Macomb, IL – The City of Macomb is prepared to grow a little larger. Aldermen have approved agreements to annex four pieces of property once they're contiguous to the city. All four parcels are to the west and located along the new water line to Colchester. The properties include the 4-H center and some homes. Macomb hopes to improve its census figures as it adds property to the west. No one spoke on the annexation plans during a public hearing held at the city council's latest meeting.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors is trying to distance itself from recent comments made by one of its own members. Supervisor Larry Kruse recently wrote a newspaper article that said by receiving excessive vacation time, an employee in the county recorder's office clearly violated state code. The County Board has adopted a resolution that says Kruse was acting in an individual capacity, not as a representative of the Board, when he wrote the letter.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County has until the end of next month to pick the handicapped-accessible voting machines it plans to use. County Clerk Florine Miller says the machines must be in use by the March primaries. However, the state has only certified one machine so far, and Miller believes it's slow and cumbersome to use. She plans to look into other possible machines in the hope that one of them might be approved before the end of next month. A state grant is expected to pay the estimated $5,000 cost of each machine. The county is required to have one for each precinct.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County NAACP believes it's making some progress with the City of Macomb now that the group and the city have agreed to start holding regular meetings. Chapter President Gregg Huston will organize the first one. He will likely be joined by a couple aldermen, the mayor, and the city administrator. In addition, the city spent an hour addressing the NAACP's concerns Monday night. The city told Huston its officers have participated in three diversity training sessions in the past nine months.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council will soon discuss a major restructuring of the police department. The department currently operates three, eight-hours shifts, but Chief R. L. Dobson would like to switch to a pair of 12-hours shifts. He thinks that will put more officers on the street while also giving them a little more time away from the job. He says the final details are being worked out. The 12-hour shifts would be tried for one year to determine whether the change is successful. The council is expected to discuss the idea during an upcoming workshop.