As a past Rock Island County Board member, I conducted annual inspections of the county courthouse, and in two years of public service, I agree that the courthouse needs attention.
However with no real plan, this referendum is irresponsible, unwise, and definitely not the answer. On Tuesday, Rock Island County voters will decide if they are willing to relinquish responsibility of issuing bonds to build all future county buildings. Voters beware! Voting "yes" gives the five-member building commission, along with the county board, complete power to approve any plan they choose forever. All costs will subsequently be paid for by the taxpayers.
At last week's town hall meeting, the county board chairman said if the voters do not like the plan, they should not reelect their board member. Sadly, by that time, the damage will have been done.
Two years ago, the board had the chance to reduce its size, but refused, stating members were in touch with the voters. Last November, 72 percent of the voters disagreed with the board and voted to reduce the board from 25 to 15.
Do you believe the county board is looking to represent the people of Rock Island County or personal interests? Who will benefit by handing over a blank check to the county board?It most certainly will not be the taxpayers who will have to pay the bills! My vote on Tuesday shall be "NO" to any blank check.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.