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Around The Region

Apr 4, 2012


Keokuk’s City Planning Commission has signed off on a plan to rezone about two acres of land at 2,600 South 7th Street for heavy industrial use.

The site, which features several metal buildings, is currently owned by State Central Bank, but there is a potential buyer if the rezoning is approved.

Community Development Director Pam Broomhall says the commission would also like to see the neighboring building rezoned for heavy industrial use.

The recommendation now goes to the Keokuk City Council for approval.

The city has already rezoned Faith Family Church for light industrial use to allow St. Louis Gear Company to move into the building.



The Lee County Health Department is using a five year grant worth $440,000 to continue and expand the Live Healthy Lee County program.

Wellness Coordinator Emily Carrick says local businesses and industries are being targeted, this time around, due to the benefits associated with having a healthier workforce.

She says that begins with workplace assessments of areas such as vending machines, exercise opportunities, and smoking cessation programs.

Carrick says the grant will also be used to expand a healthy living curriculum into the Fort Madison and Holy Trinity School Districts.

The program is already in place within the Keokuk and Central Lee School Districts.



The end appears to be near for a small town in Van Buren County.

Mayor Tom Allen says the Mount Sterling City Council will vote, next week, on a resolution to discontinue operation of the city.

He says that decision was reached after no one ran for public office last November.

Mount Sterling only has about 40 residents.

Allen says if the resolution is passed and residents do not call for a special election, city ordinances would be dropped and property would go to the county.



Another business has been seized by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.

The agency has arrested Jason Eaves, 40, of 3461 175th Street, Fort Madison for felony money laundering (Class C) and ongoing criminal conduct (Class B) charges.

The task force also took control of “The Pleasure Factor,” which is located in rural Fort Madison.

Eaves faces more than two decades in prison if convicted.

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force took control of “Big River Pawn & Gun” in Keokuk, last month, following a pair of arrests.