Fort Madison

Talking to Nearby Communities
8:35 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Fort Madison Looking at Tourism Regionally

The Fort Madison City Council created a special committee to hand out the city’s hotel/motel tax revenue to specific events or organizations.

The promotion of tourism, though, does not fall on the committee.  It is handled by Fort Madison Partners.

That organization is an umbrella group that includes the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, and Fort Madison Economic Development Corporation.

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WIUM Local
2:49 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Fort Madison Downtown Renovations

Downtown Fort Madison will be busy this summer.

Fort Madison’s downtown district will receive a makeover this summer.   The city received a $500,000 state grant to help pay for façade improvements for thirteen buildings. 

The grant will cover 70% of the cost of the project with the building owners picking up the remaining 30%.

Fort Madison Main Street’s Executive Director Mary Ottoson says the façade improvements are currently in the design phase.

She says the project should go out for bid in early July.  Each phase will be bid in a way that one contractor will handle all of the painting or masonry, for example.

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Ground Breaking Likely This Summer
12:30 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Fort Madison to Get State Funding

The 3rd time was the charm in Fort Madison’s attempt to land some state funding for a proposed sports complex.

The Fort Madison Sports Complex Committee applied for nearly $900,000 through the Vision Iowa Board’s Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Committee.

The group walked away with nothing but advice and recommendations after its first two presentations to the CAT Committee.

The third trip, though, led Vision Iowa to agree to enter into negotiations with the sports complex committee to determine how much state funding would be provided.

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Funding Needed For State Support
12:07 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Lee County Will Contribute to Project

Lee County will provide money for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison.  The decision comes after the Board of Supervisors spent weeks rejecting requests for funding.

The Vision Iowa Board has said that Fort Madison’s request for more than $800,000 will not be considered without a $25,000 contribution from the county.  The program requires city, county, and public support for a project.

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Water Rate Decreasing
9:00 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Fort Madison Increasing Sewer Rates

Fort Madison City Council

Fort Madison residents should expect some good news and some bad news from the city when they go to their mailboxes this summer.

The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would decrease the water basic charge by just over $1.00/month.  The average residential household will see a decrease of 4%.

Aldermen described that as the “good news” during its most recent meeting.

The savings are linked to favorable bids for the construction of the new water plant and several transmission mains.

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