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South Side Boat Club Ready To Build

Keokuk, IA – President Kathy Ferris says the South Side Boat Club is eager to build its new home. The organization's former headquarters had to be torn down after sustaining heavy damage during the Flood of 2008.

Instead of building on the same site, Ferris says, the South Side Boat Club would like to move up-river. She says the best site along Keokuk's riverfront is on the opposite side of the parking lot at Hubinger's landing.

Ferris says the increased elevation will save the organization money on flood prevention. She says the South Side Boat Club hopes to break ground on a new 3,000 square foot building in a matter of months.

Ferris says the design for the new building has been completed. She says the structure would be similar to a Morton building with a full bar and restaurant.

Ferris says the long range plans for the club include a separate banquet facility.

The South Side Boat Club must still secure several permits, raise more money for construction, and get permission from the city to move up-river. That third step could hinge on the recommendations of Keokuk's new riverfront committee, which will soon hold its first meeting.

The Keokuk City Council says that recommendation is crucial to it making a decision on the new location.

Meeting Action
The Keokuk City Council used its weekly meeting to
- established new rosters for its subcommittees.
- re-appointed Susan Dunek as Mayor Pro Tem
- appointed Steve Swan as City Attorney
- appointed Clinton Boddiker and Lonnie McCarty to the Keokuk Board of Adjustment