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May 26, 2012


A four-to-four vote by the Keokuk City Council means A&B Furniture will not be able to display motorcycles in front of its store on Main Street. 

1st Ward Alderman Mike O’Connor says the city must draw the line when businesses want to place vehicles on sidewalks.

The denial also means A&B Furniture cannot place furniture in front of the property.

In the same meeting, the city council approved a sidewalk display for Willow Tree Flowers and Gifts that calls for plants and a framed sign.



Wever is the latest Lee County town to stop working with Regional Utility Service Systems (Mt. Pleasant) on the development of a sanitary sewer system.

Croton reached the same decision regarding RUSS earlier this year.

Preliminary engineering work was underway in each community but the projects were put on hold for months because have been on hold for months.

RUSS owns and operates the sanitary sewer system in Argyle and is still working with Mooar/Powdertown on some preliminary plans.



An increase of Keokuk’s sewer rate has been defeated over a procedural matter.

The city council chose to let the first reading of the rate hike die without a vote, during its last business meeting, because it was not first discussed in committee.

The proposal called for residential rates to increase 5% while commercial rates would go up 3%.

The first reading of the sewer rate increase could return for a vote early next month.



Lee County will install “Share the Road” signs along County Road J-40, between Fort Madison and West Point, to remind drivers to watch out for bicycles.

The cost of the signs and the installation will be covered by a healthy community grant.

Conservation Director Tom Buckley says the route has become very popular among cyclists.

He says the signs are simply informational as they do not designate a specific route for cyclists.