Just in time to finish out the Spring Membership Campaign, we received the thumbs-up from the FCC to turn the power up on our new antenna. Everyone should now be hearing us loud and clear. There are a few details left undone at the tower site (fencing, final generator installation, etc.), but the most important part of the project -- the part that brings a clear signal to 20 counties in the tri state region is DONE!
The newest flood map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency expands the flood plain in Carthage. FEMA has been taking advantage of satellite photography and GIS technology to update its flood maps.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said some residents will be surprised by the results.
He said, “There's a lot of questions on this, you know. It's a big part of the center of the city and I think there's people that didn't think they were in a flood plain, which they are.”
Carthage planned to replace one of its police cars in the next fiscal year. Chief Gary Waddell found a deal the city couldn't pass up. He found a dealer with a properly-equipped vehicle in stock. The city found the savings attractive.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said, “We probably could have got by until next budget year. But this is a 2011 (model). There was a considerable discount on it. I think we probably saved close to $3,000 so we decided to go ahead.”
The city took delivery of the new squad car this week. The total cost was approximately $24,000, fully-equipped.
Keokuk’s mayor is optimistic the state will come through with funding for its hospital.
A delegation of city and county leaders joined representatives of Keokuk Area Hospital in a trip to Des Moines to meet with two key lawmakers in the field of health care.
State Representative Dave Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant) chairs the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee in the House while State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) leads the same committee in the Senate.
Mayor Tom Marion says the goal of the meeting was to share information.