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 Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."