Classic Car Cruise-In Coming to Downtown Fort Madison for the Big Buckle Bash

For Immediate Release Contact: Mary Ottoson Main Street Director Fort Madison Partners 614 9th Street Fort Madison, IA 52627  Classic Car Cruise-In Coming to Downtown Fort Madison for the Big Buckle Bash 24 July 2012 – Fort Madison Main Street, an affiliate of Fort Madison Partners, is busy planning the second annual Big Buckle Bash for August 18, with the help of Faeth’s Cigar Store, the City of Fort Madison, and the Tri-State Rodeo. The street festival this year will include three musical acts: country star Jake McVey, The Feralings (outside of Iowa City) and Ascots for Everyone; mechanical bull and pony rides; clown and face painting; Hot Wing Competition sponsored by Pizza Hut; the Funky Cowgirl Prom and Big Buckle Contest; prizes and giveaways; arts & crafts vendors and shopping; tasty locally-made food and drink; and now, a … Read More

Fort Madison Plans for Comprehensive Plan Update

PRESS RELEASE: Public Invited to Craft Vision for Future of Fort Madison June 14, 2012 – Fort Madison, Iowa – The City of Fort Madison invites the public to help update the comprehensive plan, a document that articulates a shared vision for the city’s future and serves as a guide for public policy and investments.  The City and the Comprehensive Plan steering committee invite the public to give their input on the future of Fort Madison by completing a community survey and attending a community visioning workshop. Community Survey The community report card survey is available online at and at locations throughout Fort Madison, including city hall and the public library.  The survey asks citizens to identify top community issues and prioritize goals for the future of Fort Madison.  Feedback from the 6-question survey will help determine the objectives of … Read More

Fort Madison Main Street Takes Home Awards from the State of Iowa

Main Street Iowa Recognizes Outstanding Achievements Award Winning Projects and Volunteers Honored May 4, 2012 (Des Moines) – The 26th annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration was held on Friday May 4 at the newly renovated Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veteran’s Auditorium in downtown Des Moines. The event was attended by approximately 500 individuals representing communities across the state. Competitive nominations were submitted for 95 projects; 21 were selected for awards and eight received honorable mention. Governor Terry Branstad and Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) presented the honors. Main Street Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to 48 individuals, couples, and groups who were selected by their community for outstanding dedication and volunteer service benefiting the local Main Street program. In its 26-year history, Main Street Iowa has tracked more than … Read More

Kids Scholarship Fishing Tournaments

  Lee County Conservation Board, Lee County Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and local sponsors will be hosting kids fishing tournaments this summer for ages 3-16. The top two from each age group will participate in finals tournament held August 18, 2012. Each individual tournament will include a lunch, trophies, and big and little fish prizes. There will be a $2 fee per child to help pay for prizes and lunch. Registration will start at 7:30 AM and the tournaments will be from 8AM-11AM. For more information contact LCCB at 319-463-7673. Click here to download the application.

Wilson Lake Rentals are Now Available!

The Wilson Lake Cabins are built to accommodate park visitors any time of the year. The Prairie View Cabin is accessible for those who may have a disability and will sleep 6 people with twin bunk beds and a full size bed in the single bedroom. The living room has a conversion sofa that will sleep two people. Timber View Cabin will accommodate 8 people with two twin size bunk beds in one bedroom and a full size bed in the other. A conversion sofa in the living room allows for sleeping as well. Reservations: Cabins may be reserved any time of the year. Daily rates are $65/Night Weekend (Fri.-Sun. ) two night minimum $65/Night Weekly rates are $420/week for a maximum of 2 Weeks A $200 cleaning and damage deposit is required at the time of reservation. Reservations are … Read More

FM bridge toll to increase

The toll on the Fort Madison bridge, owned and maintained by BNSF Railway, is going to increase, effective March 1. Currently drivers of cars and pickups pay a $1 toll, but this will go up to $2 on March 1. The current $2 toll for cars and pickups with a trailer will go up to $3 and the $4 toll bus drivers now pay will increase to $5. Drivers of recreational vehicles and campers now pay $2, but will pay $3, effective March 1. Drivers of trucks and utility vehicles now pay $2 per axle and this toll will go up to $3 per axle (excluding the front axle). Motorcycle drivers now pay a 50-cent toll, but will be charged a $1 charge as of March 1. Tractor-trailer combinations (semis) are not allowed on the bridge and signs stating this … Read More

Banks give $55,000 to FM Sports Complex

Banks give $55,000 to FM Sports Complex Donation puts the total just over the $2 million mark for the $3.4M project. January 27, 2012 Daily Democrat The Sports Complex Committee kicked off its capital campaign this week and received a big fundraising boost from area banks in their efforts to “Field a Better Fort Madison.” Five area banks came together and contributed $55,500 collectively to the project. Fort Madison Bank & Trust and Pilot Grove Savings Bank led the charge by contributing $20,000 each. Lee County Bank donated $10,000 while Farmers Savings Bank gave $3,000 and MidwestOne Bank added $2,500 to the total. “The contributions made by our local banks are a fantastic start to our capital campaign and hopefully the motivation to get others to donate as well,” said Committee Chairperson Marty Dean. “Their contributionsreaffirm the importance of this project … Read More

Council gives $500,000 for Rec Plex


By Joe Benedict/Staff Writer, Daily Democrat
Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:02 PM CST

The Fort Madison City Council was impressed enough with the idea of a rec plex in Fort Madison that it committed $500,000 from the city to aid the construction of the proposed facility.

Matt Morris laid out the plan for the city council as he had done earlier Tuesday at the Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The council had several questions about the complex, including some concerns about the distance from the parking lot to the three soccer fields. Morris said there may be some space to add a parking lot closer to those fields later.

Councilor Bob Chesnut said he has been on the council for 12 years and the city hasn’t done anything major in the way of recreation and parks. He said there has been some new playground equipment, but nothing on this scale.

“We only get a chance like this once in awhile,” Chesnut said.

Councilor Brad Randolph said this seemed like a group to fund.

“You had me from hello, just about,” he said.

The money is going to come out of the city’s grant opportunity fund at $250,000 over the next two years. City Manager Byron Smith said he feels comfortable the city would be able to afford that.

One other concern was operating expenses. The council asked Morris how the facility would pay for operation. It didn’t want the facility managers coming back and asking for more money.

Morris said $300,000 of the estimated $3.4 million to build the facility is going to be put in the bank for operating capital.

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RecPlex to be built in FM

Rec Plex to be built in FM Facilty will be located near intersection of 48th Street and Bluff Road. By Robin Delaney, Managing Editor Daily Democrat December 6, 2011 Imagine. Three baseball/ softball fields, along with three soccer/football fields, with a concessions area in the middle — all at one Fort Madison location.  It has been a dream discussed off and on for many years, but in recent months, it has become moved onto a road toward reality. The Rec Plex, which is to be located on the west end of Fort Madison, near the intersection of 48th Street and Bluff Road, near the community’s new 4-8 school, is designed for tournament and league use. With single entry gate entrance and a 250-vehicle parking lot, the entire facility will be fenced in — and will even include a children’s play … Read More