Keokuk, IA – The number of supevisors in one Lee County office has been cut in half. The Board of Supervisors has voted to allow just one deputy in the county recorder's office, which currently has two deputies. State law allows county attorneys, auditors, recorders, sheriffs, and treasurers to appoint one or more employees to serve as deputy and fill in for them when necessary. Recorder Larry Holtkamp says cutting out the second deputy will impact his office.
LaHarpe, IL – The Illinois treasurer's office is arranging an emergency "bridge loan" to help keep a LaHarpe nursing home open and 32 patients cared for. Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka says the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center notified her office it would have to begin procedures to close on Monday unless it received $150,000. Topinka says the emergency loan will be at no interest. It is designed to help out until the state catches up on Medicaid payments to the care center. Staff at the nursing home say the state is at least six months behind in Medicaid payments.
Keokuk, IA – Hundreds of doses of the MMR vaccine are being sent to Southeast Iowa to help combat the outbreak of mumps. Lee, Des Moines, and Henry Counties will each receive 400 doses. So far, there have been more than a dozen documented cases of mumps in the three counties. Dr. David Wenger-Keller is the Chairman of the Lee County Board of Health. He says a vaccination clinic will be held at the county health department's Fort Madison office, next Thursday (4/27) at noon.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board has voted to make its $43,000 allotment to the county's transit system. However, one board member believes the bus routes should be trimmed. LeRoy Brown says the routes going through the south part of Macomb are underutilized and tear up the streets. He says the routes should only run between campus, the downtown and the shopping area on the east side of Macomb. The county has a tax levy that provides the $43,000 for support of Red Cross transportation.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Jail could be in line for some much needed improvements. The Board of Supervisors has agreed to use $500,000, which was set aside for capital projects, to upgrade the county jail. The focus will be on replacing the 3 temporary housing trailers that have been in place for nearly 10 years. Chairman George Morgan says a recent inspection by the state has prompted the need to speed up the process of replacing the trailers. They hold a total of 24 inmates. Morgan says part of the money will be used to hire an engineering firm to come up with designs.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen propose a tight budget for the fiscal year that begins next month. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the council has agreed to only appropriate about 98 percent of the income it expects. Unspent money would go into a reserve fund. Shepherd says previous budgets have called for more outgo than income. He says aldermen agreed to forego a sewer rate increase until the city's finances are in better shape. The city's proposed total appropriations for next year are about $3.9 million, with general fund spending of almost $1.3 million.
Macomb, IL – The owner of the historic Moses King Brickyard in Colchester remains in the hospital, more than one month after she was involved in an unusual and serious car crash. A group of volunteers is now working to make sure the site is maintained while she continues to recuperate. The group will hold a fundraiser Saturday (April 22) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Macomb from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature live music and a silent auction.