Transportation Needs Survey

SEIBUS, provider of efficient transportation to all residents of the Southeast Iowa Region, and the Keokuk Human Rights Commission have worked together to develop a survey to determine the transportation needs of Keokuk.  We encourage everyone with any transportation needs (from once a month to daily) to fill out the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQPLRGV.  For questions, call toll free 1-866-753-5107.

2018 Keokuk Comprehensive Plan Draft Document

The public comment period for the 2018 Keokuk Comprehensive Plan Draft Document is open through April 2018.

The 2018 Keokuk Comprehensive Plan is the result of a strategic planning process undertaken by the City of Keokuk to develop and adopt an updated Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan contains a vision for the future growth and development and determines goals, projects, and policies that will guide the future of development of the community.

Submit comments to:

SEIRPC CONTACT:
Zach James
Planning Director
Phone: (319) 753-4313
E-mail: zjames @ seirpc.com

CITY OF KEOKUK CONTACT:

Pam Broomhall
Community Development Director
Phone: (319) 524-2050
E-mail: PBroomhall @ cityofkeokuk.org

 

2018 Southeast Iowa Law Enforcement Testing

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Southeast Iowa Regional Law Enforcement Testing Center has scheduled police officer/deputy testing to be held Saturday, May 26, 2018, testing starts at 09:00 a.m. at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, IA.

An application to test must be turned into SEIRT, C/O Major Grimshaw at 424 N. 3rd Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601 and MUST be received at the Burlington Police Department by 5:oo p.m. May 9, 2018.

Applications to test can be picked up at any of the below listed agencies or by visiting 2018 Southeast Iowa Regional Testing:

  • Burlington Police Department
  • Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fairfield Police Department
  • Fort Madison Police Department
  • Henry County Sheriff ‘s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Keokuk Police Department
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mt. Pleasant Police Department
  • West Burlington Police Department

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING REHABILITATION!

Applications are still being accepted for the CDBG Owner/Occupied housing rehabilitation program.
Siding, windows, roofing, furnace, electrical, sidewalks, plumbing and insulation are areas of work that are eligible. Properties must meet HUD Standards when complete. Projects cannot exceed $24,999, plus lead safe work practices. This is a 5 year forgivable grant.

Applicants must live within the targeted area, this area begins at the corner of Concert and North 5th Street, along Concert Street to North 9th Street, along North 9th to Fulton Street, along Fulton to North 5th, along 5th Street to Concert.

Other requirements to qualify are a family must be at or below income guidelines, property is a single family dwelling, you own (at least 6 months) and live in the property (Contract sales and rental properties are ineligible for the program), taxes and utility bills must be paid to date, property must be insured, and property must comply with city nuisance ordinances.

Please contact Sara Hecox, SEIRPC, Grant Administrator, at 319-753-4311, shecox@seirpc.com, or Dan Eberhardt, SEIRPC, Housing Inspector at 319-753-4307, deberhardt@seirpc.com

34th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are on January 20th and 21st

Keokuk is the Winter Home of a large concentration of American Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River! Come inside the River City Mall to see wildlife exhibits, live raptors with the World Bird Sanctuary, the Iowa State Insect Zoo, the Tri-State Woodcarver’s Club Show, educational seminars, food & lots of interesting things to buy! Outdoors, along the riverfront, view eagles in their natural habitat with free spotting scopes manned by the Lee County Conservation Department personnel. A fun way to spend the weekend after the holidays! Free admission. Open to the general public.

Check out this webpage for more information about the exciting weekend full of great events!

 

3rd Annual No Shave November

Officers of the Keokuk Police Department participated in their 3rd Annual “No Shave November” Fundraiser.  Traditionally; officers have been allowed to have a mustache without any other facial hair.  With a donation to Stand Up To Cancer, they were able to grow facial hair during the month of November.  We will donate $700.00 to Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of the people in our community that have dealt with many types of cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

“This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one unstoppable movement and Stand Up To Cancer.” http://www.standup2cancer.org/

WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO VOTE?

Just find your ward on the attached map and match it to the polling locations listed below by ward.

Locations are open 7am until 8pm

Keokuk Ward 1 – South Lee County Courthouse, 25 N. 7th St.
Keokuk Ward 2 – Heritage Center, 508 Main St.
Keokuk Ward 3 – Keokuk Art Center, 210 N. Fifth St.
Keokuk Ward 4 – Evangelical Free Church, 2315 S. 7th St.
Keokuk Ward 5 – Learning Center, 500 N. 20th St.
Keokuk Ward 6 – First Christian Church, 3476 Main St.
Keokuk Ward 7 – Keokuk Nazarene Church, 3119 Plank Road.

2017 Halloween First Stop

The Keokuk Police Department, through its Little Red Basket program, put on the annual Halloween First Stop at the River City Mall on October 31, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Funds from the Little Red Basket provided approximately $4,500.00 towards the purchase of candy.  Wal-Mart in Keokuk provided an additional $500.00 worth of candy; which brought the total dollar amount of candy handed out in 2016 to $5,000.

During First Stop, employees of the Keokuk Police Department, their families, and students from Konnections at the Keokuk High School, handed out candy to children from Keokuk and the surrounding area.

Special thanks to Officer Brad Johnson for organizing the event and to the students from Konnections for volunteering their time to help out.