Letter: Steps RICO board must take to address buildings


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Posted Online: Feb. 20, 2013, 2:51 pm
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Nowhere is the crisis of confidence in the Rock Island County Board more evident than in the problems related to the county buildings. Over the past six months, it has been communicated that the county building and the courthouse are in such a dilapidated condition that they must be replaced.

For decades, maintenance and updates have been ignored and funding sent elsewhere. The lack of credibility on the part of the board is evident.

Attempts to relocate have been met with suspicion. Now, out of the blue, they want to buy acreage downtown. People see potential for under-the-table deals in their every move. The board has failed to communicate anything that resembles a clear honest process for evaluating and identifying the best solution.

The best way forward would be to organize a committee to look at the alternatives and make a recommendation. To insure a recommendation based on integrity, I would propose they start with board representation from Don Johnson (D), and Drue Milke (R). Both have shown themselves to be willing to ask the hard questions.

I would also urge chairman Phil Banazsek and member Steve Meersman to stay out.

Mark Schwiebert and Bobby Schilling would be other men of integrity who might be considered for leadership roles. Options of multi-year upgrade/repair, renovating along the lines of the Scott Christiansen proposal, or building new near the current location should be in the project scope. Findings of the committee should be publicized.

One thing is certain: Due to neglect and mismanagement by current board leadership, any solution will likely cost taxpayers in the form of yet another increase in property taxes.

William S. Bloom,
Moline



















 



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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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