Lee supervisor proposes 1 county seat in Fort Madison; city has long shared status with Keokuk


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MONTROSE, Iowa — A supervisor has proposed an ordinance calling for the establishment of a single Lee County seat in Fort Madison, a move that would end its status as Iowa's only county with two county seats.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/1lIdbnt ) that at a Tuesday meeting, Supervisor Ron Fedler proposed an ordinance that would consolidate county operations in Fort Madison.

Keokuk and Fort Madison have both been designated county seats since 1847.

Of Iowa's 99 counties, Lee County in southeast Iowa is the only one with such a designation.

The proposal, which will be discussed at a Thursday night meeting in Donnellson, followed recommendations by a citizens' advisory committee that called for moving the county seat to Montrose.

Supervisors Gary Folluo and Matt Pflug say they oppose the Fort Madison idea.

Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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