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.
Burlington, IA – The Burlington School District is working to find a site for a proposed new middle school. Business Manager Chris Van Meter says the district hopes to purchase a couple of acres of land along Sunnyside Avenue for about $150,000. The board could vote on the purchase Monday. Van Meter says the land would eventually be used to build a new middle school. Last May, fire destroyed Horace Mann Middle School. After that, Van Meter says the district decided to operate just two middle schools, Oak Street and James Madison.
Fort Madison, IA – City leaders in Fort Madison say if the Lee County Board of Supervisors creates one county seat, the seat should be in their city. The city council has approved a resolution filled with reasons why it feels Fort Madison would be the best site for the county seat. Mayor Steve Ireland says the city needed to speak up before the Board of Supervisors took action. The resolution goes much furture than a measure recently adopted in Keokuk.