Supporters of a proposed sports complex in western Fort Madison have received some good news from the state.
Tim Gobble with Fort Madison Partners says more than $2-million has been pledged or donated to build three baseball/softball diamonds and three football/soccer fields.
That includes $1.25-million from Fort Madison’s branch of the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, $500,000 from the city, and $175,000 from Pinnacle Foods.
That’s more than 60% of what is needed for the project to move forward.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors and the union representing employees of the Sheriff’s Office have each signed off on a new two year employment contract.
The deal includes a 3%wage increase on July 1and a 1.5%increase on July 1, 2013.
It also changes holiday pay calculations,requires quicker use of vacation time and increases deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums related to health insurance.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2014.
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Fort Madison residents can weigh in on the city’s spending plan next week.
A public hearing and the initial city council vote on the $25-million spending plan are scheduled for Tuesday, February 21.
City Manager Byron Smith says the budget could be considered status quo.
“I would not say bare-bone, but it is kind of basic for what we are doing,” says Smith. “We did not propose any major staffing increases or decreases.”
Smith says money is available for employee raises and to expand nuisance enforcement.
Fort Madison is moving ahead with a proposed rental inspection program. City Manager Byron Smith says the idea is to make sure apartments, duplexes and rental homes are safe.
He says inspectors could look for smoke detectors, malfunctioning doors and windows and overloaded electrical outlets, among other items.
Smith says the program would also address a key need for cities like Fort Madison.