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.
Keokuk’s mayor delivered his 3rd “State of the City” address during this week’s Recognition, Appreciation, and Participation Breakfast.
Job creation and finances were prominent topics during the nearly 30-minute speech.
Mayor Tom Marion decided to get the bad news out of the way early in his speech to about 75 people at the Keokuk Country Club.
He started off by looking at the city’s revenue situation, breaking down how much money comes in through property taxes, TIF districts and state and federal aid.
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.
Special events including alcohol can now be held at any public location in Keokuk.
An application for such events is now being developed.
The proposed application would be fairly simple.
It requires the name of the organization holding the special event, contact information, date, time and location.
Mayor Tom Marion says the idea is to help city staff keep track of event requests.
“(It would) give us advance notice so everything can be considered prior to the event itself,” says Marion, “because it would give us at least 60 days before the event.”
Wednesday night’s Keokuk Board of Adjustment meeting centered on two concepts: neighborhood integrity vs. business growth.
The board ended up signing off on an proposed expansion for Lexington Square, but the issue appears far from settled.
Julie Totten says her family bought its home at 17 Greenbrier Court in March of 2009.