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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.