Around the Tri States: Developer eyes Galesburg Business Park; Fort Madison plans launch date for new marina; Macomb school district employees get raises
A weekly roundup of news from around the region.
Developer eyes Galesburg Business Park
A developer is interested in building a $45 million loop track and related infrastructure at the Galesburg Business Park.
The business park has 350 acres of shovel-ready land zoned for industrial use, adjacent to BNSF Railway’s main line and Interstate 74.
The proposed loop track would take up about 80 acres of that to start, and would likely spur additional developments.
The city of Galesburg is applying for a $22.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to try to get the project off the ground.
If selected for the grant, work on the loop track could begin next year.
Fort Madison plans launch date for new marina
The Southeast Iowa Aquatic Restoration Board has set a goal – they want to launch boats from Fort Madison’s new marina on July 1.
Construction the $13 million riverfront improvement project continues. The dredging portion of the project is expected to be finished this month. The mouth of the marina is now open and three of the docks are now on site.
When complete, the new marina will be able to accommodate 170 boats. Other improvements include a new walking trail and upgraded launch facilities.
A celebration for the new marina is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 at the Fort Riverview Pavilion.
Pay raises for Macomb school district employees
Macomb school district workers will receive pay raises for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Board of Education this week approved raises of 3% for educational support staff members, which includes all personnel outside of administrators and teachers.
Administrators will also receive 3% raises, with the exception of the superintendent, who is on a separate contract.
Teachers will receive pay raises of 2% plus the step increase in their contract. Teachers will be entering the third year of a four-year pact with the district.
Funding to clean up brownfields
The federal government will provide grants and loans to clean up brownfield sites in three communities in west central Illinois.
The government awarded the $1.5 million to Macomb-based Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development.
Prairie Hills will use the money in Galesburg, Monmouth, and Canton.
Brownfield sites contain contaminants and hazardous materials. They can potentially be redeveloped once they’re cleaned up.
Southeast Iowa man found dead in creek
A southeast Iowa man is dead following a single car accident in rural Des Moines County.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Monday afternoon to Morning Sun Road to investigate a report of a vehicle partially submerged in a creek.
A man still in the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as William Totemeier, 60, of New London.
Authorities determined Totemeier lost control of the vehicle on a curve Sunday evening. The vehicle then entered the ditch, rolled over a culvert, and came to rest in the creek.
Liquor license for Macomb clothing store
Macomb city council members have approved the community’s first liquor license under a newly created classification.
They voted unanimously to issue the license to Nelson’s Clothing store on the courthouse square.
The new Class D licenses allow liquor to be sold for consumption on-site at businesses such as clothing stores, spas, and fitness centers.
Customers are limited to three drinks, and alcohol sales must be supplemental to the primary business.
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