Mayor Tom Marion

There might be a new set of rules in place the next time people in Keokuk have to get rid of snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. And the city's mayor is worried the changes could discourage some residents from helping others.

The race to be Keokuk's next mayor is between two men, incumbent Tom Marion and challenger Chuck Betts. If that sounds familiar to residents, it should because the two men squared off six years ago.

An out-of-court settlement between Keokuk and a former construction firm will resolve a construction dispute dating back several years. Mayor Tom Marion said paying John W. Sammons Construction $90,000 could prevent a larger payout down the road.

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Keokuk has gone without a city administrator since early 2008. City leaders hope to change that in the next few months.

The Keokuk City Council has been trying to find the money to pay for a city administrator.  It's been unsuccessful to this point, so the active search to fill the post has been placed on hold.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion sees 2014 as a year of progress.

It appears Tom Marion's current term as mayor of Keokuk will be his final one.

One southeast Iowa mayor knows how Iowa can spend some of its “extra” money.

The Keokuk City Council will help fund the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority (SIREPA).

Keokuk, Fort Madison and Lee County are the original members of the authority, which is Iowa’s first and only port authority.

The Lee County Economic Development Group has been providing operational and administrative services for SIREPA, but the organization now wants to hire the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

The authority does not have a regular income stream at this point, so it needs help to pay for such services.