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Written by Jackie E. Holecek
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:33
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
City of Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
IV. Meeting Protocol and Decorum
V. Reports of City Officials
VI. Appointments, Proclamations, Etc.
A. Military Appreciation Week
B. American Legion Poppy Days
C. Foster Parent Appreciation Month
D. Scott Emergency Communications Center s National Telecommunications Week
E. Motorcycle Awareness Month
* F. Public Works Week
VII. Public Hearings
A. Community Development Committee
1. Public Hearing for the Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute documents necessary to convey the following property:
Parcel H0044-25, 1717 W. 9th Street, to Petitioner Cynthia A. Buxbaum [3rd Ward]
2. Public Hearing for the purpose of considering an amendment to the I-74/53rd Street Urban Renewal Area.
3. Public Hearing for the Ordinance for a Zoning Map Amendment (rezoning) of 1.04 acres more or less, of real property known as Lot 20 in Block 1 of Ferndale Addition; Lot 3 in Block 2 of Ferndale Addition; Lots 56-58 and 85-89 of Home Addition, from “R-4” Moderate Density Dwelling District to “PDD” Planned Development District, for the purpose of expanding the Genesis Medical Center
East Campus (Genesis Health System, Petitioner; Case No. REZ14-03). [5th
4. Public Hearing for the Ordinance for the right-of-way vacation (abandonment)
of a portion of College Avenue located between High Street and Rusholme Street,
a portion of Elm Street east of College Avenue, and a portion of a twenty-foot
wide east-west alley located east of College Avenue between Elm Street and
Lombard Street, collectively containing approximately 1.011 acres (44,033 sq. ft.),
more or less; and a portion of Esplanade Avenue located between Rusholme and
Lombard Streets, containing 0.152 acres (6,600 sq. ft.), more or less. The
petitioner owns the adjacent property to the west of the right-of-way segments.
(Genesis Health System, Petitioner; Case No. ROW14-01) [5th Ward].
B. Public Safety - None
C. Public Works
1. Public Hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost
for the River Heritage Park Phase I, CIP Project #10466.
2. Public Hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of
cost for the Fiscal Year 2015 Contract Sewer Repair Program, CIP Project #10532.
3. Public Hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of
cost covering the 2015 Sidewalk Repair and Construction Program, CIP Project
1. Public Hearing on the issuance of not to exceed $32,255,000 General
Obligation Corporate Bonds, Series 2015.
VIII. Presentations - None
IX. Recess to Standing Committees
A. Community Development Committee
*** CD #5 added May 6
B. Public Safety Committee
C. Public Works Committee
*** PW #15 added May 6
D. Finance Committee
*** FIN #6 added May 6
X. Reconvene Committee of the Whole
XI. Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions
XII. Approval of Discussion and Consent Agenda for City Council Meeting as recommended by the Standing Committees
XIII. Public with Business
XIV. Reports of City Officials
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Written by Annie Nugent
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:21
There will not be a May 15, 2014 Scott Emergency Communications Center Board meeting.
The next scheduled SECC Board meeting is June 19th at 3:30 p.m.
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Written by Dave Blanchette
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:10
Governor Honors Two Fallen Firefighters and 44 Others for Life-Saving Acts of Bravery
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis and firefighters from across the state to honor Illinois’ fallen firefighters and those who performed life-saving acts of bravery this year. The recognitions were part of the 21st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol. The ceremony paid tribute to two firefighters who died in the line of duty and recognized 44 firefighters or departments for acts of bravery within their communities.
“The bravery demonstrated by the firefighters being recognized here today proves that it takes an extraordinary person to be in this profession,” Governor Quinn said. “It’s important that we thank and recognize these men and women who put their lives on the line – day in and day out – to protect us. Let us reflect on and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Two firefighters who died in, or as a result of, the performance of duty were honored during the ceremonies as their families were presented with the Duty Death Gold Badge. Those recognized include the late Chris Brown, a firefighter with the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and Bloomington Fire Department, along with the late Lawrence “Lance” Stone, a firefighter with the West Union Community Fire Protection District.
“Today we’re also reminded of the dangers of this noble profession, as we solemnly honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty,” Fire Marshal Matkaitis said. “I am proud to thank each firefighter for their dedication to public safety.”
