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Grand Mound Selected to Represent Small Towns in ISU Study PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Meek   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:36

Many small towns in Iowa struggle to survive even though they offer quality of life features that are hard to find in big cities. Understanding these unique features is the goal of a new Iowa State University study. Researchers (Drs. Terry Besser, Stephen Sapp, Deborah Tootle, and Georgeanne Artz) have received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to study the quality of life in Grand Mound and other small towns and assess how these characteristics affect community survival.

This is the third time Grand Mound has been selected to participate in an ISU study of community life. The first time was in 1994 when researchers surveyed about 15,000 residents randomly selected from 99 communities—one in each county. Residents in the same towns were surveyed in 2004 and another group of residents will again be asked to participate in 2014. The three studies spanning 20 years can provide valuable insight into the changes in small town life over the last 20 years and the effectiveness of various development strategies. Dr. Besser notes that, “We have the wonderful opportunity in this study to learn how the events of the 1990s and the 2000s impacted small town life.  This knowledge will be useful for small town leaders and residents in their efforts to help their towns survive and even thrive in the future.”

Within the next two weeks, researchers will contact randomly selected households in Grand Mound by mail and ask a designated adult in the household to participate in the study. Each person who receives a survey represents 20 to 35 other Grand Mound residents. Therefore, it is vitally important that those selected complete and return the survey.

