Hampton unsure if bridge public property


Share
Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 9:16 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Sarah Ford correspondent@qconline.com
HAMPTON — Mayor Kevin Irby said the village may know later this month whether the site of an old bridge was "vacated" to the Marina Villas at Safe Harbor development or remains public property.

The topic arose a month or so ago after some residents of the development complained people were trespassing on condo property to get to the riverfront in front of the condos to fish.

The village claims the site of the old bridge on 1st Avenue was vacated when the Safe Harbor development was created, so it's on private property.

Resident Clifford "Skip" McLaughlin said it's still public property and wants clarification of property lines.

Mayor Kevin Irby said village attorney Clayton Lee is researching the issue.

Trustee Richard Vershaw said the bridge over Wheeler's Creek, was "one of the older (bridges) of Rock Island County" and many years ago, there were plans to turn it into a lookout point, but it never happened.

"We'll get a ruling on what is vacated, and what is not vacated," Mayor Irby said. "We'll base our decision on what we've legally been told."

The mayor reminded Mr. McLaughlin fishermen have access to the section of riverfront in front of the condos by boat or on ice, but can't go through the yards of Safe Harbor residents.

In response to the trespassing issue, the board approved creatinga criminal trespass to land ordinance, since there wasn't one on the books. Fines were set at $50 for the first offense, $75 for the second and $100 for the third.

Police Chief Bob Fuller said Safe Harbor residents "need to post signs on gates and areas where people might enter or along the rock."

The board also approved spending $552 to buy a dozen flags for the Heritage Center.

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




(More History)