© 2023 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 98.3 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The State of Moline

Mayor Stephanie Acri with Pub.Wks.Dir. J.D. Schulte & Ray Forsythe, Planning & Dev. Dir.
Credit WVIK News
Pub.Wks. Dir. JD Schulte showing the city's website and the information available on various projects.

Instead of giving the speech herself, Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri summed up the city's achievements during the past year with a panel discussion. Several department heads joined her for Monday's State of the City Address to members of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. 

Public Works Director, J.D. Schulte says one important achievement is "transparency" - people can learn about the many projects now going on in the city by going to Moline's website. 

"When you click the box here, it's going to tell you everything - it's going to tell you the footprint of the  project, it's going to show you the contractor that's been engaged to the the work, and if it's been let, it's going to show you the funding source we're bringing in. "

And that includes information on proposed projects throughout the city.

Credit WVIK News
at the completion of year one of widening JD Road. Mayor Acri and Schulte with Ryan Hippen from the Illinois DOT

Mayor Acri says parking downtown has been a problem for a long time, and some recent changes try to balance the needs of shoppers with downtown business owners. 

"There was a survey and some adjustments. When I took the office of mayor, I probably spend a half hour a day on the phone with frustrated parkers, and that has been diffused."

Fire Chief Jeff Snyder says his department has started installing smoke detectors for Moline residents. 

"The smoke detectors are provided free of charge, firefighters come and install them, and we try to make it as easy as possible with social media and the city's website."

Snyder says since the beginning of February, 167 new smoke detectors have been installed, and there's already a long waiting list.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.