Citizens Advisory Board Inaugural Meeting
June 12, 2007
MetroLINK East Pointe
A dozen residents showed up for the first Citizens Advisory Board meeting for the 4th Ward.
Here are highlights from that meeting:
- 20th Avenue and 13th Street need repairs
- 11th Street and 20th Avenue need repairs
- Request for a no-through-traffic sign at 21st Avenue A off 8th Street
- The City of Rock Island has a special assessment for road improvements. A neighborhood can make an appeal about wanting street work done, and the cost is passed onto residents, but spread over 10 years. Can East Moline do this?
- Gravel gets washed down steep roads during heavy rainfall. At the foot of 10th Street and 20th Avenue is an example. Can that be cleaned up? Do prisoners still help clean the city? Do we have any history with neighborhood clean-up days?
- John Deere School has weeds overgrown, insulation stuffed in the windows, is in general disrepair and is an eyesore. The city needs to enforce any code violations at that building.
- The weeds at the Case plant are out of control. The city needs to take care of those. It's a terrible image for our city.
- A comment was made: "Look how East Moline presents itself subliminally. Cut the weeds."
- The train whistle blows loudly every night at 3 a.m. Can anything be done about how loud and how long it is?
- Can residents buy insurance through the city that would cover the cost to fix laterals to the water main should they break. South Bend, Ind., has such a program. Could we?
Each person present was asked to share his or her wish list… what they would like to see happen in the city. Here is that list:
- Attract more business
- Attract more restaurants
- More to do downtown
- Bigger library
- Great programming for the library, maybe more children focused
- Publicize what we're doing right; improve our city's image
- The city should match grants for downtown redevelopment
This was the first of what will be quarterly meetings. I will work on getting answers to some of the above issues. I also will share this with the rest of our city leaders.
Thanks to those who attended and for sharing your ideas. I welcome ideas from any other residents. I can be reached at 752-9496 or at CheriBustos@qconline.com
Kindest personal regards,
Cheri Bustos, Alderman 4th Ward