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Written by Chris Berge   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:26
May 7 - 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

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

Facilities & Economic Development

2. Approval of transfer of County tax deed properties to the Cities of Bettendorf and
Davenport, Habitat of Humanity, Neighborhood Housing Services and Gateway
Development Group. (Item 2)

3. Approval of setting June 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. as the time and date for a County tax
deed auction. (Item 3)

4. Approval of the purchase of an investigation vehicle replacement for the Sheriff's
Office. (Item 4)

Human Resources

5. Approval of hiring David Farmer for the position of Budget Manager at midpoint of
salary. (Item 5)

6. Approval of classification adjustment in the Recorder's Office. (Item 6)

7. Discussion of request to overfill the maintenance coordinator position in the FSS
Department. (Item 7)

8. Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreement between Scott County and Teamsters
Local 238. (Item 8)

9. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 9)

Finance & Intergovernmental

10. Approval of purchase of an upgrade to the AVL (automatic vehicle locator) system in
the Sheriff's Office. (Item 10)

11. Approval of budget amendment to the FY12 County Budget. (Item 11)

12. Discussion of quarterly financial summary report. (Item 12)

13. Approval of quarterly financial reports from various county offices. (Item 13)

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14. Approval of Davenport Country Club cigarette licenses and permits.

15. Approval of appointment to committees, boards and commissions. (Item 15

Airport Zoning Commission - Carol Earnhardt

Other Items of Interest

16. Consideration of appointments with upcoming term expirations for boards and
commissions. (3 month notice)

- Public Safety Authority (term expires 06/30/12)
Carolyn Scheibe
- Library Board (terms expire 06/3/12)
Joe Ragona, Robert Petersen and Jenni Criswell
- Benefited Fire District #6/Walcott (term expires 06/30/12)
Angie Ehlers
-Benefited Fire District #5/Muscatine County Appointment (term expires 07/19/12)
Julie Hoffmann

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Special Committee of the Whole - 12:00 pm
Main Center, Central Park Avenue

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

2. Discussion with the Vera French Community Mental Health Center.

3. Other items of interest.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Public Hearing - 5:30 pm
FY12 Budget Admendment

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

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Written by Ron Summers   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:18

Davenport, Iowa, May 2, 2012 – Anyone using a park in Davenport is now likely to see some new members of the team at Davenport Parks and Recreation. Called Parks Ambassadors, these full-time seasonal employees have begun driving around the parks and other facilities in Davenport to help patrons of the parks systems and to ensure that everyone is being courteous and sensible when using city parks.

The program was started earlier this year, and will soon boast 3 full time seasonal employees who will be out and about from 8am to midnight every day of the week. “Many other communities around the country use an Ambassador Program, and it has been very successful,” according to Seve Ghose, Director of Davenport Parks and Recreation. Ghose got the idea from other Parks Departments he has been associated with.

One of the new Parks Ambassadors, Mike, has thoroughly been enjoying his time out in the field. “People are getting used to me and recognize me immediately in my marked vehicle,” he said recently. Mike, like the other parks ambassadors, frequently visits Davenport’s recreational trails, softball diamonds, skate parks, and the dog off leash area in the city. The Parks Ambassadors are not a private police force for the Parks and Recreation Department, but they do occasionally remind patrons of city ordinances and ask politely for compliance. “Most people are more than happy to comply,” says Mike.

This Week in the Senate by Senator Shawn Hamerlinck PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shawn Hamerlinck   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:47

May 1, 2012

Republicans in the House, as well as the governor, have come to an agreement to spend roughly $6.25 billion for the state budget.  Democrats, who control the Iowa Senate have moved their total number of general fund expenditures down from roughly $6.45 billion to match the House and governor’s number.  This move does little to assist in negations to end the legislative session.

Truly, the devil is in the accounting details.  Total spending is not less; in fact it has appeared as hundreds of millions more in multiple budgets presented.  Money is pulled from one-time accounts and used for purposes other than what those accounts were intended for to keep actual spending at a higher level.

As an example, the Economic Emergency Fund, Cash Reserve Fund and Taxpayer Relief Fund are used to keep taxes down in tough economic times.  If politicians pull money out of these accounts for ongoing programing they did not spend less, they just shifted the funding source.  This is like paying your cell phone bill out of your savings account rather than budgeting for the bill in your checking.  What do you do when your fridge goes out and you spent down too low in your savings account?

The budget process impacts the whole pie and it is impossible to pass individual pieces without a rational outlook on the whole thing.  For this reason, even if an agreement happened today, moving the pieces through the chambers will still take several days if not two more weeks.  With responsibilities at home like corn to plant, jobs to return to, and primary elections to work on members are becoming anxious.

