Fort Madison is moving ahead with the development of an inspection program for rental properties.
The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the housing code to allow for the inspections. The program was identified as a priority during a recent city goal-setting session.
It would require every owner of a rental property to register their units with the city by November 1, 2012. There would be a $25 fee for the 1st unit and $5 for each additional unit.
The city of Fort Madison has a new mayor as the city council appointed Alderman At-Large Brad Randolph to the post during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Randolph served as Mayor Pro Tem under former Mayor Steve Ireland, who passed away last month. Randolph has been serving as mayor since then.
Randolph says he is both honored and humbled to be Fort Madison’s new mayor. He says one of his top priorities will be to complete a project near and dear to Ireland’s heart: the renovation of the Santa Fe Depot Complex.
The ball is in Lee County’s court when it comes to the future of a proposed sports complex in western Fort Madison.
The $3.4-million project calls for the construction of three soccer/football fields and three baseball/softball diamonds near Fort Madison Community Hospital. Some of the land is being donated for the complex while the rest is being leased.
Public and private donations have crossed the $2.4-million mark. That includes $500,000 over the next two years from the city of Fort Madison.
The new mayor of Fort Madison could be in place before the end of the month.
The Fort Madison City Council has decided to appoint someone to replace former Mayor Steve Ireland, as opposed to holding a special election.
Steve Ireland, 53, passed away at Fort Madison Community Hospital last month.
City Manager Byron Smith says the appointment is expected to be made during the city council’s April 17 meeting. He says the details of the appointment process have not be laid out, but he says interested residents are encouraged to contact City Hall.