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Around The Region

Mar 9, 2014

A quick look at news from around the Tri-State region.

A regional agency that helps rural southeast Iowa communities build and maintain sewer systems is waiting for the go-ahead from the state to do some work in Lee County.

City leaders in Mount Sterling, IA started exploring the idea of discontinuing the small town in southern Van Buren County after no one ran for public office last fall.

Mayor Tom Allen says the incumbents were not interested in remaining in office and there was no one there to replace them.

If Mount Sterling is discontinued, it will remain on all maps of Iowa.

The changes would be that the city council would be disbanded and services like snow removal and dust control would be handled by Van Buren County.

Mount Sterling, Iowa will try again when it comes to un-incorporating itself. 

Mayor Tom Allen says Mount Sterling has been operating for years under the assumption that its city council has just three members.  The current roster is Tonya Putnam, DiAnna Allen, & Judy Ash.

That is why no one questioned it when Putnam and Allen voted to discontinue the town of roughly 40 people in rural Van Buren County on April 11. 

Mount Sterling is located at the bottom of a hill along County Road W20 in southern Van Buren County.  It’s close enough to the Missouri border that when you look out from AJ’s Bar & Grill’s patio, you can see the Show Me State.

Mount Sterling is known for several things.  When the town was founded more than 150-years ago, it became known as “Dogtown” because reports said more dogs lived there than people.