EAST MOLINE -- Aldermen on Monday approved spending about $197,600 to buy a new garbage truck. The funds will come from landfill host fees and financing from The National Bank.
The vote was 5-1 with Ald. Dave Kelley, 5th Ward, opposed and Ald. Gary Westbrook, 7th Ward, not present.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an agreement between East Moline and the Illinois Department of Transportation that will let the city use $32,000 in IDOT money for improvements to the intersection of 7th Street and 30th Avenue as part of the federal "Safe Routes to School" initiative.
Safe Routes is operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. It is designed to help children develop a healthy lifestyle by encouraging them to use their feet or bicycles to get to school.
The program encourages making students' potential routes safer by improving safety and reducing traffic around schools.
Acting as the committee of the whole, aldermen also set a public hearing on the upcoming budget for 6 p.m., April 1, in the city council chambers, 915 16th Ave.
The budget will only be for eight months as the city switches from fiscal years to calendar years for budgeting.
Instead of a fiscal year that would run May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014, the city will budget for May 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, officials said. The city then will begin budgeting based on the calendar year starting Jan. 1, 2014.
The change is designed to streamline the budgeting processes and tax levy discussions.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.