Macomb, IL – Macomb and Waste Management have reached an agreement regarding the city's recycling program. Questions arose after a fire last weekend destroyed a recycling center operated by Bridgeway. Waste Management hauled tons of garbage to the facility every month. The company told Macomb aldermen earlier this week that it might have to suspend the recycling program or charge the city more money for hauling items to a different recycling center. But Mayor Mick Wisslead says the company has now agreed to continue the recycling program at no extra cost.
Macomb, IL – The county's auditor outlined budget requirements and guidelines at a special session for board members and department heads. John Lehman outlined the budget process and reminded board members they need to work to increase the county's end-of-year balance. He says real estate tax money does not start coming in until about two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year. Sixteen of the 21 board members attended the session. Finance Committee Chairwoman Alice Henry said she asked for the workshop because of questions officeholders had been asking her about the budget process.
July 13, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois Regional Council Executive Director Suzan Nash and Victim Services Director Diane Mayfield about the WIRC's Victim Services Program, which marks its 20th anniversary at the end of July.
Keokuk, IA – One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says this Friday's special session of the state legislature is an unprecedented event. State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) says this will be the first special session, during his 20 years in office, that was called for by the legislature, instead of Iowa's Governor. The move is in response to Governor Tom Vilsack's decision to veto the eminent domain legislation, which was overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers. Wise says the Governor's veto caught many off-guard.
Manito, IL – Fishery biologists believe stress and not a virus killed Asian Carp on the Illinois River earlier this summer. Larry Willis of the Jake Wolf fish hatchery near Manito says the die-off did not progress as a virus infection would be expected to. When the kill first occurred, some observers believed the spring viremia virus might have been responsible. It's fatal to the carp, but can also affect gamefish species. Willis believes stress caused by overpopulation, the spawning season, or other reasons caused the fish kill.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk Board of Adjustment is not ready to issue a construction variance to a local industry. The panel voted, unanimously, to table Roquette America's request until August 1. The industry needs the variance to build a new boiler on its property, along Twin Rivers Drive, because the structure would exceed Keokuk's building height requirement. The proposed $100,000,000 project includes 3 buildings, the largest standing 191 feet off the ground, and a 350 foot smoke stack.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will collect more information before deciding whether to approve plans for some new housing. Dave Linde's proposal calls for two duplexes and eight three-plexes to be built along an extension of Scotch Pine Drive on the city's southeast side. But people who live near the site told the city council this week that the engineer's plans for draining storm water from the land would create problems on their properties, such as swamping of water. Aldermen directed city staff to obtain a second engineer's opinion about the drainage issues.