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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.