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Legal Challenge Anticipated
9:52 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Board Approves Expansion Despite Objections

The Keokuk Board of Adjustment

Wednesday night’s Keokuk Board of Adjustment meeting centered on two concepts: neighborhood integrity vs. business growth.

The board ended up signing off on an proposed expansion for Lexington Square, but the issue appears far from settled.

Julie Totten says her family bought its home at 17 Greenbrier Court in March of 2009.

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Usage Up Countywide
8:33 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lee County Libraries Seek Boost

Keokuk Public Library

Lee County’s public libraries are looking for a funding increase from the county.

There is not a single library that serves rural residents.

Instead, they can visit one of the five libraries located in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Montrose, Donnellson, and West Point.

Keokuk Library Director Emily Rohlfs says that allows more rural Lee County residents to take advantage of the facilities.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of items borrowed, the number of patrons we have, and the number of people who are coming to library programs.”

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City gets discount on police car purchase
1:48 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Carthage Can't Pass up Deal on new Police Car

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.

School board wants to look at more sites
11:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Illini West Will Advertise for New High School Site

Supt. Kim Schilson

The Illini West School Board will advertise for prospective locations for a new high school.

The board signed a contract late last year with Klingner and Associates for site selection and evaluation.  The district expected to choose from four or five sites.

Superintendent Kim Schilson said the board wants a greater selection of sites to choose from.

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Board of Adjustment Has Final Say
9:31 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Keokuk Board Sides With Neighbors

Keokuk’s Planning and Zoning Commission opposes a proposed business expansion.

Lexington Square needs a special use permit from the city to add a roughly 10,000 square foot addition to its complex.

The goal is to provide more private rooms for residents of the nursing home on Keokuk’s north side.

Many residents who live near the complex oppose the expansion because proposed increases in water drainage, traffic, noise, and overhead lights.

The planning commission is recommending the city’s Board of Adjustment NOT issue the special use permit.

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