Carthage, IL – Carthage is almost finished with an owner-occupied home rehabilitation program. Doing the same with rental housing might be next. Mayor Jim Nightingale says eight of eleven homes are finished. He said they hoped to do 14 with the more than $250,000 state grant, but the homes they did required major work, and exhausted the funds. He says aldermen are gathering data on a possible state program that would let the city bring some rental units up to code as a way of improving the community's housing stock.
Macomb, IL 61455 – The McDonough County Board delayed for a month taking action on problems with tax exemptions for some owner-occupied homes. The delay is to give the state's attorney time to check what the county can legally do. An overflow crowd at the board meeting heard from people who should have received the tax exemption for an owner-occupied home, but didn't. Several reasons were suggested for the errors, including incomplete preparation of forms by bankers or realtors and the misplacing of applications in the courthouse.
Monmouth, IL – A Warren County Board committee is looking into whether the county should try to form a health department. Chairman Gary Heaton says representatives from the city of Monmouth suggested the idea. He says a department could provide up to 30 services to the public. In addition, it would make the county eligible for grants that it cannot now get. Heaton says committee members are surveying other counties to find out the pros and cons. He says the committee will make a report to the county board, which will then decide whether to proceed.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison wants to send a message to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The message is that change is needed. The city council has voted to withhold the waste management fee Fort Madison pays to the waste authority. A recent state audit of the organization revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper or questionable spending. Council member Chris Greenwald hopes the move will send the message, to the waste authority, that it is time to clean up its operations.
Macomb, IL – The new McDonough-Hancock Regional school superintendent is planning some expansion. Gary Eddington says he's applied for grants that would extend teaching to pre-schoolers in day care centers. Eddington says the grant could possibly reach children in home care centers with just few children to "add an educational component to their day care day." Eddington also expects more involvement by the state and his office in home schooling. He says Illinois has fewer requirements than many other states. Eddington replaced Bob Baumann as the regional superintendent.