A vacant library in downtown Fort Madison could soon have new life.
Fort Madison is now part of a program that helps cities collect outstanding debt.
Fort Madison appears to be getting a good deal on some upcoming sewer work.
Future mayors of Fort Madison could have more authority and input on city matters.
The city currently functions with a part-time mayor, a full-time city manager and seven city council members.
Two of the seven city council members are selected at large while the remaining five each represent one of Fort Madison’s five wards.
City Manager Byron Smith says the panel is exploring several potential changes to that current structure.
He says the discussions are based on one of the goals established during a goal-setting workshop held earlier this year.
Fort Madison is trying to organize and prioritize its future infrastructure needs.
City Manager Byron Smith says the city has not had a capital improvement plan since he arrived in January 2009. He says city staff has been working on a five-year forecast for the last six months.
Smith says the wide-ranging document will cover a variety of projects, including streets, water lines, sewer projects, vehicles, and large-scale equipment.
The five-year capital improvement plan would include cost estimates and potential revenue sources for the projects.