Keokuk, IA – Keokuk must look at increasing sewer rates to address some long-range projects. Keokuk wants to make a number of upgrades and additions to its wastewater plant in the very near future. The projects include replacing several roofs and purchasing equipment and a bio-solids truck. Wastewater Superintendent, Chuck Pietscher, says sewer rates will have to go up to pay for these projects. Early projections, from a recently commissioned rate study, show the city would have to hike residential rates by nearly 75%, over the next 5 years, to pay off some projects in a timely maner.
Macomb, IL – Spoon River College will hold a retreat next month to work on its strategic plan. President Robert Ritschel, who has been with the college just over a year, says the board wanted him to prepare a long-range plan that would include course and facility needs over the next several years. He says the past year has been somewhat of a "catch-up" year while he readied faculty and staff to work on the strategic plan.
Biggsville, IL – The Biggsville Preservation Group is re-opening one of the town's turn-of-the-century hotels. President Richard Lutz says townspeople bought shares, purchased the building at auction last month, and have painted and re-papered it. He says the three bedrooms will be useful for families expecting an overflow crowd of visitors. The kitchen and living room could also be used for gatherings of local groups. Lutz says the Lynne Hotel in Biggsville is being opened to the public Friday evening with an event called Evening at the Hotel.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Sheriff's Office will put a physician on retainer to provide for prisoner care. Sheriff Rick Van Brooker told the County Board's Finance Committee his office will pay $800 per month to Dr. Dennis Coventon of LaHarpe. Van Brooker says Coventon has provided care for several years under a community service agreement, and then continued for five years after the agreement ended. Van Brooker will work with the state's attorney to come up with a contract.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison's proposed spending plan for next year appears to be balanced without any signficant cuts. City Manager Larry Dinwiddie says, after years of budget cuts, early numbers show revenues and expenditures are coming in at about the same pace. He says the spending plan, for the fiscal year that begins in July, does not include any program cuts or job eliminations. Dinwiddie says the city wants to avoid laying off workers, especially within the police and fire departments.