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Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action is out to combat childhood inertia.

The exhibit, which opened Saturday, June 8, at the Family Museum, Bettendorf, invites children and adults to explore activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and horizontal climbing. Its primary goal is to get kids into action by playing and doing things they like to do.

Featuring the theme of action adventures popular in children\u2019s books and movies, the homegrown exhibit invites visitors to jump into action star training \u2013 play activities that build strength, coordination, balance, and endurance.

Cultural spotlights and real-life stories of young people and families passionate about a particular activity aim to deepen visitors\u2019 motivation about fitness. Moving through the exhibit, visitors will get ideas for becoming more active daily.

Throughout the exhibit, kids and accompanying adults stamp the activities they tried on Action Trackers. Visitors also can take home Action Tracker 3-Day Missions \u2013 activity logs to encourage them to get physically active for 60 minutes a day.

The exhibit is aimed primarily at children ages 5-12, but children 2-5 also can join in the fun. Additionally, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action developers worked to make the activities accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action was created by Minnesota Children\u2019s Museum. It will be at the Family Museum through\u00a0Sunday, Sept. 8.

There are four adventure scenes and an action star training center. Each adventure scene provides an imaginative setting in which kids can try out a high appeal physical activity and highlight a specific physical challenge of balance, strength, coordination, or cardiovascular endurance.

Surfing and Snowboarding (Balance): Visitors don Hawaiian shirts or down-style vests, choose one of four balance boards \u2013 two basic and two advanced \u2013 and see how long they can stay on for the ride. A motion sensor triggers a two-minute video sequence that takes the riders through pine trees and past lakes as they snowboard down a mountain. Then the video takes the riders off the edge of a cliff and sailing into the clouds before landing as surfers in the ocean.\u00a0

Kung Fu Forest (Coordination): Visitors enter a clearing in a bamboo forest and begin the kung fu session with a bow to show the three principles of kung fu: strength, peace, and respect. Three lantern posts display instructional images of kung fu animal stances \u2013 still \u201cready\u201d positions inspired by the rooster, the snake, and the tiger. After trying the animal stances, they can push a button to trigger a sequence of lightbox images guiding them from still poses into a flow of action. The panels also illustrate the cultural origins of kung fu and other martial arts.

Climbing Canyon (Strength): A trailhead marker introduces four different trails: the Toddler Trail, Beginners\u2019 Bend, Rugged Ridge and Extreme Expanse. Visitors of varying skill and ability levels successfully traverse the trails to safely explore a cave holding a hidden treasure. Hand and footholds guide the visitors across the horizontal walls.\u00a0

Flycycle Sky (Endurance): Visitors merge their imagination with physical activity when they strap on a bike helmet and climb on one of the Museum\u2019s flycycles. These stationary bikes with wings or propellers each face a cloud-shaped panel. For every few rotations of the wheels, a star lights up in the sky.\u00a0

Action Star Training (Balance, Strength, Coordination, Cardiovascular and Muscular Endurance): The action star training center provides visitors with challenges of balance, strength, coordination and cardiovascular and muscular endurance through simple activities that kids can do at home.

\u2022 At the Yoga Station, visitors try out the tree pose and the cat stretch as well as learn the origins of yoga.

\u2022 At the Strength Center, a kid-friendly interpretation of gym equipment, visitors experiment with upper and lower-body strength. They can try out monkey bars, leg presses, self-weighted rowers, and adaptive chin-ups.

\u2022 In the Dance Club, visitors choose dance moves and music to get their heart pumping, going freestyle or following the dancer on the screen.

Toddler Pyramid:\u00a0The toddler pyramid offers the youngest visitors a separate place to experiment with physical activity. With adventure-theme flair, the Toddler Pyramid features toddler-sized steps, a climbing net, and a slide. It emphasizes that you are never too young to be physically active.

Photos: Family Museum launches the 'Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action' display
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EAST MOLINE \u2014 After months of delays and unfavorable weather events, the construction project on 7th Street in front of Glenview Middle School remains unfinished.

