Havana, IL – More than $246,000 in state grants will help the Havana Park District improve its Riverfront Park. Director Jill Hills says the money will pay for a walkway to a floating dock, along with a new nature center. The center will include rest room facilities and a snack bar. She says it's designed for observation of riverfront wildlife. Future plans for the district include better parking areas and improvements to the district's boat launching ramps.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce wants to improve the appearance of the city by cleaning up several properties. Executive Director Tracy Vance says the Chamber's beautification and image program was started, last fall, to help clean up dilapidated properties around Fort Madison. Vance says the Chamber is working with the city to do something about these properties through the current building codes pertaining to run-down structures. He says that once the owner of a property is identified, they will have the opportunity to work with the city to clean up the site.
Beardstown, IL – Beardstown's city council is urging the Senate to pass the Water Quality Bill of 2005. Mayor Bob Walters sayss the bill contains a provision that would require the Corps of Engineers to keep a channel dredged to the town's silted-in marina. When the Corps moved the mouth of the Sangamon River eight miles closer to town, cropland silt has filled in the bay that was a wildlife habitat. it also is silting in the town's riverfront. Walters says the economic impact on the town has been devastating.