Davenport Politic Stuff - Weekend thoughts...(UPDATE)
Been really busy this week, but I leave you with weekend thoughts dealing with Davenport politics....
Congratulations to local politician and former liberal radio talk host Karl Rhomberg and his looonnnggg time girlfriend Allison Hart. They are finally getting married, per the QCT “Matter of Record”. For those that don’t recall, Karl was on the city council and failed candidate for the Scott County Board of Supervisors. Love him or hate him, don’t underestimate him. Karl is one smart cookie when it comes to politics. Allison Hart is Senator Harkins local guru, and a smart cookie herself. The Colonel is very happy for both of you, and wish you all the liberal happiness you both deserve.
Davenport’s “King Maker” Mary Ellen Chamberlin has retired from the Vision Iowa Board. Now do us all a favor Mary Ellen, and step down from the high paying RDA job you have had for over a decade. I call her the “King Maker”, because Mary Ellen was once quoted calling herself that in the local newspaper. She would rather “make kings, then be one”, if I recall the quote.
I heard Alderman Hammer on WOC radio, opposing any talk about increasing sewer taxes. I agree, but his quote went on to state the City must fully investigate and lobby for greater federal funds for the West Side Sewer Tunnel. Again, I agree, but maybe this year Alderman Hammer and the majority of council members will do there job and actually go to Washington DC this year and lobby. They can do it cheaply and effectively. But a no show at lobby time, equals no money for your per projects.
Silvis gets a Wal Mart, without controversy! Remember the fight in Davenport, the nearly packed city council chambers and the reports of doom and gloom. Remember the anti Wal Mart folks that promised the old Wal Mart building would be vacant for years. It times like this, that illustrate the difficulty of doing business in Davenport.
And of course, PEDCOR is going to northeast Davenport. What I find ironic is the three largest multi-family developments for low income will be located east of Jersey Ridge Road. There is one on Jersey (north of 53rd), the other on 53rd across from the new Checkers and now PEDCOR. So the land that was going to be MENARDS (anti folks were against, because they wanted it in west Davenport) but they backed out and decided not to invest in Davenport will now be the home of PEDCOR (that west Davenport didn’t want). Ironic? Nope, just good fortune for developer and land owner Steve Schalk that reportedly owns the Elmore ground.
Have a good weekend,
UPDATE - Other blogs will deal with this, but I wanted to make a quick comment about the $500,000 payoff. This settlement is one of many this council has agreed to. And all under the cover of executive session. Shouldn't all settlements be finalized with a public vote? And is this another example of Ald. Bill's leadership. Lynn pushed for what many in city hall knew were illegal. I think Howard screwed this up as well. Tisk, tisk...