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 residents and businesses will pay more for sewer services as the city council has finalized a vote to increase the monthly rate effective August 1.
The commercial rate will increase by 3% while the residential rate will go up 5%.
Mayor Tom Marion says the commercial rate increase is smaller because Keokuk wants to remain competitive for businesses and industries.
The city says the minimum monthly charge for a residence will now be $24.25.
The Keokuk City Council must decide how the city should pay for some highly-anticipated street work.
Keokuk replaced some sewer lines around Wells-Carey Elementary about two years ago.
The project required crews to tear up several streets to do the work.
Keokuk did not immediately replace them, though, because the sewer needed time to settle. Gravel was added for the time being, but that has led to plenty of complaints from residents about dust.