Letter: Former mayor backs RI incumbents, referendum


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Posted Online: April 05, 2013, 1:20 pm
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Since leaving office several years ago, I've watched with interest developments locally. As a result, I plan on Tuesday to support the candidates running for re-election for mayor and city council in Rock Island; and to vote "yes" on the county referendum concerning public buildings.

Here's why.

As to the mayor and council, Rock Island has for years lost sales taxes to neighboring communities because we don't have large flat areas for big-box retailers. Mayor Dennis Pauley and the current council understand this problem and have worked aggressively to create more retail opportunities == on 11th Street with the proposed Walmart, and in Southwest Rock Island at the intersection of the Rock Island Parkway and Interstate 280. They've also continued strong public/private partnerships set up over the years, to revitalize the downtown and our older neighborhoods. And they've worked to maintain quality public services while holding the line on taxes.
So I'd say they've earned our continued support.

As to the county referendum on public buildings, approval of this will allow costs of needed improvements to our county courthouse and related facilities to be spread over a longer time at a lower rate of interest than other alternatives. Consolidating county operations downtown as supporters are suggesting also makes sense, since splitting functions at different locations just reduces efficiency and increases operating costs.

So I plan to vote for those running for re-election in Rock Island and for the County Public Building proposition. And I encourage your support for Mayor Pauley, Aldermen Brooks, Foley, and Austin; as well as a "Yes" vote on the county public building commission referendum.

Mark W. Schwiebert,
Rock Isl

















 



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  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.








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