Fort Madison continues to clear the way for Amtrak to move its operations across town to the former Santa Fe Depot in Riverview Park.
The North Lee County Historical Society has a lease in place, through 2040, that allows it to use the complex for display and storage.
That agreement has now been amended.
City Manager Byron Smith says the historical society has agreed to relinquish the eastern 2/3 of the main building. He says the organization will also make more space available if requested by Amtrak in the future.
The city of Fort Madison has a new mayor as the city council appointed Alderman At-Large Brad Randolph to the post during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Randolph served as Mayor Pro Tem under former Mayor Steve Ireland, who passed away last month. Randolph has been serving as mayor since then.
Randolph says he is both honored and humbled to be Fort Madison’s new mayor. He says one of his top priorities will be to complete a project near and dear to Ireland’s heart: the renovation of the Santa Fe Depot Complex.
The new mayor of Fort Madison could be in place before the end of the month.
The Fort Madison City Council has decided to appoint someone to replace former Mayor Steve Ireland, as opposed to holding a special election.
Steve Ireland, 53, passed away at Fort Madison Community Hospital last month.
City Manager Byron Smith says the appointment is expected to be made during the city council’s April 17 meeting. He says the details of the appointment process have not be laid out, but he says interested residents are encouraged to contact City Hall.