EAST MOLINE -- Aldermen on Monday approved spending about $197,600 to buy a new garbage truck. The funds will come from landfill host fees and financing from The National Bank.
The vote was 5-1 with Ald. Dave Kelley, 5th Ward, opposed and Ald. Gary Westbrook, 7th Ward, not present.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an agreement between East Moline and the Illinois Department of Transportation that will let the city use $32,000 in IDOT money for improvements to the intersection of 7th Street and 30th Avenue as part of the federal "Safe Routes to School" initiative.
Safe Routes is operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. It is designed to help children develop a healthy lifestyle by encouraging them to use their feet or bicycles to get to school.
The program encourages making students' potential routes safer by improving safety and reducing traffic around schools.
Acting as the committee of the whole, aldermen also set a public hearing on the upcoming budget for 6 p.m., April 1, in the city council chambers, 915 16th Ave.
The budget will only be for eight months as the city switches from fiscal years to calendar years for budgeting.
Instead of a fiscal year that would run May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014, the city will budget for May 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, officials said. The city then will begin budgeting based on the calendar year starting Jan. 1, 2014.
The change is designed to streamline the budgeting processes and tax levy discussions.
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.