The upcoming winter months will not stop the ongoing work at the former Keokuk Union Depot.
A Keokuk man faces up to 25-years in prison for his role in a fatal hit-and-run late last week.
The former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk will be open for business in January.
Crews started renovating the building at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets in March.
The two-story structure will feature both commercial and residential space.
Joyce Glasscock is the Executive Director of Main Street Keokuk, Inc. A subsidiary of MSK, Keokuk Downtown Properties, owns the building.
The Keokuk City Council has received multiple complaints about outdoor concerts at L-Treyn’s Bar and Grill over the last few years.
The panel’s only response, though, occurred in May 2011 when it required outdoor concerts end at 1:00 A.M. at all establishments where alcohol is sold.
The issue resurfaced during Thursday night’s workshop.
The result was 3rd Ward Alderman Ron Payne proposing the concerts end by either 10:00 P.M. or 11:00 P.M., depending on the night.
Keokuk’s new police chief says his first two months on the job have been pretty busy.
It appears Keokuk is ready to move ahead with a large-scale street reconstruction project.
Several years ago, the city borrowed about $3-million to rebuild Grand Avenue, from 4th Street to Rand Park.
The bids came in much higher than that, though, so the city had to repay the loan, with interest, and put the project on the shelf.
Talk of rebuilding Grand Avenue has resurfaced in recent weeks, culminating in last night’s Keokuk City Council workshop.
Keokuk will no longer need outside help to settle a new contract with some employees.
Mayor Tom Marion says that’s because the city and the general unit have reached a tentative agreement.
The employees in the general unit come from multiple departments, including streets and parks. They have been working under their previous contract since July 1.
Marion says the tentative agreement allowed the two sides to cancel an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week.
Keokuk is looking for some help as it gets ready for "company."
The city will host the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 and 22. The event is expected to bring more than 350 individuals from across the state and the country to Keokuk.
They will hear presentations on a variety of topics: development, preservation, retail and social media.
Mayor Tom Marion says organizers want to put a "bright, shiny face" on the city for the event., so a special downtown clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday morning.
The Keokuk School Board voted unanimously, Thursday night, to offer its superintendent job to Tim Hood.
Hood served as superintendent of the Creston Community School District for about 13 years. Creston is about 200 miles west of Keokuk.
He also served as superintendent at the Earlham Community School District (Iowa).
Keokuk School Board President Tyler McGhghy says Hood is a perfect fit for the district. He mentioned his work ethic, his devotion to technology and his handling of open enrollment.
The Keokuk School Board could announce the district’s new superintendent as early as Thursday night during a special board meeting.
The panel met behind closed doors for about one hour Tuesday night.
President Tyler McGhghy says the board used the meeting to talk about the details of a potential contract with the firm helping the district, Cedar Rapids-based Ray & Associates.
He says at this point, the maximum starting salary in a potential deal is $155,000.
McGhghy says the meeting was also used to discuss the six interviews conducted over the weekend.