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SCOTT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER (SECC) BOARD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:09
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
April 5, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, O’Boyle, Sunderbruch, Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Resolution Proclaiming National Telecommunicators Week
  5. Approval of award of bid for general construction for the SECC Emergency Equipment Storage project. (Bid due date is April 3rd. Dave will be emailing bid results prior to Thursday’s meeting). (Dave)
  6. Approval of award of bid for general construction, radio system modifications, and 911 system modifications for the SECC Back-up project. (Dave)
  7. Director’s report
  8. Next meeting date – May 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
  9. Adjourn

 
Loebsack, Schilling Prioritize I-74 Bridge in Transportation Negotiations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 07:49

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) have sent a joint letter in support of the Quad Cities’ I-74 bridge to United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Victor Mendez.  The Congressmen met with members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC in February, when they discussed issues of importance to the region including the Rock Island Arsenal and the need to replace the I-74 bridge.

 

“[The Illinois Department of Transportation] has previously stated that the I-74 Bridge is a high priority for the state of Illinois, but that they require federal funding to complete this project with the state of Iowa,” the Congressmen wrote.  “We encourage you to place the I-74 Bridge as a high priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Bridge Program.  Doing so will not only address the safety of our citizens, but will also support the commerce that goes through our country and boost our economic viability.”

 

Previously, Loebsack has met with representatives from the Iowa DOT about the importance of the I-74 bridge.  He has also expressed the need to replace the bridge to Secretary LaHood, and urged the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to take action.  Schilling and members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on February 29 had the opportunity to meet with IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider, who confirmed that IDOT is well aware of the need to replace the I-74 bridge.

 

A copy of the letter can be found here.

 
Traffic Safety Coalition Announces Traffic Fatalities in Iowa on the Decline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Richards   
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:09
CHICAGO – The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show the number of fatalities on Iowa’s roadways declined 11 percent, including a 28 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities, from 2006 to 2010. Iowa roads are getting safer with increased seat belt usage, improved air bag technology, safer driving habits and local police departments taking advantage of new technology to hold lawbreakers accountable through the use of live-saving enforcement tools such as red light cameras

According to NHTSA data, there were 390 fatalities on Iowa roads in 2010, down from 439 in 2006.  Pedestrian fatalities were also reduced from 25 in 2006 to 18 in 2010. 

One contributing factor to this reduction has been the increased use of traffic safety cameras.  Data across the country shows cameras change driver behavior, deter drivers from breaking the law, reduce crashes and save lives.  This has been the case in communities across Iowa:

• Council Bluffs, Iowa – Red light running crashes were reduced in Council Bluffs by 90 percent at intersections with safety cameras (Iowa Department of Transportation).

• Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Red light running was reduced by 49 percent after the installation of traffic safety cameras at Cedar Rapids intersections (Iowa State University Institute for Transportation).

• Davenport, Iowa – Red light running crashes were reduced by 40 percent in Davenport where traffic safety cameras were present (Iowa Department of Transportation).

In February, the Iowa State Senate voted unanimously to pass Kadyn’s Law, legislation to increase penalties for drivers who ignore stop signs extended from school buses.  The legislation further required a study on the effects of using traffic safety cameras on school bus stop arms to catch and hold accountable drivers who ignore school bus safety laws.

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About the Traffic Safety Coalition:
The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim's advocates, health care professionals, and industry leaders who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.  We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe.

The Traffic Safety Coalition received the 2011 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for outstanding achievements in highway safety. 
For more information about traffic safety issues, visit www.trafficsafetycoalition.com or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trafficsafetycoalition and Twitter: www.twitter.com/TrafficSafetyCn






 
Moving Rock Island County Board Meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Monday, 02 April 2012 09:06
April 2, 2012

In an effort to involve more citizens in local government, Rock Island County will offer three full County Board meetings in various locations throughout the County in 2012. The first one is April 17th.

April 17
Cordova Township Civic Center 910 Third Street South Cordova

June 19
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Campus 3300 River Drive Moline

September 18
Andalusia Lions Club 302 2nd Street West Andalusia

All meetings will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Citizens in these areas are encouraged to attend the meetings. Procedures to address the Board can be found on our website www.rockislandcounty.org.

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Rock Island County Board Considers Building Consolidoiìon. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:58
Rock Island, IL (March 27, 2012) – Early discussions are underway by the
Rock Island County Board to evaluate the feasibility of consolidating the
County Building and Courthouse. Both buildings in downtown Rock Island are
facing significant repairs in the coming years and the Board is weighing the
costs of making renovations or moving offices to a new location.

The County Building is 113 years old and the Courthouse is 117. About 80
other counties have old courthouses that need significant repairs. It is a
growing concern across the country as buildings age, technology changes
and public safety needs are addressed.

Neither building is ADA compliant and Rock Island County officials seek
to remedy the situation for the benefit of the public and employees. Both
buildings are structurally sound, but are unable to be adequately renovated
to meet today’s standards for security. Parking is insufficient at both locations
to meet the County’s current needs. Options to rent out office space in the
buildings are being explored to generate revenue for the County.

The annual cost of operating both buildings combined is $720,000. Aging
HVAC and lighting are inefficient and maintenance costs continue to rise. The
County Board will consider whether it makes more sense financially to lease

space in a newer combined campus building or continue to repair and operate
the current buildings.

A combined campus location in Rock Island is being considered. If approved,
County offices would move to a current building that would be refurbished.
Building a new facility is not being considered due to the cost of construction
and lack of suitable locations. The new campus space would be leased
with an option to own in 20 or 30 years. The County Board is comparing the
current operations and maintenance costs to the lease option and endeavors
to spend less with a new leasing option.

The offices that would move to the new campus include: Auditor, Board of
Review, Chief County Assessment, Circuit Clerk, Coroner, County Board,
County Clerk, Court Administration, Adult & Juvenile Probation (Court
Services), Forest Preserve, GIS, Human Resources, Information Systems,
Maintenance, Mental Health, Public Defender, Recorder, States Attorney,
Treasurer, Veterans Assistance and Zoning.

The County plans to reduce operations and equipment expenses by operating
a single facility. Through attrition and shared use of office and maintenance
equipment, expenses will be reduced. The campus will also operate with
a “one way in, one way out” concept that will decrease the security costs now
incurred at the Courthouse.

A developer is currently in discussions with the Rock Island County Board.
Initial evaluations of building and financing options have led the Board to
further explore the lease to own option. A private builder can leverage various
credits that government entities cannot, such as TIF, Enterprise Zone and
other rebates. This lease opportunity would save Rock Island County over a
20-30 year period.

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