Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council will hold a public hearing August 18th to allow residents to weigh in on the sale of part of a city park. The city has been offered more than $360,000 for about 3 acres of Tolmie Park. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the lot must be used for commercial or retail purposes. He says the deal would bring in jobs and make Keokuk more of a destination location. The council has discussed using some of the money to improve the city's parks.
At the same time, the potential sale of the old Joyce Park property has hit a snag. Gudgel says the developer that wants to build a Hampton Inn Hotel wants to buy a little more property. He says that means a new legal description of the land must be created. Gudgel says the new closing date is September 1st.