2006 AGENDA OF C OMMUNITY P ROJECTS WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY RIVERVISION THE QUARTER TRANSPORTATION Western Illinois University Quad Cities Riverfront Campus With fewer manufacturing jobs available in the Quad Cities, students and workers must be trained to thrive in the information based economy, which requires a different set of skills and attitudes. In order to thrive, the Quad City region must train and/or recruit workers who are creative and can compete in a global economy. Since there is a direct connection between the human capital of a region and its economic growth, the State of Illinois must continue to invest in public higher educational institutions and provide a high quality of life to recruit creative, entrepreneurial workers from afar while keeping local talent here at home. The greatest opportunity to do so for the entire Quad City region is the development of the Western Illinois Riverfront Quad City Riverfront Campus. Recognizing the pent-up demand for education by the citizens of the Quad Cities, Deere & Company quickly stepped to the forefront of the issue by donating a 20 acre parcel and building on Moline’s riverfront to Western Illinois University. Recently, Governor Blagojevich released $2.4 million of Opportunity Returns planning funds to complete master planning as well as architec- tural and engineering work on the first complex that is projected to cost $16.2 million. Immediately following, the Illinois State Board of Higher Education included this project in its approved list of funding priorities for $13.8 million to the Governor for the 2007 state budget. Thus, $13.8 million is needed in the 2007 State Budget! The estimated economic impact of Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront Campus is $10 million annually, supported by a one-time impact of $118 million during construction of the three complexes, and leading to an annual economic impact of $48 million when new and expanded academic programs support an enrollment of 3,000 students. Mississippi River Urban Technology Corridor The City of Moline, Renew Moline (a private economic development organization), MetroLINK (a Mass Transit Authority), and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce have teamed with Western Illinois University to plan and implement the RiverTech initiative adjacent to the campus. Using the same proven redevelopment strategies implemented in the John Deere Commons and Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline, this team is building the foundations for the public and private investment necessary to create the Mississippi River Urban Technol- ogy Corridor and propel the Quad City into emerging economies for workforce and technology development. Investment Yields High Return The plan includes the coordinated development of the Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront campus, an Intellectual Property Management Institute, and a private market mixed-use development - including student/faculty housing, recreation center, campus retail amenities, corporate offices and business flex-space. All located on the banks of the Mississippi River! Benefits as a result of the WIU Campus and the Technology Corridor: • Develop $75 million in taxable development at RiverTech. • Create 2000 new jobs from companies and businesses in computer sciences, information technology, advanced manufacturing and support retail, commercial and office operations. • Through the Intellectual Property Management Institute, facilitate a targeted 6-8 patent and intellectual property transfers annually creating or assisting an estimated 2 new businesses per year. • Create a catalyst for redevelopment in aged industrial areas along the Mississippi Riverfront. • Develop a progressive urban setting to attract a young, educated workforce. • Complement the Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront Campus with privately developed and owned campus housing and amenities. 2006 Briefing Papers TABLE OF CONTENTS Illinois Quad City Issues Northwest Region Opportunity Returns Education Projects 3 • Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Expansion • Construction of a New Silvis School Building Transportation Projects 5 • Balanced Growth • Columbia Park • Corridor 92 Study • I-74 Mississippi River Crossing Needs • Colona Road/Illinois 84 Extension • Widening of Blackhawk Road/Illinois 5-Rock Island • John Deere Road Expansion/Illinois 5 • Corridor Enhancement Rock Island Parkway/Andalusia Road • Rail Infrastructure Improvements • Relocation of Rail Switchyards and Extension of Rail Freight Rail Service • Moline Rock River Boulevard Community and Economic Development 18 • City of East Moline o Riverfront Development o Quarter Project Industrial Development Projects o Gateway Industrial Park Project Area o Case New Holland Project Area o I-5 Corridor Project o RiverStone Industrial Expansion Commercial Development Projects o Avenue of the Cities Expansion o Regional Sports Complex o Downtown Revitalization • City of Rock Island o Riverfront Development o Ridgewood West Business Park • City of Moline o Urban Technology Corridor o Downtown and Riverfront Development 2006 Briefing Papers Rock Island Arsenal Development Group 29 •Brownfield Remediation •Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program Trail and Recreational Projects 33 • Trail Projects o West Rock River Bridge Bike Trail Connection o Grand Illinois Trail/ GRT ADT Connection o Recreational Bridge Across the Rock River • Recreation Projects o Indoor Recreation Facility Public Infrastructure Projects 37 City of Moline • Moline Fire Department • City of Moline Public Library Facility • Water & Sewer • Temporary Barrier Flood Control System • Mississippi River Sluice Gates and Pump Station • Moline/Rock Island Water System City of Rock Island • Historic Renovation Funding • 22nd Street Stormwater Demonstration Project • Storm Water Management Funding Legislative Issues and Public Policy 49 • Municipal Use of Eminent Domain • Extension of the Illinois Housing Development Act • State Support for Local Government • State Support for Approved Projects Appendix Rock Island and Scott Counties Economic Comparisons • A - Population, Households, and Housing Starts • B - Home Price Comparison, Retail Sales, and Retail Sales Percentages • C - Employment • D - Residence Adjustment 2006 Briefing Papers Education Projects Western Illinois University – Quad City Expansion Issue An assessment of higher education within the Quad City Region has identified a tremendous gap be- tween the demand and the availability of baccalaureate and graduate level public higher education. An expansion of Western Illinois University’s Quad City Campus is an immediate opportunity to meet that demand. Opportunity Returns This project is a priority under Opportunity Returns Goal 4 strengthen education and job training; how- ever, it directly impacts the achievability of all of the other goals in the Opportunity Returns plan. Action Requested Expansion of higher education is a top priority for the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the business community that we represent. We respectfully request funding for phase I of an additional $13,800,000 to assist in improving the accessibility of public education to the citizens of the Quad Cit- ies by expanding Western Illinois University’s presence in our community. The Quad Cities is appre- ciative of the $2,400,000 that Governor Blagojevich appropriated for engineering and planning. Background In April of 2003, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, completed a Higher Education Needs Assessment of the greater Quad City re- gion. The assessment addressed the interests and anticipated demand for