Monmouth, IL – The Monmouth-Roseville school district is going forth with some provisions outlined in its deficit reduction plan. The school board has agreed to send letters to neighboring districts to see if they'd be open to consolidation.
Superintendent Paul Woehlke says this exploration does not mean further consolidation is a done deal -- research into the benefits must be completed first, especially considering the state's financial situation.
Macomb, IL – Two recent government surveys about jobs let advocates cherry-pick statistics, but three serious problems remain ignored: Millions of Americans are still out of work or "underemployed," long-term joblessness is a crisis, and there have been historic declines in average weekly wages as well as employment.
Clark County, MO – Residents have approved of Clark County's plan to borrow $4-million to build a new courthouse and to implement a cent sales tax to pay for it. The votes took place within the last two months.
Supporters worked with an architectural firm to develop conceptual drawings of what the new courthouse could look like if the votes were approved. Those drawings must now be fine-tuned.
Clark County Commissioner Jerry Neyens says a town-hall meeting on the courthouse design is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20.
Lee County, IA – Fort Madison and Lee County have reached a deal on a water purchase agreement. The county started negotiating with the city several months ago.
The Fort Madison City Council approved a version of the 28E agreement last week. Just 10 hours earlier, the Lee County Board of Supervisors expressed concerns about several aspects of the proposal.
A meeting of representatives from both organizations resulted in the agreement. Lee County Supervisor Larry Kruse says a key hurdle involved the county giving the city a roughly 4-acre piece of property.