SOUTHEAST IOWA…NORTHEAST MISSOURI…AND WEST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS…ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A “GREAT REGIONS” AREA. THE FEDERAL DESIGNATION…ANNOUNCED THURSDAY IN QUINCY BY USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS…GIVES THE 35 COUNTIES INVOLVED ANOTHER TOOL FOR BUILDING A STRONGER ECONOMY, IN THE AREAS OF HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION…TECHNOLOGY…BUSINESS…AND HEALTH-CARE.
FORMER IOWA GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK GOT THE BALL ROLLING AFTER THE FLOOD OF ’93, WHEN HE AND SOME OTHERS BEGAN TO FORM THE TRI-STATE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT. VILSACK HAS A LITTLE MORE “PULL” NOW, AS U-S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE…AND SUMMIT P-R DIRECTOR BRENT ENGEL SAYS THE DESIGNATION WILL HELP THE REGION GROW. Continue Reading
THE DIRECTOR OF THE IOWA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT’S DIVISION OF PLANNING & PROGRAMMING REVIEWED NINE FUNDING OPTIONS YESTERDAY(THUR) WITH A GROUP OF MORE THAN TWO DOZEN BURLINGTON-AREA OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS. STU ANDERSON IS TRAVELING THE STATE, BRIEFLY EXPLAINING HOW…BESIDES RAISING THE GAS TAX…I-DOT CAN RAISE MORE REVENUE FOR ROAD & BRIDGE MAINTENANCE AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS. ONE PROPOSAL WOULD LEVY A SIX PERCENT SALES TAX ON THE DYED DIESEL FUEL THAT FARMERS USE.
STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE ROAD & BRIDGE FUND IS FALLING SHORT BY ABOUT 215-MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR, JUST TRYING TO COVER BASIC MAINTENANCE NEEDS. Continue Reading
A coalition intends to file a lawsuit against the nation’s third-largest pork producer, alleging Clean Water Act violations at one of its swine facilities in southeast Iowa. Garry Klicker, a farmer from Bloomfield, lives about 20 miles away from the operation in Van Buren County, near Keosauqua. A manure spill was reported at the facility November 4th, with thousands of gallons of manure flowing into a creek that drains into the Des Moines River. Klicker says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources should require the operators to install test wells around the manure lagoons to make sure manure isn’t leaching out into the soil. The D-N-R recently ruled the facility did not need to have a Clean Water Act permit for its nearly 75-hundred sow facility. Klicker says if the “corrupt” state agency won’t police the facility, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and other environmental groups will through the courts. Continue Reading
Citing ongoing problems with the economy and flooding, Jon Billups announced this(Thur) morning that he and his family have decided to go out of business, effective immediately. Started in 1976 by his father Ron, Billups Tire & Muffler Centers at one time had two shops in Burlington, on south Roosevelt and North Main, and another in Fort Madison on Second Street. Jon closed the Roosevelt Avenue location a number of months ago to trim costs.
Billups says he has not had any offers on the downtown Burlington building.
INCREASING FUNDING FOR ROADS, BRIDGES AND OTHER IOWA TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS, IS THE SUBJECT OF AN I-DOT MEETING IN BURLINGTON TODAY(THUR). THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & PROGRAMMING…STU ANDERSON…WILL GIVE A 10 AM PRESENTATION THAT COVERS NINE PROPOSED CONCEPTS DESIGNED TO GENERATE AT LEAST AN ADDITIONAL 200-MILLION DOLLARS-A-YEAR.
THE PUBLIC’S INVITED TO THIS(THUR) MORNING’S EVENT, WHICH IS BEING HELD ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF RIVER PARK PLACE ON NORTH 4TH STREET. Continue Reading
It won’t be your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, it might actually be better. The Southeastern Community College Multicultural Club is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner Monday at the college. Because there are so many foriegn exchange students at the school, Club President Rachel Kazungu who is from Tanzania, says you can expect a tasty dish from each culture… “It will be a good mixture. We have students from so many places, and the dinner will give you a chance to taste the food from different countries. Continue Reading