Posted Online: Oct. 08, 2012, 9:17 pm
RI council approves Sunset Marina dredging plan
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By Dawn Neuses, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rock Island City Council on Monday approved a maintenance dredging plan for Sunset Marina, as well as two ways to pay for it.
Starting next year, 7,000 cubic yards will be dredged from the marina entrance and harbor. Dredging will be done every other year.
To pay for the estimated $71,000 for dredging and $33,000 for dredge pit cleaning, harbor slip rates will rise 3 percent in each the 2013 and 2014 boating seasons. The cost for the largest covered slips will increase by $2.19 per foot in 2013 and $2.26 per foot in 2014. Those slips now cost $73.04 per foot.
The city also will refinance about $626,835 in existing harbor debt. The balance was to be paid off in 2019. Instead, Rock Island will refinance at a lower interest rate and extend the term to 2029 to reduce the annual debt service by $87,000.
Public works director Bob Hawes said harbor dredging will be focused each year in the areas needed most.
Also on Monday, the council approved becoming a member of a consortium that will seek $23.9 million from the Illinois Attorney General. The money is part of $110 million the state received from the National Attorney Generals' Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement.
Brian Hollenback, president of Renaissance Rock Island, said the Rock Island Economic Growth Corp. (GROWTH) will be the lead applicant for the funds. If awarded, the money would support new construction and housing revitalization in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Fulton, Morrison and Sterling, as well as ARC and Project Now programs.
The request includes $2 million for the city and $8.5 million for GROWTH, Mr. Hollenback said.
"We are being very aggressive with our request," he said, saying the money could affect 170 housing units in all of the participating cities. Joining together as a regional consortium called the Northwestern Illinois Housing Coalition is the best way to compete for grants, he said.
GROWTH, Rock Island, Moline and Sterling have received grants as a consortium in the past.
A public hearing also was held Monday on the Citizen's Advisory Committee's recommended allocations of federal and gaming money. The committee recommends Rock Island allocate an expected award of $904,514 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to the city's community and economic development department, the Martin Luther King Center and Habitat for Humanity.
The money would be used for program administration and housing.
The committee also recommended $50,000 in Social Service Gaming Funds go to 21 programs that provide services such as emergency shelter, refugee services, transportation for senior citizens and child care.
No one spoke against the committee's recommendations.
The council is scheduled to make decisions on the recommendations Oct. 15.