programs for the next five years from analyses of demographic data and the viewpoint of community leaders, employers, and cur- rent and prospective students in the greater Quad Cities area. These assessments and analyses repre- sent the current and near-future higher education environment based on what is familiar and known. The final expectation of the study requested “information necessary for the Quad City community and education partners to create a vision for higher education for the area over the next decade.” This ex- pectation requires stepping beyond what is known and familiar to what higher education could, and should become in the Quad Cities. This vision needs to involve some recognition of financial reality, yet it ought not to be limited unduly by the current economic situation facing the country. The assessment found a tremendous gap between the demand and the availability in public higher edu- cation. In fact, the assessment conservatively estimates a potential student population for a public higher education institution to exceed 5,000. Recognizing the pent-up demand for education by the citizens of the Quad Cities, Deere & Company quickly stepped to the forefront of the issue by donating a 20 acre parcel and building on Moline’s riverfront to Western Illinois University.WIU has submitted a Scope Statement for the project to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for consideration. The first phase of the development of a riverfront campus in the Quad Cities is the remodeling and rehabilitation of the building donated by Deere & Company. The estimate to complete the first phase is $16,200,000. 2006 Briefing Papers Construction of a New Silvis School Building Issue The Silvis School District desperately needs to replace its existing school building due to un-housed students and life safety issues that the district has been battling for numerous years. Action Requested We ask the Illinois Legislature to support the funding of the School Construction Grant pro- gram and for the Capital Development Board to award a School Construction Grant for ap- proximately $16 million to the Silvis School District for the construction of a new building. Awarding of the grant will result in a new state of the art learning facility for the students, pro- vide the impetus for hundreds of new housing starts in the Illinois Quad Cities (reversing a 30 year trend), and provide increased enrollment in the Silvis School District. Opportunity Returns This project is a priority under Opportunity Returns Goal 4 Strengthen education and job train- ing; however, it directly impacts the achievability of all of the other goals in the Opportunity Returns plan. Background Since 1999, the Silvis School District has been battling life safety issues, un-housed students, and increasing maintenance costs for its current, aging facility. In 2002, the construction of a new school in the district was placed on the Capital Development Board School Construction Grant (SCG) list. However, it was later learned that the number of projects submitted for fund- ing through the grant program far exceeded the money available through the SCG. The Silvis School Board and Administration researched the feasibility of constructing a new school and options that would yield the highest return for the investment to the community. Several potential locations for a new building have been reviewed. The best location would provide a more central location within the District boundaries and create the impetus for a housing development that is critically needed in the Illinois Quad Cities. For the past three decades the Illinois Quad Cities has lagged in new housing starts behind our Iowa Quad City counterparts at a rate of 4 to 1. The City of East Moline and the Silvis School District have been working with a housing developer who has indicated interest in constructing as many as 500 new homes in the area and is being recommended by the Silvis School District for their new building. Rewarding the SCG to the Silvis School District addresses three critical community issues: high quality learning environment, increased enrollment, and new housing starts, all resulting in a higher yield from the public investment. 2006 Briefing Papers Transportation Projects Balanced Growth Issue Urban growth throughout the Quad Cities region is beginning to challenge the capabilities of the existing infrastructure. In order to continue strong economic growth throughout the Quad Cities region, land use decisions must be linked to infrastructure decisions including transportation. Action Requested We are requesting support for the next step in A&E design. Federal funds have been authorized to seek appropriations under the New Start, Small Starts category. The project will require a state match. Total project cost $54,000,000 for capitol and infrastructure updates. Background The Quad Cities region is currently facing a number of issues that will identify its ability to con- tinue to grow both physically and economically. These issues include: • Traffic congestion and increasing travel times; • Linking of employment centers, urban centers, tourist destinations, and the riverfront • Costly and inefficient growth patterns • Failure to effectively revitalize and rebuild urban centers; • Mobility needs of residents; • Quality of life for those living and /or working within the Quad Cities region; • Ability to meet increasingly strict air quality regulations The Balanced Growth Initiative links land use, transportation, and economic development together with a rapid transit system. Utilizing the existing rail system, a rapid transit system would provide a seamless connection between high densities of commerce, tourist, downtown urban activity centers, and residential and major employment centers, all located along the rail corridor. Future develop- ments such as Western Illinois University and the Mississippi River Urban Technology Corridor are also located along this corridor. The rapid transit system would also improve the connection between major activity centers and the downtowns, thus stimulating riverfront development. In ad- dition, it would enhance regional links to Geneseo presently, and Chicago in the future. Finally, it would encourage access to employment, entertainment, and recreation, thus stimulating regional development. 2006 Briefing Papers Columbia Park Issue The current MetroLINK maintenance facility does not meet the demands of the transit system. A new state-of-the-art facility would provide the maximum sustainability standards for the Mainte- nance, Operations, and Administrative functions through the next three decades. Action Requested An investment in a new transit multi-plex would allow the transit system optimal resources to con- duct business cost-effectively. In addition, the project would serve as a catalyst for the proposed Columbia Park redevelopment, creating thousands of new and sustainable jobs. Total project cost is $15,000,000. Background The need for a new maintenance facility is evident. The current facility was built in 1983 to ac- commodate 57 buses. However, MetroLink’s active fleet now consists of 76 vehicles. Even utiliz- ing all available garage space, maintenance bays, and internal circulation areas, only 57 buses and three maintenance vehicles can be accommodated. Off-site leased space houses overflow vehicles, and others occupy staff parking spaces outside. The CNG fueling station used to fuel half of the fleet is off site, and paratransit operates from another separate facility. Administrative, operations, and maintenance functions of the agency have also outgrown the current space. A modern 110,000 foot, replacement Transit Multi-Plex would provide the maximum sustainability standards for the Maintenance, Operations, and Administrative functions through the next three decades. The new facility would: • Consolidate all MetroLINK services and vehicles at a single location. • Provide on-site natural gas and diesel fueling operations, as well as vehicle cleaning and lubrication stations for an added cost savings. • Incorporate the latest in energy efficiencies, improved internal air quality, natu- ral and resource conservation, and pollution prevention. • Incorporate computer-aided diagnostic equipment for maintenance of the Auto- mated Vehicle Location systems, digital video recording systems, and multi-plex electrical systems, which are now standard on all MetroLINK vehicles. 