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.
Mcomb, IL – A Congressional candidate says rural areas must have broadband access if they want to keep or attract business. Andrea Zinga says Institute for Rural Affairs studies show that half of all small businesses order products over the internet, and one-fourth sell over the 'net. Zinga says the institute has stated that broadband, high speed internet access can "level the playing field" between rural and small town business and urban businesses. Zinga faces Brian Gillaland and Jim Mowen on the Republican primary ballot.
Keokuk, IA – After some recent problemsn during a bout of severe weather, Keokuk will conduct more tests of its tornado sirens. Keokuk's warning sirens were activated, last weekend, after reports came in of a tornado being spotted just miles from the city. Fire Chief Mark Wessel says all four of the city's sirens came online, initially, and were working. Early on, though, two sets failed. He says his department is working to fix them. Wessel says the city will now run monthly tests of the outdoor warning system, to make sure this does not happen again.
Keokuk, IA – A much-anticipated bio-diesel plant in Keokuk appears to be on schedule for completion. Tri City Energy began work on its 5,000,000 gallon/year bio-diesel plant in early Janary. Sales Manager Al Moander says the facility in downtown Keokuk is on pace to be completed in August. He says the funding is in place for this first phase. Phases 2 and 3 consist of building a new 30,000,000 gallon/year plant and a soybean crushing facility along the Mississippi River. The total financial investment in the project will be nearly $50,000,000.