With frustrations swirling, city officials and residents want an answer: When will construction wrap up?

It is hoped that the project will be finished by the end of June, but there's no guarantee that will happen, numerous officials said.

Construction\u00a0originally was scheduled to be completed last fall. The project involves road work along roughly a mile of 7th Street between 26th Avenue and Avenue of the Cities. It has been delayed by punishing weather conditions and by issues among contractors and subcontractors, according to numerous city officials.

Those officials said that the main contractor on the project is Brandt Construction. IMEG Corp. was hired to perform inspection services, according to a representative of the company and public documents. The Illinois Department of Transportation is also involved in the effort as the agency administering federal funds.\u00a0

\u201cIt\u2019s horrible,\u201d said Ald. Gary Almblade, 2nd Ward, in a recent interview. \u201cResidents are complaining to me about why it\u2019s taking so long. They\u2019re sick of it.\u201d

Almblade said that Brandt or subcontractors have missed deadlines or bungled work. When some assignments, such as laying asphalt, have eventually gotten done, the work has not always met requirements, he said. Potholes have formed along the road, and some of the work has needed to be redone, Almblade added.

\u201cThey have to tear off the top inch again and redo it because it wasn\u2019t done right the first time,\u201d Almblade said. \u201cIt\u2019s costing East Moline. They claim it\u2019s weather-related problems. But I\u2019m not buying that.\u201d

He and other city officials said that they\u2019ve fielded numerous complaints from residents who are fed up with delays.

In Rock Island, Brandt Construction recently faced criticism from the city council. According to previous reporting by the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com, Rock Island experienced issues with Brandt in 2016 when a multimillion-dollar street and sewer project missed its completion deadline by more than a year. 

Then, this March, the Rock Island City Council awarded a bid for the asphalt street milling and patchwork program to a competitor, despite Brandt being the lowest bidder.

In East Moline, the drawn-out timeline for the 7th Street project has at times reduced the busy corridor to two lanes. Still, residents and city officials said that some motorists continue to speed down the street, posing a risk to pedestrians.

Frustrations are heightened by the project\u2019s location \u2014 in front of\u00a0Glenview Middle School and just yards from Ridgewood Elementary School.

Tim Kammler, director of engineering for the city of East Moline, said that he shares the disappointment of residents.

\u201cThere\u2019s been a domino effect of issues to make this project drag out,\u201d Kammler said. \u201cIt\u2019s safe to say that there has been and continues to be a great deal of frustration from elected officials to city staff to the public.\u201d

Kammler blamed frequent rainfall, which continues to delay project completion, in addition to issues with contractors, who \u201cshould have finished the job last year.\u201d

The new timeline is for construction to be finished by the end of June, he said.

But many residents and city officials remain skeptical.

\u201cI\u2019m very concerned about the road, and if we\u2019re going to get it done for the next school year,\u201d said Ald. Larry Toppert, 1st Ward.

Newly elected Toppert has waded into the project in search of answers. But he\u2019s been hampered, he said, by a lack of transparency and accountability.

\u201cI want everybody that is responsible to be responsible,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re punishing the voters and the people of East Moline because the project didn\u2019t get off properly.\u201d

He described IMEG as the city\u2019s \u201ceyes and ears\u201d on the project. He wants the firm to deliver regular reports to the city council. As of now, he said, \u201cwe don\u2019t know anything.\u201d

Toppert said a fraught meeting last month between contractors and the city involved recriminations from all sides.

\u201cI\u2019m not interested in blaming anyone on this thing. I just want it to go forward. Doing nothing is not acceptable to me,\u201d he said. \u201cStop blaming and start working.\u201d

Terry Brandt, head of Brandt Construction, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

A representative of IMEG declined to comment.

According to Kammler, 80% of the cost of the project is being paid for with federal funds, saving East Moline a significant amount.

