I opened Thursday's Rock Island Argus and found, yet again, engineering expert Judge John Donald O'Shea sharing his views on what can and can't be done with the current courthouse.
That is exactly the problem I have with this entire issue. The county is asking voters to give it a blank check to build whatever is needed without some sort of plan up front.
NOW we find out that in order to have a plan we need to OK the public building commission proposal so they have the funds. I ask, "WHY is that?" Is that as crazy as it sounds to me? Why didn't the county finance a study, up front, that addressed all of the county buildings and options on how to upgrade/remodel/expand or build new?
I would have more trust in a professional engineering firm's proposals than the ad hoc committee of so-called experts! Which, by the way, has NO engineers or architects on it! The county board had the funds to pay thousands of dollars to the outgoing Niabi Zoo director, so why are there no funds NOW for a study of this importance to the county? The Argus editorial board got it right for once, the issue is about trust.
I, and most other county voters believe the board already has a "plan" regardless of the will of the voters. If it means higher costs so that WE, the voters, stay in control, then so be it. The board needs to earn our trust!
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.