It will take several months, perhaps as long as a year, before the survey process is completed and the information is analyzed. At that time, a report of the results will be made publicly available through local extension offices, the local newspaper and/or library, and directly through Iowa State University’s Department of Sociology website. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Besser at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dr. Sapp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Revised Davenport City Council Meeting Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:52
*REVISED MAY 13, 2014
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
City of Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, May 14, 2014; 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
Ald. Boom
III. Roll Call
IV. Meeting Protocol and Decorum
V. Approval of Minutes of the April 23, 2014 City Council Meeting
VI. City Administrator Update
VII. Report on Committee of the Whole and Standing Committees
VIII. Appointments, Proclamations, Etc.
A. Appointments
1. Levee Commission
Anne Corbi (new appointment)
William Ashton (reappointment)
Karl Rhomberg (reappointment)
B. Proclamations
1. Respect for Law Week – May 11 – 18, 2014
2. Public Works Week
3. EMS Week – May 19th
IX. Presentations
A. Fire Department Annual Report – Chief Washburn
X. Petitions and Communications from Council Members and the Mayor
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XI. Individual Approval of Items on the Discussion Agenda
1. Second Consideration: Ordinance to amend Chapter 17.27.050 of the Davenport Municipal Code, entitled, “Zoning; HSD, Historic Shopping District; Infill Development Design, Scale and Materials”, by adopting and incorporating “Addendum No. 1 to the Village of East Davenport Performance Standards and Design Guidelines”. (City of Davenport, petitioner Case No. ORD14-02).
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION OF THE RULES AND PASSAGE ON SECOND CONSIDERATION
1. Motion for suspension of the rules.
2. Motion for passage of third consideration.
2. First Consideration: 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].
3. First Consideration: Ordinance amending Chapter 13.34 entitled “Stormwater Management” by adding, deleting, and modifying language in multiple sections and adding Section IV titled “Stormwater Quality Management”.
4. Resolution awarding the contract and conditionally approving the contract and bond for the Credit Island Lodge Reconstruction Project, CIP Project #10600. [Ward 1]
5. Motion authorizing the Finance Director to seek competitive quotes with negotiation for the fireplace deck and bullpen seating projects at Modern Woodmen Park.
XII. Approval of All Items on the Consent Agenda
**NOTE: These are routine items and will be enacted at the City Council Meeting by one roll call vote without separate discussion unless an item is requested to be removed and considered separately.
Reports on Standing Committees
Community Development Committee
1. First Consideration: Ordinance providing for the division of taxes levied on taxable property in 2014 to the I-74/53rd St, Urban Renewal Area, pursuant to Section 403.19
of the Code of Iowa.
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Community Development Committee
2. First Consideration: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 Ward]
3. Resolution approving the “PDD” Final Development Plan for the Genesis Medical Center East Campus (1227 E. Rusholme Street), on 32.64 acres, more or less, of real property known as Genesis East Campus Addition; 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; and the following right-of-way tracts that are more particularly described in pending Case No. ROW14-01: a portion of College Avenue located between High Street and Rusholme Street, a portion of Elm Street east of College Avenue, a portion of a twenty-foot wide east-west alley located east of College Avenue between Elm Street and Lombard Street; and a portion of Esplanade Avenue located between Rusholme and Lombard Streets. The purpose of the request is to integrate the proposed rezoning lots in a companion request (Case No. REZ14-03) and the additional land area gained by the proposed right-of-way vacation (Case No. ROW14-01) with the existing campus, which is zoned “PDD” Planned Development District. Effective upon final approval of associated ordinances. (Genesis Health System, Petitioner; Case No. FDP14-02) [5th Ward]
4. 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, Ward 3
5. Resolution approving Case No. F13-20 being the final plat of Walsh Pointe Third
Addition, located south of old 67th Street now Veterans Memorial Parkway and west of
Utica Ridge Road, containing twenty-six (26) residential lots. [6th Ward]
6. Motion approving purchase of four vacant lots for the relocation of two houses due to Genesis East Campus expansion.
7. Motion approving the Annual Plan, for Year 40 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), and authorizing the City Administrator to sign necessary documents and agreements.
Public Safety Committee
1. Resolution closing Gaines Street as requested by the River Bandits. [Ward 3]
2. Resolution closing various streets, lanes or public grounds on the listed dates to hold outdoor events. [Wards 3, 5, 6 and 8]
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Public Safety Committee
