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Written by Brandy Walvaert   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:14

DAVENPORT, IA—Waste Commission of Scott County facilities will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Facilities closed include:

•    Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport
•    Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport
•    Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Davenport
•    Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th Street, Davenport

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit

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Governor Quinn to Host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:15

Official Visit to Include Benito Juárez Tribute, World Premiere at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. Next week’s visit will include several events, including a ribbon-cutting at Illinois’ new “Casa del Estado de Mexico” (a trade office representing the state of Mexico), a free concert from the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, a wreath-laying at the Benito Juárez statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the world premiere performance of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico” at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The visit is part of the Governor’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.

“When I led a delegation to Mexico City last year, Governor Ávila showed us why the state of Mexico is as strong an economic partner as it is a wonderful place to visit,” Governor Quinn said. “My trade mission to Mexico strengthened ties with our sister state – especially in agriculture, water technology, manufacturing and tourism – and our relationship continues to grow. We are honored that Governor Ávila has traveled to Illinois and will help us celebrate 150 years of friendship between Illinois and Mexico.”

“I am eager to see my friend Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and continue the discussions we began last spring about increasing commerce and tourism between our two states,” Governor Ávila said. “And I am looking forward to learning about Matías Romero’s historic visit to Springfield in 1861.”

Governor Ávila will be accompanied by Aarón Urbina Bedolla, Chairman of the state of Mexico’s Congress, and Baruch Delgado Carbajal, President of the state of Mexico’s Supreme Court. The delegation will include Dr. Jorge Olvera García, Rector of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, who will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the State of Illinois and University of Illinois to promote collaboration between the two states on veterinary medicine, animal genetics, bio-fuels, crop sciences and irrigation.

As a gift to Governor Quinn and the people of Illinois, the Governor of the State of Mexico is bringing a 70-person symphony – the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México under conductor Enrique Bátiz. The symphony will play a free concert at Benito Juárez Community Academy at 6:30pm on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The concert will be open to the public. Benito Juárez Community Academy High School is located at 1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, 60608.

On Feb. 11, the day before Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday, Governors Ávila and Quinn will travel to Springfield to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The highlight will be a special theatrical production of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico,” a reenactment of the fateful meeting in 1861 when Matías Romero – Mexican President Juárez’s envoy – met President-elect Lincoln to seal a friendship between their two nations.

That evening, Governor Quinn will host a reception for Governor Ávila at the Illinois Executive Mansion.

Governor Ávila has been the Governor of the state of Mexico since 2011. He was twice elected Mayor of Ecatepec de Morelos and was a deputy of the state of Mexico’s Congress. He is an attorney who has authored a book about constitutional law in Mexico. The state of Mexico is Mexico’s most populous (16.2 million residents) and most industrialized state.

Governor Quinn has vowed to make Illinois the “most welcoming state” in the United States, and has often noted the friendship between Juárez and Lincoln. Last year, Governor Quinn declared March 21 as “Benito Juárez Day” across Illinois. Mexico is Illinois’ second-largest trading partner. With sales of $8.2 billion, Illinois is the third largest agricultural exporter in the United States, and the country of Mexico is one of Illinois’ most loyal agricultural trading partners. Since 2010, the country of Mexico has purchased $1.9 billion in agricultural products from Illinois, including $780 million in 2012 alone, making it the state’s third largest agricultural export market.

Governor Quinn was the first Illinois governor to visit Mexico in 13 years and only the fourth U.S. governor to visit Mexico since 2005. There are now 1.6 million people in Illinois of Mexican origin, about one in eight Illinois residents. Mexico and Illinois have had a sister state relationship since 1990.


Loebsack Representative to Hold Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:56

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Clinton County for open office hours. Henry Marquard, Loebsack’s District Representative, will be at the following locations. Marquard will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Members of the public are invited to attend. Marquard holds regular office hours throughout Eastern Iowa.

If residents are unable to attend but have a concern to share with the Congressman, please call our district office toll-free at 1-866-914-IOWA (4692)

Marquard’s schedule is as follows.


