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.