Thank you for letting me serve you in Des Moines.  Feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .gov or 515-281-3371 or visit my website at

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Shawn Hamerlinck
State Senator
District 42

Simon to dedicate newest Main Street community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:45

CHICAGO – As ambassador to the Illinois Main Street program, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Wednesday will designate the Six Corners business district in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood as the newest Main Street community, the second such designation in Chicago.

"I'm excited to designate the Six Corners business district as an official Main Street community. This means access to technical assistance and training on economic development. The designation will compliment what the Six Corners Association has already done to revitalize this historic part of Chicago," Simon said.

The Six Corners business district is a historic commercial center at the intersection of Milwaukee and Cicero Avenues and Irving Park Road that used to be among the busiest in Chicago according to Ed Bannon, the executive director of the Six Corners Association. The business district includes The Peoples Gas Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Portage Theater, which was recently given preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

According to Illinois Main Street coordinator Mitzi Brandenburg, Six Corners received the designation based in part on its historic preservation needs and its efforts since 2007 to implement the Main Street Four-Point Approach, which provides communities guidance on revitalization efforts. One example of this was the Six Corners Association’s assistance in the facade redesign of Six Corners Bistro, a restaurant currently under construction that is scheduled to open this summer.

Illinois Main Street is administered by the Office of Regional Economic Development at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and offers its designated communities technical assistance and training in how to revitalize traditional downtowns, neighborhood business districts, and urban corridors. The program is part of the National Main Street Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center.

Simon announced in March that the Illinois Main Street Program is once again accepting applications from communities interested in becoming part of the program. Communities interested in obtaining more information can visit


EVENT: Six Corners Illinois Main Street Designation Ceremony

TIME: 2 p.m.

DATE: Wednesday, May 2

PLACE: Las Tablas Restaurant, 4920 W. Irving Park, Chicago



Rutherford Institute Urges Charlottesville City Council to Adopt Resolution De-Emphasizing Primary Arrests for Marijuana Offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Rutherford Institute   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:20

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, is calling on members of the Charlottesville City Council to vote yes on a resolution which would declare marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority in the city. In a letter to the City Council, Whitehead points out that while overwhelming evidence points to the fact that the government’s so-called war on drugs ranks as the longest-running, most expensive and least effective effort by the American government—as well as being racially and economically discriminatory—federal, state and local governments continue to operate under misguided policies that pose a great danger to American citizens while exhausting police resources. A far wiser approach, advises Whitehead, would be to de-prioritize marijuana arrests and prosecutions and redirect limited government resources toward addressing more pressing problems such as urban homelessness, poverty, hard-core drug dealing and gang activity.

The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the Charlottesville City Council is available at

“In adopting the resolution to de-emphasize primary arrests for marijuana, the City Council has an opportunity to set an example for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country about what it means to be a community that prioritizes people over policy,” said Whitehead. “Doing so would also show that Charlottesville is progressive enough to act on Americans’ changing attitudes towards marijuana possession, recognizing that the nation’s drug war is a failure and that a new direction is sorely needed.”

Charlottesville resident and activist Jordan McNeish proposed a resolution to the Charlottesville City Council that, if adopted, would de-emphasize marijuana as a cause for primary arrest in the city, freeing up valuable police resources which could then be directed to more pertinent problems, such as investigating and prosecuting violent crime and property crime. In calling on the City Council to adopt the resolution, constitutional attorney John Whitehead cited a number of studies and statistics indicating that the federal government’s so-called “war on drugs” has caused the prison population to balloon to over 2 million people, wasted valuable state resources, and has created a burden for minority and lower-income communities, while doing little to resolve the issue of drug addiction. Moreover, for those who fear that de-emphasizing marijuana prosecutions might lead to an increase in drug use, Whitehead pointed to studies showing the contrary to be the case—that decriminalization actually results in reduced drug usage.

“The challenge is how to adequately address these problems in a compassionate and just manner without becoming overly legalistic and impersonal, thereby sacrificing the values and atmosphere which have endeared our community to so many,” said Whitehead.

Putting the discussion in a more personal context, Whitehead recounted the case of 53-year-old Albemarle County resident Philip Cobbs who cares for his blind, deaf 90-year-old mother and who was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a joint task force comprised of state and local law enforcement officials, aided by military helicopter surveillance and acting without a search warrant, raided his property as part of a routine sweep of the countryside and allegedly found two marijuana stalks growing among weeds on his 39-acre property. “If we continue along our present course, it will only be a matter of time before someone is fatally injured, whether it be a member of our community or a law enforcement official,” warned Whitehead. “Clearly, something must be done.”


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