\u201cI\u2019ve worked with Brandt Construction for a long time,\" Kammler said. \u201cMy experience with them has generally been favorable. On this particular project, it\u2019s not been, and that\u2019s unfortunate.\"

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An assisted-living complex proposed in Bettendorf cleared its first hurdle Wednesday when the city's planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a development plan.\u00a0

Called The Meridian, the campus at 53rd Avenue and Middle Road will feature 100 independent-living apartments, 16 assisted-living and 16 assisted-living memory support units, 20 short-term rehabilitation suites and 20 health care suites. Wellspire, the company leading the development, is a collaboration between local Genesis Health System and Des Moines-based WesleyLife.

Commissioners had concerns about parking.

\u201cWith 110 parking spots for people who are living independently, and I\u2019m assuming they\u2019re coming and going, is that adequate parking?\u201d Commissioner Janessa Ormsby asked.

Community Development Director John Soenksen told the commission the number of parking spaces was done through the \u201cmost stringent\u201d formula possible.

\u201cWith that, the number was 183, and (the plan is) providing 194,\u201d Soenksen said. \u201cThere is a different formula that you can use that uses a different multiplier and accounts for the number of employees, and Greg ran it both ways. The way he calculated it, 183 was the higher of the numbers.\u201d

Soensken was referring to\u00a0City Planner Greg Beck, who said the definition of the facility in the zoning ordinance was what determined the classification of parking.

\u201cIt defines what this facility does as a term for retirement residents living, and that in turn is an actual category for parking formulation,\u201d Beck said, also noting he had visited other WesleyLife facilities and found there to be adequate parking. \u201cThere isn\u2019t any provision within there to say \u2018This is what you do for shift employees\u2019 or something of that nature.\u201d

Engineer Brian Belk of Axiom Consultants told the commission they felt they went well beyond what was required by code and then defaulted to previous projects that WesleyLife had built.

The project will next be heard at the Bettendorf City Council\u2019s meeting in July.

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A contentious rezoning request by Davenport\u2019s GD Xpress northwest-side gas station\u00a0that could allow the business to expand and keep its doors open 24 hours per day is moving forward to a public hearing next week on the council\u2019s discussion agenda.

Some angry neighbors have taken concerns to City Hall in recent weeks, saying the business is to blame for an increase in dangerous vehicular traffic, litter and police calls. Aldermen decided to table the matter two weeks ago at the business owner\u2019s request.

Alderwoman Kerri Tompkins, whose 8th Ward includes the business, said the owner of the gas station has been a good neighbor to work with when issues have arisen. She also described the proposed expansion as a potentially positive move for the community.

\u201cWe have somebody who\u2019s investing and he wants to make it better,\u201d Tompkins said, adding that she wants to continue having conversations to alleviate other concerns forwarded by community members.

She also suggested special conditions could be added on with the rezoning to address some of the worries about the gas station while still allowing the expansion to move forward.

During Wednesday\u2019s meeting, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski was asked by Tompkins whether the police have been called to the gas station more frequently compared to other similar businesses. Sikorski described the calls for service to the gas station as \u201cordinary,\u201d saying the business does not pose a heightened concern for law enforcement.

The city\u2019s planning and zoning commission has recommended the proposal be denied. That means a supermajority of eight aldermen is needed to move the proposal forward. City staff have also recommended the proposal be denied, saying the expansion does not fit with the surrounding community.

Meanwhile, Alderman Mike Matson and Alderwoman Maria Dickmann, whose wards neighbor the business, have signaled that they do not support the measure. They cast dissenting votes on tabling the matter when it last came before council.

In other news:

Tompkins won't seek another term

Alderwoman Tompkins has decided not to seek another term representing the city\u2019s 8th Ward, saying she intends to spend more time with family.

Tompkins, a city council member for nearly six years, broke the news during the city\u2019s committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday night. Her decision to leave City Hall comes as two other open ward contests are coming up this November.

Davenport\u2019s 8th Ward covers the north-central section of the city. Its area is largely north of 53rd Street to the city\u2019s northern border, divided by Pine Street on the west and Jersey Ridge Road on the east.

