Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are being asked to consider rate hikes for water and sewer fees and for solid waste disposal. City Administrator Mike Hays says the budget could be balanced without increasing the fees, but the city would then spend down its reserves. Hays is recommending a arte increase of 3.5% to 4% for water and sewer fees. He's not yet decided on a proposed hike for garbage. Aldermen talked about the issue Monday night as part of their ongoing budget discussions. The city's new spending plan goes into effect May 1.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk residents will have to be more conscious of how they throw away their garbage. Starting today, residents must have no more than 2 trash cans, the cans cannot be more than 33 gallons, and tight-fitting lids must be on the cans when the garbage is set out. Codes Enforcement Officer Kathie Mahoney says these laws have been on the books for at least 5 years, but they have not been enforced. Mahoney says residents should set the cans out the morning their garbage is picked up, and move the cans off the curb when they are emptied.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have approved drilling a new water well near the Illinois River. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the fourth well should insure a sufficient supply of water when the new detention center near town begins operation this summer. Shepherd says the three existing wells are aging, and do not produce as much water as they used to. Engineers have done a preliminary test that indicates the flow should be sufficient. The city's wells are along the Illinois River bottoms.
Macomb, IL – A personal crisis inspired an expert on speech communication to focus on a health-related issue. Dr. Daena Goldsmith is a professor at the University of Illinois. Her area of research interest is communication in personal relationships. Goldsmith's current focus is on how couples communicate after a healthcare crisis. She developed the idea after her father suffered a heart attack about 13 years ago. Goldsmith says she sometimes found herself speechless as she struggled to understand how to help someone while also respecting his ability to make his own decisions.