Keokuk

Public Hearing in Two Weeks
11:59 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Keokuk Receives Offer for Lots

Keokuk could have a buyer for three pieces of prime, Main Street real estate.

The city shut down the Keokuk Saddle Club in 2004 to allow for the construction of the Hampton Inn along Main Street.

That project resulted in four additional, unsold lots.  They have sat vacant since the hotel was completed, except for a large For Sale sign.

Mayor Tom Marion says the organization, Goodwill Industries, has approached the city through a local realtor about purchasing three of the lots.

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Originally Set for May
11:40 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Murder Trial Moved to July

District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson has scheduled Adam Pitman’s murder trial for Tuesday, July 10 at the south Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

The trial, which is expected to last about two weeks, was originally scheduled for later this month.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, 46, of Keokuk on August 30, 2011.  Officers found her body in her home after Adam Pitman allegedly confessed to the crime during a traffic stop in Fort Madison.

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Combines Education & Job Training
9:39 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Keokuk Re-Engagement Center to Open Soon

Janet Fife-LaFrenz

The Keokuk Re-Engagement Center could be up and running within a few weeks.  It will be located on Southeastern Community College’s local campus.

The goal of the center is to combine education and job training.

The Region 16 Workforce Investment Board has been directly involved in the development of the center. 

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says it will allow individuals who are seeking a GED to also gain certification in one of 15 specialized fields.  They include carpentry and auto repair.

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Could Help Return Rocket Slide
6:20 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

Keokuk Could Help Spur Development

Keokuk could make it easier for downtown properties to be developed.

Fire Chief Gabe Rose says city code requires sprinkler systems be added to a downtown building if it is renovated for mixed use. 

Mixed use generally refers to commercial/retail business on the first floor and residential units on the upper level.

Rose is proposing a change that would provide an exemption to the sprinkler system requirement for certain buildings.

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Plaintiffs Don’t Object
4:51 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Keokuk Nursing Home Joins Lawsuit

District Court Judge John Wright has ruled that Lexington Square will be able to intervene in a lawsuit involving the Keokuk Board of Adjustment.

The Board of Adjustment is being sued by 17 individual neighbors of the nursing home over the panel’s decision to allow Lexington Square to expand its facility.

Lexington Square wanted to enter the lawsuit because of the impact the final ruling would have on its operations.  The nursing home is looking to add more private rooms without increasing its bed count.

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Sponsorship Still Available
11:08 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Keokuk Walk of Fame

Keokuk’s Walk of Fame is expected to grow this summer.

The first plaque is in place on a planter at the corner of 4th and Main Streets.  It features Chief Keokuk, the city’s namesake.

Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says more plaques will be added in the coming weeks and months.

“We have sold or found sponsors for a total of 15 of the 24 who will be on the Walk of Fame,” says Glasscock, “so we are very excited about that.”

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Keokuk Civil War Reenactment
9:28 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Emphasis – April 20

Jason Parrott’s guests are Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger and Wes Pohorsky, who is a longtime member of the Keokuk Tourism Board.

A Keokuk tradition is celebrating a major milestone this month as the 25th annual Civil War Reenactment will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

“It will probably hit after it’s over with,” says Brandenberger about the thought of the 25th anniversary.  “Right now, we are just working real hard towards putting on a great event for the area.”

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Residential/Commercial Use
8:31 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Keokuk Development Proceeding

Construction is picking up at the former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk.  The two-story structure is being redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says the biggest reason for the increased activity is the funding for the project is now in place.  She says the development is taking advantage of grants and historic tax credits.

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Vote Expected Thursday
9:13 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

Keokuk Ready To Purchase iPads

The Keokuk City Council is ready to take the leap and go paperless.  The panel has reached a consensus to purchase 13 iPad 2’s for use during meetings.

City Clerk Barb Barnes says they should cost about $400 each, so the total price tag would be about $5,200.

The 13 iPads would be provided to each of the nine city council members along with Barnes, Mayor Tom Marion, Community Development Director Pam Broomhall and Public Works Director Mark Bousselot.

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$100,000 From The City
8:11 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Apprehension About KAH Donation

Keokuk City Council

There is some apprehension among members of the Keokuk City Council when it comes to supporting the local hospital.

Keokuk Area Hospital continues to face an uncertain future due to its financial instability. 

The hospital says it is reimbursed about 75% of the money spent on care and services.  That is due to a number of factors, including a large number of low income clients and the formula for state and/or federal reimbursements.

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