Other races are happening this year in the city\u2019s 5th and 7th wards, as Alderwoman Rita Rawson and Alderman Mike Matson are running for the open contest to replace outgoing Mayor Frank Klipsch.

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Potholes are still everywhere.

The menacing formations are a regular inconvenience for Midwestern drivers who brace for impact after each winter\u2019s end. And as several weeks of fighting a flooding Mississippi River have drained Davenport\u2019s public works crews of time and resources, city officials say they have been forced to play catch-up on many of their other seasonal duties like street repairs.

\u201cEveryone\u2019s been asking about potholes,\u201d Public Works Director Nicole Gleason said Wednesday. \u201cAnd looking at the numbers, I can see why.\u201d

Davenport\u2019s public works department tracks potholes by each block rather than individual potholes. As of last Friday, the city had nearly 500 city blocks in the pipeline for repair, where each block could have any number of individual potholes. More than 4,300 blocks had been repaired as of that time for a grand total of 54,590 potholes fixed.

That figure for the first six months of this year is nearly equal to the number of blocks visited by public works crews during all of 2018.

A long and harsh winter followed by a wet spring has presented an abnormal set of challenges for the city\u2019s roads, Gleason said. While the city got out early with cold-mix to repair some of the damaged roads, there were many instances of snowfall and heavy rain that essentially washed out the work done.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been in a really bad cycle of temporary fixes,\u201d Gleason said.

Potholes typically form when water seeps under the asphalt roadway and freezes. The expansion of the water in its solid form creates pressure on the material, compounded by passing vehicular traffic that can cause the street to crack open.

This week, the Mississippi River dropped below flood stage for the first time within the past three months. The duration of flooding shattered the previous 1993 record of 42 days, according to local meteorologists with the National Weather Service.

Major flooding along with a disaster that struck the city\u2019s downtown with the collapse of the city\u2019s temporary levee have led to ballooning costs and overtime for the city\u2019s public works employees. In late May, city officials estimated the cost of fighting the flood could be triple to quadruple the price tag of a typical year.

Gleason says city employees continue to work on flood cleanup as the Mississippi retreats to its banks. And as of Wednesday, the department had put nine work crews out on the street all week dedicated to fixing the potholes.

The most common repeat requests for road service, Gleason said, have been for the city's alleyways. The city prioritizes pothole repair based on the severity of the damage, the amount of vehicular traffic on the street and the speed limit for a given street.

\u201cWe want to make sure we\u2019re keeping the roads as safe as possible,\u201d Gleason said. \u201cSo \u2026 a lot of times if someone says they had a request in two or three months ago \u2014 especially if it\u2019s an alley \u2014 that\u2019s why.\u201d

Requests for the service, often reported by residents, employees and elected officials, span the entire city, but are highly concentrated in the center of Davenport and many of the residential streets with the oldest neighborhoods.

Alderman Ray Ambrose, whose 4th Ward is experiencing a heightened number, says the state of the streets and alleyways has become a common complaint he hears from the residents he represents.

\u201cThere\u2019s not a day goes by,\u201d Ambrose said. \u201cEvery person that I\u2019ve talked to says, \u2018Hey we know your crews are working hard to address the flood, but when they get going please make sure my neighborhood street (or) my alley is on the list.'\u201d

Over the years, Ambrose says the city\u2019s public works has set a high standard that residents have come to expect when they drive down the city\u2019s streets. And as the flooding disaster downtown this year has added strain to public works employees\u00a0\u2014 many of whom went through weeks of nonstop overtime\u00a0\u2014 he says the impact has been felt in every corner of Davenport.\u00a0

\u201cPersonally I think our public works and our city as a whole has really done a remarkable job managing this year\u2019s flood,\u201d Ambrose said. \u201cAnd I realize a lot of the businesses in the downtown have struggled. But our whole community has struggled (and) made sacrifices because of the flood.\u201d

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Davenport Alderwoman Kerri Tompkins has decided not to seek another term representing the city\u2019s 8th Ward, saying she intends to spend more time with family.

