The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

January 22, 2014

Keosauqua City Council takes a look at new pool

KEOSAUQUA — A new swimming pool in the city of Keosauqua is nearing reality after the Keosauqua City Council, and River View Club representatives discussed a proposed agreement between the city and club for the operation of the pool.

Richard Nichols, representing River View Club, said he would take the agreement to the club board for approval. It will be on the City Council’s agenda for their approval as well. The next step would be getting drawings of what the pool would look like, which would be helpful in fundraising. A foundation has pledged a large amount, which would go a long way in making it possible, Nichols said.

In other action and discussion:

• Sheriff Dan Tedrow from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department presented the quarterly Zone Activity Report. Tedrow discussed his concern with the speed on the north edge of town on Highway 1, particularly on Saturdays. At the request of the city and the sheriff’s department, the state did a speed survey of the area and didn’t recommend a change. He said, instead, the state recommended increasing the speed limit by the courthouse from 25 to 30 mph and also increasing it going out of town to the south.

“It kind of backfired on us,” Tedrow said. “It would have been nice for them to come do the survey on Saturday (during the Keosauqua Sales Barn sales).” He said, instead, it was done during the week.

Tedrow also reported on a couple of burglaries that were solved by the sheriff’s department. In particular were breakins in Donnellson, at Farmington Legion, Misty’s Malt Shop and Tillies.

“It wasn’t done by one of our own.” He said that the perpetrator was caught after being involved in two high-speed chases in Des Moines. Evidence that was found there was tied to the break-ins.

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