Keokuk, IA – Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel delivered his 6th State of the City Address to a crowd of more than 50 people this week. He spoke for more than 40 minutes about the city's accomplishments over the past year and provided a look ahead to the next 10 and 1/2 months in Keokuk. Throughout the speech, the over-riding themes were progress, hope, and growth. Keokuk has taken a hit, financially, in recent years due to cuts from the state and a loss of jobs and incentives.
Macomb, IL – Chairwoman Alice Henry says they'll seek either a low-interest state loan, or a loan from a local financial institution. The courthouse was last re-roofed about 20 years ago, but has leaks on the north side and northeast corner. Henry says the bids on the project are all around 100-thousand dollars. She says the committee will have to work rapidly because some of the bids have only a two-month valid period.
Carthage, IL – In the late 1990s, Carthage's reservoir had high levels of the herbicide Atrazine. They city made payments of up to $8 per acre to help farmers use other chemicals instead. Now Mayor James Nightingale says testing by a chemical firm shows low levels of Atrazine, and the firm will cease monthly testing and go to yearly. Nightingale says the program will be discussed with landowners and famers next week. The city had spent up to $6,000 yearly to help the farmers use more expensive weedkillers on their corn.
Macomb, IL – A developer wants to build some condominiums on Macomb's west side but the proposal has hit a wall. The plan calls for seven, two-unit condos just southwest of Riverview Drive and Wigwam Hollow Road. They would be marketed to retirees and WIU employees. In order for the project to proceed, the property needs to be rezoned from R-1 (for single family residential) to R-3 (for two-family residential). But neighborhood residents packed the Macomb Planning Commission's meeting Wednesday evening to voice their opposition.