Tri States Public Radio Staff
WLobbying, Sewer Rates, Shootings, School Budget
Sun April 22, 2012
Around The Region
A small delegation from southeast Iowa will spend the next two days meeting with federal lawmakers and representatives of various agencies.
Fort Madison City Manager Byron Smith says the group will push a series of regional initiatives including transportation, flood management, health care, and defense spending.
He plans to also bring up a few Fort Madison-centric ideas during his time in Washington D.C.
They include finalizing a deal to bring Amtrak service to the downtown depot complex and promoting wind energy tax credits to benefit Siemens.
MOUNT PLEASANT, IA
Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) owns and operates nine sanitary sewer systems within the ten southeast Iowa counties it serves.
The organization is in the process of studying the rates charged for each system to see if any changes are required.
The money collected is used to repay state or federal loans received for the projects.
The study is also expected to provide RUSS with options for addressing properties without a water meter.
Charges will not be filed in connection with a fatal shooting in Burlington that left one Macomb resident dead last month.
Police say Terrell Miller, 22, died on March 16 after being shot six times by Jacqueline Williams, 28, who is also from Macomb.
Miller allegedly shot Williams once in the forehead with a handgun during an argument.
Williams then gained control of the gun and fatally shot Miller.
Authorities say the investigation is complete and the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office will not pursue criminal charges unless new evidence surfaces.
Superintendent Ritchie Kracht says the Clark County R-1 School District could lose a quarter of a million dollars if Missouri lawmakers do not add money to the school funding formula.
He says some of that can be made up through the annexation of the Revere C-3 School District.
Kracht says Clark County’s budget will not be approved until late June.
He says that will give Missouri lawmakers more time to decide how to address the education funding formula.