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Public hearing planned to put Keokuk Barge in city limits

The council is looking to amend the boundaries in the ordinance for the barge to receive Tax Increment Financing.

The Keokuk City Council aims to secure funding for the barge on the city's riverfront. But that money won't come easily as leaders take the first step toward getting money for the 30,000 foot vessel.

The council set a public hearing date in February to annex the barge into city limits Thursday night.

The council wants to amend the boundaries in the ordinance for the barge to receive Tax Increment Financing.

The boundaries right now would allow the city to do all of the land side work with TIF money.

If the city wants to connect utilities to the barge, it would then have to find a different source of revenue.

City Administrator Cole O'Donnell said there has been more interest in the barge but nothing is concrete at this point.

"It is still in need of getting these utilities hooked up so we can get some lights, some water and some heat out there in order to protect it from deteriorating and in order to market it better."

O'Donnell said there has been more interest in the barge but nothing is concrete at this point.

The city limit boundary would expand out into the Mississippi River if the amended ordinance passes the council.

If the amended ordinance passes the council, the city limit boundary would expand out into the Mississippi River.

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