Keokuk, IA – Voters in Southeast Iowa will only have to make a few choices at the polls during the upcoming primary. The deadline has passed for filing the paperwork needed to be on the June 6 ballot for county or state office. In Lee County, the lone contested race is for the democratic nomination for treasurer. Incumbant Mary Koehler, who replaced longtime treasurer Mary Hoenig, several months ago, is being challenged by Janet Strunk and Jeanne Cooper. The field is rather sparce in Des Moines County as well.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk may seek some clarification as to the authority of the Lee County Board of Supervisors in creating one county seat. The city council could vote, next week, on whether to seek a legal opinion from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Alderman Bill Olmsted says the opinion is necessary because of the possible impact on Keokuk if county services are combined and moved out of the city. The Lee County Board of Supervisors believes it has the authority to create one county seat by simply approving a resolution.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton, Nauvoo-Colusa, and Warsaw school districts agreed, several months ago, to conduct a feasibility study. The document compares and organizes information provided by each district, such as finances and enrollment. It also outlines reorganization options and state financial incentives. A public presentation was recently held in the Hamilton gymnasium. More than 200 people turned out to see and hear the results. The districts have 3 reorganization options: consolidation, convergence, or deactivation.