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Scott County is amongst best value for property tax dollars in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linden Kohtz   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:59

According to a new report from SmartAsset, Scott County, is amongst the top in the Iowa in best value for its property tax dollars. This means Scott County is getting a deal – better public schools and lower crime rates compared to the amount of money they pay each year in property taxes for the state.

SmartAsset today released an interactive infographic that shows the breakdown for each county. Please take a look and let me know if you have any additional questions. I’d also be happy to set you up with a company spokesperson if you have any additional questions.

Methodology

As a bit of background on the methodology, SmartAsset answered 3 questions to determine which counties in the country were getting the best deal. These included: how good are the schools, how safe is the area and how much are the property taxes. This was evaluated by county.

Only counties with populations greater than 50,000 people were counted in the nationwide rankings. Those with one or more of these data factors missing could not be ranked, so out of the 3,144 counties in the US about half of them were included in our list.

For some comparison, the average US county, with a population of 92,840, charges a 1.52 percent property tax rate, has schools ranked at 5.53, and sees 101.3 violent crimes and 826.6 property crimes per 100,000 people yearly.

About SmartAsset

SmartAsset makes life’s biggest decisions easier by bringing full transparency to the financial decision making process. It’s the Web’s first personal finance platform designed to empower people with highly personalized information and recommendations around major financial decisions. SmartAsset’s platform currently helps answer 79 questions including those related to life-changing financial decisions like home buying, going back to school, retirement planning and more. Founded in 2011, SmartAsset is based in New York and funded by Y Combinator, Javelin Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and many others.

 
Davenport site search options Zooming forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:49

The City of Davenport has partnered with ZoomProspector in the creation of a super-helpful, super-thorough new site selection and economic analysis tool to help attract new businesses and assist those already calling Davenport home.

Check out DavenportSiteSearch.com to take this immersive new tool for a test drive, and be sure to share it with anyone you know who might be looking for a new place to open a business, anyone who needs demographic information on Davenport or the entire Quad-Cities area, or local businesses who might want to create reports on employement and consumer spending data.

DavenportSiteSearch by ZoomProspector

Davenport's ZoomProspector site allows people to find available commercial properites along with discovering why that location makes sense. Some of its features include:

  • Simple search options that make it easy to find properties
  • Extensive demographic and employement data for every property
  • Business search to build industry clusters visually
  • Community comparison and demographic tools
  • Demographic mapping of more than 700 variables to visualize demographic, employment and consumer spending data

 
Community Development Packet for June 4, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:32
You will need to view the Community Development Packet at the city’s website at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com or at the following link: http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/documents/1401632975_5179.pdf Due to its size it can not be sent by email.