2006 Briefing Papers Corridor 92 Study Issue There is a need to review the Illinois Route 92 corridor as it passes through Rock Island from the Moline border to US Highway 67. Action Requested Approval of an Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Grant to analyze the Illinois Route 92 corridor (submitted as the Corridor 92 Study). The grant application was submitted in 2005 and favorable review and approval of the grant will allow this important planning activity to proceed. Background The Corridor 92 Study will review the Illinois Route 92 corridor as it traverses the City of Rock Island from the Moline border on the east to the intersection with US Highway 67 on the west. The study will focus on the impact of development activity and opportunities as they may be affected by the volume and pattern of traffic along the Corridor and examine how changes in lane widths, lane and intersection configurations, and the conversion of existing one-way couplets into two-way streets will support more efficient transportation facilities, encourage public-private development plans and promote balanced economic development along the corridor. The study will analyze po- tential changes to three segments of the corridor: • East Segment – This segment consists of 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues between the Moline border and 38th Street. The study will analyze the conversion of 6th Avenue (westbound) and 7th Avenue (eastbound) from one-way streets to two-way streets and reconfiguration of the intersections that may be necessitated by such a change. In addition, the study will review the potential economic and neighborhood impact of narrowing these streets. • • Center Segment – This segment consists of 5th Avenue from 38th to 24th Street. At present, the avenue accommodates three westbound lanes and two east bound lanes. Of primary interest is eliminating one westbound lane to provide room to create a landscape buffer for the rail yard to the north. The study will analyze the effect of this change. • • West Segment – This segment consists of 24th Street north of 1st Avenue and west to 15th Street. Primary interest in this segment is an analysis of the impact of the change in designation of the Route 92 Corridor from 1st Avenue to 4th and 5th Avenue and the connection at the western end of the section to US Highway 67. 2006 Briefing Papers I-74 Mississippi River Crossing Needs Issue There is an urgent need to address congestion on the I-74 Bridge Corridor. This bridge is carrying almost 78,000 vehicles per day and is significantly over capacity. Adequate access and capacity crossing the Mississippi River is imperative for the Quad Cities to remain a vital community. Prompt and continued assistance to address I-74 Bridge corridor improvements including final design, right-of-way acquisition, interchange and approach reconstruction, and construction of a new I-74 Bridge is needed. Matching dollars for any federal funding received in the Federal Transportation Act and subsequent Appropriation Acts is requested. Action Requested The following actions on the I-74 Bridge Corridor project are requested (Note: Partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation will be required to provide non-federal matching funds: • Continue without delay completion of the Final EIS and Record of Decision by Spring 2007; • Match $1.1 million from the 2005 Appropriation Act for hardship ROW acquisition; • Match $70 million, along with Iowa DOT, federal dollars earmarked in the transportation reauthorization act for final design and ROW acquisition and proceed with these efforts without delay; • Match federal dollars received in subsequent appropriation acts, in partnership with Iowa DOT, to augment earmarked dollars for initial construction; • Match federal dollars received for reconstruction of the I-74 Bridge and interchanges in the 2010 transportation reauthorization act. Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 Capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 Build public infrastructure. Background Mississippi River crossings continue to be the highest transportation priority in the Quad Cities with over 78,000 vehicles crossing the Mississippi River on an average day with half of these crossings on the I-74 Bridge. The I-74 Bridge is extremely important to the commerce of the area. Interstate 74 is the major north/south corridor in the Quad City area and provides for the movement of people and goods to employment centers, entertainment venues, and commercial and industrial sites. The economy of the Quad Cities depends on adequate crossing capacity as we seek to exhibit a market population of 375,000. The need for sufficient infrastructure and bridge crossing capacity has been identified in the 2001 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Bi-State Region. Over 50 percent of employed Quad Citians work in a community outside of their residence. Over 20 percent of those employed work outside of their state of residence. The I-74 Bridge provides access to one of the few military arsenals in the United States, the Rock Island Arsenal. It also provides connectivity between several commercial centers including the Moline, Illinois and Bettendorf, Iowa central business districts; Southpark Mall and the John Deere Road commercial area in Moline; and the 2006 Briefing Papers 53rd Street commercial district in Davenport, Iowa. It is also important to the economy of the States of Illinois and Iowa as it provides for interstate commerce and connections to major U.S. markets. The Quad Cities has a 36.5 million person market area within a 300-mile radius that in- cludes 15 percent of the nation’s population. The predominant problem is congestion on the I-74 Bridge. The bridge is currently carrying 78,000 vehicles per day, but was designed to handle only 50,000 vehicles per day. The bridge itself is func- tionally obsolete and never met Interstate standards. The Iowa bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois bound span was built in 1959, both for local non interstate traffic. Consequently, the bridge has no shoulders and the ramps nearest the bridge have inadequate weaving lanes. Approximately 125 accidents occur on or near the I-74 Bridge in a one-year period. In fact, the I-74 corridor ex- periences an accident rate three times the national average in some locations. Improvements to ad- dress these capacity and safety concerns are necessary. The I-74 Corridor Study has examined solutions designed to improve traffic flow and address safety issues along the I-74 corridor. The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was com- pleted in 2003. Matching funds for the project are being provided jointly by the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation in close coordination with federal and local officials. The appropria- tion of $15,250,000 in federal funds over the past several years has made these efforts possible. An additional $1.1 million in the 2005 appropriation was received so that hardship ROW acquisition