Three running for road commission, five for Colona Township Board

Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 3:02 pm
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Three people are running to become Colona Township road commissioner. They are Donald L. Ropp Jr., Kyle C. Meier, and Randall K. McClintock.

Five people are running for the four open seats on the township board. They are Scott B. VanHoutte, Richard Seys, Chris Schneider, Donald L. Ropp Sr. and Janna Miller.

Mr. Meier and Mr. Seys were the only ones to return a candidate's questionnaire to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus

NAME: Kyle C. Meier
AGE: 52
OCCUPATION: Construction contractor/multiple business owner
FAMILY: Wife Linda, son Casey
EDUCATION: High School, multiple OSHA certifications, MSHA
OFFICE SOUGHT: Colona Township highway commissioner
WHY RUNNING: I would like the responsibility of carrying on the quality of work of our current highway commissioner, continuing to construct, improve and maintain road services and safe roads, meeting the needs of citizens within a financially sound budget.

NAME: Richard Seys
AGE: 57
ADDRESS: Coal Valley
FAMILY: Four children
EDUCATION: High school
OFFICE SOUGHT: Colona Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Township trustee since 1997
WHY RUNNING: I believe the local needs of the community can be met more efficiently and economically at the township level than the state or federal level.
KEY ISSUE: I think we need to continue to keep the cemeteries in the present well-groomed and maintained condition. The township board needs to make sure the food pantry is kept operating smoothly to meet the needs of the people in the township.
COMMENT: I would like to continue to serve the citizens of Colona Township with the best services while still staying within budget.


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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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