Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Colonels Top 10 List of 2006

I am no Dave Letterman, so forget any attempt at humor. But as we finalize 2006, I thought I would consider the top ten political events in Davenport that shaped the year as well as the year to come. My top 10 Political events of 2006…

10. A Six to four vote (in closed session) provided former City Employee Phil Yerrington some bucks for a wrongful discharge lawsuit. Barnhill, Ambrose, Lynn and Meyer always supported the guy. New additions of Van Fossen and Hammerlinck turned Phils luck.

9. City Council agrees, and then disagrees to sell the commercial land at 53rd & Eastern. Spend a few thousand dollars for outside appraisals, only to reject offers that meet or exceeded the so called outside opinions.

8. Davenport Levee Commission hires former Alderman and failed Mayoral candidate Steve Ahrens as a riverfront consultant. After some speeches and such, the council leaves the selection alone. More important, the council fails to create expectations or objectives for the Commission and their newly hired consultant.

7. Davenport City Council lies to downtown developers about the Freight House. Would be investor Regency offered to buy and invest millions in new downtown development condos; subject to the city pulling the trigger on the freight house. They promised in closed session, then retracted a few days later. In the end it was never about the Freight House, but the inability of a public body to deal honestly with private sector folks that consider investing in our community.

6. The opening of the Adler Theatre and Skate Park. More ammo for the radio talk show gang, but great community assets for a wide range of citizens.

5. A thrashing of Republicans in the fall election helps local candidates take control of the Scott County Courthouse as well as State Legislature. Can you say Supervisor Moritz!

4. The illegitimate ploy to rid the Quad Cities of Thom Hart. That’s what all of the Chamber merger talk was all about. Never was the intention to merge the chambers, but to ride the community of a local failure. And it was about time!!!

3. 500 Jobs is nothing to sneeze about. Unfortunately this is something that only comes around once in a while. Maybe as a result of political pranks found on list such as this!

2. Quad City Rental Association’s influence over several elected officials lends support to demolish a complete City Department. Environmental enforcement is pushed onto the Fire Department, which has battled for several elections to prove their legitimacy.

1. A failed ouster of City Administrator Malin by new comer Hamerlinck and fueled by 2nd term Alderman Lynn fails. As the reality of previous contract law as well as public pressure from the private sector mounts, the majority of alderman buckles. Unfortunately a series of blunders by new and existing council members brings the overall perception of City Hall to a new low.

On second thought, maybe this is indeed humorous.

The Colonel

18 Comments:

At December 28, 2006 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot about the clowns that boycotted a council meeting followed by the other clowns that walked out of a meeting.

Oh boy

 
At December 28, 2006 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 28, 2006 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 28, 2006 9:15 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Sorry, I won't allow that kind of stuff to be thrown out in public. For those that saw the prior post, take it for what it's worth.

Sorry folks...

 
At December 28, 2006 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Colonel is a Van Fossen lover! Let the truth come out. The 1st ward deserves better then a washed out drunk.

Can I say that Colonel?

 
At December 29, 2006 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder about you Col - it is apparently fine to constantly criticize the "good" residents of SOLO who are trying to make their neighborhood better by fighting bad projects, but not okay to criticize and ineffective alderman? You are a censor. see previousl posts telling the guy from DM that you don't censor. YOU DO!

 
At December 29, 2006 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep us hyenas will have to go fight over something now that we can't speak freely here.

 
At December 29, 2006 12:50 PM, Blogger OK, a fly is an animal. Sort of. said...

Your #1 is even more interesting than what you wrote. The Hammer wanted Dee to be fired (a pelt for his constituents?) and wanted the CA to do it, and if he did, the Hammer would not go after the CA, but when the CA said "I don't think so", ...

 
At December 29, 2006 7:14 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Hey, knock yourself out and criticize the 1st ward alderman, myself, Jim Fisher or whomever. But the two post that I deleted where just crude and vulgar. Maybe true, but four letter words and statements about some guy’s wife are just over board.

 
At December 29, 2006 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colonel

Regarding your list and statements made over previous issues this year.

With all of your infinite wisdom, why don't YOU run for city council or even mayor? Instead of engaging in after-the-fact retoric, why not step up and make changes first hand for the good of Davenport? Or is it just easier for you to be another Monday morning quarterback tearing down those people who have made a commitment to lay it on the line and give their all?

DWB

 
At December 29, 2006 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colonel has done enough damage when he worked for Davenport one - don't suggest he do more as a council member.

 
At December 30, 2006 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Col. do you know which charity received Craig Malin's raises? He has a few more days to take that 2006 deduction.

 
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