could proceed without delay. The balance of the work on the Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) is expected in 2006 and the first half of 2007. Although final project costs are still being developed, total project costs will be over $650 million. Due to the size and complexity of the project, an earmark in the next trans- portation reauthorization act along with multi-year funding will be required. In addition to a direct earmark, funds from both interstate maintenance and bridge discretionary funds will be sought through the appropriations process. A project timeline is as follows: • Selection of preferred alternative and completion of Draft EIS has been completed • Completion of Final EIS and ROD (funded) December 2005 • Hardship ROW acquisition 2005 – 2007 • Final design and ROW acquisition 2007-2009 • I-74 Bridge, interchange, and corridor reconstruction 2010-2013 2006 Briefing Papers Colona Road/Illinois 84 Extension Issue The need to widen three miles of Colona Road/ Illinois 84 to four lanes from the Rock River to I-80 and to reconfigure the I-80 interchange has been identified in transportation plans since the 1970's. A bridge over the Rock River forms the western terminus of the proposed project and was recon- structed to four lanes more than ten years ago. There is a dire need to complete the project and have direct interstate access over the Rock River. Action Requested The City of Colona and Henry County request the following transportation improvements: 1st Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange Preliminary Engineering Phase I and II $ 3,000,000 2nd Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange Right of Way Acquisition $ 4,250,000 3rd Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange Construction $30,000,000 Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build public infrastructure. Background Colona Road is the link to the interstate system for the eastern portion of the Illinois Quad Cities. Numerous growth opportunities in the eastern Illinois Quad Cities hinge on the improvement of this corridor and connection to Interstate 80. The newly constructed Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Deere Run, a Professional Golfers Association (PGA) golf course just south of this roadway, has already served as a catalyst for interest and activity in the area. Access to developable land along major corridors is a significant issue to ensure the Illinois Quad Cities are able to compete for resources and growth opportunities in the greater Quad City Metro- politan area. The City of Colona’s Comprehensive Plan has identified 2,363 acres for residential development, 1,045 acres for commercial development, and 1,499 acres for industrial development. The total developable acreage represents substantial opportunity for the Quad City Metropolitan region. Illinois 84 also serves as a major access point from the east to the Illinois Quad City employment, commercial, and retail market for hundreds of people each day. The Average Daily Traffic analysis map included in the regional 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan estimates daily traffic in this segment of the east/west arterial to be in excess of 16,000 cars per day, a comparable volume to nearby Interstate 80, with future traffic counts projected to reach in excess of 23,000 cars per day. This segment of Illinois 84 would complete an east west arterial system dissecting the Illinois Quad Cities linking Interstate 80, Interstate 74 and Illinois 92/Rock Island Parkway. The system includes Avenue of the Cities which runs through the cities of Silvis, East Moline, and Moline ultimately connecting to 18th Avenue in Rock Island. The corridor is considered a major gateway and corridor for the Illinois Quad Cities. 2006 Briefing Papers Significant local effort has begun to beautify and unify the existing segments of the roadway with cities along the corridor having pledged their support. In addition to increasing traffic volume, par- allel tracks for Iowa Interstate and BNSF railroads, which carry an average of 38 trains per day, makes this project a traffic safety issue as well. At peak traffic times and during delays caused by passing trains, automobiles become stacked far beyond the storage capacity of the existing road system. The congestion caused in these situations places local and state government at greater li- ability exposure and motorists at undue risk of injury. We appreciate the DOT programming the installation of a traffic signal at Fifth Street to provide interim relief at the intersection of Colona and Cleveland Roads. 2006 Briefing Papers Widening of Blackhawk Road/Illinois 5 Issue Delay in the widening of Blackhawk Road west of the new Rock River Bridge in Rock Island is causing traffic bottlenecks and impeding planned development along the corridor. Action Requested We respectfully request that IDOT expedite planned construction of the four lanes Blackhawk Road to coincide with the completion of the new Rock River Bridge. Opportunity Returns This project meets three goals of Governor Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns Plan for the North- west Region. Widening of Blackhawk Road will capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding a corridor that is already identified by the volume of traffic as an important transportation link in the Quad Cities. The expansion of this corridor will assist small business Goal 3 by improving traf- fic flow and access to existing businesses and by opening up additional locations for small commer- cial enterprises. Widening Blackhawk Road also builds public infrastructure Goal 5 by enhancing the investment that the State has already made in Route 5 to the east and in the Rock River Bridge now under construction. Background Blackhawk Road from 38th Street to 24th Street in Rock Island, also known as Illinois Route 5, is the most heavily traveled two-lane road in the Quad Cities. With an average daily traffic count of 22,000 vehicles, this segment of Blackhawk Road carries more traffic that most sections of Inter- state 280. Traffic volume will increase with the completion of the West Rock River Bridge. The original commitment from the Illinois Department Transportation was for the widening of the roadway to be included in the construction of the new bridge. Bridge construction is underway, and although the road project is included in IDOT’s five-year plan and road design will be complete this year, construction on Blackhawk Road has not been scheduled. Coordinating roadway widening with construction of northern bridge approaches from Blackhawk Road will eliminate traffic impediments when the bridge opens and limit disruption to the dozens of service and retail businesses along the corridor to a single construction season. Two large office and retail developments are dependent on a four-lane Blackhawk Road. Prairie View, located between Trinity East Hospital in Moline and Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island, is a proposed office development designed to attract medical related tenants. Blackhawk Landing, a proposed 15-acre retail development fronting Blackhawk Road at 30th Street will not proceed until Blackhawk Road is widened. Site work has begun on the multi-phase development expected to create 300 jobs and generate an estimate $40 million per year in retail sales. 2006 Briefing Papers John Deere Road Expansion/Illinois 5 Issue The need to widen Illinois 5/John Deere Road from 16th Street to 70th Street in Moline is included in Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Northwest Region Opportunity Returns Plan. Action Requested. We respectfully request $25 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation to expedite the design and construction of this critical transportation project in the Illinois Quad Cities. Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build public infrastructure. Background Illinois 5/John Deere Road is a critical east/west beltway in the Illinois Quad Cities. It is part of a transportation beltway system that begins in downtown Rock Island and ultimately connects to In- terstates 88 and 80 on the eastern perimeter of the Quad Cities. With construction of the West Rock River Bridge underway and completion slated for 2006, Illinois 5/John Deere Road will be- come an increasingly important piece in the Illinois Quad City transportation network. Considerable commercial development has occurred over the past several years along this corridor making Moline and the Illinois Quad Cities a regional retail destination. Potential for additional growth exists and is critical for the Illinois Quad Cities to remain competitive and vibrant in the greater Quad City market. Expanding the capacity and traffic flow on this corridor will facilitate further growth for the Illinois Quad Cities and improve motorist safety. The Average Daily Traffic analysis map included in the regional 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan estimates daily traffic in segments of the east/west beltway to reach as high as 42,000 cars per day with future traffic counts reaching as high as 52,000 cars per day. 2006 Briefing Papers Corridor Enhancement Rock Island Parkway/Andalusia Road Issue Although funds have been made available for studies of municipal traffic corridors, once improve- ments are identified there are few sources for implementation funding. Action Requested We respectfully request that funds be set aside to assist municipalities with improvements to state highway corridors when improvements are identified through a state-approved planning process, and request that the Illinois Department of Transportation incorporate the identified corridor en- hancements in the design and construction of state projects. Opportunity Returns Enhancing commercial corridors will capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 through rehabilitation of areas of the community where extensive infrastructure investment has already taken place and create “new” public infrastructure Goal 5 by reinventing outdated thor- oughfares at a much lower cost than extending infrastructure to Greenfield sites. Background In 2002, the city of Rock Island completed an extensive study of 11.5 miles of Illinois Route 92 and Centennial Expressway from the Moline border on the east to the City’s southwest industrial park area. In 2004, the City completed a joint, state-funded study with the Village of Mi- lan identifying improvements along the Illinois 92 Corridor from US 67 to the western edge of Rock Island. Both study committees included representation from IDOT and gathered extensive input from landowners, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders. The City adopted the consultant’s recommendation to designate Illinois 92 through the City as The Rock Island Parkway. The Parkway Plan outlines $25 million in projects designed to improve traffic flow, safety and aesthetics, enhance business attraction, and provide pedestrian amenities and accommodation for alternative modes of transportation including bike paths. The plan identified multiple sources of potential funding for project components, but the success of the plan hinges on improvements to the roadway including selective narrowing, intersection and bridge enhancements, new medians and screening. These projects would be eligible for enhancement funding and could be included in planned IDOT Route 92 projects or added as new initiatives. 2006 Briefing Papers Rail Infrastructure Improvements Issue Rail access to the Quad Cities is in need of improvement. Both passenger and freight traffic would be served by the construction of a connection between the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Burling- ton Northern at Wyanet along with rail bed improvements from Wyanet to the Quad Cities. Action Requested The following action is requested: Construct Wyanet Connection $ 3,900,000 Improve Iowa Interstate Railroad from Wyanet to Quad Cities $28,900,000 Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build public infrastructure. Background The Iowa Interstate Railroad is in need of repair for both freight and passenger purposes. Current service on the Iowa Interstate is approximately 40 miles per hour between Wyanet, Illinois, through the Quad Cities, to Omaha. In addition, a railroad connection between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Iowa Interstate Railroad is needed in Wyanet, Illinois. Capital costs to improve the Iowa Interstate rail line and construct a rail connection in Wyanet, Illi- nois between Chicago and the Quad Cities is estimated at $33.8 million. The Illinois DOT commis- sioned a preliminary engineering study to determine the costs of the needed improvements. The Wyanet connection is estimated to cost $3.9 million dollars and is considered a key intersection to address both passenger and freight needs. The costs of improvement to the Iowa Interstate Railroad are estimated at $28.9 million. This improvement would increase service along the corridor from approximately 40-mile per hour service to 79-mile per hour service. Another $33.3 million would be needed for service to Iowa City. The Midwest Passenger Rail System is proposed as a passenger rail service hubbed out of Chicago serving nine Midwest states. The estimated cost for the entire nine-state system is approximately $7.7 billion with 80 percent federal funds needed for the project. The Quad City corridor was iden- tified in the Midwest Passenger Rail study as the best alternative for future service between Chi- cago and Omaha. Implementation of service would help alleviate congestion on Interstate 80 and the resulting rail- road improvements could also serve freight transportation. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 16 percent of the nation’s freight is car- ried by railroads. Unless $53 billion or $2.65 billion annually is provided to augment private rail- road investment, this percentage will not be maintained within the next 20 years. The result would be the transfer of 450 million tons of freight to the highway system costing $238 billion in highway improvements over the 20-year period. 2006 Briefing Papers Relocation of Rail Switchyards and Extension of Rail Freight Rail Service Issue The City of Rock Island is pursuing major redevelopment and revitalization activities along its Mis- sissippi River waterfront. In order to facilitate redevelopment, the relocation of two rail switch- yards is desired. In addition, freight rail service to the city’s southwest area business park needs to be extended west. Action Requested The City of Rock Island respectfully requests support from the Illinois Department of Transporta- tion Bureau of Railroads in analyzing and supporting the relocation of the two rail switchyards and design and construction of an extended rail spur to serve the area west of the business park. Background The City recently completed a conceptual planning study for the Quad City Industrial Center prop- erty at 44th Street and 5th Avenue. The study renamed this area Columbia Park and envisions an ambitious redevelopment of this former tractor manufacturing plant into an 80 to 100 acre mixed- use residential, commercial, and recreational complex. A rail switchyard within the study area is targeted for relocation to allow greater space for redevelopment, allow for enhancement of the wa- terfront, and provide better access to Columbia Park. The switchyard is owned and operated by Iowa Interstate Railroad who has indicated a preliminary interest in reviewing a site in Silvis as a potential of relocation of this activity. In addition, the City is interested in the potential relocation of a second switchyard near Modern Woodmen of America in the downtown. As part of a current planning process for the waterfront in this area, relocation of this switchyard would greatly enhance the appearance of this area, a key entry point to the city and the downtown, and support other ef- forts to redevelop the Mississippi River waterfront in this important downtown location. Regarding the southwest area rail expansion, freight rail service is currently provided to the south- west area business park, but runs only as far as the east side of Warren Creek. The city wishes to develop plans that would detail the alignment, estimated costs, and explorer state or federal funding opportunities to extend the spur further west. Some 350 acres of developable land lies west of the current terminus of the business park rail line. Extension of the line will allow the city to more ef- fectively compete for development projects that require rail service. 