WIUM Local
10:54 am
Thu December 14, 2006

Fort Madison Budget Appears Balanced

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.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu December 14, 2006

Afternoon Edition

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12:17 am
Thu December 14, 2006

Emphasis

December 14, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to WIU Assistant to the President for Planning and Budget Joe Rives about the new Master Plan being developed for the Macomb campus.

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WIUM Local
11:25 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Snow Removal No Easy Task

Macomb, IL – Winter living in the Midwest means having to deal with the inevitable snow storm now and again. Towns in Illinois are better equipped to deal with snow than those in other parts of the country - or are they? Western and central Illinois got hammered with a significant amount of snow on the first day of December. Some towns, such as East Peoria, are being praised for how quickly and efficiently they cleared roads following the storm. Other towns, including Macomb, are being criticized.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:46 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Just One Candidate for Montrose Election

Montrose, IA – Montrose could end up paying several thousand dollars to re-affirm a recent appointment to the city council. Mark Holland was chosen, last month, to fill a vacancy. At the time, residents called for a special election. The price tag would be about $2000. As it turns out, Holland is the only person who turned in the necessary paperwork to be placed on the ballot for Tuesday's special city council election. In fact, City Clerk Celeste Cirinna says no one else took out nominating papers, from her office, though the documents are available online.

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WIUM Local
4:40 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Montrose Resumes GRRWA Payment

Montrose, IA – Montrose is once again making payments to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. For more than a year, Montrose has been collecting a waste management fee from residents. Instead of sending that money to the waste authority, the city was placing it in a separate fund. The city council has now authorized the reinstatement of Montrose's monthly payment of roughly $1600. The collected money, more than $38,000, is also being paid to the waste authority.

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WIUM Local
3:33 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Carthage Hopes to Adjust Contract

Carthage, IL – Carthage wants to alter a proposed water purchase agreement with Hamilton. Cartthge Mayor James Nightingale says Hamilton offered an agreement calling for the purchase of five million gallons per month, but he says the pipeline will not always carry that much. He says aldermen are proposing a guaranteed purchase of at least four million gallons per month to supplement the water from the Carthage Reservoir. Nightingale says the Hamilton city council is expected to vote on the issue next month. He says the city plans on a six-month contract.

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Afternoon Edition
7:50 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:14 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Long-Term Economic Development Deal Possible In Lee County

Fort Madison, IA – Talks of a new multi-year economic development agreement could soon get underway in Lee County. Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins, says a long-term commitment, between the county and Lee County Economic Development Group, would show stability and support for the future. LCEDG chairman, Mike Holtkamp, says the not-for-profit organization hopes to meet with the Board of Supervisors, after January 1, to start those discussions.

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