Lee County has started collecting money to cover its share of a potential state grant for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison.
That is possible because the Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Community Development Fund.
The first donations came in shortly after the official vote. Supervisors Rick Larkin ($1,000) and Larry Kruse ($500) pulled out their wallets and wrote their checks to back up their verbal pledges from last week.
It appears Lee County has come up with a way to contribute to a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison without using taxpayer money.
The county is being asked to provide a total of $25,000 over the next five years to the $3.4-million dollar project. The Vision Iowa Board has said without that contribution, Fort Madison will not receive any state funding.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has rejected previous requests for that much money, but Supervisor Larry Kruse believes a compromise has been reached.
Fort Madison is moving ahead with the development of an inspection program for rental properties.
The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the housing code to allow for the inspections. The program was identified as a priority during a recent city goal-setting session.
It would require every owner of a rental property to register their units with the city by November 1, 2012. There would be a $25 fee for the 1st unit and $5 for each additional unit.