The proceeds from the sale of the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center could be used to buy and maintain electronic kiosks to promote the area, the Scott County Board of Supervisors heard Tuesday.
The Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau proposes using the Scott County, Davenport and Bettendorf shares of the proceeds for the kiosks that could be located at high-traffic tourist centers in the area or moved around.
Bureau president Joe Taylor made the pitch to the supervisors at their committee-of-the-whole meeting, starting with nine kiosks and possibly expanding to 18. The kiosks are based on smartphone app software that can be updated frequently.
The proposal doesn’t include the use of LeClaire’s portion of the proceeds because that city’s officials have indicated it will use its portion for its own uses, Scott County Planning and Development director Tim Huey said. The $500,000 proceeds will be divided so that Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County will receive 75 percent.
The kiosks could be desktop-sized to as large as 42-inch screens, Taylor explained. The smaller ones could be moved around, depending on traffic. The visitors bureau is also considering a high-visibility mobile kiosk that would be housed in some type of vehicle.
Total cost of the proposal is between $398,000 and $540,000.
In other business, the supervisors will have a public hearing on a confined feeding operation’s expansion in rural Davenport at Thursday’s meeting, as well as the first vote on a rezoning request for an anhydrous ammonia distribution site on St. Ann’s Road, west of 290th Street.
Dennis Kirby has made the request for his farm at 22293 200th Ave. in Scott County. The expansion will include the construction of a gestation barn that uses a 10-foot-deep formed concrete manure storage structure beneath the proposed 209-foot by 101-foot building, with a capacity of 1,000 sows. An existing gestation building will be converted to a nursery building.
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Supervisors will vote whether to recommend the project at Thursday’s meeting. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will inspect the site Friday. No objections for the project have been received.
The anhydrous distribution site has been opposed by neighbors because of traffic dangers, and supervisors were given information about line-of-sight distances on St. Ann’s Road near the site.
County Engineer Jon Burgstrum told the supervisors that the recommended line of sight is 495 feet and the road exceeds that, as well as the recommended turning distance of more than 530 feet.