The Medal of Honor Award, the highest award given to firefighters by the state of Illinois, was presented to seven firefighters who were selected for their acts of outstanding bravery or heroism, by which they demonstrated selflessness and personal courage above and beyond the call of duty, under adverse conditions, with the possibility of extreme personal risk. Recipients include:
- Chicago Fire Department: Lieutenant/EMT John Majka, Firefighter Michael Kappel, Captain/EMT Mauricio Rodriguez, Firefighter/EMT James Wagner
- Firefighter/PM Travis Hasselbacher, Copperas Creek Fire Department
- Captain Derek Perry, Galesburg Fire Department
- Battalion Chief Dan Schiradelly, Oswego Fire Department
Twelve firefighters were recognized for acts of heroism or bravery that clearly demonstrated courage and dedication in the face of danger. Medal of Valor Award recipients include:
- Lieutenant Frank DiGiovanni, Bolingbrook Fire Department
- Chicago Fire Department: Firefighter/EMT Joseph Atkins, Firefighter/EMT Cedric Collins, Firefighter/EMT Michael Diete, Lieutenant/EMT Ronald Ellingsen, Captain/EMT Alfred Kiefer, Firefighter/EMT Kevin Martin, Firefighter John McClorey, Firefighter John Veller
- Captain Jeffrey Hott, Decatur Fire Department
- Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Gottschalk, Highland Park Fire Department
- Fire Chief Michael Vaughn, Washington Fire Department
Seventeen firefighters and departments received the Firefighter Excellence Award for an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence and professionalism in service to the citizens of the state of Illinois. Recipients include:
- Alton Fire Department
- Argenta-Oreana Fire Protection District
- Director Julie Barclay, Cass-Putnam Rescue Services of Cuba, Illinois
- Chicago Fire Department: Firefighter/EMT Sean Butler, Firefighter/EMT Jason Flores, Fire Paramedic Edward Gilbride, Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Licato, Engineer/EMT John Meade, Firefighter Robert Murphy
- Cisco Fire Protection District
- Firefighter Matt Lewis, Galesburg Fire Department
- Gardner Fire Protection District: Firefighter Kaylee Bain, Lieutenant Joe Yates
- Hinsdale Fire Department: Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Majewski, Firefighter/Paramedic Donald Newberry
- Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District
- West Frankfort Fire Department
A Certificate of Recognition Award was presented to the following for dedication to the principles and traditions of the fire service:
- Chicago Fire Department: Firefighter/EMT Edtismond Johnson, Firefighter Joseph White III
- Firefighter Brock Dieu, Danville Fire Department
- Hinsdale Fire Department: Lieutenant William Claybrook, Captain David DeWolf, Firefighter-Paramedic Nicholas McDonough, Firefighter/Paramedic James Nichols, Firefighter-Paramedic Steven Tullis
Nominations were reviewed and winners selected by the Illinois Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Committee.
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:35
Main Street Iowa Recognizes Outstanding Achievements
Award Winning Projects and Volunteers Honored
Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village received the two awards, one for Volunteer of the Year and another for Outstanding Achievement in New Construction at the 27th annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration that was held on Friday, May 2 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. HCV Board President Robert E. Lee, Sylvia Runkle, Ralph Kelly, Christopher Meyer, Ann Hutchinson and Jeff Cook represented the Hilltop Campus Village, along with their director Scott Tunnicliff. Also on hand to was Jackie Nickolaus, Vice-President of development for Sherman-Associates, the firm that developed Harrison Loft, this year’s award-winning project. The event was attended by nearly 500 people representing communities across the state. Competitive nominations were submitted for 77 projects and activities within the five categories of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and overall program. Nineteen were recognized with awards and two received honorable mention.
The honors were presented by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). Also attending was retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a long-time advocate of Main Street Iowa from his senate seat in Washington D.C.
“We knew from the very beginning that Main Street Iowa was not a quick-fix solution, but rather an incremental approach to fostering positive change.” stated Governor Branstad. “In my travels across the state, I have seen the program at work in small towns, mid–size cities, urban centers and neighborhood commercial districts. It has had far greater impact than we ever could have imagined in 1985.”
“We must all appreciate the fact that healthy historic commercial districts are a key deciding factor for industrial and business recruitment. In order for us to create 200,000 new jobs, we need healthy Main Streets,” commented Lt. Governor Reynolds. “Taxpayers are certainly getting their money’s worth. Since 1986, for every dollar the state of Iowa has invested in operating the state Main Street program, the private sector in those communities has invested $87.99 into building improvements and acquisitions.”
