Sherrard village board discusses options for finding new attorney

Posted Online: July 09, 2013, 11:08 pm
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By Cathy Decker,
SHERRARD -- Village attorney Lincoln T. Scott has resigned. Clerk Theresa Johnson read his short letter, dated July 3, at the start of board's Monday night meeting.

Mr. Scott's letter said he recently had moved his law practice to Moline and merged with R. Nick Mason to form Mason and Scott, P.C. "The focus of our practice is primarily real estate, and the move has resulted in a considerable increase in my workload."

He also said "the complexity and nature of issues" facing the village mean "it would be prudent for me to step aside" and encouraged the village to "seek an attorney with the time and expertise necessary to deal with those issues."

He did not specify in the letter what issues he was talking about.

The board discussed ways to find a new attorney but took no action.

In other business, the board discussed one perplexing issue after President Delbert Henry said he received a complaint from a resident about the condition of 310th Street, which leads from the village to Fyre Lake.

Some trustees said they believe the road is the village responsibility, but others claimed it should be corrected by Fyre Lake's developers.

Trustee Chuck Hoexter said the road was the responsibility of the Fyre Lake developer because it had not been dedicated to the village yet.

Mr. Henry is among those who believe the road is not the village's responsibility. "We need to find out what was annexed in."

The village is keeping a tally of costs for work done by the village on behalf of the Fyre Lake Development.

Mrs. Johnson said the dollar amount owed is more than $27,000 and includes projects that connected the village sewer system to the development, old attorney and engineering fees and lift station repairs on the golf course side of Fyre Lake. The village also has billed Fyre Lake Ventures for snowplowing.

"Somewhere in the annexation agreement we should be told what's ours and what isn't ours," said Mr. Hoexter.

Mr. Hoexter said he would contact the village's TIF attorney for his opinion on who is responsible.

In other business the board:

-- Learned the annual Sherrard Fire Department Fish Fry will be on Saturday at the Sherrard Fire Department. Catfish will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a street dance on Main Street in front of the Office bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. Another event that day is a lawn mower poker run to benefit the Sherrard Food Pantry.

-- Agreed to donate $500 to the Sherrard Fire Department for the annual July 4 fireworks.
-- Set up a personnel committee meeting for July 23 at 7 p.m. that would require city employees to attend to discuss their contracts.


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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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