Rushville, IL – Rushville has received a $110,000 state grant to extend a new sewer line to the northern part of town. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the new line will go to an area of about ten homes. It's bordered by the high school and the Schuylr Fair Board property. Shepherd says the homes in the recently-annexed area are now on a septic system. He says having a sewer line to the area could help development, or make growth at the school or the fairgrounds easier. The town will provide $50,000 in match money.
Nauvoo, IL – Opponents to a proposed zoning change in Nauvoo say they want a comprehensive plan for the town. Aldermen are considering an ordinance designed to allow a blue cheese factory in the southeast part of the city. Sam Candito says those opposing the zoning amendment are not against constructing the factory. He says they believe it should be in an area appropriate for manufacturing. Candito says the ordinance as proposed would permit manufacturing in all commercial areas of the town. This could include the main street, where businesses are backed by homes.
Keokuk, IA – A proposed mental health community center in Lee County has hit a road block. The Lee County Board of Supervisors has tabled a proposal to develop a facility that would be open 20 hours a week in Fort Madison. The board started accepting proposals for such a center about 8 months ago. Supervisor Bob Woodruff says too much time has passed and the board needs to re-evaluate the county's need for the center. He says the board should wait until March to discuss the center, so the supervisors can focus on crafting the county's budget at the start of the new year.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have agreed to start levying a tax to pay the city's share of building the public safety center. But support for the plan was not unanimous. The vote was 5-2 to levy for half of the tax. Dennis Moon and Tim Lobdell opposed the proposal. Lobdell says it's a violation of public trust to collect a tax that previous city council members had promised to abate. Supporters say the city is struggling financially and needs to consider all revenue sources. Both sides agree this does not solve the city's revenue problems. The levy will generate nearly $70,000.