CLEVELAND - Village officials have ordered former Mayor Jim White to stop building a pole barn in the floodplain.
Mr. White apparently has the appropriate permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Departments of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The village does not have copies of those permits and has issued a "stop" order on the project.
Village attorney Graham Lee said he has sent Mr. White two letters, giving him 10 days to respond in a letter dated Aug. 19. Mr. Lee said Mr. White responded he was unaware of any violation, stating he had contacted Mayor Richard Waterman by phone and was told the village's building inspector would be contacting him that day but, in view of all the permits, Mayor Waterman didn't believe Mr. White need a village permit.
Mr. White also sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the village for the permits.
"He needs to provide them to us, rather than FOIA us for them," Mayor Waterman said Thursday night.
Mr. Lee said he will ask the court for permission to destroy the building if Mr. White does not produce the permits.
"This is silly. I don't like to see this for either side," Mr. Lee said. "He's being a scofflaw and I won't permit it any longer. If he forces me to take him to court, I'm going to make it expensive for him."
Mayor Waterman said he approached Mr. White to talk about it but was ordered off the property by police.
Village Clerk Shawna Duncan said she also had asked Mr. White to mail the permits to the village, but he told her Mayor Waterman needed to call him and come by his house to talk about it.
Mayor Waterman said he told Mr. White the building inspector will check the construction periodically to make sure it's just a barn. "He didn't have a problem with that," Mayor Waterman said.
Also on Thursday, Village Trustee Sherri Krogman accused former clerk Mike Erickson of posting online that she accosted children for skipping stones in the river, saying she would report them to the IDNR. Ms. Krogman denied confronting children and told Mr. Erickson to remove the charge immediately or answer to her attorney.
"I'm getting threats and a note left in my door and it's bull----," she said.
"I've never talked to anyone about skipping rocks," Ms. Krogman said."I'm asking you politely to remove it."
Cleveland officials also want the village's former attorney, Joseph Polaschek, to return all of the village's files. Trustees decided to deposit an $800 check from Mr. Polaschek's office in the general fund, even though it wasn't clear what the refund was for.
"If he returns the files it should explain what the $800 was for," said Trustee Krogman.
Trustees on Thursday also:
-- Raised compensation for village officials chosen in future elections -- $50 per month for the mayor, clerk and treasurer and $25 per month for trustees.
-- Tabled naming the village park after Ms. Krogman and Steve Ballegeer opposed naming them for a specific individual, although specific names were not discussed.
-- Decided to get prices for a used backhoe and possibly trade in the village's tractor.
-- Approved spending up to $750 for 10 new chairs for the village hall to replace existing ones that are breaking.
-- Approved a $250 donation to the Colona police/fire dinner.
-- Set trick-or-treat hours for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and decided to discuss a possible village Halloween party at next month's meeting.
Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation. 1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.