 
Committee of the Whole agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:29
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
City of Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, June 4, 2014; 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
I. Moment of Silence
II. Pledge of Allegiance
Ald. Edmond
III. Roll Call
IV. Meeting Protocol and Decorum
V. City Administrator Update
VI. Public Hearings
A. Community Development Committee
1. Public Hearing for the ordinance for Case No. REZ14-04 of St. Ambrose University at 800 West Central Park Avenue (St. Vincent’s Center) for a Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) from the “R-4” – Moderate Density Dwelling District to “PID” – Planned Institutional District. The purpose of the request is to rezone the legally described area in accordance with the University's adopted Campus Master Plan for an athletic complex which will include a football stadium, soccer field, softball diamond, and other sports fields and associated off-street parking, containing 31.504 acres, more or less. [7th]
VII. Presentations
A. Iowa DNR Brass Bluegill Meritorious Award to Greg Wolf, Parks and Recreation
B. Proclamation – Handbell Musicians of America
VIII. Recess to Standing Committees
A. Community Development Committee
B. Public Safety Committee
C. Public Works Committee
D. Finance Committee
IX. Reconvene Committee of the Whole
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X. Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions
1. Motion to suspend the rules and adopted the following resolution:
Resolution awarding the contract and conditionally approving the contract and bond for the Credit Island Lodge Reconstruction Project to Swanson Construction of Bettendorf, IA in the amount of $1,493,450, CIP Project #10600 and CIP Project #10555. [Ward 1]
XI. Approval of Discussion and Consent Agenda for City Council Meeting as recommended by the Standing Committees
XII. Public with Business
XIII. Reports of City Officials
XIV. Adjourn
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Bill Boom, Chairman
Jason Gordon, Vice Chairman
Gene Meeker
Mike Matson
Kerri Tompkins
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
CITY OF DAVENPORT, IOWA
AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
I. PRESENTATIONS
II. COMMITTEE AGENDA
1. Third 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.
2. Resolution setting a Public Hearing concerning the proposed conveyance of vacated public right of way known as 1/1/2 Street lying west of Myrtle between Second & River, Bastola Real Estate LLC, Petitioner. [3rd Ward]
3. First Consideration: Ordinance for Case No. REZ14-04 of St. Ambrose University at 800 West Central Park Avenue (St. Vincent’s Center) for a Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) from the “R-4” – Moderate Density Dwelling District to “PID” – Planned Institutional District. The purpose of the request is to rezone the legally described area in accordance with the University's adopted Campus Master Plan for an athletic complex which will include a football stadium, soccer field, softball diamond, and other sports fields and associated off-street parking, containing 31.504 acres, more or less. [7th Ward]
III. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
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Mike Matson, Chairman
Kerri Tompkins, Vice Chairman
Barney Barnhill
Ray Ambrose
Jason Gordon
CITY OF DAVENPORT
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
I. PRESENTATIONS
II. COMMITTEE AGENDA
1. First Consideration: Ordinance amending Schedule XI of Chapter 10.96 entitled “Resident Parking Only” by adding Lombard Street from College Avenue to Mississippi Avenue. [Ward 5]
2. Resolution closing various streets, lanes or public grounds on the listed dates to hold outdoor events. [Wards 3, 5 and 6]
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
Leisure Lanes 2802 W 73rd St C Liquor 2
Four Brothers LLC Temporary Outdoor Area Only
(Fundraiser) June 28, 2014
BBQ and Craft Brew LeClaire Park B Beer 3
Indoor-Outdoor Productions LLC Temporary Permit
Outdoor Area
June 21 and 22, 2014
RME Courtyard 121 W Second St C Liquor 3
River Music Experience Extended Outdoor Area Only
(10th Anniv. Event) June 12, 2014
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Public Safety Committee June 4, 2014
3A. New license, new owner, temporary permit, temporary outdoor area, location transfer, etc. (as noted) continued:
NAME ADDRESS LICENSE WARD
Dragon Palace 2720 West Locust St B Beer 4
Duong’s Enterprise LLC Downgrade from beer/wine
to beer only
The Gardens 1301 W 13th St C Liquor 4
Washington Gardens LLC New Owner
Outdoor Area
Red Lobster NO 0133 3420 East Kimberly Rd C Liquor 6
Red Lobster Restaurants LLC New Owner
Wiebler’s Harley Davidson 5320 Corporate Park Dr B Beer 6
Kelly’s QCA Inc Temporary Outdoor Area Only
June 25 thru September 21, 2014
Every Other Wednesday and
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Grape Life wine Store & Lounge 3402 Elmore Avenue C Liquor 6
Grape Life Wine Emporium Inc Outdoor Area Only
Fridays and Saturdays Only
June 13 thru September 30, 2014
Thunder Bay Grille 6511 Brady St C Liquor 8
Thunder Bay Grille LLC Temporary Outdoor Area Only
June 21, 2014
3B. Annual license renewals (with outdoor area renewals as noted):
NAME ADDRESS LICENSE WARD
Mother Hubbard’s No. 6 3636 Hickory Grove Rd C Beer 2
Cassiar Corporation
