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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.