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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.