COLONA -- Aldermen on Monday night approved a Shive Hattery proposal for improvements to the sewer treatment plant.
The city still must seek bids, but the estimated cost of the project could reach $1.7 million. The work includes new digesters, blowers, generators, pipe work and other items to bring the plant in compliance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Aldermen, however, decided to send the Hennepin Canal sewer crossing project back to the public works committee, with public works committee member Larry Swemline casting the lone "nay" vote.
Thomas Feliksiak, Chris Reynolds and Bill Murphy, all of Colona, said they understood the need to replace sewer pipes at the canal and Third Street. But they questioned the proposal to put a new street over the canal. Mr. Reynolds also suggested it wasn't ethical to include a street in a water sewer project.
After the meeting, public works director Rick Crew said the canal crossing had been part of the city's comprehensive plan for years.
Walt Carlson, of Colona, also suggested an ordinance governing golf carts on city streets was too restrictive, noting the requirement of seat belts. Ald. Jen Roth said she was not comfortable knowing the ordinance would let any licensed driver as young as 16 operate golf carts in traffic with regular vehicles.
The proposed ordinance was heard as a first reading.
Mayor Rick Lack reported he has met with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the railroads on crossing improvements needed for high-speed rail. He said the agencies will get back with the city, but the work will be done at no cost to Colona.
His committee appointments failed to win approval from aldermen. Ald. Larry Ropp circulated his own plan for committees before aldermen eventually agreed on four changes to the mayor's plan. Ald. Patricia Ruhl will serve on the finance committee, Ald. Ashley Stover on public works, Ald. Rafe Thrasher on economic development and Ald. Ropp on public works.
The council also: * Learned the Freedom Celebration committee almost lost this year's event and is seeking volunteers for the June 30 fest. * Approved a new contract with the police union that members already have ratified. * Approved a the water tower lease with Verizon for $6,000 through September, then $2,000 per month. * Approved the Mediacom franchise agreement, consolidating old agreements into one with the city getting the maximum 5 percent of gross receipts for 10 years. * Observed a moment of silence in memory of Jeremy King, the brother of Ald. Mike King. * Learned there will be two new "little free libraries" in Colona, thanks to a grant from MidAmerican Energy, with the newest one now up at Indian Trails resort. * Moved the May 27 meeting to May 28 because of the Memorial Day holiday.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch. 1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department. 1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.