Bushnell, IL – Bushnell city authorities will try a short and a long-term solution to the problem of a reddish color in the city's water. Mayor Steve Russell says it began showing after the city switched to a reverse osmosis treatment system. He says the different chemistry of the water is cleaning out the 66 blocks of cast iron water mains. The city is trying to get EPA permission to change the way it treats the water. It's also investigating a state grant that could help it replace the cast iron mains.
Keokuk, IA – Communities across the country use the month of February to highlight Black History Month and showcase the achievements of African Americans. Residents in the tri-state region have just a few more days to view a display othe African American history of Lee County. The walls of the Inertia Center in Keokuk are lined with newspaper clippings and photographs. The display was put together, in part, through the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa. It will be open in Keokuk until the end of the month.
Fort Madison, IA – The cost of water could be on the rise in Fort Madison. The city council has approved the second reading of a proposal to increase water rates. Residential and commercial rates could increase about 24%. Industrial and wholesale rates would also go up. City leaders say the new revenue will eventually be used for improvements to the city's water system. That could include building a new water plan, upgrading the current facility, or purchasing water from Keokuk by connecting a water line between the cities.
Rushville, IL – Rushville city and business leaders are preparing to woo up to 80 staffers who might transfer from Joliet to the new detention center near Rushville. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the Department of Human Services will send up to two busloads of contract workers to Rushville in early March. Shepherd says they'll be given breakfast as they tour the unopened prison. After lunch they'll be able to tour the Square and the town. In addition, a series of booths will be set up to highlight the town's recreation, education, business and other features.