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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.