Colchester is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for up to eight years to complete a large-scale sewer project.
The city has two options to pay for the $4.2 million project.
If the city qualifies for loans and grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program, the project might be completed in four years.
If the project qualifies for grants through the EPA the project might take eight years. That's because the city could only apply every other year.
Lee County will be able to take advantage of newer technology when it comes to sending alerts about emergencies or disasters.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Keokuk and Fort Madison Police Departments have utilized CodeRED for several years.
The system can send a pre-recorded message to hundreds of telephone numbers in seconds.
Sheriff Jim Sholl says CodeRED is being replaced by a new system called DeltAlert.
He says DeltAlert offers more minutes for the same price and some important new features like sending the messages as emails or texts.
City and county leaders understand there are structural concerns with Burlington’s police station on North 3rd Street.
Those concerns led to discussions about a joint law enforcement center that would be shared by Burlington and Des Moines County.
Chairman Tom Broeker says the County Board of Supervisors backed out of the talks because of the potential, multi-million dollar price tag for the project.
The future of the building is back in the news after mold was discovered on the third floor, which houses the Des Moines County Attorney’s office.
Governor Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session to reform the state's pension systems.
But so far he doesn't have a plan beyond that.
"We've had proposals this year, we've had a working group this year, we've had discussions and negotiations this year," Quinn said.
The McDonough County Animal Shelter is finding more homes for more pets.
Just over a year ago, the county had a complete turnover of its animal control officers.
Linda Jani chairs ths county committee that oversees the shelter's operation.
She says, “We're very happy with that trend because we like to see the animals going to good homes. Nobody likes to euthanize (animals) but occassionally it's necessary.