WIUM Local
7:26 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Clean Water Project Could Boost Jobs Scene

Monmouth, IL – Monmouth believes an infrastructure improvement is about more than meeting state standards - it could also mean job creation. The project is construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. The current facility was built in the 1920s. It's on a flood plain and is deteriorating. Mayor Rod Davies says the city's residents will benefit from the new plant and he says it will also help Farmland Foods. The project will allow the company to proceed with its plans to expand the Monmouth plant, which currently employs 1,250 people.

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WIUM Local
4:10 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Candidate Calls for Deputy Standards

Macomb, IL – The Republican challenger in the McDonough County Sheriff's race is calling for higher standards when hiring new deputies. The Democratic incumbent says the department staff is too small to make such measures cost-effective. Rick Van Brooker would like to administer medical and psychological tests before new hires go to the state's police training institute. He believes there should be listed standards and that pre-hiring interviews should be conducted by a panel. Eventually, he would like to see all new deputies have an associate's degree.

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WIUM Local
10:49 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Lee County Hiring Freeze

Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to keep a close eye on employment levels throughout county government. The board has put another hiring freeze in place. It will expire next July. The board will review requests from department heads, to add or replace an employee, on a case-by-case basis. Chairman George Morgan says the idea is to show residents that the supervisors are still committed to fiscal responsibility. The hiring freeze does not include commissions and compensated boards.

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WIUM Local
10:47 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Election Results - Missouri & Iowa

Keokuk, IA – Voters decided several contested races and ballot questions in Northeast Missouri and Des Moines County.


MISSOURI
Lewis County
Presiding Commissioner (Democrat)
Nancy Goehl (I) - 46% - 588 votes
Stacey Nicholas - 20% - 255 votes
Kent Munzlinger - 35% - 446 votes

County Treasurer (Democrat)
Kim Porter (I) - 65% - 829 votes
Martha Roberts - 35% - 456 votes

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WIUM Local
6:23 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Macomb Chooses A New Fire Chief

Macomb, IL – A ten-year veteran of the Macomb Fire Department is now the chief. The city council this week approved the mayor's appointment of Andy Taylor. He'll be paid $58,943.45. Taylor served as interim chief after Clarence John retired this year. Before that, he was captain of operations. Taylor says firefighting has changed a great deal during the past decade, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He says the standards and expectations for hazardous materials crews and technical rescue teams have grown by leaps and bounds.

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WIUM Local
3:51 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Second Chance at Property Tax Exemptions

Macomb, IL – McDonough County residents who did not receive the owner-occupied tax exemption on the home they live in might have a second chance. More than 40 people who believed they should have received the exemption showed up at a county board committee meeting to complain. Up to 150 homeowners might not have received the exemption for taxes payable this summer. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says it's only fair that they be given a chance to file for it. That could result in lowering the assessed value of their homes by up to $5,000.

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WIUM Local
11:05 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Elections - Des Moines County / Missouri

Keokuk, IA – Residents in two Midwestern states will head to the polls on Tuesday.

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WIUM Local
11:04 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Aldermen Put Referendum on Ballot

Macomb, IL – Macomb residents will vote in contests for county, state, and federal offices this fall. Now, they will also be asked to decide a city referendum. The question seeks voter approval to make the half-cent local option sales tax permanent. It's currently due to expire at the end of 2008. The money it generates pays for street repairs and other infrastructure work. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert initially argued for increasing the tax to three-quarters of a cent, but other aldermen countered that the city should take things one step at a time.

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WIUM Local
10:55 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Hamilton Water Plant Closer to Completion

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton is still a few days away from having its new water plant up and running. Water Superintendent, Tim Schilson, says the final tests on the 1,000,000 per day facility are nearly complete. He says two remaining components, a filter and a water pump, have passed one test and the results are pending on the second test. Schilson expects to have the final results later this morning. He says, if the pump and filter pass, the plant could come online by the end of the week.

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6:06 am
Mon August 7, 2006

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