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Letter: Building deterioration part of RICO long-term plan?


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Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013, 3:16 pm
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An employee of one of the departments in the Rock Island County Courthouse recently distributed a "poop sheet" listing the terrible condition of the structure. Employees in the building seem to be working in really primitive conditions; without clean drinking water, proper heat and fire safety code violations.

Thus, as stated, putting "the life and safety if all courthouse personnel and visitors at risk."

I wonder why the county board has allowed the situation to deteriorate so much?

If this is an indication of how county-owned property is maintained, one wonders how soon would it be before any new buildings are allowed to fall apart?

Just like our schools, the principals always know ahead of time if the school board is going to close the school. The principals would notice replacement items would be in short supply or unavailable; in due time any item that needed repair was ignored.

It seems that someone or some persons on the county board had this planned deterioration in mind for several years.

Why has it taken this long for employees to speak up?

And why have the county board members been kicking the can down the road for so long?

Vincent G. Thomas,
Rock Island

















 




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  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.






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