will vote later this month on supporting a proposed housing project near Rushville. The Illinois Community Action Association says if the board approves of the project, as the Rushville City council has, it will begin a market study to determine the demographics of the housing. Don Harris says the goal is to build around 20 homes which would be sold or leased to working people. Funding would be from private sources.
Keokuk, IA – Members of 2 more employee unions are asking Keokuk for pay increases in their next contracts. Workers within the General Union, which includes the bridge, parks, and streets departments, are seeking a 2-year contract. In the first year, employees would receive a pay hike of roughly 6.5%. The second year would call for 6% hikes. The union is also seeking additional pay for swing-span operators in the bridge department and a reduction in the time an employee must work to receive life and health insurance.
Macomb, IL – A debate between Democratic Comptroller Dan Hynes and Republican challenger Carole Pankau heated up during the final few minutes over the topic of the state's slow reimbursement to Medicaid providers. Hynes said the problem was created by the General Assembly, of which Pankou is a member. Pankou said the comptroller is the keeper of the state checkbook and can determine which bills get paid first. Pankou also said Hynes held back a report that stated the program was underfunded until just before the July 4 holiday.
Montrose, IA – Another Lee County community is looking to upgrade its drinking water system. The Montrose City Council has agreed to purchase water from the Rathbun Regional Water Association. Mayor Tony Sciumbato says the city will connect to a new tower that will be built near Highway 61. He says Montrose has had a lot of problems with its water system in recent years. Sciumbato says the initial cost to connect to the new provider, set up water meters, and begin water main improvements could be as much as $1,000,000.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's 911 Center is preparing to update its rural directory. The volume of maps was last updated in 1992. Board Chairman Bob Fitzgerald says the new book is designed for emergency responders to carry in their vehicles so they can find a rural address without having to use the dispatch center. He says the new one has one township on each page, with locations of homes indicated. It also will contain street maps for communities in the county.