The Keokuk School Board approved more than $600,000 in cuts to next year’s budget during last night’s meeting. There was one exception, though, which earned the board plenty of applause.
The board met for about 2 ½ hours last night, in front of roughly 30 students, parents, and teachers at the former Torrence Elementary.
About a half-dozen of them spoke during the meeting, including three current students, with most calling for the board to not eliminate a half-time high school science position.
Lexington Square wants to join a lawsuit filed over its planned expansion in Keokuk.
The nursing home has filed a motion in District Court to intervene in a lawsuit against the Keokuk Board of Adjustment.
The commission is being sued by 17 individuals living on Greenbrier Court, which abuts Lexington Square.
They object to the fact that the Board of Adjustment issued a special use permit to the nursing home so it can expand its facility.
Lexington Square would is looking to add private rooms without adding additional beds.
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.
Keokuk’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012 attempts to get the city back on track when it comes to equipment and infrastructure.
The city council has approved the roughly $29-million spending plan after working on it for several months and holding multiple Saturday workshops.
The numbers show that most departmental budgets will be at or just slightly above their level in the current city budget.
Mayor Tom Marion says holding down spending was one goal for the new budget.
There is a significant gap between Keokuk and some of its union employees as contract negotiations get underway.
The city has exchanged initial offers with representatives of the Teamsters Local #238, which represents employees in the police department, the wastewater treatment plant and the general unit.
The city is seeking a one-year contract with each group of employees. Each offer calls for a wage freeze for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.