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, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.