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 Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.