The vacancy on the Macomb Park Board might remain unfilled until after the election in April of 2013.
The seat has been vacant since the death of former board president Lois Nickson in August of last year.
Board members have discussed filling the seat. But board president John Hemmingway told fellow commissioners this month that it is time to end the search. He said, “The president asks for consent that, failing anybody stepping forward to volunteer, that we proceed without actively soliciting a fifth member for the remainder of that term.”
An expansion and renovation of the Burlington Animal Shelter could get underway this summer.
The city council voted 3-2 to hire Myers Construction to do the work. The $820,000 bid from the firm out of Sperry, Iowa was the lowest of the three received by the city.
Burlington will split the cost of the project with the Des Moines County Humane Society. The organization has raised more than $500,000 for the shelter since its fundraising campaign began in 2010.
Fort Madison’s downtown district will receive a makeover this summer. The city received a $500,000 state grant to help pay for façade improvements for thirteen buildings.
The grant will cover 70% of the cost of the project with the building owners picking up the remaining 30%.
Fort Madison Main Street’s Executive Director Mary Ottoson says the façade improvements are currently in the design phase.
She says the project should go out for bid in early July. Each phase will be bid in a way that one contractor will handle all of the painting or masonry, for example.
The Democrats running for the District V seat on the Lee County Board of Supervisors are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to government consolidation.
It was one year ago, this month, that the board voted to reorganize county government.
The final proposal resulted in the moving of the Auditor and Treasurer’s offices to the North Lee County Office Building in Fort Madison.
In turn, the Assessor and Recorder’s offices are now located in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.
A four-to-four vote by the Keokuk City Council means A&B Furniture will not be able to display motorcycles in front of its store on Main Street.
1st Ward Alderman Mike O’Connor says the city must draw the line when businesses want to place vehicles on sidewalks.
The denial also means A&B Furniture cannot place furniture in front of the property.
In the same meeting, the city council approved a sidewalk display for Willow Tree Flowers and Gifts that calls for plants and a framed sign.
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