The Keokuk City Council has agreed to sell roughly 4,000 square feet of space behind City Hall to a group affiliated with Main Street Keokuk for $750.
The land will allow for the construction of private garages for the high-end apartments proposed for the former Eagles building.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city will maintain control of a small portion of the land.
“We are still keeping, basically it says trading, but we are keeping three spaces,” says Marion, “at the end near 4th Street. We want to maintain what they do not need for city parking spaces.”
Several members of the Keokuk City Council are looking for some compensation for its generosity in regards to a new ordinance.
The panel has approved the first reading of an ordinance providing a special encroachment for Roquette America.
The company would be able to build its own road on an unused portion of Railroad Street between “F” Street and “H” Street once the ordinance is approved.
The Keokuk City Council is ready to do some spring cleaning.
Susan Dunek represents the city’s 7th ward. She says the month of March is a good time to start sprucing up Keokuk’s appearance.
Dunek says a drive around the city will reveal areas the city can quickly address, such as lining up concrete strips in parking lots and straightening street signs and markers.
The Keokuk City Council is proceeding with a multi-million dollar infrastructure project.
The Keokuk Municipal airport has two runways. The length of one is 5,500 feet while the other is 3,800 feet.
The city is looking to resurface the longer runway as early as this summer.
Airport Manager Greg Gobble says the work would be done in shifts to allow the airport to remain open.
The Federal Aviation Administration must review the plans because the height of the runway increasing by 6” could impact the agency’s equipment.
The Keokuk City Council will play “catch-up” when it comes to some capital projects.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city could not afford to purchase new vehicles or replace some heavy equipment in the current budget.
He says that will not be repeated in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Marion says the age and condition of Keokuk’s vehicle fleet dictate spending nearly $2-million.
He says the city will try to obtain credit from local banks to pay for the capital expenses.