“It was a memorable evening for all of us, and an inspirational one as well.” added Hilltop Campus Village director Scott Tunnicliff. “The award we received, for the Harrison Loft and the parking lot serving it, was a great example of partners from the city, Sherman-Associates, the Iowa-American Water Company, the RDA and others. All of them saw clearly what this project could mean to our area, and stepped forward to make it happen. We had a sizable group here, and I wish we could have had more to see what is being done in communities of all sizes around the state to enhance the vitality of their communities.”
As a highlight of the evening, a special award was presented to the community of West Union for their innovative thinking, persistence and partnerships to enable success in the implementation of the Green Pilot Streetscape Project as the “Signature Project of the Year.” This award honors a project that rises above traditional award categories in impact and significance. West Union’s project leveraged resources from many local, state and federal partners including the Community Development Block Grant program.
For more information about Main Street Iowa and how all Iowa communities can access commercial revitalization assistance through the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, visit http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa, e-mail
or call 515.725.3051.
A list of Main Street Iowa communities and award winners follows. Photographs will be posted at
http://iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa after May 5.
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Written by T. Brecht
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 07:55
The section of Davenport's 6th Street that winds behind the Republic Companies and Harborview buildings just west of Tremont Avenue is peppered with vacant lots, the result of a rash of foreclosures and "demolition-by-neglect" that ravaged the once-thriving neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s.
The future may be brightening for this corner of the city, however, thanks to a unique public-private partnership between Genesis Medical Center and the City of Davenport.
The solution to one neighborhood's problem started with uncertainty a little further to the north. Last winter, Genesis announced a massive $138.5 million building expansion at its East Rusholme campus. But construction of the new six-story building was expected to require the demolition of 8 to 10 older homes along College and Elm streets in the project's footprint.
"Genesis officials came down to our office to talk about what they needed for re-zoning, and we had the idea to ask them about the city-owned lots we had down on 6th Street," said Bruce Berger, Davenport's interim Community Planning & Economic Development Director.
Earlier in the year, the city's planning department sent out a request for proposals for a designer interested in those lots, preferably one with a unique single-family home project in mind. Unfortunately, Berger said, only one developer responded, and they wanted to build multi-family.
Then a bit of inspiration hit.
"One of the planners said, 'what if we move the Genesis houses down to 6th Street?'" recalled Berger.
It's an ambitious plan. Moving entire houses is neither easy nor inexpensive. The city, however, has more than $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds that need to be allocated by the end of June or lost.
"It's a use-it, or lose-it situation," Berger said. "Our thought is to apply that to the moving, site preparation and rehab cost once we get the houses on 6th Street."
Originally, the idea was to put the transplanted homes on the city-owned lots on the north side of the street. But a moving consultant said the topography was too steep and the approach too narrow. Instead, the city has secured purchase agreements for several lots on the south side, which the City Council is expected to approve Wednesday.
The initial plan is to start with two houses - 2119 College Avenue and 1312 Elm - that Genesis purchased with the intent to demolish. Genesis is donating the homes to the city and also pitching in on moving expenses.
Work is expected to begin in June, after the city secures an expert moving firm.
Ken Croken, Vice President for Corporate Communications & Business Development for Genesis, said he's excited to see the homes spared the wrecking ball and used to reinvigorate another neighborhood.
"These homes have housed many generations of Davenport residents," he said. "We are delighted that this project will help see them offer shelter and house even more generations of Davenporters as we move forward with our plans to better serve the community."
3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom lauded the project for its environmental responsibility, noting that millions of pounds of construction waste would have gone to area landfills. Transplanting the homes - several of which date back to the first half of the 20th Century - will not only re-use existing home stock, but will help retain some of the character and craftsmanship of a traditional neighborhood. Boom hopes this inspires a "green-thinking" developer to take a closer look at the lots on the north side of 6th Street and design an eco-friendly, owner-occupied project.
Berger said the long-term goal is to see the neighborhood bounce back and be a prime target for re-development. The pieces are in place, he said, noting that the Scott County Family Y is planning a large new development on the WG Block property to the west and the popularity and number of apartments in the nearby Warehouse District continues to grow.
"We think this area will appeal to a wide variety of people," Berger said. "Whether that is first-time home buyers, empty nesters looking to downsize or young professionals who want to be near downtown but want to own their own home."