Keokuk, IA – There will soon be a few more stop signs in Keokuk. The 2-way stop intersections at 18th and Franklin, 18th and Fulton, and 19th and Fulton, will soon become 4-way stops. The high-use intersections are located near several schools and the city's medical complex. The city council took the final steps, last night, to approve the additional stop signs. Alderman Bill Olmsted, who previously voted against the idea, says the safety concerns brought up by residents changed his mind.
Keokuk, IA – Voters across Iowa will go to the polls, Tuesday, to decide who should represent them on local school boards. Only one school district in Lee County features a contested board race. Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Keokuk Board of Education. Three of the last four school board elections in Keokuk have featured contested races. This time around, current board members Julia Logan and Tyler McGhghy, Fire Chief Mark Wessel, and former HS principal Tom Wemette are seeking terms on the board.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board's Finance Committee has finished going over the spending requests for its new budget. Now it will try to estimate next year's income. Chairman Bob Harwick says most departments projected level spending for the fiscal year that begins Dec. 1. He says the list of requests will be sent to the county's auditor, who will project income for the coming year. When that's completed, Harwick says the Finance Committee will trim spending where needed. He believes the county will be able to avoid deficit spending in the coming year.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is trying to make it more difficult for adult- or sexually-oriented businesses to locate within city limits. Planning and Zoning director, Ed Basch, says there is currently no city code that would prevent these businesses from setting up shop in a commercial or industrial area. The council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would add many restrictions. The ordinance would only allow these businesses in a small section of the city's northwest side and in the industrial district in Fort Madison's southwest side.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk's office has ordered some software that could solve some problems caused by overlapping tax districts. Florine Miller says the Manatron company believes it can now automate figuring taxes where the enterprise zone and a tax increment financing district both apply. Miller says the company was unable to solve the probelem before. However, it acquired new programmers when it purchased another governmental software company. She says now they believe they can produce the software.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison is ready to make its payments to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The city council voted unanimously, last night, to stop withholding the city's monthly waste management fee payment of roughly $17,000. Alderman Brad Randolph says the waste authority has done enough to justify the decision. The changes include firing the director, implementing a competitive bid process, and asking the state to audit the authority's books for the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years.
Donnellson, IA – One Southeast Iowa school district wants to broaden its ability to spend certain tax dollars. Voters in Iowa will go to the polls, Tuesday, to decide races for local school boards. While there are no contested board races within the Central Lee School District, residents have one decision to make. Superintendent John Henriksen says the district is asking for more flexibility in using the money generated by Lee County's local option sales tax. At this point, he says the district can only use the money for school infrastructure.