WIUM Local
1:14 am
Thu October 19, 2006

Open House Under Large Tent In Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk residents willhave a chance to find out what is going on under that giant tent in Keokuk. Ameren UE will hold an open house, Friday afternoon, to talk about its plans to remove coal-tar resident from the soil where a former gas-manufacturing plant once stood. Spokesperson Mike Cleary says the tent will prevent odors and fumes from being released into the air. More than 15,000 tons of soil will be removed during the clean-up. Cleary says everything should be completed by April.

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6:16 am
Wed October 18, 2006

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6:04 am
Wed October 18, 2006

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WIUM Local
12:52 am
Wed October 18, 2006

Haney to Rejoin Council

Rushville, IL – Former Rushville alderman David Haney will be sworn in as a replacement for Alderman Terry Millslagle, who has moved out of his ward. Mayor Ron Shepherd says Haney served a full term in the past, but did not run again when he had conflicts with his teaching schedule. He says the schedule has changed, and Haney will be sworn in at next month's meeting and serve through April. Shepherd says he hopes Haney will seek another term.

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WIUM Local
6:19 am
Tue October 17, 2006

Alderman Wants Review of Legal Services

Macomb, IL – A private firm has handled Macomb's legal work for the past few years, but an alderman wants to change that. The fifth ward's Tim Lobdell feels the potential for a conflict of interest is too great in a small town. He says bringing the work back in-house would eliminate that problem because the legal counsel's only interest would be the city. Lobdell is also concerned about costs. The city was paying $150,000 per year for its own attorney. It's now paying $200,000 per year to the law firm March, McMillan & DeJoode.

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WIUM Local
6:12 am
Tue October 17, 2006

Burlington Library Closing For Move

Burlington, IA – A Burlington landmark is shutting its doors, at least for the time being. The Burlington Public Library will close its 4th Street location at 8:00 PM tomorrow. The facility has been in operation for more than 100 years. Library Director, Kay Weiss, says its contents will be moved to the new library along Court Street. She says that process could take several weeks to complete. Since there is no definate reopening date, the library is extending its checkout time from 3 to 6 weeks.

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6:06 am
Tue October 17, 2006

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5:58 am
Tue October 17, 2006

Lee County Offering No Pay Hikes

Keokuk, IA – Lee County's initial contract offers to its union employees do not include pay hikes for the upcoming fiscal year. The county is proposing a wage freeze for the sheriff's department, the secondary roads department, and the administrative unit for the fiscal year that begins in July. The proposals also call for employees to pay 25% of their insurance premiums, to give up their dental and vision coverage, and to accept changes to the prescription drug plan. Insurance deductibles would also double and employees would have to pay half of the cost of a family insurance plan.

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WIUM Local
4:12 am
Tue October 17, 2006

ESDA Director Takes On Another Job

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's half-time ESDA Director is taking on a full-time police job as well. Dan Kreps has started work as a patrolman with the Office of Public Safety at WIU. He says there should be no conflict between the jobs. OPS Director Robert Fitzgerald has approved Kreps having both jobs. In addition, Kreps will continue as police chief for Colchester. OPS Director Robert Fitzgerald says he wants to avoid frequent turnover in the ESDA slot, and believes Kreps can fulfill both jobs. The county has had three ESDA directors in just a few years.

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10:47 am
Mon October 16, 2006

Aldermen Hear Complaint About Dropped Services

Macomb, IL – The Franklin Street bridge in Macomb still has not been repaired nearly six months after it was damaged, and aldermen are now hearing a complaint about it. Martha Moon King says barricades on Franklin at Randolph Street prevented street cleaners and garbage trucks from venturing down that quarter block stretch this summer. She says that's caused hardship for her 93-year old father, who lives there, and she's concerned snow plows will not be able to clean that stretch this winter. Aldermen said they were unaware of the disruption in city services.

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