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 Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).