Tompkins, a city council member for nearly six years, broke the news during the city\u2019s committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday night. Her decision to leave City Hall comes as two other open ward contests are coming up this November.\u00a0

\"This opportunity has truly been an honor and privilege and I\u2019m grateful for this experience,\" Tompkins said. \"I believe staff and council has done a great job of engaging the community over the last few years and I hope someone or several residents in the 8th Ward will be interested to represent this area as I will not be seeking reelection this fall. I look forward to being more available for my family and appreciate all of the support.\"

Davenport\u2019s 8th Ward covers the north-central section of the city. Its area is largely north of 53rd Street to the city\u2019s northern border, divided by Pine Street on the west and Jersey Ridge Road on the east.

Other races are happening this year in the city\u2019s 5th and 7th wards, as Alderwoman Rita Rawson and Alderman Mike Matson are running for the open contest to replace outgoing Mayor Frank Klipsch.\u00a0

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Growing up with two older and two younger brothers gave Louise Wise a sense of adventure. Today, at 98, that remains intact.

Wise, a resident of Petersen Commons Assisted Living in Davenport, celebrated her 98th birthday last month by zip-lining with family members in Buffalo, Missouri.

Wise, along with 12 others from her family, traveled down not one, but four zip-lines during her adventure in Missouri. After traveling down the first zip-line, she reached a platform at the end and thought it was over, Wise said.\u00a0

\u201cYou\u2019re just hanging on there and floating down through the air. It was interesting and very enjoyable,\u201d Wise said.

Some of the zip-liners, including Louise, didn\u2019t make it all the way to the end of the zip-line and had to be pulled to the platform, said Wise's sister, Judy Winslow.\u00a0

Along with zip-lining, Wise went skydiving when she turned 93, an experience she is eager to have again. \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to going down on an airplane drop again. That, I\u2019m willing (to do) anytime anybody else is going,\u201d Wise said.

Skydiving is something the family has talked about Wise doing again when she turns 100, Winslow said. Before she got to zip-line, Wise rode in a hot air balloon last year, Winslow said.

Another adrenaline-inducing adventure Wise would consider is whitewater rafting. If given the opportunity, she said she would do it, \"but at my age, they might not permit me to do it,\" she said.\u00a0

\u201cAnything adventurous, I\u2019m willing to do. I enjoy these things that a lot of people are afraid to do,\u201d Wise said. \u201cTo me, I guess there is a danger to it, I don\u2019t know, but I don\u2019t feel any danger. I just do it for the fun of doing it.\u201d

Her lasting piece of advice: If you have the chance to do something you've always wanted to do, take the chance and do it, regardless of your age, Wise said. \u201cI\u2019m just thankful for every day I\u2019ve got,\u201d she said.

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The Quad-Citizen of the Year Award is a partnership between the Quad-City Times and IHMVCU to honor outstanding Quad-City area residents who go above and beyond for their community.

\"When someone decides to help, it\u2019s not because of the notoriety, it\u2019s because that individual truly wants to make a difference,\" said Brian Laufenberg, IHMVCU president and CEO. \"That\u2019s the true spirit of the Quad-Citizen Award \u2013 acknowledging the everyday things people do to make the Quad Cities special.\"

Quad-City Times Publisher Debbie Anselm said \"We, along with IHMVCU, are inspired by good deeds we witness across the region. This is a unique opportunity to thank Quad-Citizens for what they have done and will continue to do.\"

One finalist a month is chosen from a pool of nominees, and a final winner will be named at the end of the year. Finalists receive $250 from IHMVCU.

To nominate: qctimes.com/contests.

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The capstone for most high school students' careers is their graduation, but Peyton Reese missed hers, choosing a higher highlight, to reflect her passion for musical theater.

Instead of joining classmates June 2 at TaxSlayer Center, she was at the Des Moines Civic Center, among 500 teen performers across the state preparing for the June 3 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards showcase. Presented by the Iowa High School Musical Theater Association, this year 77 schools took part, and Reese earned top honors with the \"Triple Threat Award,\u201d along with Cole Strelecki of West Des Moines Valley. The awards annually recognize a top male and female student.

