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.
Fort Madison’s proposed sports complex has received another piece of bad news from the state.
Supporters traveled to Mason City to make a second pitch to the Vision Iowa Board for funding. The task force promoting the sports complex is seeking up to $1-million to add to the $2.5-million dollars generated through public and private donations.
Unfortunately for the task force, the request for state funding was denied by an oversight committee for the Vision Iowa Board.