Keokuk, IA – The board of supervisors has voted to hold off on awarding a contract for a new community drop-off center for its residents. C-P-C administrator Jim Posz says the recommendation before the board is a one year deal with Hope Haven Developmental Center of Burlington. The board wants Posz to provide more information on site location, the four bids for the center, and the costs associated with it. In other action, the board voted to delay signing a contract with Farmington-based ResCare Mental Health Services.
Hamilton, IL – The third annual Hamilton Homecoming celebration will take place Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th. The opening ceremony will include an ice cream social sponsored by the Hamilton Community Development Coalition. The feature parade featuring Hometown Heroes will run on Broadway on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00. The festivities will also include a model car show, a three-point shootout, and a hot wings eating contest.
Lewistown, IL – The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Restoration project is adding an economic development aspect to its program. The group's Doug Blodgett says a staff member is working with representatives of towns in the region to show how they might capitalize on the development of the 7,000 acre project. The conservancy is restoring former farmland to wetlands, marsh and wildlife habitat in Fulton County. Blodgett says adding recreation to the program at Emiquon is a way of building public support.
Dallas City, IL – Corporate fish production and commercial fishermen are battling for market share and a continuation of a way of life. Commercial fishermen on Illinois rivers say aquaculture is depressing their market for fish. Operators of fish farms say their product is free of pollutants such as PCBs that are in some river-raised fish. Commercial fishermen say raising fish in confined ponds makes them more susceptible to disease and more likely to be treated with chemicals and antibiotics.
Montrose, IA – The first annual Pride of Montrose festival and 2005 craft show took place all day Saturday and Sunday. The event featured live music, kids games, and garage sales throughout town. Greg Ruth with Montrose Riverfront Inc. says the event was a way to honor the community's history. Ruth says the weekend also put a spotlight on Montrose's restaurants. Several businesses took part in a taste of Montrose with turkey legs, hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, and pies for sale. The weekend also marked the establishment of a new visitor's center in the town.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk aldermen are considering a total updating of the city's code book. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the task would not be easy, but it would be worthwhile. He says the city would likely use outside professionals. Several council members are working on generating ideas for change, beginning with city planning and zoning. A topic that has sparked debate in recent weeks has been the use of large metal trailers for storage on or near Main Street. Police Chief R.L.
Macomb, IL – A computer was seized several months ago from the McDonough County Highway Department to investigate allegations that it contained pornography. It was in the office of then-county engineer Josh Richardson. It was accessible to several employees. State's Attorney James Hoyle says the hard drive was duplicated and sent to the Illinois Attorney General's office to see if there were grounds for prosecution. Hoyle has assured county board members that the hard drive was not erased and there was no cover-up.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton, Warsaw, and Nauvoo-Colusa districts are in the early stages of conducting a consolidation feasibility study. Hamilton Superintendent Steve Breckon says the study will provide data about each district and will give them an idea how things might look if the districts combined into one. He says it does not commit the districts to a reorganization plan. The districts have met with the Regional Office of Education to begin the process of searching for a consulting firm to conduct the study.
Carthage, IL – Carthage residents will be paying more on their water and sewer bills. The council approved a hike designed to cover what the city pays the firm contracted to run the water and sewer plants. City Clerk Kathy Graham says the increase will add about a dollar a month to those paying the minimum bill. The increase will be proportionately larger on commercial billings. The increase is scheduled to take effect next month. The city was not charged a rate increase by the firm last year.
Fort Madison, IA – The Board of Supervisors has agreed to enter into one-year contracts with nine different groups and organizations that work with county residents who have mental health or developmental disabilities. The contracts cover services such as psychiatric care, counseling, and residential care. Service rates were increased in four of the contracts. The rates will remain the same in the other five. The contracts will begin July 1.