2006 Briefing Papers Moline Rock River Boulevard Issue The Rock River Boulevard project will help address issues pertaining to congestion, sensible land use, and economic development throughout the John Deere Road Corridor. Action Requested The City requests assistance with $9,100,000 for design, ROW acquisition, and construction of Rock River Boulevard. The City of Moline also requests assistance in maintaining and upgrading transportation facilities under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). IDOT’s facilities often lack proper maintenance which leaves them in substandard condition. Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build public infrastructure. Background The City of Moline’s Official Transportation Plan and Future Land Use Plan calls for the construc- tion of a secondary roadway that runs parallel to and is located between John Deere Road and the Rock River. The purpose of this proposed roadway that has been named the Rock River Boulevard would be threefold: 1) alleviate congestion on John Deere Road, 2) provide a local connection be- tween development nodes along John Deere Road, and 3) to serve as an additional stimulus for eco- nomic development while facilitating a sensible land use pattern. It is important to note that the construction of Rock River Boulevard and the potential widening of John Deere Road are complimentary and should not be thought of as mutually exclusive. The loca- tion, function, and capacity of Rock River Boulevard has been designed to work in sync with future improvements to John Deere Road. Investment in one project should not be thought to eclipse or negate the other. In order to provide for and achieve the goals related to transportation/circulation, land use, and economic development, both the Rock River Boulevard and John Deere Road im- provements should be pursued. The City of Moline is a gateway community to the Quad Cities and to the State of Illinois. It serves as the entry point to Illinois vehicles traveling east on I-74 from Iowa. As such, the City is a daily destination point for thousands of vehicles and its high profile roadway network serves many more vehicles than just those owned by Moline’s 43,000+ residents. 2006 Briefing Papers Community and Economic Development City of East Moline East Moline’s Quarter Project This is a 90-acre mixed-use redevelopment linking the Mississippi River and its economic potential to the central business district (CBD), and has been identified as an essential component to East Moline’s economic redevelopment strategy and revitalization of East Moline’s CBD. Public access to the riverfront will balance the needs of industrial, residential, commercial, recreational users, and wildlife. An element of this balancing effort is a regional sports complex-community center. A key aspect of the Quarter Project is condominium development. This key component is essential to establish needed residential housing and revitalization of the area. Funding assistance is needed to provide utility extensions and fill material necessary to support condominium construction. The Quarter Project, when complete, will cost approximately $45 million dollars, create approxi- mately 25 temporary construction jobs, and approximately 100 new jobs in the project area alone. This project will fuel additional jobs in the downtown CBD and nearby neighborhoods. The City of East Moline has determined that if this project cannot be completed, it would negatively impact economic development and other revitalization efforts in the community. Action Requested The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following projects: Lot 1 fill material necessary for construction $ 250,000 Lot 2 fill material necessary for construction $ 200,000 Lot 5A & 5B fill and utility extensions necessary for construction $ 400,000 Sports Complex fill material necessary for construction $ 200,000 2006 Briefing Papers Mississippi River Levee Issue As a result of severe flooding in the 1960’s the City of East Moline constructed a levee separating it from the mighty Mississippi River, and thereby protecting itself from further flood damage. This levee has protected residences and businesses alike for over 30 years; unfortunately the levee is now showing its age and is in need of major repair. In light of recent national events, levee man- agement should be first and foremost in our minds. Background To ensure the City of East Moline is compliant with federal requirements, representatives of the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers have inspected the levee. A recent inspection per- formed by Mr. Kent A. Stenmark, Chief Emergency Manager, Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, indicated that the overall condition of the levee project is consid- ered “Minimally Acceptable”. This rating is a major concern for East Moline because a levee pro- ject in “Good” standing remains eligible for consideration of repair assistance under PL 84-99 should it become damaged during a flood event. A “Minimally Acceptable” rating could eliminate East Moline from federal financial assistance, but also place our citizenry at risk of a levee failure. In his recent inspection report, Mr. Stenmark noted three items requiring immediate attention. If these items are completed our levee rating should improve to “Good Standing”. These three items include 1) Removal of vegetation on the Mississippi River and Sugar Creek Levees, 2) Repair ro- dent burrowing holes in both levees, and 3) Repair Gatewell “L” sluice gate. Action Requested The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following levee projects: Remove vegetation on the Mississippi River and Sugar Creek Levees $ 75,000 Repairing rodent burrowing holes and replacing metal discharge pipes $ 1,200,000 Repairing Gatewell “L” sluice gate $ 50,000 2006 Briefing Papers Industrial Development Projects Gateway Industrial Park Project Area To implement its progressive plan to bring industrial and commercial growth back to the City of East Moline, the City annexed approximately 300 acres near the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor. This area encompasses the proposed site of the new Triumph Foods pork processing fa- cility estimated to cost $135,000,000 - $160,000,000. This facility will employ in excess of 1,000 people within 18 months of commencement of operations and have an annual payroll in excess of $24,000,000. This project has spurred additional economic development interest and requests for water and sanitary sewer assistance in the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor and