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 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.