The site of a deadly fire in downtown Hamilton is finally being cleaned up.
Keokuk is ready to do something about the former Flowers by Daryl building at 707 Main Street.
Code Enforcement Officer Kathie Mahoney says a majority of the building’s exterior is in good shape, but she says the rear portion of the structure is basically gone.
The city has received one bid of just under $8,700 to repair the building.
Mayor Tom Marion says Keokuk does not want to see another vacant Main Street lot.
Keokuk could make it easier for downtown properties to be developed.
Fire Chief Gabe Rose says city code requires sprinkler systems be added to a downtown building if it is renovated for mixed use.
Mixed use generally refers to commercial/retail business on the first floor and residential units on the upper level.
Rose is proposing a change that would provide an exemption to the sprinkler system requirement for certain buildings.
Monmouth will disrupt traffic downtown for about six weeks while it replaces an old water main.
The work will take place near the southeast corner of the town square. It will involve two-and-a-half blocks of blocks of South First Street and a block of First Avenue.
City Administrator Eric Hanson said the city has repaired leaks in the main many times. He said the renovations of several nearby buildings prompted the project.
Fort Madison residents can weigh in on the city’s spending plan next week.
A public hearing and the initial city council vote on the $25-million spending plan are scheduled for Tuesday, February 21.
City Manager Byron Smith says the budget could be considered status quo.
“I would not say bare-bone, but it is kind of basic for what we are doing,” says Smith. “We did not propose any major staffing increases or decreases.”
Smith says money is available for employee raises and to expand nuisance enforcement.