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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.