A development project in downtown Keokuk is facing a financial penalty from the city.
The former Eagles building, which is located at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets, is being renovated for commercial and residential use.
The project requires the replacement of an older, 1 ½” water line with a new 2” line, with the connection being made beneath Blondeau Street.
That is an issue as city code allows Keokuk to impose a penalty of up to $1,000 because crews will be cutting into a street that is less than 5-years old.
Keokuk residents and businesses will pay more for sewer services as the city council has finalized a vote to increase the monthly rate effective August 1.
The commercial rate will increase by 3% while the residential rate will go up 5%.
Mayor Tom Marion says the commercial rate increase is smaller because Keokuk wants to remain competitive for businesses and industries.
The city says the minimum monthly charge for a residence will now be $24.25.
Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.
Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.
Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.
Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.
A Keokuk landmark opened its doors to the public over the weekend after being off-limits for more than a decade.
Plant Superintendent Larry Weiman says daily tours of Ameren Missouri’s power plant on the Mississippi River were provided for years.
That is until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, when public access was denied.
That restriction was lifted for Saturday and Sunday.
The idea was to increase interest in the facility in anticipation of next summer’s 100th anniversary of the completion of the power plant and the Keokuk dam.
Jason Parrott’s guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew. They talk about Crew’s upcoming retirement and his 25 year career in law enforcement.
Crew describes his time with the Keokuk Police Department as a “great ride” filled with good friends and fond memories.
He says he is grateful that he found a career where it was never a burden to have to go in to work.
Crew says that will make it more difficult, though, to walk out of his office for that final time.