Rock Island officials hope to have construction of a transient boat dock at Schwiebert Riverfront Park completed next fall.
Aldermen on Monday accepted Valley Construction's bid of$1.459 million to build the new dock, which will be named The Landing. The contract will be executed subject to an approved grant agreement, a final permit from the Corps of Engineers and approval of the city's "incidental taking" plan related to mussels on Illinois' Protected Species list.
Construction could begin in April or May 2013 and would take about six months.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the city a $1.5 million grant to help build the dock. The city has must provide a 25 percent match -- $500,000 -- in tax-increment-financing funds.
The dock will hold 24 boats. The project was redesigned and simplified after aldermen in August rejected a first round of bids which exceeded the budget.
Ald. Jason Jones, 5th Ward, said it is an exciting project.
Park and recreation director Bill Nelson told the council annual maintenance costs are estimated at $4,000 to $5,000. He said he will issue a cost maintenance report soon.
Originally the dock was U-shaped with the opening facing the river, Mr. Nelson said. The redesign will reduce wave action and let the dock accommodate large boats.
The total construction budget is $1.75 million, with Valley Construction's bid 16 percent below the engineer's estimates.
Ald. David A. Conroy, 2nd Ward, asked if anything removed from the first design could be added back in because construction came in under budget. Jeff Eder, community and economic development director, said excess grant and city funds will be saved for contingency costs that may arise.
Also on Monday, Mayor Dennis Pauley introduced Dwight Ford as the new executive director of the Martin Luther King Center. Mr. Ford, who spent most of his childhood and teen years in Rock Island, told aldermen the center was an institution he personally benefited from, adding he is glad to be home.
Ald. Terry Brooks, 1st Ward, described Mr. Ford as a symbol important to the community. "He will be an inspiration to many," he said.
In other business, aldermen unanimously voted to establish 29th Street, from 7th to 9th avenues, as a residential permit parking only area.Residents approached the city council within the past month with the permit request. Homes on the street are single-family and rentals, many to Augustana College students. Residents said often they cannot park in front of their homes.
Each resident will get a parking permit and two visitor permits. Residents will be allowed only to park in front of their homes, not anywhere within the two-block area.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.