beyond. De- velopment of the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor will include residential and commercial, as well as light and heavy industrial land uses providing the City with an expanded revenue base. Conservative property tax revenue estimates for these uses are estimated to equal approximately $150,000,000 along with the creation of approximately 10,000 new jobs. Additionally, citizens outside our municipal boundaries, as well as several surrounding communi- ties have contacted the City requesting that East Moline provide water and sanitary sewer. As a result of these requests, including future development, the City has a need to update and expand its present regional water and sanitary sewer plant capacities. The City has the opportunity to assist citizens and businesses alike with the extension of water and sanitary sewer to the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor and beyond and is willing to do so, provided these systems have the capac- ity. Increasing this capacity is vital for development and the economic stability of our city. East Moline is currently finalizing operational studies at its water and sanitary sewer facilities. These studies have anticipated updating and increasing capacity and meeting future regulatory standards at the plants. Completing the necessary tasks will cost approximately $20,000,000. Case New Holland Project Area Case New Holland closed its East Moline facility in August 2004. This closure eliminated approxi- mately 900 jobs and directly reduced the City of East Moline’s revenue by more than a half a mil- lion dollars in user fees. It is estimated the local regional economy will be affected by tens of mil- lions of dollars due to the effect on suppliers, service providers, and area wages. The CNH site, a 160-acre industrial property, is vital to the future success of the City East Moline. Therefore, fund- ing assistance is requested to support redevelopment efforts including a re-use and marketing study and Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District creation. Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor Project Recognized in the City’s 1999 Comprehensive Plan, this project provides growth through annexa- tion from Morton Drive up to and including the I-80/88 Interchange and was accomplished in 2002. Development of the Annexation Corridor will include commercial, as well as, light and heavy in- dustrial land uses providing the City with an expanded revenue base. Conservative property tax revenue estimates for the industrial and commercial enterprises total approximately $11 million dollars along with the creation of approximately 500 jobs. This development has the ability to es- tablish connections to existing water lines serving other job-related developments within the area. Sanitary sewer service is now needed to continue to establish this vital growth corridor. 2006 Briefing Papers RiverStone Industrial Expansion Project Located adjacent to the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor Project is 300 acres of level unde- veloped property. Development of this 300-acre tract is crucial to the revitalization and recovery of East Moline’s economic and employment base. However, efforts to market this undeveloped prop- erty have been futile. To successfully market this tract, basic infrastructure such as sanitary sewer and water main are required to be extended to this site. These extensions are critical for develop- ment of this site. Additionally, construction of basic infrastructure to the site will increase fire pro- tection in the general area. As a result of the development of this site, hundreds of new jobs in the light industrial sector will be created. Actions Requested Roadway design/construction Barstow Rd. and 172nd Street $ 1,500,000 Regional Water Plant Upgrade – plant main improvement $ 6,000,000 Regional Water Plant Upgrade – water distribution improvements $ 4,500,000 Regional Water Plant Upgrade – water storage improvements $ 4,600,000 Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – mech. and electrical improvements $ 2,555,000 Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – grit chamber improvements $ 1,100,000 Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – lift station improvements $ 1,030,000 Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – clarifier improvements $ 515,000 Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – bar screen improvements $ 300,000 CNH industrial area redevelopment efforts $ 150,000 2006 Briefing Papers Commercial Development Projects Avenue of the Cities Expansion Project To promote revenue expansion, the City of East Moline is seeking assistance in funding the plan- ning and design of needed infrastructure improvements including roadway, sanitary sewer, and wa- ter main extensions. These improvements will facilitate development of approximately 50 acres lo- cated adjacent to a major East Moline thoroughfare. The development of this tract of land will al- low East Moline to increase employment and needed revenue through commercial development. Regional Sports Complex Project The Regional Sports Complex is a component of the Quarter Project, a $45,000,000 mixed-use riv- erfront development. The Regional Sports Complex will be adaptable to a variety of sporting activi- ties including use as a regional community center for people of all ages, as well as providing a bal- ancing element to the mixed-use development. This complex will bring economic activity to the Quarter Project and the central downtown business district. Action Requested Financial Assistance for the construction of a Regional Sports Complex $2,000,000 Downtown Revitalization There is a need to implement priority infrastructure projects that support economic development and the need to revitalize East Moline’s central business district. The City of East Moline has as- sembled a progressive plan to bring industrial and commercial growth back to the City. The out- come of this plan is job creation, revenue expansion and improvement of existing infrastructure. These outcomes are necessary for the economic vitality of the City of East Moline. Revitalization of East Moline’s central business district is a critical component of economic strength for the city. Action requested The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following projects: CBD acquisition, renovation, & infrastructure improvements $200,000 Opportunity Returns This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 1 expand the manufacturing base, Goal 2 capital- ize on existing assets, Goal 3 help entrepreneurs and small business, and Goal 5 build public infra- structure. By extending public infrastructure to areas of high potential development, our community encourages both manufacturing and entrepreneurial growth. 