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 Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The price of board for single gentlemen occupying rooms in Davenport hotels has been raised to $10 per week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island County Bible Society. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. I.O. Nothstein, Rock Island, was named president of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Twin Cities. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Athel Young, wife of Chic Young, who draws the internationally famous "Blondie" comic strip, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. John Miller, in Rock Island for three weeks. The Youngs' infant son accompanied his mother. 1964 -- 50 years ago: 750 students from 30 northern Illinois high schools will take part in the Class D state finals music contest to be held next Saturday on the Augustana College campus. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A near capacity crowd shook the rafters at Wharton field House in Moline Tuesday night. When the decibel level returned to normal, Alleman's Pioneers had pulled out a 54-49 victory over the Orion Chargers. The win advanced Alleman into the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.