TSPR Local

Lee County Seeking Donations
5:12 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Sports Complex Funding Deal

It appears Lee County has come up with a way to contribute to a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison without using taxpayer money.

The county is being asked to provide a total of $25,000 over the next five years to the $3.4-million dollar project.  The Vision Iowa Board has said without that contribution, Fort Madison will not receive any state funding.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has rejected previous requests for that much money, but Supervisor Larry Kruse believes a compromise has been reached.

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Plaintiffs Don’t Object
4:51 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Keokuk Nursing Home Joins Lawsuit

District Court Judge John Wright has ruled that Lexington Square will be able to intervene in a lawsuit involving the Keokuk Board of Adjustment.

The Board of Adjustment is being sued by 17 individual neighbors of the nursing home over the panel’s decision to allow Lexington Square to expand its facility.

Lexington Square wanted to enter the lawsuit because of the impact the final ruling would have on its operations.  The nursing home is looking to add more private rooms without increasing its bed count.

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Beardstown cites wear and tear
2:48 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Rentals of Senior Center Will Cease

Beardstown will no longer  rent out the Golden Age building for special events.

The city has charged a $50 rental fee for the building's use. City Clerk Brian Ruch said the low fee has made it very popular for parties and special events.

He said, “Over the last few years it's being rented out quite often. The extra traffic is (creating) wear and tear on the building.”

Events that have already been booked will be allowed.

Ruch said the building was built in the late 1990s but is showing signs of advanced age.

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Aldermen Not Sold on Idea
7:22 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

No Electric Aggregation in Macomb

Macomb City Hall

Macomb won't be joining the list of Illinois communities going on the open market to buy electricity in bulk for consumers.

A 2010 Illinois law allows municipalities to engage in electric aggregation and presumably secure cheaper prices for residents and small businesses.

Residents of Ipava, Table Grove, and Canton voted in favor of such plans during the March election.

But Macomb aldermen feel there is no evidence of significant savings.

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Simple steps could bring significant savings
3:15 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Superintendent Says Districts Could Share Services

The Monmouth-Roseville school superintendent hopes the Classroom First Commission will take a look at simple ways to save education dollars.

Paul Woehlke said small steps can mean big savings.

He said, “There is opportunity for sharing what we call 'back office' functions. Payroll and bookkeeping and those kinds of things. In my mind, I'm not sure that opportunity has been explored to its fullest extent yet.”

He said districts use a wide variety of software packages so compatibility is the only real barrier.

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