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.