A development project in downtown Keokuk is facing a financial penalty from the city.
The former Eagles building, which is located at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets, is being renovated for commercial and residential use.
The project requires the replacement of an older, 1 ½” water line with a new 2” line, with the connection being made beneath Blondeau Street.
That is an issue as city code allows Keokuk to impose a penalty of up to $1,000 because crews will be cutting into a street that is less than 5-years old.
Keokuk residents and businesses will pay more for sewer services as the city council has finalized a vote to increase the monthly rate effective August 1.
The commercial rate will increase by 3% while the residential rate will go up 5%.
Mayor Tom Marion says the commercial rate increase is smaller because Keokuk wants to remain competitive for businesses and industries.
The city says the minimum monthly charge for a residence will now be $24.25.
Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.
Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.
Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.
Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.
Jason Parrott’s guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew. They talk about Crew’s upcoming retirement and his 25 year career in law enforcement.
Crew describes his time with the Keokuk Police Department as a “great ride” filled with good friends and fond memories.
He says he is grateful that he found a career where it was never a burden to have to go in to work.
Crew says that will make it more difficult, though, to walk out of his office for that final time.
Safety and liability concerns led the city of Keokuk to replace the original “Rocket Slide” in Kilbourne Park with a newer model several years ago.
There were aspects of the original slide that no longer met federal standards.
Nels Olson of Wisconsin bought the Rocket Slide in the hopes of restoring it and installing the slide on his own property.
With that, people in Keokuk seemed to lose track of the slide, until it ended up on the reality television show, American Restoration.