The Keokuk City Council needs more information before acting on a rezoning request for a local business.
Saint Louis Gear Company would like to move its operations from Royal Road to the Faith Family Church along Main Street.
President Dan Hodges says his company has outgrown its current plant and he does not want to have to move outside of the city.
“Keokuk is my hometown and I want to continue to try to build jobs in Keokuk,” says Hodges.
The move would require about 5.5 acres of land be rezoned for industrial use.
Special events including alcohol can now be held at any public location in Keokuk.
An application for such events is now being developed.
The proposed application would be fairly simple.
It requires the name of the organization holding the special event, contact information, date, time and location.
Mayor Tom Marion says the idea is to help city staff keep track of event requests.
“(It would) give us advance notice so everything can be considered prior to the event itself,” says Marion, “because it would give us at least 60 days before the event.”
Wednesday night’s Keokuk Board of Adjustment meeting centered on two concepts: neighborhood integrity vs. business growth.
The board ended up signing off on an proposed expansion for Lexington Square, but the issue appears far from settled.
Julie Totten says her family bought its home at 17 Greenbrier Court in March of 2009.
Keokuk’s Planning and Zoning Commission opposes a proposed business expansion.
Lexington Square needs a special use permit from the city to add a roughly 10,000 square foot addition to its complex.
The goal is to provide more private rooms for residents of the nursing home on Keokuk’s north side.
Many residents who live near the complex oppose the expansion because proposed increases in water drainage, traffic, noise, and overhead lights.
The planning commission is recommending the city’s Board of Adjustment NOT issue the special use permit.
Organizers hope the recent temperature dip will make it easier for people to watch the bald eagles soar above Keokuk’s riverfront this weekend.
Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley says the warmer weather this winter has provided more hunting locations for the eagles.
He says they have been able to travel up and down the Mississippi River because of the open water.
Buckley says as the river starts to freeze, the eagles will start to congregate below Keokuk’s Lock & Dam because the moving water keeps that area open for hunting.