Carthage, IL – Joseph Barlow is the new coordinator for Hancock County's new centralized ambulance system. Barlow is currently with the Adams County emergency system. He begins in Hancock County early next month. County Board Health and Miscellaneous Committee Chairman Ken Nudd says Barlow's experience in setting up computer systems, office systems and communication systems were in part responsible for his being hired. The new system will put ambulance operations in Carthage, LaHarpe, Warsaw and Augusta into one system.
Fort Madsion, IA – Water rates will soon be on the rise in Fort Madison. The city council has approved the final reading of a measure to increase all water rates, effective April 1. The monthly water bills for residential and commercial customers will increase by about 25%. City Manager Bill Kelly says the only change from the original plan is the wholesale rate offered to Rathbun Regional Water Association. He says that rate was to go up to $2.00/1000 gallons purchased. That will now be $1.80/1000 gallons.
Western Illinois – Primary elections were held throughout west-central Illinois on Tuesday. The Associated Press has declared that Andrea Zinga narrowly edged Jim Mowen in the Republican primary for Congress in the 17th District. Zinga will now get a rematch with Democratic Congressman Lane Evans, who defeated her two years ago. Here are the unofficial final numbers from the rest of the contested ballot items in the region:
McDONOUGH COUNTY SHERIFF - REPUBLICAN Rick VanBrooker 69.51% Rick Allaman 26.02% Harry Hall 4.47%
Carthage, IL – The 336 Impact Study Committee for Carthage is now evaluating a 240-page report that suggests development guidelines for the area around where the town's interchange will be. Committee Chairman John Houston says the plan will try to put similar businesses together, create an industrial zone, and suggest guidelines for beautification in the 600-plus acre region. The study was paid for with a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Houston says the goal was to create good space for businesses while preserving an attractive entrance to the town from the highway.
Nauvoo, IL – Nauvoo aldermen have been waiting for about one year for information on a possible tourist kiosk that would be placed about three miles south of town. Mayor John McCarty says the structure would be paid for mainly from a Scenic Highways and Byways grant, with the city to provide some in-kind services. He says aldermen are still waiting for details about what kind of information could be placed on the kiosk. He says the composition of the council has changed greatly since the proposal was first suggested.
Fort Madison, IA – City leaders are exploring several options for providing water to the residents of Fort Madison. The city council is leaning towards building a new 4,000,000 gallon/day facility. Other options include buying water from Keokuk or upgrading the current plant. The price tag would be over $10,000,000 for any of the three options. The city council is considering a nearly 24% increase in the water rate to help cover some of the costs.
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Monmouth, IL – A private grant will help complete remodeling for Monmouth's Community Technology Center. The third floor of the town's historic Patton Building is being remodeled into two classrooms with a total of 31 computers for classes. Center Director Linda Blaine says the center should open in May. Community organizations are developing introductory courses to help more people from the community learn how to use computers. Blaine says a later phase will set up a smaller room with six computers for walk-in use.
Keokuk, IA – The scope of Keokuk's proposed street repair program could take shape this week. Streets committee chairman, Gary Stepp, says the focus of his committee meeting, Thursday night, will be to start work on a priority repair lists. The city plans to borrow $3,000,000 million dollars, in the very near future, as part of a 12 year, $12,000,000 street repair and public works program. Each council member has been given a map highlighting the "wish-lists" of the previous city council, to review and revise as needed.