Keokuk, IA – Keokuk plans to clean up a much-talked-about piece of city property that's for sale. In recent weeks, the large brick building on the land once occupied by the Keokuk Saddle Club has lost its roof and started to collaps. Public Works Director Bill Richards says people have also started to steal from the property and dump garbage there. Part of the lot is the proposed site of a Hampton Hotel, which has been in the works for more than one year. The city will pay for cleaning up the site with money from a TIF district, once hotel construction begins.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk city council has voted to accept a new service contract for bus transportation with the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the service has been a positive for the city, with growing ridership. The one-year deal will cost the city $7,500. Gudgel says the hours will remain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is the possibility of extended hours. He says there were more than 1,000 riders during bout 415 hours of service over the last six months.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison city council has agreed to extend a water main to Industrial Tooling and Fabrication. City Manager Bill Kelly says the company plans to construct a 32,000 square foot addition to its facility. He says the extension is needed because the company will have to add a sprinkler system and the current line is not strong enough to handle the increased water need. The water main extension will cost about $385,000 and could be finished by October.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council voted to accept a new service contract with the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the service has been a positive for the city. The one year deal will cost the city $7500. Gudgel says the hours will remain from 11 AM until 3 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk's office is asking the county board to create two more voting precincts in Macomb. Clerk Florine Miller says all WIU residence halls would be located in the two new precincts. She says many off-campus residents objected to having to vote on-campus. Miller says under the proposal they would continue to vote at the Wesley United Methodist Church. She says if the precincts are approved, more election judges will be needed. She says the change should not add other costs to an election.
Abingdon, IL – Abingdon students have been monitoring the wind speeds at their football field for almost one year. Now physics teacher Phil Willis says they're filing for a grant to see what it would take to form their own power cooperative. Willis says the original idea of trying a turbine for one school has grown to installing several turbines. He says students will analyze data on how much power the neighboring school districts ukse. They will then see if turbines might meet all or most of those needs.
Macomb, IL – An attorney who practices juvenile law believes many of today's children don't have the restraints of previous generations. John Biggers says society constantly tantalizes youth with the message that having "things" and power is what counts. Biggers says in recent years society has taken more of a get-tough attitude toward juvenile crime. However, he says developments such as teen courts offer a chance for young offenders to learn they should change their ways.
Keokuk, IA – The 3rd annual Medicine Eagle Gathering Of The People Pow Wow will take place from Friday evening through Sunday. Lois Deprima is with the Medicine Eagle Council, which organizes the event. She says children will be honored throughout the Pow Wow. The weekend will include ceremonial dancing, crafts, food, and a carnival. Deprima says Native Americans from across the country are expected to attend the Pow Wow.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton City Council has agreed to apply for two Illinois Department of Transportation grants. The money would be used to enhance the triangle junction at the intersection of highways 96 and 136. It would also help pay for the rebuilding of the old covered bridge along highway 96. The estimated cost of the projects is about $125,000. The city would have to come up with a local match of about $25,000 or turn down the grants if they are awarded to Hamilton.
Macomb, IL – Colchester residents began drinking Macomb water over the weekend. The cities announced they opened the eight-inch main before they had planned to because of warm weather and a dwindling stock of chemicals at the Colchester treatment plant. Construction on the $750,000 project began last winter. Colchester had been having problems with water quality and wanted a better supply. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says this gives his town a chance to extend water out to where Route 336 comes to Macomb. He says it could spur development there.