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Keokuk City Council


Michael Greenwald won Tuesday's run-off election for the 5th Ward seat on the Keokuk City Council with 85 votes, defeating Steve Rairden, who received 34 votes.

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Two people are running for the Ward 1 seat on the Keokuk City Council: Incumbent Mike O'Connor and Dianne Stanley. O'Connor said public service has always been a part of his life and he wants to continue to serve the city.


There are two people running for the Ward 1 seat on the Keokuk City Council: Incumbent Mike O'Connor and Dianne Stanley. Stanley said Keokuk was a welcoming town when she lived there growing up and since she returned about ten years ago, so she said serving on the city council is a way to give back to the city.


Three people are running for the 5th ward seat on the Keokuk City Council: Michael Greenwald, Barb Haas, and Steve Rairden. Greenwald said he is running to give back to the community that he and his family have called home for the past seven years.


Three people are running for the Ward 5 seat on the Keokuk City Council: Michael Greenwald, Barb Haas, and Steve Rairden. Haas said she entered the race because she's always been interested in politics and because she has the time to devote to her city.


Two people are running for an open at-large seat on the Keokuk City Council: Devon Dade and Joe Shuman. Dade said he entered the race because he wants to give back to the city and to help Keokuk move forward.

Daily Gate City

The announcement in late September of a change in leadership at the top of the Lee County Economic Development Group caught many off-guard, including the local governments that fund the organization. Now, LCEDG is defending its decision while its former leader is speaking out.

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A single vote during last night’s Keokuk City Council meeting prompted a heated exchange between aldermen that continued after the meeting.  The vote was on a proposed business and its connection to someone who has a history with the city council.

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The Keokuk City Council delayed a vote on whether to remain a member of the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) in the hopes that future negotiations can occur. Alderman Dan Winn summed up the tone of his colleagues during this week's emergency meeting.

Keokuk, Fort Madison Budgets Wrapping Up

Feb 16, 2016

Cities and counties in Iowa must have their FY 2017 budgets certified by the state by March 15, even with the Iowa Legislature still in session. It leaves local governments, such as the cities of Keokuk and Fort Madison, to make their best estimates and hope they hold true.

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The Keokuk City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 7 started as usual with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a roll call of city council members. But when only Mike O'Connor (1st), Dan Winn (At Large), Larry Mortimer (4th Ward) and Sandy Pollitt (5th Ward) said present, Mayor Tom Marion was forced to call off the meeting due to the lack of a quorum.

There might be a new set of rules in place the next time people in Keokuk have to get rid of snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. And the city's mayor is worried the changes could discourage some residents from helping others.

Mayor Tom Marion is confident Keokuk will announce the hiring of its new city administrator within the next two weeks. His declaration comes as the first round of in-person interviews is set to begin.

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The staff started preparing early on Monday at Angelini's.  It was an important day for the restaurant in downtown Keokuk. The sidewalk outside the Italian-themed eatery was power-washed and three metal tables were set up, with four chairs each. The tables were "walled" in by a series of plants, including herbs used in the kitchen.

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The plan to construct Keokuk's first off-leash dog park in Riverview Park hit a bit of a snag as opposition surfaced to the proposed location. But that opposition could ultimately lead to a more favorable solution for all involved.

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Keokuk has gone without a city administrator since early 2008. City leaders hope to change that in the next few months.

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Some Keokuk residents who live near one of the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River are still waiting for a scenic road in front of their homes to reopen.  They are also waiting for the city to explain why it's taking so long to make that happen.

Keokuk Alderwoman Susan Dunek pledged to bring up the idea of hiring a a city administrator until something happens.  She said the city council would be foolish to just step back and do nothing.

The Keokuk City Council has been trying to find the money to pay for a city administrator.  It's been unsuccessful to this point, so the active search to fill the post has been placed on hold.

The Keokuk City Council is gradually making progress toward the hiring of a city administrator, after not having someone in that position for seven years.

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At-Large Alderman Dan Winn said the Keokuk City Council should pray before getting to work.

One southeast Iowa mayor says legal action remains possible if Lee County chooses to consolidate county services.

The Keokuk City Council is softening its stance against allowing alcohol in one of its largest parks.

Keokuk residents are on track to pay more for some essential services on July 1.

The idea of hiring a city administrator in Keokuk appears to be picking up steam.

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Lee County has changed its mind about giving money to Keokuk Area Hospital.

Keokuk will take its time when it comes to possibly implementing a franchise fee.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has denied a request from Keokuk Area Hospital for a $100,000 contribution on a 3-2 vote.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion sees 2014 as a year of progress.

The Keokuk City Council is trying to clear the way for a small business to relocate.