Carthage, IL – A convergence hearing for three Hancock County school districts has been delayed until Dec. 8. A Committee of Ten from the Carthage, LaHarpe and Dallas City school districts hopes to convince voters to form a single high school district, with an elementary district remaining in each town. The hearing before the Regional Board of School Trustees was delayed to to an error in the publication of the hearing notice. Committee member Pat Dietrich says members of her group and the general public will be invited to speak at the hearing.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are taking a look at how the city deals with property maintenance violations. At their November 28 meeting, aldermen reviewed a list of more than one dozen recent examples of properties with violations. They were also given an update on the status of each case. Fourth Ward Alderman John Maguire says he's heard comments from residents about maintenance violations and says the city needs to pay attention to the issue. The building and zoning office will share more information about the process at the next city council committee meeting.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board is proposing a tax levy about seven percent higher than last year. Superintendent Matt Plater says much of the increase will go to the tort levy fund, which has been shorted by years of tax caps. Plater says residents in the Industry portion of the district will see an increase in their tax rate, but will still be paying a lower rate than when they were in the Industry school district. Plater says at next month's meeting the board will begin a discussion of which classes will be taught in what location.
Rushville, IL – A natural resources group wants to encourage more recreational boating on the LaMoine River. The LaMoine Valley Ecosystem Partnership has discovered that the river is not on the state's list of navigable waters. That means landowners own the river bed and can prevent boaters from using the river. The group is researching Illinois state regulations to see how the river could be declared navigable and open to recreational boating. The partnership is working with the Department of Natural Resources to improve habitat and improve opportunities for recreation in the valley.
Keokuk, IA – Several communities within the Tri State region are looking for grant money to upgrade their sewer systems. Keokuk is applying for a $520,000 state grant to remove and replace the Bank Street Lift Station. Public Works Director Bill Richards says the station is nearly 50 years old and is in need or repairs. He says the city would also use the money to eliminate 3 combined sewer overflows from the Victory Park area. Keokuk's local match would be $100,000 dollars.