Tri States Public Radio Staff
Alcohol, Contracts, Body Armor, Sidewalks
Mon February 6, 2012
Around The Region
The Keokuk City Council has created an application for special events with alcohol.
The form is designed to help city staff keep up with requests.
It requires information such as date, time, location and estimated attendance.
The city council approved its first application shortly after creating the document.
It was on behalf of the annual Rollin on the River blues festival in Victory Park.
The Keokuk City Council has created a union negotiating committee.
Aldermen Roger Bryant, John Helenthal and Ron Payne will be charged with making sure an outside firm understands the city’s direction on future employee contracts.
The council plans to use Cedar Rapids-based Ray and Associates to negotiate new contracts with several employee unions during the upcoming fiscal year.
The firm works with many local governments in the area including the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Keokuk School District.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Reserve Unit is still raising money for equipment.
The latest fundraiser generated more than $5,000.
The money will be used to purchase body armor for each reserve officer.
There are currently 12 officers in the unit. Each piece of body armor costs about $600.
Keokuk is moving ahead with plans to build sidewalks between two schools.
The city has received two grants totaling more than $250,000 through the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program.
Phase 1 calls for sidewalks and crosswalks to be built from Keokuk High School to Hawthorne Elementary via Middle Road, Boulevard Road and Decatur Street.
Phase 2 is the addition of sidewalks along Boulevard Road from Plank Road to Grand Avenue.
Community Development Director Pam Broomhall says Phase 1 is in the design phase, with construction getting underway in late spring or early summer.