Fort Madison, IA – Reorganizing Holy Trinity Catholic Schools could improve the system both educationally and financially. Holy Trinity will close its elementary school in Fort Madison at the end of the school year. Chief Administrative Officer, Doris Turner, says all 1st through 6th graders will attend class in West Point next year. She says junion high and high school students will be housed in Fort Madison. Turner says having just 1 elementary school will improve the available educational opportunities.
Colchesterl, IL – The West Prairie school district will shop around for a new natural gas supplier for its elementary and middle schools. Superintendent Jonathan Heeboth says a number of school boards have formed a consortium to contrct for a large quantity of the heating fuel. Heerboth says if the consortium can get natural gas at a lower cost, it will still have to pay Ameren for delivering the fuel throuth its pipeline. The district cannot shop around for a new supplier for the high school yet because it's locked into a contract through 2008.
Carthage, IL – A plausible purchaser might be looking into the Robert Morris College campus in Carthage. Mayor James Nightingale says the person negotiating with the real estate agent might be the "most promising" buyer to consider the buildings over the past few years. All negotiations are taking place with the Chicago area realtor, but Nightingale says city staffers will do all they can to help move negotiations forward.
Keokuk, IA – It could soon cost a little more for a plot at Keokuk's Oakland Cemetery. The current cost of a plot is $200. Alderman Bill Olmsted says that money goes into a special perpetual care fund. The city can only use the interest generated from that account, which Olmsted says does not pay for cemetery maintenence. That's why Olmsted is recommending the creation of a cemeter maintenence fund. To accomplish this, he says the plot fee should be hiked to $300.
Colchester, IL – The West Prairie High School Board okayed a $50 fee for students taking drivers education courses. Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth says the charge will help cover overetime for the teachers. He says they are already teaching full loads, and the after-school time at six hours per student is extra duty. Heerboth says the fee will not cover all of the extra cost, but it will help.
Keokuk, IA – That giant white tent, currently set up along Keokuk's Main Street, is being moved... but not too far. Ameren UE has been removing soil containing coal-tar residues, left behind by an old manufactured gas plant. The tent stretches about 1 city block and is located between 16th and 18th streets. Spokesperson Mike Cleary says the tent keeps odors from escaping during the clean-up process. He says the tent must now be moved away from the KSB Bank branch facility and toward 18th street as work progresses north.
Colmar, IL – A swine facility near Colmar will pay $27,000 in a proposed settlement with the Illinois Pollution Control Board. A citizen complaint last October alleged the facility caused odors and was polluting a tributary of Troublesome Creek. As part of the agreement, Pinnacle Genetics will upgrade its incinerator facilities for dead stock, improve a composting operation and prevent drainage from reaching the creek. It will also stop building manure piles along an access road.