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Around the Region

Feb 27, 2014

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

The Keokuk City Council has hired WL Miller Co. out of Hamilton to build sidewalks along Boulevard Street between Grand Avenue and Plank Road.

The company submitted the lowest of five bids at just under $160,000.

Money from the state's Safe Routes to School program will cover about 75% of the cost, including engineering, with the city paying the rest.

Construction is expected to get underway this spring.

Fort Madison has hired the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) to handle electrical inspections until city staff is certified with the state.

Building Director Doug Krogmeier hopes to accomplish that this summer.  

He says prior to the certification requirement, he inspected more than 200 properties each year.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors wants the Iowa Legislature to increase the state fuel tax by $0.10 for at least three years.

A resolution adopted by the panel also calls for lawmakers to look for more creative ways to increase funding for road improvements.

Keokuk will install semi-permanent gates in Rand Park to try to discourage drivers from interrupting large tourism events.

The portable gates will connect to sleeves that are secured to the ground.  

The cost (@$8,500) is being shared by the city and several groups, including the Parks and Recreation Board.