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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.