Keokuk

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Keokuk had big plans for some land along Main Street when it opened up the site for commercial development more than a decade ago. But after years of little interest, city leaders now hope that plan is back on track.

Keokuk, Fort Madison Budgets Wrapping Up

Feb 16, 2016

Cities and counties in Iowa must have their FY 2017 budgets certified by the state by March 15, even with the Iowa Legislature still in session. It leaves local governments, such as the cities of Keokuk and Fort Madison, to make their best estimates and hope they hold true.

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Paul Roos has been working for years to get his company off the ground in Keokuk. It now appears his efforts are paying off because AMJET Turbine Systems has nearly completed construction of its first hydro-electric turbine.

There might be a new set of rules in place the next time people in Keokuk have to get rid of snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. And the city's mayor is worried the changes could discourage some residents from helping others.

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Aaron Burnett has not had a lot of time to sit back and relax since arriving in Keokuk as the community's second-ever City Administrator. He says his top priorities have been to get a good understanding of City Hall and the city as a whole, and to meet as many people as possible.

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Keokuk has a temporary solution for addressing an eyesore in the downtown district. It will place a large mural in front of what remains of the former Redemption Center, which was destroyed by fire in May.

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The plan to construct Keokuk's first off-leash dog park in Riverview Park hit a bit of a snag as opposition surfaced to the proposed location. But that opposition could ultimately lead to a more favorable solution for all involved.

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Keokuk has gone without a city administrator since early 2008. City leaders hope to change that in the next few months.

The South Side Boat Club was the last major enhancement to the stretch of Keokuk's riverfront from the water plant to the sewer plant.  New additions are now in the works.

Keokuk is fighting back against a claim that it's not living up to the terms of a 2012 contract. On Monday, the city filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by John W. Sammons Construction Company.

Sammons Construction claimed in its lawsuit, filed in district court in April, that it has yet to receive full payment for the installation of about 28 manholes.

A local contractor is suing the city of the Keokuk over an alleged "breach of contract.  John W. Sammons Construction Company said it has not been fully paid for a project it believes has already been completed.

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City leaders in Keokuk are trying to determine how to proceed with the Redemption Center in the 600 block of Main Street following a fire early Thursday morning. Mayor Tom Marion said a decision would not be made until after meeting with Brian Boyd, who owns the center and several nearby properties.

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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Union and Confederate soldiers will descend upon Keokuk's Rand Park one last time this weekend for the city's 28th and final Civil War re-enactment.

The event has been a huge success over the years, bringing thousands to the city.  But a dwindling number of re-enactors led organizers to declare 2015 as the final conflict.

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The city of Keokuk still can't say when it will be able to reopen a small stretch of Fulton Street that has been closed to traffic for several years. A portion of the road collapsed following a hill-slide. Instead of repairing it, the city blocked it off with several concrete barriers.

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