Posted Online: Oct. 07, 2012, 8:39 pm

RI council to consider raising Sunset Marina rates

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By Dawn Neuses,

ROCK ISLAND -- The Rock Island City Council will consider tonight raising slip rates at Sunset Marina by 3 percent for each of the 2013 and 2014 boating seasons and refinancing the marina debt to implement a maintenance dredging plan.

"The greatest threat to the future viability of Sunset Marina is the lack of regular maintenance dredging. At the moment, the marina is not usable by many large boats, and some of the docks are sitting on the bottom of the lake instead of floating," wrote Bob Hawes, public works director, in a memo.

He said city staff and the Sunset Marina Boaters Advisory Committee is recommending a maintenance plan to dredge 7,000 cubic yards every other year for $71,000.

Of the 7,000 cubic yards, 3,400 would be taken from the entrance and 3,600 from the harbor, according to the memo.

Dredge pit cleaning would be done by city staff and cost about $33,000.

According to the memo, the city will, as of April 2013, owe $627,000 in marina debt, which is scheduled to be paid off in fiscal year 2019. If the council approves, the debt could be refinanced and extended until fiscal year 2029, which would lower the debt service by $87,000 annually.

If passed, the proposal to increase marina rates would increase the cost per foot for the most expensive slip from $73.04 now to $75.23 in 2013 and $77.49 in 2014.

The cost per foot for the least expensive slip would rise from $30.81 now to $31.73 in 2013 and $32.69 in 2014.

The marina has 473 covered and uncovered slips and provides summer and winter land storage.

The council also will consider joining five cities and two organizations in a request for $20 million to be spent on revitalization and redevelopment.

According to council documents, Rock Island Economic Growth Corp. will apply to the Illinois attorney general for the funds from the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement.

If awarded the money, the cities of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Sterling, Morrison and Fulton, and ARC and Project NOW, would spend it on new housing; redeveloping vacant, abandoned or foreclosed homes; demolishing blighted properties; rehabbing owner-occupied homes and creating a lead-based paint program.

Each member of the consortium, otherwise known as the Northwestern Illinois Housing Coalition, has to approve the agreement.

Also according to council documents, a public hearing will be held on the Citizen's Advisory Committee's recommended use of the fiscal year 2013-14 Community Development Block Grant and social-service gaming funds.

According to the documents, the committee anticipates a federal CDBG allocation of $904,514. It proposes the money be used to fund city economic development programs and administration, Martin Luther King Jr. Center administration and Habitat for Humanity housing efforts.

The committee is recommending 21 programs receive a portion of its annual $50,000 allocation of gaming revenues. Agencies recommended to receive funds serve the homeless, children, single parents and senior citizens.

The recommended list of fund recipients is attached to the council agenda online at The council is expected to vote on the recommendations Oct. 15.

The city council meeting will begin at 6:45 tonight on the third floor of city hall, 1528 3rd Ave. A study session on a wind and solar zoning ordinance proposal will start at 5:30 p.m.