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12:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Loebsack : Flood Recovery $$$ Still Needed

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA 2)

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA 2) says there is still work to do to make sure his state does not experience a repeat of the Flood of 2008.

It was four years ago, this month, when rivers throughout eastern Iowa overran their banks and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Some of the hardest hit areas were Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

Rep. Loebsack says there is still a need for money to help in the recovery.  He believes the funding is available in Washington D.C., if his colleagues can agree on how to divide it.

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Some Argyle Residents Could Pay More
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Lee County Approves Sewer Fee

Some Argyle residents could soon pay more for sewer services.

Some Lee County residents could soon pay more for sewer services.

The Board of Supervisors has signed off on a new monthly fee for households or businesses connected to Argyle’s sanitary sewer system.

The supervisors acted in their capacity as trustees for the unincorporated community’s sewer district.

The new flat fee has been set at just under $56/month.  It is expected to take effect within the next few weeks.

Sewer bills in Argyle were previously calculated based on the amount of water used by a property owner.  The average bill was less than $45/month.

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Comments from June 18 Meeting
5:54 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Macomb Alderman Retracts Remarks

Tim Lobdell
Rich Egger
  • The June 18 exchange between Lobdell and Torreson
  • Lobdell's June 25 retraction

Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he erred during an exchange with City Administrator Dean Torreson.  

The exchange during the June 18 City Council meeting concerned eight structures that are to be torn down as part of the city's Fix or Flatten program.

Torreson said he would ask contractors to submit a single bid for demolishing all eight. Lobdell contended that aldermen directed Torreson to seek bids on each individual structure. He said that direction was given the previous week during an executive session.

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Carthage signs three-year deal
1:50 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

City Will Soon Pay Less for Electricity

Mayor Jim Nightingale

Carthage will pay less for electricity for city operations beginning next month. The city has signed a three-year contract with Ameren Energy Marketing at a bit more than 4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Mayor Jim Nightingale says the city council solicited bids from several energy companies.  He says the response was overwhelming and frustrating.

He says, “Once a company contacts us their sales people just hound you to death.”

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Weather and Weeds are topics
10:35 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Agronomy Day Offers Look at Research

Western Illinois University's Agronomy Day will feature two topics that can make or break a farming operation-weather and weeds.

Dr. Mark Bertrands is one of the speakers. He says winter annual weeds got a head start due to early warm weather this year

He also says, “The other challenge that I've seen is that we had several periods where it was quite dry and many times we put down pre-emergence herbicides that keep the weeds from coming up. Many of those failed. Put some pressure on the herbicides we applied later on to take care of what was missed the first time.”

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