Fort Madison, IA – Some of Lee County's elected leaders could be in line for a pay increase. The Lee County Compensation Board is recommending the County Attorney, Auditor, Recorder, Sheriff, and Treasurer recieve a 3.5% pay hike. The panel is also recommending no pay increase for the Board of Supervisors. Compensation Board member Jim Dennis says the board based the 3.5% figure on the union contract for the upcoming fiscal year. The compensation board tossed around both lower and higher figures, but eventually settled on the 3.5%.
Macomb,IL – State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) says he'll be working to make sure funding is not cut for higher education in the next fiscal year. Myers is a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee in the House. He says it's important to increase funding for colleges and universities because their budgets were held flat the past couple years and were cut for a couple years before that. Myers also wants to make sure adequate funding is available for K-12 education and for agencies that help seniors, the developmentally disabled, and those who are mentally ill.
Fort Madison, IA – Renovations to the Old Valley Clinic Building are costing Fort Madison a little more than anticipated. The building will eventually be the home of the new Fort Madison Public Library. City Manager Bill Kelly says contractors are working to remove all of the asbestos from the site. He says that process has cost the city more money than previously anticipated. Kelly says the original company that was contracted to locate all of the asbestos on site failed to find asbestos in two locations, so far, costing the city more than $6,000.
Macomb, IL – After more than 30 years of major project contracting, Hillyer's Incorporated in Macomb will cease operations once it finishes its current projects. Family members would not say more beyond a brief, released statement. In it they cited the increasing complexity of doing business with a highly politicized state government. State Representative Rich Myers of Colchester pointed to recent state regulations which make it difficult for local firms to offer good contracting jobs at prevailing wage rates to non-union workers.