Macomb, IL – McDonough County is setting out its new Handicapped-Accessible voting machines for the public to try before balloting begins Feb. 27. County Clerk Florine Miller is especially interested in feedback from handicapped users. The machines have a touch-screen to vote with. There's also a set of headphones through which a synthesized voice reads the ballot. Voters can use a telephone dial-style keypad to navigate the ballot and cast their votes. The machine records the vote and prints on paper the results so voters can confirm their choices.
Macomb, IL – One of the goals for the Macomb Park District's executive director this year is to complete a long-range development plan. The park board recently approved a contract extension for Ray Peterson and he says that will provide him with an opportunity to work on the plan. The pact gives him a 3.3% pay raise, bringing his annual salary to $68,000. Peterson says preliminary details of the long-range plan could be available for public review within the next couple months. The plan should be completed by the end of the year.
Fort Madison, IA – One of Lee County's elected leaders says he will step down after this year. District 3 supervisor Joe Kowzan's term in office expires January 2, 2007. The Fort Madison Democrat says he will not seek another term in office. Kowzan says he wants to be more involved in other projects, such as the North Lee County Community Foundation. Kowzan took office in January of 2005. He previously served 5 years as the mayor of Fort Madison and an additional 4 years as a city council member. He says this is the right time to make the decision.
Carthge, IL – Planners in Carthage have received the first draft of a Corridor 336 study. Economic Developer Brenda Pyatt says the town's Impact Study Committee has been working more than three years on the document. It covers infrastructure, zoning, planning beautification and other topics for the area to be developed along Route 336 as it passes the town. After the study committee reviews the plan, a meeting will be held next month for public comment on the proposals. It will be reviewed by the town's planning commission before being fowarded to the city council for possible approval.