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Levee Commission Changes

More than 100 years after it was formed some major changes are in the works for  Davenport's Levee Improvement Commission. This week, commissioners approved a change in the number of members and how they're chosen.

Executive officer, Steve Ahrens, says currently there are 7 members, appointed by the mayor for six-year terms. Under the new system, there would be 11 - the mayor and 10 aldermen would each appoint one member.

"I think the idea behind it stems from the Levee Commission itself wanting to be even more open and representative of the public interest and so this was seen as one way to do that."

The change must now be approved by the city council which will consider it next month.
Ahrens says the name would also change from Levee Improvement to Riverfront Improvement Commission. 

The commission was formed in 1911 to oversee the more than 9 miles of publicly accessible riverfront in Davenport. 

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.