Fort Madison

Targeting Downtown Development
9:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Fort Madison Considering New TIF District

A commonly-used incentive program for downtown development is advancing in Fort Madison.

The city council has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would create a new tax increment financing district.

A portion of the property taxes collected on buildings within a TIF district goes to infrastructure projects.  A baseline property value will be developed to determine the amount available for new sidewalks or streets.

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Designed to Help Sports Complex
11:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lee County Creates Special Fund

Lee County has started collecting money to cover its share of a potential state grant for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison.

That is possible because the Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Community Development Fund.

The first donations came in shortly after the official vote.  Supervisors Rick Larkin ($1,000) and Larry Kruse ($500) pulled out their wallets and wrote their checks to back up their verbal pledges from last week.

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Appointment Tuesday PM
5:21 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

Six Candidates So Far for FM Vacancy

Fort Madison City Council

The field of candidates for a vacant seat on the Fort Madison City Council continues to grow.

The opening was created by the resignation of Alderman At-Large Brad Randolph upon his appointment as Mayor.  He replaced Steve Ireland, who passed away last month.

Six men have applied for the position, including two former aldermen.

 

CANDIDATES

Former alderman Neil Boeding feels his experience on the city council would be a value as the panel continues to move the city in what he describes as a “positive direction.”

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Lee County Seeking Donations
5:12 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Sports Complex Funding Deal

It appears Lee County has come up with a way to contribute to a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison without using taxpayer money.

The county is being asked to provide a total of $25,000 over the next five years to the $3.4-million dollar project.  The Vision Iowa Board has said without that contribution, Fort Madison will not receive any state funding.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has rejected previous requests for that much money, but Supervisor Larry Kruse believes a compromise has been reached.

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Two More Votes Needed
10:46 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Rental Inspections in Fort Madison

Fort Madison City Council

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.

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