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, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.