Pilot Travel Center 8200 Northwest Blvd C Beer 2
Pilot Travel Centers LLC
Jeno’s Little Hungary 4908 North Pine St C Liquor 2
Jeno’s Little Hungary Inc Outdoor Area
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3B. Annual license renewals (with outdoor area renewals as noted) continued:
NAME ADDRESS LICENSE WARD
Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits 3301 West Kimberly Rd E Liquor 2
Hy-Vee Inc C Beer/B Wine
Hickory Garden Restaurant 3311 Hickory Grove Rd Beer/Wine 2
Fazliu Inc Outdoor Area
Knights of Pythias 1116 West Third St C Liquor 3
Knights of Pythias
H M Mart 1632 Rockingham Rd C Beer 3
H M Mart Inc
Rudy’s Tacos East 2214 East 11th St C Liquor 5
LaRosa S A Inc Outdoor Area
Kimberly Mart 1714 East Kimberly Rd E Liquor 6
Pak Foods Inc
QC Mart 2845 East 53rd St C Beer 6
Bethany Enterprises Inc
Sam’s Club No. 8238 3887 Elmore Ave E Liquor 6
Sam’s West Inc
Tuxedo’s 5220 Grand Ave C Beer 7
Davenport Investments Inc
Rookie’s Sports Bar 2818 Brady St C Liquor 7
Rookies Inc
Hi Ho Mongolian Grill 901 E Kimberly Rd Ste. 15 Beer/Wine 7
Hi Ho Mongolian Grill Inc
III. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
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Ray Ambrose, Chairman
Rick Dunn, Vice Chairman
Bill Edmond
Jeff Justin
Gene Meeker
CITY OF DAVENPORT
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING
AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
I. COMMITTEE AGENDA
1. Second 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”. [All Wards]
2. Resolution approving and executing an agreement between the City of Davenport and the Iowa Department of Transportation covering the provision of Federal-aid funding for Veterans Memorial Parkway from Interstate 74 to Utica Ridge Road, FY15 CIP Project #10556. [Ward 6]
3. Resolution approving the Supplemental Maintenance and Full Depth Patching Project Agreement with the Iowa DOT in the amount of $80,000, CIP Project #10401. [All Wards]
4. Motion approving the Change Order for changing the scope of work for the construction contract with Brandt Construction Company for the East River Drive Resurfacing Project – Iowa Street to East Corporate Limit CIP Project # 10408. [Ward 3]
5. Motion approving the change order for changing the scope of work for the construction contract with Hometown Plumbing and Heating for the W. 59th St. Sump Pump Drainage Relief Project, CIP Project #10545. [Ward 8]
COMMITTEE ACTION ONLY
II. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
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Jeff Justin, Chairman
Bill Edmond, Vice-Chairman
Barney Barnhill
Bill Boom
Rick Dunn
CITY OF DAVENPORT
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
I. PRESENTATIONS
II. COMMITTEE AGENDA
1. Resolution approving the second amendment to the photo red light and photo speed
enforcement program agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. transferring title
for mobile automated enforcement equipment to the Police Department for the term
of the agreement. [All Wards]
2. Resolution approving the third amendment to the photo red light and photo speed
enforcement program agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. extending the
Redflex agreement by one year. [All Wards]
3. Resolution establishing public notice and approval procedures for communications
towers in City parks. [All Wards]
4. Motion directing the City Administrator to complete various park-related projects with
funding allocated to CIP #10464 Park Development in the FY 2015 budget. [All
Wards]
5. Motion awarding a contract for the Davenport Airport hangar rehabilitation project to
Swanson Construction Company of Bettendorf in the amount of $65,747.51. [Ward 8]
6. Motion awarding a contract for tuckpointing/brick replacement maintenance at the
Annie Wittenmyer complex to E & H Restoration LLC of Davenport in an amount not-
to-exceed $75,000. [Ward 7]
III. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Finance Committee
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IV. PURCHASES OF $10,000 TO $50,000 (For Information Only)
Vendor Description Amount
1. James W. McClain Airport entry gate $42,303
2. Lindquist Ford Pickup with plow $33,749
3. Kimberly Chrysler Crew cab pickup $33,635
4. Interstate Power Systems Firetruck engine replacement $33,399
5. The Segal Co. Annual retainer agreement (Human
Resources consulting) $10,500

 
Governor Quinn Statement on Bipartisan House Passage of Highway Construction Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 30 May 2014 15:24

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 3794, legislation that would authorize $1.1 billion in transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state. It will now be considered by the Illinois Senate:

“We must continue to invest in our world-class transportation system to compete in the 21st century.

“This capital construction bill lets us build upon the success we’ve had with the Illinois Jobs Now! program, which has already supported more than 400,000 jobs building and repairing more than 7,800 miles of roads and 1,450 bridges.

“This bill will put more people back to work improving our state’s roads and bridges.

“I commend Speaker Mike Madigan and Leader Jim Durkin for working to pass this legislation and I urge the Senate to act quickly so I can sign it and continue Illinois’ economic comeback.”

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