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.
The Keokuk City Council needs more information before acting on a rezoning request for a local business.
Saint Louis Gear Company would like to move its operations from Royal Road to the Faith Family Church along Main Street.
President Dan Hodges says his company has outgrown its current plant and he does not want to have to move outside of the city.
“Keokuk is my hometown and I want to continue to try to build jobs in Keokuk,” says Hodges.
The move would require about 5.5 acres of land be rezoned for industrial use.
Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says the city council needs to reach a decision, soon, on whether to rebuild about 12 blocks of Grand Avenue.
He says the design work is complete so the next step is to put the project out for bid so work could begin this year.
Marion says moving ahead with Grand Avenue will not impact the surfacing of several streets around Wells-Carey Elementary School.
These streets have been gravel for more than a year to allow some subterranean sewer work to settle.
Keokuk borrowed about $3-million to rebuild Grand Avenue several years ago.