Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council may have to find the money to replace the heating system at the police department. Assistant Police Chief Tom Crew says a recent boiler inspection showed the current system needs to be either upgraded or replaced. He says the department has been told it cannot fire up the unit, which has been in use for about 19 years, until one of the two options takes place. Crew has recieved one quote to repair the system, about $2500, and one quote to replace the system, about $7500.
Lewistown, IL – The union representing about 40 Fulton County workers plans to file another unfair labor practices charge against the county. AFSCME Regional Director Tom McLaughlin says the county provided incorrect figures on the cost of health insurance for the workers, then removed a previously-agreed-on pay increase from the table. The two sides have had two sessions with a federal mediator. The workers include those from the Sheriff's support staff, courthouse workers and the animal control division. They have been working under terms of a contract that expired Dec.
Macomb, IL – The Student Government Association at W.I.U. would like a light installed near a bridge in Macomb, but the city council has turned down the proposal. The bridge in question is on Wigwam Hollow Road at the Lamoine River. The S.G.A. says the bridge is used a lot even though the area is quite dark at night. But city staff says lighting at the bridge is adequate given its rural location. After hearing the staff recommendation, aldermen unanimously rejected the request.
Keokuk, IA – A monument to 3 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty nearly 6 years ago now stands in Keokuk's Rand Park. The monument honors Assistant Chief Dave McNally and firefighters Nate Tuck and Jason Bitting. On December 22, 1999, the trio lost their lives trying to save 3 children from a duplex fire. The 3 children also died in the fire.
You can hear reporter Jason Parrott's report on the dedication ceremony for the Keokuk Firefighter Memorial by clicking on the audio link above.
Macomb, IL – A recycling center for the western Illinois region has been collecting more than expected during its first month of operation. The Tri-County Resource and Waste Management council's new center collects only paint and electronic goods. Coordinator Chad Bratz says he expects no reduction in the amount handled because people are accumulators by nature. The center has shipped about 19 tons of electronic waste to Peoria for recycling or re-sale. It has also collected about 12 tons of paint that will be mixed into a neutral color for re-sale.
Keokuk, IA – Residents in Lee County elected mayors and city council members during the Municipal elections in Iowa. In Keokuk, Mayor Dave Gudgel earned two more years in office. Steve Ireland was also victorious in the race for the mayor's office in Fort Madison.
A complete listing of the winners in Lee County follows.
Keokuk Mayor 66 % - Dave Gudgel 34 % - Gordon Blankenship
Burlington, IA – Voters in Des Moines County chose three members for the Burlington City Council and also decided the fate of a public measure in West Burlington. Current Burlington Mayor Mike Edwards topped the city council contest with 24% of the votes. He was followed by former mayor Tim Scott with 22%. The third and final seat available went to Garry Thomas with 19%. Others in the contest were Chuck Griffin with 15%, Richard Eckhardt with 11%, and incumbent Chris King with 9%.