The Davenport City Council's committee-of-the-whole on Wednesday approved a proposal to add two members to the board that would oversee operations of a proposed land-based, city-owned casino.
The Davenport Community Improvement Corporation, a nonprofit seven-member board created by the city in November, now will have nine members.DCIC board chairwoman Kelli Grubbs suggested adding the two members to increase the group's financial expertise and address concerns of potential conflicts.
Ms. Grubbs is joined on the DCIC by Davenport city administrator Craig Malin, Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez, Davenport Ald. Jeff Justin, Riverboat Development Authority President Mary Ellen Chamberlin, RDA board member Christine Frederick and Tri-City Building Trades executive director Rory Washburn.
After Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Malin said John Roche and Randall Rathje have been recommended as the new DCIC members.
Mr. Roche is a retired vice president of Mid-American Energy, Mr. Malin said, and formerchairman of the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce, which merged in 2010 with the Illinois Quad City Chamber.Mr. Rathje is a former chief financial officer of Lujack's Northpark Auto Plaza.
"I think the skill set these gentlemen bring will be helpful (to the DCIC)," Mr. Malin said, addingit doesn't hurt to have a few extra helping hands to broaden the board's knowledge and perspective.
Ald. Raymond Ambrose, 4th Ward, agreed.
"They're both outstanding individuals," Ald. Ambrose said. "I think they'll both be great."
The DCIC is scheduled to meet at noon today at the RiverCenter.
Wednesday's proposal is an amendment to the DCIC's bylaws, with a formal vote on the motion planned at Wednesday's city council meeting.
Davenport has proposed buying the Rhythm City Casino from Isle of Capri for $46 million and moving it off the river to a location yet to be determined. Three developers -- Restoration St. Louis, of St. Louis, Mo.; Ingenus Management/Consulting, of Brainerd, Minn., and Atrium Holding Co., of Alpharetta, Ga. -- have presented proposals for the casino project.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.