Fort Madison, IA – Lee County's new community outreach center opened for business this afternoon. Residents with mental health and other developmental disabilities are eligible to use the facility at 1717 Ave. H in Fort Madison. CPC Administrator Jim Posz says the community outreach center will have a positive impact on those who utilize it. Burlington-based Hope Haven Area Development center will operate the facility. It includes a kitchen area, computer and internet access, and table space for games and crafts.
Macomb, IL – Macomb city council members have approved the low bid for a road improvement project, although one alderman has some concerns about the contractor. The work will be done on East University Drive from Route 67 to Bower Road, and on Bower Road from University to Route 136. The low bid of $537,921 was submitted by Laverdiere Construction. The company also did last year's upgrades on Grant Street. Alderman At Large Dennis Moon is not satisfied with the way that project turned out so he voted against awarding the bid for the latest project.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are contemplating several options for repairing the Franklin Street bridge near Randolph Street. The bridge was damaged a few months ago when a car ran into it. A subsequent inspection uncovered other problems. City Administrator Mike Hays says engineers have offered a handful of repair options ranging in price from $10,000 to $150,000. The cheapest would be to close the bridge to vehicles while leaving it open to pedestrians, but aldermen are not convinced that's the best way to go.
Beardstown, IL – Two Western Illinois men believe LaSalle's Fort Creve Coeur was not at Peoria, but near Beardstown. Marty Fischer of Macomb and his brother Bruce of Beardstown began their investigation after a historian suggested the site east of Quincy. Fischer says the lattitude matches what's in LaSalle's Journals. He also says the width of the river matches period descriptions of the width of the Illinois near Beardstown and before dams altered the shape of the river. In addition, he says travel times from other Illinois river sites more closely match to Beardstown than Peoria.
Canton, IL – Spoon River College will use part of a new bond issue to enhance its satellite campuses at Rushville and Havana. The college will issue $2 million in Bonds. About $1.6 million of that will purchase the Heilig-Meyers building in Macomb, which will be used for a new campus in that town. Board Chairman Dave Maguire says the balance of the bond issue will go towards renovating the other two campuses. He says the college is in discussion with two possible partners to come up with better facilities for Rushville. He says some expansion for Havana is also planned.