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 Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.