Colchester, IL – More than a year after the idea was proposed, new customers continue to sign up with the West Prairie Water Cooperative. Board chairman George Dixon says dry weather has helped convince people with an uncertain water supply that tapping on will help their farms or homestead. The Coop will get its water from the Dallas Rural Water Cooperative to serve up to 230 customers in Chalmers and Tennessee townships. Dixon says adding the new customers will assure that there's enough cash flow to pay off the federal start-up loan.
Keokuk, IA – An environmental study on a site in Keokuk, with economic development potential, is back underway. The 2nd phase of a Brownfield study, to analyze and determine soil contamination, has been underway at the old Ferro-Sil property. Before the final results were compiled, large piles of dirt and rock were temporarily dumped on the property. Mayor Dave Gudgel says that delayed the findings. He says more tests are being conducted so the Iowa Department of Natural Resources can add the results to its final report.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk wants the state to look into whether one of the city's busiest intersections should be made wider. Dozens of large tractor-trailers utilize the 7th and Main Street intersection on a daily basis. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the intersection was not designed for these large semis. The city council has asked the Iowa Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study at that intersection. Richards says the DOT would focus on tractor trailers turning left from Main onto 7th and those turning right from 7th onto Main.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler County Board will vote later this month on supporting a proposed housing project near Rushville. The Illinois Community Action Association says if the board approves of the project, as the Rushville City council has, it will begin a market study to determine the demographics of the housing. Don Harris says the goal is to build around 20 homes which would be sold or leased to working people. Funding would be from private sources.
Keokuk, IA – Members of 2 more employee unions are asking Keokuk for pay increases in their next contracts. Workers within the General Union, which includes the bridge, parks, and streets departments, are seeking a 2-year contract. In the first year, employees would receive a pay hike of roughly 6.5%. The second year would call for 6% hikes. The union is also seeking additional pay for swing-span operators in the bridge department and a reduction in the time an employee must work to receive life and health insurance.