Cordova resident Larry Molitor filed a complaint Thursday night with the village board over the recent alleged actions of trustee Larry Dhooge.
Mr. Molitor said he spoke for people who live on Main Avenue Court, and that, on two different occasions, Mr. Dhooge -- who chairs the village's Streets and Alleys Committee -- slammed the telephone on him. Mr. Molitor said the village should obtain an independent study into why Main Avenue Court has gone 40 years with the same surface while other streets have been repaved.
"When we talk to a board member we need a straight answer, not what happened to me," Mr. Molitor said.
Asked if Main Avenue Court would be repaved this year, Mr. Dhooge said no Cordova roads would be done this year. He also said Mr. Molitor was not telling the whole story but would not comment further.
"I understand your concern for your road, but the board has to make these decisions and can't say at this time that we will pave Main Avenue Court," Mayor Bob VanHooreweghe told Mr. Molitor. "The streets in the worst shape and those most traveled will be repaired first."
In other business, the board discussed "the fair share" policy requiring Cordova residents who go south for the winter to pay their "fair share" of water dues even if the residence is empty. There have been discussions about ending or altering the policy.
"We have to think about the citizens," said trustee Dean Moyer, who chairs the Water/Sewer Committee. Ending the policy, he said, would mean $6,000 less income annually for Cordova. He said he would rather wait until next year's budget is prepared before discussing changes.
Trustee John Haan said he wants more accurate numbers before making a decision, and village clerk Sharon Peterson was instructed to provide them to trustees.
The board also discussed the $25 delinquent charge for late water payments, noting the hardship it creates for some residents. Residents 60 days late in paying water bills must pay the $25 delinquent charge, plus a $25 shut-off fee and a $25 turn-on fee. On weekends, the fees increase to $35.
Before making a decision, trustees decided to study the existing ordinance.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.