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Keokuk Continues to Look at Street Repairs

Keokuk, IA – The scope of Keokuk's proposed street repair program could take shape this week. Streets committee chairman, Gary Stepp, says the focus of his committee meeting, Thursday night, will be to start work on a priority repair lists. The city plans to borrow $3,000,000 million dollars, in the very near future, as part of a 12 year, $12,000,000 street repair and public works program. Each council member has been given a map highlighting the "wish-lists" of the previous city council, to review and revise as needed. Many of the highlighted streets are within 3 or 4 blocks of Main Street, on either side. The council must factor in many issues when deciding how to spend the borrowed money. One is whether to split the money evenly between each ward, or simply stick to a priority list. Another is to decide how much should go towards thoroughfares versus residential streets. Repairing or replacing one city block is expected to cost between $50,000 and $100,000. The streets committee meeting is open to the public.