Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have approved preliminary engineering work for the proposed re-paving of the brick streets around the square. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city is still trying to come up with money for the city's portion of the project, as well as the cost of upgrading water and storm sewer lines before the re-paving begins. Shepherd says the entire project is expected to take between five and seven years.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois residents are being asked to be more careful when disposing of hypodermic needles and lancets. Chad Bratz of Tri County Resource and Waste Management says trash collection workers are being stuck by needles that work their way through plastic bags. That results in a series of antibiotic treatments to make sure workers do not get a blood-borne disease. Bratz says the current recommendation is for householders to put sharp objects in a heavy-duty plastic bottle, duct-tape the lid on when full, and label the bottle Sharps.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Law and Legal Committee has recommended paying for another owner-occupied tax exemption. Attorney Earl Bracey had asked that a package of five back exemptions be granted. He said the county's notification procedures were "clearly not adequate." Committee Chairman John Lawson said his group believed the application of Laurie Kost had been properly filed, but denied the exemption to other applicants. The suggestion goes to the full county board later this month.
Fort Madison, IA – A member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors wants Keokuk to ask its residents if they want property tax relief. Keokuk will soon be able to use the property tax dollars generated by the Keokuk Floodwall property. The city council has discussed several areas where it could use the money as it crafts the city's upcoming spending plan. County Board Vice-Chairman, Bob Woodruff, says the residents of Keokuk should have a chance to weigh in on how the money is used, through a special election.
Fort Madison, IA – Some questions surround the hiring of an architectural firm to work on renovations to the Lee County Jail. For $6500, the Nebraska-based firm will generate a rough floor plan that the county can use to develop a cost estimate for the jail expansion project. The company would also be in line to earn several hundred thousand dollars for final architectural designs if voters agree to borrow the money to upgrade the jail.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell will seek bids on a re-roofing job for the Recreaton and Cultural Center. Mayor Steve Russell says a council committee decided not to pay the extra cost to build a peaked roof on the center. He says that would cost twice the estimated $40,000 cost of a new flat roof with a 15-year guarantee. He says bids should be in soon and the re-roofing project could be underway by late spring or summer.
February 6, 2007 – The topic is job cuts in the media. The job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reports US media outlets announced more than 17,800 job cuts last year and 9,400 the year before.