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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 9:59 pm

COLONA -- Aldermen on Monday night discussed the "custody" of the "Big X" interchange of Interstates 74, 80 and 280.

Mayor Danny McDaniel said there is no legal description placing the intersection within the Colona city limits. What the city needs, he said, is the property on both sides for development purposes.

Ald. Mike King said the city is interested in the nearby land, not the interstates.

"We're trying to push growth out there, so we can have our nice community here," he said.

Ald. Dale Hillman cautioned the city's claim of the exchange could force it to handle accidents at the busy exchange. Ald. Larry Swemline, however, noted the city already responds to such accidents.

The site won't be on the short-list of concerns Colona representatives share with state lawmakers when the visit Springfield March 29. Instead, the focus of that trip will be money for East 550th Street across U.S. 6, south from the Stonebridge subdivision, and widening Illinois 84.

Mayor McDaniel said Illinois has agreed to the Illinois 84 work, but at the cost of wiping out several businesses and homes.

"That was not an option we would take," he said.

He noted a Quad-Cities group will take the same issues to the state capital in April.

The council also heard the opinion of attorney Graham Lee that the city has been overcharging its three mobile home parks. An annual license should be $50 for an entire park, Mr. Lee said, not per home.

The mayor noted the matter could end up in court.

The council also:

-- Accepted the resignations of two part-time police officers.

-- Approved spending $670 to test air quality in the police department due to mold.

-- Approved a resolution supporting the Rock River Trail Initiative.

-- Directed Mr. Lee to draft a letter asking the applicable lending institution to either bring the former T.K.'s restaurant up to code or tear it down. The city tried to buy it to demolish it, but was turned down.

-- Heard from Mike Smitty of Hillsdale, a candidate for the Illinois House 71st District.

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