2 County Seats

Lee County Treasurer Chris Spann took office in January after running on a platform of re-opening the driver's license bureau in Keokuk, which had been closed since an office consolidation in 2011. She was able to re-open the bureau a few months ago, but maintaining services in both Keokuk and Fort Madison has proved difficult.

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Mary Van Pelt of Montrose and Al Nelson of Keokuk are regulars at the weekly Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings. They were on opposite sides of the debate over the idea of having a single county seat, but that appears to be behind them as they came together to host a pair of "taxpayer forums" that they both are calling a success.

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Lee County Supervisor Don Hunold's presentation Tuesday morning to the rest of the board was short and sweet. He gave each member two pieces of paper and then spoke for just a few minutes on a topic that has garnered hours upon hours of discussion in recent years.


Chairman Ron Fedler used this week's Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the message to county residents that the Board is not responsible for every decision in county government.

Lee County might have to dig deep to come up with the money needed for security upgrades to four county-owned buildings, including the courthouses in Keokuk and Fort Madison. That's because the recommendations from the county's Courthouse Security Committee could cost more than $100,000.

Residents of south Lee County now have a much shorter drive to make to renew their driver's licenses.  County Treasurer Chris Spann has reopened the driver's license bureau in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

The Lee County Courthouse Security Committee continues to make progress on a plan to improve security at some key county buildings.  The committee, which is comprised of employees from more than a half dozen departments, met for about 90 minutes Thursday morning in Keokuk.

Residents of south Lee County will have to wait a little longer to get their driver's licenses in Keokuk.

Chris Spann, Lee County Treasurer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that she now hopes to re-open the bureau in the south Lee County Courthouse in mid-to-late May, which is about a month behind schedule.

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State Senator Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant) is surprised that one of the bills he sponsored this year is not sailing through the Iowa Legislature.

The bill would give residents the authority to call for a special election to "relocate a county seat, establish an additional county seat, or consolidate county seats."  Such a vote would require 60% approval to pass.

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Lee County Treasurer Chris Spann now has a whole new outlook on the dreaded "Friday the 13th."

A trial date has been set for a lawsuit filed against several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors over possible violations of Iowa's Open Meetings Law.

One southeast Iowa lawmaker is re-entering the heated debate in Lee County over where government services should be offered and where the county seat(s) should be located.

The most controversial aspect of the reorganization of four Lee County departments in mid-2011 could soon be reversed.

A lawsuit filed against three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors has been expanded to include a new incident alleged to have occurred just a couple weeks ago.

The three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors accused by several citizens of violating Iowa's open meetings law do not want the case to be heard in Keokuk.  They also feel the case should not be heard by a jury.