Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has signed off on a proposal by one of its industries to extend the city floodwall. The city council authorized Keokuk's public works director to jointly sign an application with Roquette America for an Army Corps of Engineers permit. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the permit is needed so the floodwall can be extended to the south. He says the city will have to pay nothing for the extension, and will be liable for nothing.
At the same time, Roquette will write the city a check for $100,000 in exchange for an easement allowing it to use city land to improve its railroad tracks. Gudgel says the city provided similar easements near the river to two other railroad companies years ago. The city council is expected to use part of the money on a new police car.