Havana, IL – Chamber of Commerce leaders in Havana are looking for a gas-powered, rubber-tired trolley to help with tourism. Terry Svob says the group would use it in conjunction with major festivals such as Eagle Days or Octoberfest. He says it could also be used as weekly public transportation to help people who are usually homebound. Svob says another use would be when Illinois River cruise boats stop at the town. It could take passengers around the town to shop or dine. Svob says a broker is looking for an appropriate vehicle.
Fort Madison, IA – A new business will soon occupy a recently vacated building in Fort Madison. Quincy-based Neimann Foods Inc. will develop a County Market grocery store in the 1800 block of Avenue H. It will be located in the building that once housed Econo Foods, which closed its doors several months ago. Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tracy Vance, says this is important to the city. As many as 60 new jobs are expected. Neimann Foods will lease the building from City Council member Brad Randolph.
Fort Madison, IA – The Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor says he cannot guarantee the Iowa State Penitentiary will remain in Fort Madison. Businessman Bob Vander Plaats says he and gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Jim Nussle, will not sign a pledge drafted by the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce. It calls for the next governor of Iowa to do everything possible to keep the prison in the city. Vander Plaats says a proper review of the corrections system cannot take place if promises have already been made to certain communities.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have passed an ordinance to ban on-street parking of recreational vehicles for more than 24-hours. Mayor Ron Shepherd says some of the "snowbirds" park their trailers or r-vs out in the right of way. He says they're blocking the streets at times. He also says he knows of no other town in the region that allows such vehicles to be stored on the street. The ordinance has been passed by the council three times and needs only the mayor's signature at a council meeting to become effective.
Keokuk, IA – Lock 19 on the Mississippi River at Keokuk is a busy place - and it's expected to get busier. The US Army Corps of Engineers says more than 24 million tons of commodities flowed through the lock in 2004. The Corps estimates that will increase to more than 31.5 million tons by the end of the decade. As a result, improvements are being made to the lock, which is nearly 50 years old. One of the biggest changes is the installation of two new miter gates. The gates are more than 55 feet high and each weighs around 220 tons.
Keokuk, IA – Voters in Southeast Iowa will only have to make a few choices at the polls during the upcoming primary. The deadline has passed for filing the paperwork needed to be on the June 6 ballot for county or state office. In Lee County, the lone contested race is for the democratic nomination for treasurer. Incumbant Mary Koehler, who replaced longtime treasurer Mary Hoenig, several months ago, is being challenged by Janet Strunk and Jeanne Cooper. The field is rather sparce in Des Moines County as well.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk may seek some clarification as to the authority of the Lee County Board of Supervisors in creating one county seat. The city council could vote, next week, on whether to seek a legal opinion from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Alderman Bill Olmsted says the opinion is necessary because of the possible impact on Keokuk if county services are combined and moved out of the city. The Lee County Board of Supervisors believes it has the authority to create one county seat by simply approving a resolution.