RAPIDS CITY -- Rapids City trustees on Tuesday learned that they will have to use $23,000 of the parks and recreation budget to repair a section of the bike trail that washed into the Mississippi River during the recent heavy rains.
About 50 feet of the bike path and embankment slid into the river, and the village is responsible for the repairs, trustees were told.
Public works superintendent Ryan Bump said he received a bid from Phoenix Corporation to fix the trail by removing some trees along the bank, reinforcing the embankment with riprap and pouring the new path. He expects work to begin immediately.
Mr. Bump told trustees that "further stabilization may be necessary" for other parts of the bike path in the future.
In other action, Trustee Nicole Dopler said the new playground equipment for the park at 4th Avenue and 14th Street has arrived, and volunteers are needed to build the structure. Construction is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1.
The recently elected officers were also sworn in, including Greg Rankin as village president, EmiliePrice as clerk, and Nicole Dopler, Craig Schneider and Don Clark as trustees.
Retiring trustee Mary Beth Eggers thanked the village personnel for their dedication to the community, and urged citizens to become more engaged with city politics and to let civility rule.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.