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 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.