City of Davenport

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Someone new could be writing parking tickets soon in downtown Davenport. Wednesday night, the city council will consider hiring Per Mar Security Services to enforce parking rules downtown.

Nicole Gleason, with Public Works, says Davenport usually has one city employee to enforce rules, such as the two-hour parking limit and handicapped zones. But that employee left the job last winter, and Per Mar has been providing the service ever since.

The city is considering a three-year contract for $67,000 a year. That would pay for two employees to do the job. / Quad Cities National Weather Service

The Mississippi River is rising and Davenport is preparing for minor flooding. The National Weather Service says the river should reach flood stage in the Quad Cities early next week. 

Davenport Municipal Airport

After four years of renovations, the airport in Davenport is planning for a lot more work. This week, the Davenport Municipal Airport received a $450,000 federal grant to start fixing the main runway. 

Chart comparing this year's Davenport budget to the proposed FY 2017 budget
submitted / City of Davenport

Next year, Davenport residents may pay more for sewers, garbage, and water. At the same time, the city does not plan to raise taxes.


Davenport has changed the way it maintains a few fire department bank accounts, following an investigation by the Iowa auditor. The city asked for it to examination of the Clothing and Fire Safety House accounts, from 2009 through 2014.

WVIK Staff

For the first time in 35 years, a program that provides affordable housing to low income families is selling brand new homes. Each year, the City of Davenport sells homes at a reduced price through its Urban Homestead Program.


An arrest warrant has been issued for a Davenport man suspected of wounding two teenagers in the city Thursday night. 19 year old Joshua Brewer is charged with going armed with intent, willful injury causing serious injury, and intimidation with a weapon causing serious injury.

  Police believe Brewer shot an 18 year old male and a 19 year old female Thursday about 7 pm, in the 200 block of South Hancock Avenue. Both were hospitalized, but are not considered to have life threatening injures.  

Anyone with information about him should call the Davenport police or Crimestoppers.   So far this year, police in Davenport have responded to 121 shots fired incidents, compared to just 118 in all of last year. And this year's tally includes 22 in July and 28 in August. Officers emphasize all of the recent incidents are “target specific” and not random shootings. 

WVIK Staff

Construction is finally underway in Davenport for a land-based casino. Thursday, Rhythm City Casino Resort broke ground for its new casino, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and I-74. 

Nearly one-hundred people drove up the recently-poured concrete of Elmore Avenue, and celebrated on the 40-acres the casino will soon occupy.Casino owner Dan Kehl says he never thought this day would come. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

This week, Davenport crews are filling potholes. And the city is asking drivers and residents to report potholes they encounter in streets and alleys.

City of Davenport

To help strengthen its neighborhoods, the City of Davenport's Urban Homesteading program is once again taking applications. Each year, it renovates and remodels vacant and abandoned houses, and then sells them at an affordable price.