I continue to be amazed at the stance the mayor of Rock Island is taking about the wetlands the city (we taxpayers) purchased for a million dollars with plans for development there.
The Village of Milan is against it. The citizens of Big Island are against it. The Conservation Club is against it. These entities, as well as the Corps of Engineers, must approve any construction there.
When asked about this at the candidate forum on Tuesday, Mayor Dennis Pauley said he had plans to speak to the four groups about this project. It's too late! He should have dealt with them before foolishly buying the property. If the four groups continue with their opposition, we taxpayers will own a million-dollar white elephant.
We sure won't be able to sell it because any project would be met with the same opposition from the four groups.
Would I buy a used car without first checking out the title, looking under the hood to see if it had an engine or pay in advance for a shiny new paint job? Would you?
I would not buy it and I know you wouldn't, and neither would David Levin. But if you know of such a car, let the mayor know. He will buy it.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred 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: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.