Keokuk Needs July 4 Volunteers

Keokuk, IA – Alderman Roger Bryant says the Keokuk Park and Recreation Board will not organize this year's July 4 festivities. He says the reason comes down to the fact that July 4 falls on a Sunday.

Bryant chairs the city's Parks, Bridge, and Cemetery Sub-Committee. He says the city is looking for volunteers to step up for one year.

Bryant believes the Keokuk Park and Recreation Board will resume the duties next year. In recent years, Keokuk's July 4 celebration has been an all day event that featured fireworks, live music, disc golf, and cookie-stacking contests.

The Keokuk City Council is also considering moving the event to Saturday, July 3 to try to encourage more participation. The band Switchback will be performing in the Rand Park Pavilion that night.


The Keokuk City Council also discussed a potential increase in the fees charged for using the city's railroad bridge. Public Works Director Gerald Moughler says an increase in the per-car rate, for Pioneer Rail-Corp, to $23.21 could generate about $22,000 in additional revenue each year.

The current rate agreement runs through August.

The Keokuk City Council also discussed eliminating one or two public workshops each month. Mayor Tom Marion questioned whether the need was there for four workshops and two regular meetings each month.

Alderwoman Susan Dunek says she recommended keeping the current schedule to make sure the panel has enough time to discuss issues. After a brief debate, the council decided to stick with the current schedule.