Dick Brown was sworn in as Moline's 4th Ward alderman on Tuesday after the city council accepted his appointment by Mayor Don Welvaert.|
Ald. Brown is replacing Ted Ronk, who resigned in January because he was moving out of the ward.In December, Ald. Brown filed candidacy papers to run for the seat in the April 9 election.
"I am very honored the mayor saw fit to appoint me to finish out Ald. Ronk's term," Ald. Brown said."I have been interested in politics for a long time, and I was at a point in my personal life and professional life where I could get more involved in helping my community."
He is a lieutenant on the Moline Fire Department, where he has worked for more than 25 years.
In other business, aldermen sitting as the committee of the whole gave preliminary approval to a intergovernmental agreement with the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County.
The airport board approved the agreement at its meeting Tuesday morning.
According to council documents, theagreement establishes a boundary around the airport to ensure it remainsautonomous and unincorporated, while providing for cooperation in developing the southwest corner of airport property.
Under the agreement, Moline will annex two airport properties: the site of the Hampton Inn at 2450 69th Ave. and the site where a Holiday Inn Express is proposed to be built at 2200 69th Ave.
The city will design and construct public utilities for the Holiday Inn Express, a proposed airport rental car facility and the airport industrial park expansion, according to the agreement.
The agreement also includesa cost-sharing arrangement between Moline and Rock Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues. For 20 years, the city will give 5 percent of hotel-motel taxes collected at the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express at the airport to the county to support Niabi Zoo.
Right now, the county gives Niabi Zoo the hotel-motel taxes it collects from the Hampton Inn.
Moline levies a minimum 7 percent hotel-motel tax on overnight stays; 2 percent goes to the general fund and 5 percent is put into a tourism fund for grants to events, organizations and projects that promote tourism.
The agreement also allows the city to annex the Armory property.
Airport aviation director Bruce Carter said Tuesday morning the Armory requested Moline annex its site, which the airport sold to the Department of Military Affairs in 1993.The deed restricted the property from being annexed without written consent of the airport.
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