A proposed $93.3 million five-year capital improvement plan was unveiled by Rock Island Public Works Director Bob Hawes at Monday's city council meeting.
Included in the plan is $19 million for the estimated cost of building a new police station, which the plan states could be opened by 2016.The plan assumes the project would be financed by issuing bonds that will be paid off with gaming tax revenue.
Mayor Dennis Pauley, in his recent State of the City address, said the police department has outgrown its current building. A site has not been picked for a new building.
The capital improvement plan also would invest millions in the city's street, water and sewer network with funding from a mix of local, state and federal money. The city council has yet to approve the plan but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.
Mr. Hawes presented the plan during a study session on Monday. The proposal calls for $20.7 million in spending on street improvements, $4 million on water system improvements, $48.2 million on sewer network improvements and $750,000 on improvements to the stormwater system.
The $48.2 million earmarked for the city's sewer systemincludes the expansion of wet weather treatment capacity of the Mill Street Sewage Treatment Plant.Once completed, the plant would be able to treat 106 million gallons per day, compared to 16 million now. Construction began in 2011 and will be completed by 2014.
The capital improvement plan is subject to alteration by aldermen before being adopted. Mr. Hawes invited their input and said he expects a vote on the five-year plan in the coming weeks.
In other business on Monday, aldermen approved distributing$526,000 in surplus tax-increment-financing funds to the Rock Island County treasurer for distribution among the taxing bodies.The money comes from the Parkway/I-280 TIF district.
As part of the city's redevelopment agreement with Jumer's Casino and Hotel, the city is required to return 75 percent of TIF revenues generated by the casino project to Jumer's.For the current fiscal year, the amount to be reimbursed to Jumer's is $1.6 million, according to city officials.
The remaining 25 percent of TIF revenues are to be returned to the Rock Island County treasurer as a surplus.TheRock Island Milan School District will receive about $284,083 of that surplus and Rock Island County will receive $48,183.
The city's agreement with Jumer's runs through fiscal year 2023.
TIF districts are used by local governments to spur development. Any increase in property tax assessments from development within a district is put in a special fund that is used to attract more development, fund infrastructure improvements or repay development costs.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.