Strand, Dueysen face off for District 5 RI County Board seat


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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 8:25 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: Virgil Dueysen

Party: Democrat

Address: 4312 7th St., East Moline

Age: 66

Education: Finished high school in the U.S. Army

Occupation: retired

Previous elected office: Rock Island County Board member since 2003

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?

Public opinion of the citizens of Rock Island County is that it should remain in downtown Rock Island. I would only agree to consolidation if it was not financially feasible to remodel or build a new facility downtown. I would base my opinion on an unbiased study by a consultant.



Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations?


No, because county has a full-time county board chairman at a cost of $90,000 a year. A professional administrator would cost the county $40,000 or more, plus cost of staff, etc.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I would agree to reduce the size only if I know for certain it will not effect the representation of the citizens in each of the county board districts. Also, the voters decision on the referendum to be placed on the ballot will weigh heavily on my decision.

What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?



My main goal if re-elected is to be continually mindful of the taxpayers money so that the county can continue to provide quality services without putting a larger tax burden on the citizens of Rock Island County.

Name: Douglas Strand

Party: Independent

Address: 918 36th Ave. East Moline

Age; 60

Education: B.A., Luther College, Iowa; B.S., University of Minnesota; Masters of Science, Western Illinois University.

Previous elected office: Black Hawk College trustee, East Moline City Council.

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?

I don't have enough information at the moment. I would have to get more information, if elected, to make an intelligent decision.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations?

If elected, I'd like to research this before making a decision.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I'd like to look at the options and, if elected, discuss them.

What are your goals generally for the county if you're elected?

I'd like to see the county board balance its budget and stick to it. I'd like to see them do some cost-cutting and maintain some positive services while keeping property taxes low.






 












 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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