The public spoke, and the Davenport City Council listened.

The City Council voted 8-1 during Wednesday's committee-of-the-whole to solicit bids for a prospective sewer project on West 5th Street that would seek to maintain one of the remaining brick streets in the city's inventory.

The West 5th Street and Western Avenue intersection improvement project would install new concrete curb and gutters to improve drainage, but reconstructing the street and intersection in brick would be more costly.

The estimate provided by public works for reconstruction was $562,000.

In December, the Historic Preservation Commission denied the request of public works to remove the intersection from the list of protected brick streets so it could replace it with asphalt.

Public Works Director Nicole Gleason and City Engineer Brian Schadt said at the time that replacing the brick would bring higher-than-expected repair costs and that the city needed to complete the project expeditiously.

During that meeting, former Mayor Thom Hart and residents Deanna Walter, Tonia Rogers and Terry Genz spoke out against the request.

On Wednesday, all four returned to City Council chambers to reiterate their requests after public works provided alternative scenarios, including reconstructing the travel lane in concrete or asphalt.

As they did two months ago, Walter and Rogers recalled their decision to move from Omaha 15 years ago and call Davenport home.

Walter, who owns Cafe d'Marie, mentioned how the brick streets were part of the ambiance and one of the favorite features mentioned by customers and tourists who frequent her business.

Rogers told the council that she contacted the largest trucking companies that use the street and was told they could find an alternative route if the city wished to put restrictions on travel on the street.

Ultimately, the council agreed after Alderwoman Marion Meginnis, 3rd Ward, made a motion to only solicit bids for keeping the street as brick.

Alderwoman Kerri Tompkins, 8th Ward, cast the lone dissenting vote. Prior the vote, Tompkins said she was neither for nor against preserving the street as brick and wanted to have all bid information in hand before making a decision.

Alderman Kyle Gripp, at large, was not in attendance for Wednesday's meeting because he was representing the city in Des Moines.

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