Macomb, IL – McDonough County is working to ensure that all future rural home sites meet the requirements of its subdivision ordinance. Plat Officer and County Engineer Tom Hickman says some sites have been built on that are not on a public road. He says state requirements for a rural home include being on a public road, or having an easement to insure access. Hickman says he and some county board members will attend a plat seminar next month. The county board is also expected to revisit its subdivision ordinance.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council may have to lay off workers to balance the city's budget for next year. City Manager Bill Kelly says Fort Madison is facing a $650,000 deficit in its general fund, which includes the police and fire departments. Kelly is recommending eliminating the jobs of 3 fire fighters, 3 police officers, and the parks and recreation director to cover the shortfall. He says the city's budget cannot be balanced by reducing line items used for day to day operations.
Carthage, IL – The administrator of Memorial Hospital in Carthage will work on a statewide group that will try to gain support for the problems of small and rural hospitals. Ada Bair will serve on the Small Hospital Steering Committee of the Illinois Hospital Association. Bair says financial viability is the major problem facing rural hospitals, with some state payments up to six months late. Bair says another problem is finding staffers with the required technical skills.
Fort Madison, IA – A legislative forum in Fort Madison focused on the future of thes maximum security prison within the city. Fort Madison Mayor Steve Ireland and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracy Vance says keeping the prison in Fort Madison must be the top priority for city leaders this year. Democratic Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington says keeping the prison in Fort Madison must be a priority for all of Southeast Iowa. He says some lawmakers want to wait until Governor Tom Vilsack, who is from Southeast Iowa, is out of office before making a decision on the prison.