Reese and Strelecki are in New York City this week, to represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, known as the Jimmys.\u00a0They join students from across the country for a week of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with Broadway professionals.

Their experience will culminate with a final performance Monday, June 24, at the Minskoff Theatre, home to\u00a0Disney\u2019s \u201cThe Lion King\u201d on Broadway.

During a brief break Tuesday at New York University,\u00a0Reese said performing at the Iowa awards was wonderful.

\u201cI really enjoyed getting to create art with like-minded individuals. Winning was just the icing on the cake,\u201d she said. \u201cHearing all my peers, as well as the audience, cheer for me made me feel so loved and appreciated, and made me realize my hard work had paid off. At the Jimmy Awards this week, I am working alongside 85 people to put together a showcase, which will be live-streamed.\u201d

Seventy-three students in Des Moines auditioned for the Triple Threat Award, which honors singing, dancing and acting. The students were invited to audition based on the strength of their performances in their school musical production. Students spent May 31-June 2 at the Civic Center auditioning, rehearsing under Broadway veterans, and receiving private coaching from local university faculty.

The students working this week with Broadway pros will prepare for an audition Sunday, to determine the program and order for the June 24 gala, hosted by Ben Platt, Tony-winning star of\u00a0\u201cDear Evan Hansen.\"

Presented by the Broadway League and named in honor of producer and theater owner\u00a0James M. Nederlander\u00a0(1922-2016),\u00a0the ceremony marks the culmination of a record 43 regional competitions from across the U.S.

The Jimmy\u00a0Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor\u00a0is given annually, chosen by a panel of industry experts.

Last year's Best Actor winner, Andrew Barth Feldman, 16, later made his Broadway debut Jan. 30 in the role originated by Platt.\u00a0

Peyton Reese was recognized for her Davenport Central role as Veronica Sawyer in \u201cHeathers: The Musical\u201d (high-school edition) this past April. Her encore performance at the June 3 showcase was \u201cLost in The Brass\u201d from \u201cBand Geeks.\u201d

\u201cThis was an experience of a lifetime; this is a big deal for them,\u201d said Davenport Central director Thea IntVeld, who also directed Reese as the female leads for \u201cBeauty and the Beast\u201d and \u201cNext to Normal.\u201d Before the June 3 awards, the Iowa theater association honored her for Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role.

\u201cShe's always been very strong vocally, but confidence was something she had to grow,\u201d IntVeld said. \u201cShe just needed to grow in the acting side of it. That came with practice, lots of different shows.\u201d

Reese was the 20-2019 treasurer for her school's Blue Devil Productions, which she was involved with since freshman year, when she played Lou Ann in \u201cHairspray.\u201d

Though she had to pick up her diploma later at school, and commencement was hard to miss, Reese said while at the awards, \"I knew I made the right decision. These types of events teach you so much, and I would not have traded this experience for the world.\"

\"I feel so at home on the stage and I love getting to feel myself grow every time I perform,\" she said.

The Jimmy Awards can be streamed at jimmyawards.com/live.

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ROCK ISLAND -- Hope Creek Care Center will be put up for sale.\u00a0

County board members on Tuesday voted 16-5 to authorize County Administrator Jim Snider to prepare a request for proposal (RFP) for offers on the county-owned nursing home at 4343 Kennedy Drive, East Moline.\u00a0

Board members Ken \"Moose\" Maranda, Edna Sowards, Lauren Boswell-Loftin, Jeff Deppe and Ed Langdon opposed. Larry Burns, Brian Vyncke and David Adams abstained following a lengthy discussion.\u00a0

A standing-room only crowd of more than 100 people, including many Hope Creek employees, packed the county board room. Several pleaded with board members not to sell Hope Creek.\u00a0

\"We are savable; we can be turned around,\" said Hope Creek activity aide Cheryl Campbell. \"It's not going to happen overnight, but it can happen with your support and community support.\"

