The Keokuk City Council met Thursday evening, September 1st, in city council chambers. On the agenda the council approved the consent agenda including; a Class C Liquor License for Dollar General at at 300 Main Street and a Class C Liquor License with one day service on September 10th for Lucky’s at 528 Blondeau, the reappointment of Marsha Kavanagh and Risa Langedahl to the Keokuk Housing Authority Board and the resignation of John Davis from the Civil Service Commission and approved an application for Urban Revitalization Tax Exemption for James and Becky Bowden of 2219 Lincoln Avenue for an accessory building.
Earlier during the City Council Workshop, Mayor Tom Marion, reminded everybody that the September 15th City Council Meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. with no workshop session. There will be a forum at Hawthorne Elementary school at 5:30 p.m. that evening about a possible gas rate increase for Liberty Utilities.
The Council talked about possibly reducing the number of council members from nine to seven. Most towns Keokuk size or larger have from four to seven members. Keokuk in the last few censuses has dropped from 16,000 to 10,000. Several other towns locally have fewer members. The City of Hamilton dropped a few years ago from eight to six members and the City of Kahoka has four members.
State say that there has to be at least two at large seats so the wards would have to drop from seven to five. A Citizens Committee would have to redistrict the wards to make it bigger. The Wards would have to change by next July for the new Wards to affect the next city council election. Mayor Tom Marion thought that with five wards there would be more contested races and more people would want to run for office. The Council then talked about the upcoming November bond issue for the new court house.