Tuesday, Feb. 11

Camanche City Hall

917 Third Street

9:00 – 10:00 AM


Clinton City Hall

611 South Third Street, 1st Floor

11:00 AM – NOON



Branstad, Reynolds announce new Main Street Iowa Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:49

Avoca, Guthrie Center and Newton receive designation

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that three Iowa communities were selected to join the Main Street Iowa program: Avoca, Guthrie Center, and Newton.  The announcement was made during a special ceremony held at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

“Iowa’s historic main streets are the heart and soul of our communities,” said Branstad.  “We will continue to do whatever we can to keep Iowa’s downtowns strong and vibrant for business owners, workers, residents and visitors.  I am pleased to welcome each of these communities into the Main Street family, and wish them much success in the future.”

For more than 27 years, the Main Street Iowa program and its communities have been looked upon as the “best of the best” in a national effort to revitalize downtowns across the country.  The addition of these new communities brings the total number of Main Street communities in Iowa to 52.

“In their applications and presentations, the selected communities demonstrated strong partnerships, a high level of volunteerism, and a commitment to the revitalization of their downtown districts.  We are confident that these three cities will thrive and grow for many years to come,” said Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the agency that houses the Main Street Iowa program.

Becoming a designated Main Street Iowa community is no easy task.  Community representatives must attend rigorous training sessions before even being eligible to apply.  They must demonstrate support from local organizations, businesses, and lawmakers; funding and in-kind support must be secured and documented; strategic plans outlining short- and long-term goals must be in place.  Most importantly, community officials, business owners, and volunteers must agree to work together with the common goals of 1) preserving Iowa’s historic buildings and unique commercial business districts, and 2) improving the local economy by adopting and following the Main Street Four Point Approach® to historic commercial district revitalization.

“After seeing the results of the Main Street Iowa program had on my hometown of Osceola, Iowa, I’m excited for the communities receiving the designation today,” said Reynolds. “The process was not easy, nor was it quick, but it certainly showed results and brings new energy to the community.”

While it may be challenging to become a Main Street community, designated communities reap many benefits.  During the first three years of the program, each community receives approximately 40 days of on-site training and technical assistance from Main Street Iowa, National Main Street Center staff and private consultants, as well as 30 days of training for volunteers and local staff, valuing the state’s investment at $120,000. Main Street communities each receive continuing training and technical assistance valued at $10,000+ annually.

Over the years, by working together with the state, Main Street Iowa communities have realized the benefits of more than 2.4 million hours of volunteer time invested into improving their city centers, a significantly increased job and business base, and over $1.3 billion in private investment to purchase, construct and rehabilitate downtown property.

For more information on the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program, visit , or call the Main Street Iowa office at 515.725.3051.

For more information about the local programs, contact:

Avoca: Clint Fichter, 402-990-3623

Guthrie Center: Marian McQuaid, 641-740-0319

Newton: Darrell Sarmento, 641-792-5545


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Written by Renee Luze-Johnson   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:43

February 10 - 14, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Special Board Meeting - 8:00 am

Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center-Canvass of Votes

1. Roll Call: Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack

2. Canvass of votes.

3. Adjourned.

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am

Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack


2. Presentation from the Putnam Museum regarding CAT Grant Project.

Facilities & Economic Development

3. Discussion of an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan for the North Economic

Development Area in Davenport. (Item 3)

4. Purchase of squad car replacements for the Sheriff's Office. (Item 4)

Human Resources

5. Staff Appointments. (Item 5)

6. Discussion of strategy of upcoming labor negotiations with the County's organized

employees pursuant to Iowa Code Section 20.17(3). - CLOSED SESSION

Health & Community Services

7. Authorizing the County Administrator to sign for Medical Billing Services. (Item 7)

Finance & Intergovernmental

8. Discussion of pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c). - CLOSED


9. Board appointments. (Item 9)

10. New beer/liquor license for Express Lane Gas & Food Mart #79.

Other Items of Interest

11. Consideration of appointments with upcoming term expirations for boards and


-Zoning Board of Adjustment 5/1/14 Tom Dittmer

-Veterans Affairs Commission 5/31/14 Marie Kobelenske

-Veterans Affairs Commission 5/31/14 John Sunderbruch

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Regular Board Meeting - 5:00 pm

Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Public Hearings

1. FY15 operating and capital budget.

2. Amendment to the FY14 operating and capital budget.

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