3. Motion approving beer and liquor license applications:
3A. New license, new owner, temporary permit, temporary outdoor area, location transfer, etc. (as noted):
NAME ADDRESS LICENSE WARD
Artisan Grain Distillery 318 East Second Street Micro- 3
Artisan Grain Distillery L.L.C. NEW LICENSE Distillery
Chuck’s Tap 1731 West Sixth Street C Liquor 3
White T Corp. OUTDOOR AREA ONLY
JUNE 7, AUGUST 9 AND SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Waterbar 1201 East River Drive C Liquor 3
CRC Investments L.L.C. NEW OWNER
(formerly The Boat House) OUTDOOR AREA
Famous Liquors 2604 West Locust Street E Liquor 4
Jay Liquors Inc. NEW OWNER C Beer/B Wine
Rudy’s Tacos East 2214 East 11th Street C Liquor 5
LaRosa S. A. Inc. OUTDOOR AREA ONLY
(Criterium event) MAY 26, 2014 ONLY
3B. Annual license renewals (with outdoor area renewals as noted):
NAME ADDRESS LICENSE WARD
Frackie’s 2820 Rockingham Road C Liquor 1
Frackie’s Pub Inc.
K & K Food and Gas 2365 Rockingham Road C Beer 1
K & K Food and Gas Inc.
NIDU Mart 1715 West Kimberly Road C Beer 2
NIDU Mart L.L.C.
Front Street Brewery 421 West River Drive, Suite 4 C Liquor 3
Front Street Brewery Inc. (Freight House location)
OUTDOOR AREA
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Public Safety Committee
Save-A-Lot 1309 West Fourth Street C Beer 3
Conklin’s Supermarkets Inc.
Sippi’s 406 West Second Street C Liquor 3
Sippi’s Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
The Circle Tap 1345 West Locust Street C Liquor 4
The Circle Tap Inc. OUTDOOR AREA
Aldi No. 80 5262 Elmore Avenue C Beer 6
Aldi Inc.
Azteca Mexican Restaurant 4811 Brady Street, Suite 3 C Liquor 7
Azteca Mexican Restaurant Inc.
Public Works Committee
1. Resolution approving the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost for the River Heritage Park Phase I, CIP Project #10466. [Ward 3]
2. Resolution Approving the Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimated Cost for the Fiscal Year 2015 Contract Sewer Repair Program. [All Wards]
3. Resolution approving the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost covering the 2015 Sidewalk Repair and Construction Program, CIP Project #10525. [All Wards]
4. Preliminary Resolution covering the 2014 Brick Alley Reconstruction Program, CIP Project #10546. [Ward 6]
5. Preliminary Resolution covering the 2014 Alley Resurfacing Program, CIP Project #10546. [Ward 6]
6. Preliminary Resolution covering the 2014 Alley Improvement Project CIP Project #10546. [Ward 4]
7. Resolution accepting the Jersey Ridge Road Storm Sewer Enhancement Project completed by Miller Trucking & Excavating, Inc. of Silvis, Illinois, CIP Project #00178. [Ward 5 & 6]
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Public Works Committee
8. Resolution accepting the agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program project for the Locust Street corridor from Emerald Drive to Kimberly Road, CIP Project #01641. [Wards 1, 4, 5 & 6]
9. Resolution assessing the cost of brush and debris removal at various lots and tracts of real estate. [All Wards]
10. Resolution assessing the cost of repairing sewer lateral at various locations. [All Wards]
11. Resolution assessing the cost of boarding up building at various lots and tracts of real estate. [All Wards]
12. Resolution assessing the cost of snow removal at various lots and tracts of real estate. [All Wards]
13. Resolution approving the use of condemnation to acquire the property at 510 W 6th Street.
14. Motion awarding the contract for the Citibus Storage Facility Storm & Sanitary Sewer to Hagerty Earthworks LLC of Muscatine, in the amount of $106,177. [Ward 7]
Finance Committee
1. Second Consideration: Ordinance enacting Chapter 2.86 entitled “Sustainable Environment Methods & Technology Advisory Commission” thereby creating and enabling a new commission to advise the City in matters related to green technology
and practices. [All Wards]
2. Resolution directing the City Administrator to increase DavenportNOW rebates to 60% of City property taxes for active duty, reserve and national guard personnel,
honorably discharged veterans and eligible survivors. [All Wards]
3. Resolution making provision for the issuance of not-to-exceed $32,255,000 General
Obligation Corporate Bonds, Series 2015. [All Wards]
4. Resolution relating to financing of certain proposed projects to be undertaken by the
City of Davenport, Iowa; establishing compliance with reimbursement bond
regulations under the Internal Revenue Code. [All Wards]
5. Motion setting a public hearing for the purpose of amending the FY2014 Operating
and Capital Improvement Budgets. [All Wards]
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XIII. Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions
*1. Resolution approving a Parking Agreement for the Union Arcade Building (Financial District Properties UA, LLC)/
XIV. Public with Business
PLEASE NOTE: At this time individuals may address the City Council on any matters of City business. This is not an opportunity to discuss issues with the Council members or get information. In accordance with Open Meetings law, the Council can not take action on any complaint or suggestions tonight, and can not respond to any allegations at this time.
Please state your Name and Ward for the record. There is a five (5) minute time limit. Please end your comments promptly.
XV. Reports of City Officials
XVI. Adjourn