Campbell has been employed at the facility for 14 years.\u00a0

\"I love my job. I don't even think of it as a job,\" Campbell said. \"We are helping your grandparents, your parents, your loved ones. You need to think about where you might be in 15 years. Hope Creek is very, very important to the community. You need to save Hope Creek. Do not vote for an RFP.\"

Quad City Federation of Labor President Dino Leone sternly told board members that if they sell Hope Creek, the employees and residents will suffer as a result.\u00a0

\"This is why we have a county nursing home; there are private sector groups that will not take low-income people,\" Leone said. \"That is the job of government. Your job is not to sell out government. You were elected to find a way to make it work. (Gov.) Bruce Rauner was a privateer. Don't be a Bruce Rauner.

\"If you privatize the nursing home, the way they make a profit is off the backs of workers,\" Leone said. \"They cut their wages and benefits, which will hurt the continuity of care. That means you put our residents in danger. I talked to many of you on the phone and you said, 'I'm not voting for privatization, I'm voting for an RFP.'

\"You are opening the door for privateers,\" Leone said. \"Do the right thing and stand up for the residents and the workers.\"

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Staff Representative Audie Schmidt told board members if they sell the nursing home, the quality of care will drop.\u00a0

\"There are horror stories because of the profit motive,\" Schmidt said. \"They will profit off of our elderly and our poor. Profit-driven nursing homes will take any resident, including those with police records.

\"You will be abandoning your longtime staff and your county residents,\" Schmidt said.

The board's decision comes on the heels of a report by consulting firm Management Performance Associates (MPA) that concluded the nursing home could remain in the county's hands provided steps were taken to cut costs.\u00a0

MPA Executive Vice President Scott Gima told board members at the June 12 meeting \"Hope Creek is an obvious turnaround candidate,\" and said the facility could save up to $2 million just by cutting staff.\u00a0

\"While we believe Hope Creek's financial condition can improve, it will not improve fast enough to discharge liabilities of $3.8 million quickly,\" Gima said.\u00a0

Campbell scolded board members for paying $29,000 for MPA's three-month cost benefit analysis when Hope Creek's former advisory board, made up of volunteers, had made many of the same suggestions for increasing revenue.\u00a0

Snider reminded board members that Hope Creek is now $7.5 million in debt, including $2.5 million owed to vendors and $3.4 million to the county, which has been making up for shortfalls out of the general fund.

\"There is no pain-free decision before us,\" board member Rich Morthland said. \"This is why our constituents sent us here, to make the difficult decisions. I must support this. I think it is a fundamentally wise decision to make.\"

Gima addressed board members' questions Tuesday night.\u00a0

\"You said Hope Creek is a fine nursing home and that we could turn it around with the help of the union and board members,\" Langdon said.\u00a0

\"As a county-run home, we said we would take care of those who cannot take care of themselves,\" Vyncke said. \"I do feel an obligation. If we change the payer mix, get union concessions and have better management \u2014 all three of these have to happen for this to succeed?

\"That is correct,\" Gima said. \"Let's say you create private rooms in one wing and fill up the other wing with Medicaid. Those rooms won't fill up over night. Ramping up the census takes time and that's the one factor even a strong manager can't control. Even if it takes one year, that's time Hope Creek does not have.

\"The home needs cash today,\" Gima said. \"You have vendors who have threatened to pull out because of non-payment. There is no margin for error.\"

Snider told board members the process of requesting proposals will take up to six months. Accepting a bid could take up to another six months. He assured that in the meantime, staff and residents will remain with the home.\u00a0

\"If the RFP is approved tonight, will there still be attempts to turn Hope Creek around?\" Boswell-Loftin said.\u00a0

\"Absolutely,\" Snider replied.\u00a0

Snider said when and if a bid comes before the board, a two-thirds supermajority will be required to approve it. He also assured board members that conditions can be put in the proposal that states certain staff will remain if the home is sold.

