It appears Keokuk is ready to move ahead with a large-scale street reconstruction project.
Several years ago, the city borrowed about $3-million to rebuild Grand Avenue, from 4th Street to Rand Park.
The bids came in much higher than that, though, so the city had to repay the loan, with interest, and put the project on the shelf.
Talk of rebuilding Grand Avenue has resurfaced in recent weeks, culminating in last night’s Keokuk City Council workshop.
Keokuk’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012 attempts to get the city back on track when it comes to equipment and infrastructure.
The city council has approved the roughly $29-million spending plan after working on it for several months and holding multiple Saturday workshops.
The numbers show that most departmental budgets will be at or just slightly above their level in the current city budget.
Mayor Tom Marion says holding down spending was one goal for the new budget.
Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says the city council needs to reach a decision, soon, on whether to rebuild about 12 blocks of Grand Avenue.
He says the design work is complete so the next step is to put the project out for bid so work could begin this year.
Marion says moving ahead with Grand Avenue will not impact the surfacing of several streets around Wells-Carey Elementary School.
These streets have been gravel for more than a year to allow some subterranean sewer work to settle.
Keokuk borrowed about $3-million to rebuild Grand Avenue several years ago.