Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen will take bids for a sewer project near North Liberty Street. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the new sewers will serve a recently-annexed area where residents are still using septic systems. He says the sewer extension will assure compliance with health codes. Shepherd says a state grant will cover $127,000 of the 187,000 cost. The city will pay the rest. Shepherd says he hopes to begin construction within two months. He says the project should be completed by fall.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors may need some answers about a proposed port authority before voting to create it. The board, along with the Keokuk and Fort Madison city councils, is being asked to form the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority. Supervisor Bob Woodruff says the 3 panels should meet and draft by-laws and regulations for the authority before jumping ahead and signing the agreement.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have agreed to test the waters on the Glenwood Pool issue. They voted Monday night to seek information on how much an engineering study of the aging pool might cost. Mayor Mick Wisslead says the city needs an exact figure from two or three different firms before it decides what to do next. In other action, aldermen agreed to allow the police department to seek donations for purchasing two new K-9 officers. But they rejected a WIU Student Government Association request for a street light on the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge.
Rushville, IL – The detention center in Rushville could open a bit sooner than planned. It was hoped the facility would be ready for the beginning of the state's fiscal year, which is July 1. But State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says he's been told by the Department of Human Services that the residents will be moving into the facilty by the middle of next month. The center will house sexually violent offenders who've served their prison time but are considered too dangerous to be released. The program is being moved to Rushville from Joliet.