The Davenport City Council's committee-of-the-whole on Wednesday approved a proposal to add two members to the board that would oversee operations of a proposed land-based, city-owned casino.
The Davenport Community Improvement Corporation, a nonprofit seven-member board created by the city in November, now will have nine members.DCIC board chairwoman Kelli Grubbs suggested adding the two members to increase the group's financial expertise and address concerns of potential conflicts.
Ms. Grubbs is joined on the DCIC by Davenport city administrator Craig Malin, Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez, Davenport Ald. Jeff Justin, Riverboat Development Authority President Mary Ellen Chamberlin, RDA board member Christine Frederick and Tri-City Building Trades executive director Rory Washburn.
After Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Malin said John Roche and Randall Rathje have been recommended as the new DCIC members.
Mr. Roche is a retired vice president of Mid-American Energy, Mr. Malin said, and formerchairman of the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce, which merged in 2010 with the Illinois Quad City Chamber.Mr. Rathje is a former chief financial officer of Lujack's Northpark Auto Plaza.
"I think the skill set these gentlemen bring will be helpful (to the DCIC)," Mr. Malin said, addingit doesn't hurt to have a few extra helping hands to broaden the board's knowledge and perspective.
Ald. Raymond Ambrose, 4th Ward, agreed.
"They're both outstanding individuals," Ald. Ambrose said. "I think they'll both be great."
The DCIC is scheduled to meet at noon today at the RiverCenter.
Wednesday's proposal is an amendment to the DCIC's bylaws, with a formal vote on the motion planned at Wednesday's city council meeting.
Davenport has proposed buying the Rhythm City Casino from Isle of Capri for $46 million and moving it off the river to a location yet to be determined. Three developers -- Restoration St. Louis, of St. Louis, Mo.; Ingenus Management/Consulting, of Brainerd, Minn., and Atrium Holding Co., of Alpharetta, Ga. -- have presented proposals for the casino project.
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.