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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.