I had an epiphany sitting in last week's regular Council Meeting. I finally realized that there are a paltry few individuals on the council who are actually qualified to be aldermen. A city of nearly 100,000 citizens, with a managed budget of approximately $100 million, requires people with more experience in business, city planning, administration, finance, and leadership.
Back in what my daughter would call the olden days, local news was whatever went on in the hut next door. National news happened down the block. World news transpired in that village across the river.
The flow of knowledge may have been primitive, but people paid attention because newsmakers were their neighbors.
In the past several months, petitions from two separate developers (THF Realty-Wal-Mart, and Jersey Ridge Partners-Steve Schalk and associates) for rezoning of nearly 300 acres north of 53rd Street, between Elmore and Eastern avenues, have passed through Planning & Zoning without most of the crucial questions being answered.
I am concerned about the manner in which the recent dismissal of a 22-year Davenport city employee took place. It appears that the council has sacrificed Mike Meloy, City Attorney, at the expense of unknown political agendas.
"Well, Wilson, another day here in paradise, eh? Nothing but sand, palm trees, and the occasional hurricane to liven things up. So, how long's it been now, do you remember? No, of course you don't. I keep forgetting you're a volleyball.
The next sheriff of Scott County, who will be chosen by voters on March 6, will face some important issues. The River Cities' Reader asked current Davenport Police Chief and former Sheriff Mike Bladel and Interim Sheriff Richard Huff what they thought were the most pressing issues facing the person who takes the job over the next four years.
In an unprecedented act, Alderman Sherwood, with the support of Aldermen Moritz and Brown, pulled a power play that reinstated City Attorney John Martin with sanctions after Martin had proffered his resignation.
"Hello again, Comrade Ivantyutubuzzoff."
"Shhhhh! Keep your voice down! And remember, call me Brad."
"What are you so jumpy about? Were you up late drinking that pepper vodka again?"
"I always said that moon landing was a phony."
"What moon landing? Two more, will ya, Mike? And a coupla Slim Jims."
"You know, that whole thing where they were supposed to land on the moon and then walk around and hit golf balls and stuff.
Can a politician be more obvious in his efforts to further his own political career than Alderman Roland Caldwell during last Wednesday's City Council Meeting? The platitudes were flowing like syrup on pancakes from most of the aldermen, but especially from Caldwell, who is seeking the Alderman-at-Large seat in next month's special election.
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