Q. Who is responsible for maintaining the concrete median on Kimberly Road, especially between Harrison Street and Marquette Street? The grass/weeds in the cracks are nearly two feet tall and there are numerous large chunks of broken concrete laying on the median. This is very unsightly and reminiscent of some of the abandon sections of a larger city. – Merle

A. We contacted the city of Davenport regarding your question. Nicole Gleason, public works director/assistant city administrator, responded: 

"Thanks for the question, Merle! The pavement/concrete is maintained by the Iowa DOT and we have passed along this concern.

"The city of Davenport is responsible for mowing and generally sprays two times per year (spring and mid- to late-summer), we are getting ready to spray this area again."

Q. Will the new Iowa license plates continue having the 0's with the slashes through them? With these current plates, if I tried to report a hit-and-run vehicle with 8's and 0's to the authorities, I'd have a hard time telling an 8 from a 0. A zero should look like a zero. -- Mike, Davenport

A. We contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding your question. Tracey Bramble with the Iowa DOT responded:

"Hi Mike – the current number/letter system will not change on the new plates."

Q. When was Dohse Pool, originally Hayes Pool in Davenport, opened? -- Elaine

A. According to a story published in the Quad-City Times, Hayes Pool opened on Saturday, June 7, 1975. Times photographer, Bill McConnell, was there to capture the opening. The caption in his photo read, "Towels, Suits And Smiles: It was a great day to open a new swimming pool, and these youngsters were among those who took advantage of the sun at Davenport's Hayes pool, McKinley Avenue and Concord Street."

Do you recognize anyone or yourself in the photo? Visit qctimes.com/askthetimes to read more about Dohse Pool formerly Hayes Pool in Davenport.

A story published on Tuesday, April 16, 1974, in the Quad-City Times, reported groundbreaking for Hayes Pool. Then-Mayor Kathryn Kirschbaum, members of the Davenport Board of Education, city aldermen and members of the Davenport Board of Park Commissioners were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the $160,000 neighborhood swimming pool.

Stories published Thursday, March 19, 1981, in the Quad-City Times, reported that on Wednesday, March 18, 1981, "In other business, the council renamed Hayes Pool. 'Pete Dohse Pool,' in honor of the former 1st Ward alderman who died last month at the age of 66.

"Dohse served as alderman of the west end ward that includes the pool from 1971 to 1979. He was a Davenport policeman for nearly 23 years, and had run unsuccessfully for Scott County sheriff and supervisor," the story said.    


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