 
Special Program to be presented at Hilltop Campus Village Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:12

May 20 event to feature overview on THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

Two of the most exciting events ever to take place in Davenport will be discussed in detail at the Hilltop Campus Village Annual meeting, set for 5:30pm, on Tuesday May 20 at the Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 West 14th Street.

In addition to the overview of projects undertaken during the 2013-2014 year by volunteer work groups, CSO architects and Missman and Associates will be presented a detailed power-point presentation on the much-anticipated $23 million expansion to Davenport Central High School, which will include the construction of a new swimming facility and a performing arts center.

Prior to that will be a special presentation on the Creative Arts Academy, by program coordinators Joel and Diane Franken of the Davenport Community School District, along with some remarks by Philip McKinley, who had directed the Broadway production of SPIDERMAN, and worked with such luminaries as Hugh Jackman. Mr. McKinley lives in Davenport and is an Augustana College graduate who is lending his talents to the development of the Creative Arts Academy.

“Our board feels that these two elements are genuine game-changers, not only for the Hilltop Campus Village, but for the school district, the city and the entire region”, stated Scott Tunnicliff, Director of the HCV. “We’ve had an extraordinary year of accomplishment, but feel that people will want to attend this program, which celebrates the present but also very much the future, and shows the shape of things to come.”

“We’ve seen a real spike in reinvestment in the Hilltop Campus Village”, added Board President Robert E. Lee. “But what is being presented here is also about the sustained development of a creative class in our regional workforce. It will take place in the Hilltop, the downtown and other parts of the Quad Cities, and have a positive impact for generations.”

A spaghetti dinner with dessert and beverage comes with the $5 admission fee, and the program also includes prizes for which drawing will be held. All are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by calling 563 322 8293 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
LeClaire Selected to Represent Small Towns in ISU Study PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Meek   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:14

Many small towns in Iowa struggle to survive even though they offer quality of life features that are hard to find in big cities. Understanding these unique features is the goal of a new Iowa State University study. Researchers (Drs. Terry Besser, Stephen Sapp, Deborah Tootle, and Georgeanne Artz) have received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to study the quality of life in LeClaire and other small towns and assess how these characteristics affect community survival.

This is the third time LeClaire has been selected to participate in an ISU study of community life. The first time was in 1994 when researchers surveyed about 15,000 residents randomly selected from 99 communities—one in each county. Residents in the same towns were surveyed in 2004 and another group of residents will again be asked to participate in 2014. The three studies spanning 20 years can provide valuable insight into the changes in small town life over the last 20 years and the effectiveness of various development strategies. Dr. Besser notes that, “We have the wonderful opportunity in this study to learn how the events of the 1990s and the 2000s impacted small town life. This knowledge will be useful for small town leaders and residents in their efforts to help their towns survive and even thrive in the future.”

Within the next two weeks, researchers will contact randomly selected households in LeClaire by mail and ask a designated adult in the household to participate in the study. Each person who receives a survey represents 20 to 35 other LeClaire residents. Therefore, it is vitally important that those selected complete and return the survey.

It will take several months, perhaps as long as a year, before the survey process is completed and the information is analyzed. At that time, a report of the results will be made publicly available through local extension offices, the local newspaper and/or library, and directly through Iowa State University’s Department of Sociology website. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Besser at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dr. Sapp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
Governor Quinn Hosts “On the Table” Discussion on Volunteerism and Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:28

Part of Chicago Community Trust 99th Anniversary

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today hosted volunteer and community leaders from across the Chicago area for a discussion focused on the future of volunteerism and service in civic life. The roundtable discussion, hosted by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is part of the Chicago Community Trust's 99th anniversary "On the Table: Service Edition" celebration. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to fostering volunteer service in Illinois.

“Illinois is blessed with thousands of people who give their time and talent to worthy causes,” Governor Quinn said. “Today’s program helps us chart a course for volunteer service and remind everyone how valuable donated efforts can be. The heart of Illinois is the heart of a volunteer.”

Thousands of Illinois residents also gathered across Chicago during the day to participate in a community-wide conversation about volunteerism and its role in the future of the Chicago area. On June 10, Serve Illinois plans to further engage Illinois leaders in recognizing the potential of volunteers through a Senate Resolution on Service.

“Service equals strength for our communities and for our state, and events like this can inspire great ideas to enhance Illinois’ volunteer infrastructure,” Serve Illinois Executive Director Brandon Bodor said. “We are thrilled that ‘On the Table’ is spurring these conversations because individuals who step up and volunteer have always been what drives action in this country.”

Governor Quinn is committed to promoting volunteerism in Illinois. Last month he presented 23 Illinois residents and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize and honor those who have made positive changes to our state through their efforts.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member, bipartisan board appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of over 40,000 volunteer opportunities in the state, visit Serve.Illinois.gov.

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