It is costing one Lee County community much more money to upgrade a key facility.
Local contractors will handle a majority of the upcoming improvements to downtown Fort Madison.
The city secured a $500,000 state grant to improve the facades of 13 buildings. The property owners will contribute another $170,000 to the project.
The city chose to seek bids per category of work as opposed to going project by project so one contractor would handle all windows and doors while another would do the masonry, for example.
Fort Madison is moving ahead with a plan to reorganize several departments.
Six veteran employees signed up to take advantage of the city’s early retirement program, which means they will be stepping down before the end of the calendar year.
City Manager Byron Smith says the group of retiring employees includes the heads of the water department, the public works department and the wastewater treatment plant.
He says the city will replace the three positions with one new public works director.
Lee County has decided to help one of its unincorporated communities with a proposed sewer project.
The Board of Supervisors has entered into a new 28-E agreement with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS).
RUSS is an organization based in Mount Pleasant that helps rural communities secure state and/or federal money for sewer projects.
Supervisor Ernie Schiller says this agreement will allow RUSS to start the preliminary engineering work for a potential sanitary sewer system in the Mooar/Powdertown area north of Keokuk.