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submitted / City of Moline

Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri has announced the city's new administrator will be Lisa Kotter, who is currently serving in that position in Geneseo.

Acri hopes she'll start her new job in Moline by the end April. 

Kotter has 25 years of municipal management experience, including 17 years as the City Administrator of Clintonville, Wisconsin.

submitted / Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Local employees of the Corps of Engineers are ready to help hold back the rising Mississippi River. And they've already been very busy during this wet, snowy winter and spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports the corps' Rock Island District serves the entire country as the National Flood Fight Materiel Center.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is no longer picking up trash from homes on the island.

Michelle O'Neill reports that's because the garrison hired the cities of Moline and Rock Island to do it instead.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

As the water rises and falls on the Mississippi River, Moline is helping a bridge contractor deal with the flooding.

When the river is high, the current is faster and stronger.

That causes problems for Lunda Construction, which works from barges in the middle of the river. (Click below to listen to the radio story with Benjamin Payne.)

The city wants to help the company accelerate the process and keep up with the bridge construction schedule as much as possible. 

Public Works Director, J.D. Schulte, says Moline helped Lunda find more space to work at the east end of Ben Butterworth Parkway.

It's a vacant, five-acre site between 53rd and 55th streets. Lunda and Valley Construction employees have been moving dirt and grading the land.

Eventually, crews will build parts of the new highway, then use barges to move the sections to the new bridge and hoist them into place using cranes.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Peoria County judge who dismissed the Rock Island County courthouse case on March 19th, 2019 based her decision on the plain language of state law. 

Michelle O'Neill reports she also relied on a test case from three years ago, which was decided by a Henry County, Illinois judge.


Bustos Surveys Flooding

Mar 22, 2019
National Weather Service

Hoping to learn how the federal government can help, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos surveyed flooding in the Quad Cities Friday. Also she and local emergency management officials studied flood maps of the Mississippi and Rock rivers.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Drivers who use US Highway 67 between Rock Island and Milan should be prepared for a long bridge project. Tomorrow, the Illinois Department of Transportation says work will begin to repair the three bridges over the Rock River. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Updated 3/22/2019)

The plaintiffs in the Rock Island County courthouse lawsuit are not giving up. The five historic preservation groups and two individuals are appealing a judge's dismissal of their case earlier this week. And their lawyer filed the appeal on Thursday in Rock Island.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A contractor may soon begin tearing down the Rock Island County courthouse.

This afternoon, Peoria County Judge Jodi Hoos dismissed a lawsuit filed by preservation groups and individuals who want to prevent demolition of the 122-year-old building. 

http://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

As drivers get used to the I-74 detour in Moline, more police officers are making sure traffic runs as smoothly as possible. Today is the first day Iowa-bound I-74 is closed to allow expanding it to three lanes, along with building ramps and connecting it to the new bridge over the Mississippi River.

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