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Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms closed his State of the City address Monday with a call to action.

"Talk positively about everything happening in Rock Island, and support local businesses," he said in the first of what he wants to become annual reports.

"There are a lot of good things happening that we just can't publicize yet," he said during his report.

A plan to find a large grocery store to put in an 11th Street site rejected earlier by Walmart and hopes for a Dunkin' Donut store on land once housing Audubon Elementary School remain strong possibilities, he said.

"We hired a consultant for the grocery store last week. and we will be going out in three or four weeks to talk to them," he said. "And Audubon should still become a Dunkin' Donuts. We all agree and have signed up as a franchisee."

But until Thoms sees a shovel in the ground, he won't say it's coming, he said.

He shared about a half-hour report of highlights accomplished by the police, fire, parks, Inforrmation Technology, Human Resources, Martin Luther King Center, library, finance, public works, and Community & Economic Development departments.

"He had more material than he had time to give," Kiwanis Club president Jeff Condit said. "But it was good to know of all the good things happening in Rock Island."

"I wasn't surprised by what I heard," Rotary Club president Bruce Peterson said.

The two clubs co-hosted the meeting.

"I don't think he got into specifics in any specific economic venture,"  Condit said. "We all realize we have this piece of land on 11th Street, and that we're all figuring out what's best best to do with it."

Many issues remain from a 1964 report found in city archives, Thoms said.

A recurrent theme to Thoms' message Monday was "partnerships."

He saluted the successes of several community partnerships, including an American Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" campaign, a Hodge Park playground project, Highland Spring Golf Course First Tee project, Martin Luther King Center, Boys and Girls Club and Rock Island-Milan schools.

He also saluted special partnerships with Douglas Park, "where the first NFL game was ever played," and an agreement with Hauberg Civic Center, one of  Peterson's favorites.

Thoms also pointed out that the city's major crime rate dropped by 10 percent in each of the last two years.

He ended his call to action by saying, "Preserve history. Keep working toward the future."

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