Scott County Chief Deputy Assessor Ed Vieth and Vanguard Appraisals reviewer Allen Beck look over plans at a home in a new development just north of Forest Grove Road in Bettendorf. Homes in Bettendorf are selling for more than their assessed values, so their work aims to correct any inequities that might exist.
A good Monday to all. Are you a little sluggish today? Get up, get going! It's back in the saddle and back to work after a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
And here's what you'll be encountering as you head out the door today.
Today we'll see scattered showers and thunderstorms with breezy conditions. The daily high will be in the lower 50s. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
South winds between 10 to 20 mph will gust as high as 25 mph.
Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely before 9 p.m., then scattered showers between 9 p.m. and midnight. It will be cloudy during the early evening then gradual clearing with a low around 38. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
2. Road work again on Fairmount Street
Here's something that will affect many West High students and commuters who use Fairmount Street. Beginning today the contractor will be moving back onto the road to replace a small section of that street.
This repair will smooth out the transition from the new, permeable pavers to the existing pavement between Lombard Street and West Central Park Avenue.
With the exception of a few houses, residents in the area will still have access to their driveways. These affected residents will be notified before the work begins.
Repairs are tentatively scheduled to be completed in 10 days during which time Fairmount will be closed to traffic between Lombard and West Central Park.
3. Crews search for recovered boat's occupants
Clinton police continued Sunday to investigate an unattended boat recovered by a barge crew.
Police went to the scene of a barge docking area Saturday at the 1500 block of South 2nd Street, where a recovered boat had no occupants. A search for missing persons was conducted but stopped when it grew dark.
The search resumed from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Assisting Clinton police were Clinton, Fulton, Illinois and Camanche, Iowa fire departments, Clinton County Emergency Management, Emergency K-9 Operation – Search and Rescue, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Big River Rescue out of the Quad-Cities.Anyone with information about the investigation should contact Clinton police at 563-243-1458.
4. First phase of I-74 bridge mussel move finished
The first phase of relocating tens of thousands of freshwater mussels from the Mississippi River as part of the construction of a new Interstate 74 bridge has been completed. And while another phase remains to be done, officials say they don't expect to collect nearly as many mussels as they initially thought. Read more.
5. Linda Cook: 'Moana' delivers wonderful trek of sight, sound
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” marks J.K. Rowling’s return to the big screen, where her world of witches and wizards once again springs to life in a delightful “Harry Potter” prequel (although there are a limited number of references to the Potter movies).
Say what you will about Mel Gibson as a person. You don’t have to like him to respect his talent as a director. That talent shines in the phenomenal “Hacksaw Ridge,” a true story of religious conviction and courage that, possibly, could serve as a redemptive offering from Gibson.
6. 'Controversial' reassessment project nears completion in Bettendorf
From our follow-up files: Last week, representatives from Cedar Rapids-based Vanguard Appraisals and the Scott County Assessor's Office checked out recently constructed $500,000-plus homes in Knutsen Builder's Spencer Hollow subdivision, which connects to Forest Grove Park.
Since Jan. 1, 133 new homes have been built in Bettendorf, which remains one of the strongest housing markets in Iowa, said Allen Beck, a Quad-City-based reviewer for Vanguard, which has conducted mass appraisals in almost every county in Iowa.
Vanguard appraisers last canvassed the entire city in 2001-2002, and were asked to return because several homes in Bettendorf were selling for more than their assessed values.Read more.