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.
Plant Manager Dennis Clark says testing at the biodiesel plant in downtown Keokuk could get underway in a couple of weeks.
He says that process will continue until the equipment is up to speed, as it sat idle for several years.
The same company (W2 Fuel that owns the former Tri-City Energy plant in Keokuk has a similar facility in Crawfordsville, Iowa.
Clark says the hiring process is underway at both locations.
The relatively warm weather in recent weeks has benefited Keokuk's new water tower.
The structure behind the former Lincoln Elementary School in Keokuk can hold four-million gallons of water.
Waterworks General Manager Bill Cole says the water tower first went online just before Christmas. He says it was not placed in full service, though, until last Friday.
Cole says the time in between allowed for electrical work to be completed and equipment to be tuned. He says those processes were aided by the lack of freezing temperatures.