Warsaw, IL – The new Warsaw Public Library is open for business. The facility has several public computers, rows of large bookshelves, a seperate reading area for children, and a large community meeting room. Library Board President, Eileen Shoup, expects more people to take advantage of the new library. The facility is also more accessible because there are no steps to climb with everything located on one floor. The library's rare book room, which will house several Civil War era books and newspapers, must still be completed.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell is changing the way it will prepare its emergency plans. ESDA Director Patricia Good resigned, citing other commitments. Mayor Steve Russell has changed the title of the position to ESDA Coordinator and named Deputy Clerk Mary Brown to the post. Russell says he, Brown and various department heads will meet to develop a new emergency plan for the town. Russell says the current plan is obsolete. He says it was tested during last month's severe storm and worked. However, it must to be more in-depth to handle larger or longer-duration emergencies.
Macomb, IL – The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is holding a series of hearings to see how it might alter some of its senior citizen programs. Directo Deb Castillo says one of the things her agency wants to find out is whether there should be more counseling programs to help seniors with Medicare Part D or state insurance programs. She says the change would require taking some funds from programs such as congregate meals or transportation. A hearing will be held May 4 at 9 a.m. at McDonough District Hospital.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen were urged to stay flexible regarding the issue of restrictions on business in what could be corridor entrances to the W-I-U campus. Alderman at-large Chris Senn said aldermen must remain flexible when granting changes around the campus area. He's on a committee which is considering long-range planning changes for the university. He says Adams Street, where Mark Bloom wants to open a coffee-shop and espresso bar, is one of the areas where changes are being considered.
Fort Madison, IA – An effort to develop a drop-in center for certain Lee County residents is slowly moving forward. The Board of Supervisors has voted to begin contract talks with Burlington-based Hope Haven Area Development Center over a proposed mental health community outreach center. Chairman George Morgan says this step does not guarentee the facility will become a reality. He still has concerns about locating the center in Fort Madison. Morgan also says an contract must clearly establish who can be held liable for actions involving the center.
Havana, IL – Plans for a public dock at Havana have brought in business inquiries. Economic Developer Terry Svob says the city is working with Sunrise Ag on a bulk plant, dry cargo facilities and a dock which would be partly for public use. He says since it became known that the dock was to be built, he's had five inquiries from businesses that might be interested in moving to or expanding in the town. The dock will be part of a Tax Increment Financing District that will also include improved road and rail access to the industrial part of Havana along the river.
Keokuk, IA – Civil War reenactors from across the country have come to Keokuk to fight a battle that first took place 144 years ago. The 19th annual Battle of Pea Ridge will be held in Keokuk's Rand Park this weekend. The two scheduled battles are set for Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger says this year, the battlefield will be moved about 200 yards from its usual site. He expects more than 500 reenactors to take part in the weekend.