Davenport may appoint Credit Island committee

2013-05-15T19:00:00Z 2013-05-16T13:38:17Z Davenport may appoint Credit Island committeeKurt Allemeier kallemeier@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

A 15-member advisory committee could be appointed to weigh the future of Credit Island's fire-damaged lodge.

Alderman Nathan Brown, 1st Ward, said at Wednesday's Davenport City Council meeting that he already has a list of 20 people who expressed interest in serving on the committee. Interested people signed up at a community meeting Tuesday night that Brown led for people interested in the lodge's future.

Brown, whose ward includes Credit Island, said anyone who might be interested in serving on the committee should contact their alderman or City Hall. Committee members could be appointed at next week's council meeting.

Brown wants each alderman and Mayor Bill Gluba to appoint a person to the committee, with two appointments each from the Parks and Recreation advisory board and the Friends of Credit Island. The goal would be to have a recommendation from the committee by Aug. 1.

Alderman Ray Ambrose, 4th Ward, said at Wednesday's council meeting that he wants the advisory committee to come back with a good recommendation for Credit Island.

"I'm concerned about throwing good money after bad," he said. "We have a lot of money at stake."

The lodge was severely damaged May 2 by an early-morning fire. The building is insured for between $1.2 million and $1.4 million, but its location in the floodplain could drive up expenses.

If repair costs exceed half of the building's assessed value of $613,500, the lodge will have to meet federal flood law regulations or flood insurance for the entire community will be jeopardized. The city is seeking clarification from the state on technical language that could also affect the repair of the lodge.

Public Works director Mike Clarke reported that all but two openings on the building's first floor have been boarded up and that it is surrounded by fencing. The openings that aren't closed lead to a garage area.

The city is seeking bids for work  to cover the building and remove debris, City Administrator Craig Malin told aldermen.

Malin also said City Attorney Tom Warner and Community Planning and Economic Development director Pam Miner are meeting with Historic Preservation Commission chairman John Frueh about a waiver of floodplain requirements.

Frueh raised the waiver possibility at Tuesday's meeting, suggesting the possibility because the lodge was built before the federal floodplain designation.






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(5) Comments

  1. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - May 17, 2013 11:50 am
    BTW why pay someone to haul away all that good brick when it could be used as bank reinforcement around the Harbor, especially over by Concord Street where the west-northwest bank has eroded and threatens the road?

    Or you could save it, open up the road causeway and use the brick to build a very unique bridge over it. Then you would not only have a nice tourist attraction you'd help solve the problem of the SEVERELY DEGRADED environment of the Harbor which is ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE ..... 100% Guaranteed
  2. healdhouse
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    healdhouse - May 16, 2013 1:24 pm
    OK as far as history; the Island is the subject of the historical register not the lodge. Stop wasting the Cities funds on committees.
  3. Arc Angel
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    Arc Angel - May 16, 2013 1:04 pm
    Let it go, $$$$
  4. Dallas
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    Dallas - May 16, 2013 8:49 am
    You kidding me?, a committee is needed to tell the rest of us the obvious?, no wonder this city is broke and in disrepair, what a complete joke, how about somebody with the city for once grow a pair and stand up and pull the trigger and level the dam building, historic or not,
  5. mendelmen
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    mendelmen - May 15, 2013 10:09 pm
    So will both sides have a seat at the table or just those who want to rebuild?
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