The Keokuk City Council has agreed to sell roughly 4,000 square feet of space behind City Hall to a group affiliated with Main Street Keokuk for $750.
The land will allow for the construction of private garages for the high-end apartments proposed for the former Eagles building.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city will maintain control of a small portion of the land.
“We are still keeping, basically it says trading, but we are keeping three spaces,” says Marion, “at the end near 4th Street. We want to maintain what they do not need for city parking spaces.”
Adam Pitman of Keokuk is trying to block several pieces of evidence from being considered in his murder trial, which is scheduled for May 22.
Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, at her home at 1602 Concert Street in Keokuk on August 30, 2011. The state medical examiner ruled that Rosa Pitman was strangled.
Adam Pitman was pulled over by Fort Madison police at about 5:45 AM that morning for having no working tail-lights. Authorities say he admitted to killing his mother at that time.
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.
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.