After the meeting, groups of Hope Creek staff gathered in the hallway, embracing one another with tears in their eyes.\u00a0

\"The (Hope Creek) residents deserve more than this; that's their home,\" Campbell said. \"I can find another job. I just can't believe they would vote to sell it. There are so many ways to make money.\"

Hope Creek employee Sherri Ludlow said the closed wings at the facility could be opened and used to house military veterans or used for hospice care.\u00a0

\"We should have pride that we own that home,\" Campbell said. \"Board members should have done something sooner.\"

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Electrical distributor Gexpro will hold an open house for current and potential customers on Friday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the company will show off its latest products, host La Falma's Taco Truck and give away prizes, including a 50-inch smart television and a Traeger Grill. The event will be held at the Davenport facility, at 1225 W. 76th St.

Branch Manager Rob Gildea said Gexpro is a full line electrical distributor for construction, industrial and energy solutions markets. The Davenport branch opened in 2011 after the company was awarded a contract with Arconic, he said.\u00a0

\"Since that time we\u2019ve brought on more customers, primarily industrial facilities, but are striving to diversify and expand our customer base into the contractor and commercial segments,\" he said.\u00a0

\u2014Times staff

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Less than one month remains to apply for disaster assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Deadline for filing is Monday, July 1, Deanna Frazier, FEMA spokesperson, said Wednesday.

If you are an Iowa resident in one of the nine disaster-designated counties for federal individual assistance \u2014 Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby and Woodbury \u2014 you may be eligible for federal assistance if you were impacted by the severe storms and flooding from March 12 through May 16.

As of Wednesday, 66 Louisa County residents and 268 Scott County residents have registered, Frazier said. FEMA has approved $13.6 million for all nine counties:

Total: $13.61 million

Sometimes, people are reluctant to register, Frazier said.

\u201cSometimes survivors think they did not sustain enough damage to warrant a registration,\u201d she said, adding FEMA should make that decision.

Also, some residents are concerned there is not enough money to go around to people affected more than they were, Frazier said.

\u201cIowans are a strong and resilient people,\u201d she said. \u201cThey don\u2019t want to be seen as taking a handout.\"

But \u201cthese are your tax dollars at work,\u201d she said.

The disaster declaration applies only to these particular counties and damage only during this time period. Damage resulting from severe storms and flooding after May 16 currently is not eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Disaster survivors who register for assistance with FEMA may be eligible for grants to help pay for rent for a place to live while a primary residence can be repaired, to pay for minor structural repairs, to replace essential personal property and/or to pay for disaster-related needs other programs don\u2019t cover.

Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and most other federal and state programs.

Some survivors with significant damage may need a larger amount of money to help with recovery. For those situations, a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA may be the best option, Frazier said.

The SBA loans are the primary source of funds for repairs to homes and businesses and/or for replacement of personal property after a disaster. Renters and homeowners can borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars and appliances damaged or destroyed. Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to pay for structural repairs to their primary residence or to rebuild a house.

Businesses and private non-profits may borrow up to $2 million both for physical repairs and economic injury.

Those who are referred to the SBA can complete an application online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applications must be completed and submitted to maintain eligibility for additional FEMA dollars and/or have access to funding or resources from other entities.

If the SBA offers a loan, the approved individual is not required to take any or all the money. But if you are offered a loan and decline it because you want only a grant, you may exclude yourself from consideration for additional assistance, such as that available through FEMA\u2019s Other Needs Assistance program.

Deadline to apply for an SBA loan for physical damage to your home or business also is July 1.

For FEMA registration:

\u2022 Go to www.disasterassistance.gov.

\u2022 Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week for now. Multilingual operators are on duty.

\u2022 Use FEMA\u2019s disaster app on your smartphone. You also can go to www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

For more information about SBA loans:

\u2022 Call SBA\u2019s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or low-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

\u2022 Email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

\u2022 Visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

\u2022 Applicants also can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA\u2019s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information on the Iowa disaster and recovery resources, go to www.floods2019.iowa.gov or call 2-1-1. Additional information can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster/4421.

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