2006 Briefing Papers City of Rock Island Rock Island Riverfront Development Issue The City of Rock Island is attempting to return its Mississippi River frontage to public use. River- front development will require funding, technical assistance, and cooperation among local commu- nities and state and federal agencies. Action Requested The City of Rock Island respectfully requests financial and technical support for its riverfront revi- talization projects including implementation of the RiverVision and Columbia Park plans, redevel- opment of the former Illinois National Guard Armory , and expansion of the Quad City Botanical Center. In addition, the city requests $1,000,000 in assistance to construct the $3.3 million river- front park that is planned on the downtown waterfront. Opportunity Returns Riverfront development capitalizes on existing assets Goal 2 by utilizing infrastructure already in place and revitalizing former Brownfield sites in the oldest section of the city. Background The City of Rock Island joined forces with the City of Davenport, Iowa to create the RiverVision plan. RiverVision proposes an exciting rebirth of the Cities’ waterfronts combining private invest- ment and commercial activity with new public open space and attractive features and amenities. Rock Island also recently completed a study and plan for the Quad City Industrial Center, a former International Harvester facility which closed in the 1980’s and reopened as a privately owned, multi-tenant manufacturing/warehousing facility. Nearly half of the two-million square foot struc- ture is beyond repair and foreseeable use. The owners joined forces with the City to determine the best use of the 100-acre site including both private and public land on the Mississippi. The resulting Columbia Park plan calls for demolition of most of the existing structure, creation of public open space next to the river, and a mix of commercial and residential uses on remaining land. The anticipated relocation of Casino Rock Island’s riverboat gaming complex from the Mississippi riverfront to a site on Interstate 280 will allow the City to recapture a significant part of the down- town waterfront. The former Illinois National Guard Armory, adjacent to the casino site, offers the opportunity for a major waterfront development through adaptive reuse of the building or removal of the structure and redevelopment of the site. Either option is costly due to the condition of the structure and its use as part of the city’s flood protection system. Since opening in 1998, the Quad City Botanical Center has grown into a major tourist attraction. The Botanical Center, a not-for-profit entity, recently completed design of a $4.2 million Children’s Garden. The garden, to be built on a brownfield site, will have seven distinct themes: the Missis- sippi River, Transportation, Natural History, Heartland Agriculture, Native Americans, the Quad Cities, and a storybook area. The central theme of the garden will be the significance of the Missis- sippi River and its resources such as wildlife, vegetation, plant succession, sandbars, and oxbows. The City is assisting in the expansion with the purchase of property, demolition of buildings, and Brownfield assessment and clean-up. 2006 Briefing Papers Ridgewood West Business Park Issue There is a continuing need for smaller lots (one to five acres) for industrial projects. The City has recently purchased a 35-acre tract of land suitable for development as a small lot business park. A preliminary site plan calls for a ten-lot subdivision of the property and construction of necessary water, sewer, and street infrastructure to make the lots ready for sale. The City has identified sev- eral interested businesses. One is prepared to move forward with the construction of a 7,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The Ridgewood West Business Park will allow the City to have a variety of both small and large sites in its inventory; and, therefore, meet a range of development needs that will result in increased jobs and tax base. In addition, the City is working to establish a wetlands mitigation site on a small portion of the property. Action Requested In light of the interest by an industrial business to make a commitment, the City of Rock Island re- quests support from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, or from some other source to share the infrastructure costs estimated at $1.5 million. Infrastructure needs include water, sewer, and street. 2006 Briefing Papers City of Moline Moline Urban Technology Corridor Issue The Moline Urban Technology Corridor is an initiative to transition the economy of the Quad Cities into a technology-oriented business development center with urban learning, working, and living amenities. This initiative builds off of redevelopment success in downtown Moline and aggressive strategies being implemented east of downtown, along the banks of the Mississippi River, at RiverTech. The RiverTech initiative includes the coordinated development of the Western Illinois University Riverfront Quad Cities campus, a Technology Transfer Center, and a private market mixed-use de- velopment - including student/faculty housing, campus retail amenities, and business flex-space. For more information on these initiatives see the Moline Urban Technology Corridor, Moline RiverTech, and Moline Technology Transfer Strategy documents. The City of Moline, Renew Moline, MetroLINK, and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce have teamed with Western Illinois University to plan and implement this economic de- velopment initiative. Using the same proven redevelopment strategies implemented in downtown Moline, this team is building the foundations for the public and private investment necessary to cre- ate the Urban Technology Corridor and propel the Quad Cities into emerging economies for technology development. Project Benefits (in addition to WIU Campus) • Develop $50-60 million in taxable development at RiverTech • Facilitate a targeted 6-8 concept transfers annually through the Technology Transfer Center, creating an estimated 2 new businesses per year • Create 70 new jobs from the 80,000 square feet of flexible business space • Create a catalyst for redevelopment in antiquated industrial areas along the riverfront • Develop a progressive urban setting to attract a young, educated workforce • Complement the WIU Riverfront Campus with campus housing and amenities Action Requested The City requests support and assistance for the following funding: Dept. of Transportation Enhancement Funds $ 1,000,000 Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning Grant Program $ 45,000 2006 Briefing Papers Moline Downtown and Riverfront Development Background Moline’s downtown and riverfront development master plan was updated and adopted in November 2001 and includes a visionary plan that continues economic redevelopment by building on momen- tum generated throughout the implementation of the City’s 1991 plan. Five important economic ingredients have been identified to stimulate economic growth: 1) utilizing high tech infrastructure, 2) building on development of a rapid transit system, 3) increasing residential options and density, 4) expanding tourism and 5) re-establishing connections between adjacent neighborhoods and the downtown and riverfront. Five redevelopment districts were created: 1) West Gateway District, 2) Main Street Retail Dis- trict, 3) Riverfront District, 4) LeClaire Web District and 5) Riverside Park District. The West Gateway District involves the construction of a mixed-use development built at an urban scale that would provide for residential, commercial, and community-oriented land uses. The de- velopment has also been conceived so as to provide a planned transition from more residentially oriented Floreciente Neighborhood to the downtown commercial area. The Main Street Retail Dis- trict includes loft conversions, expanded retail to serve residents and creation of a visual link from John Deere Commons/riverfront to the central business district. New waterfront housing, office, retail and recreational public space comprise the Riverfront District redevelopment activities. The LeClaire Web District involves the creation of a tech-business campus that will be central to the development of a high-tech urban living zone in the City’s downtown/riverfront area. Finally, on the eastern boundary of the Moline riverfront is the Riverside Park District, in which is envisioned a community wide festival grounds along the Mississippi River, as well as a mixed-use transit- oriented district that promotes high-density office, housing, and retail amenities. Specific to the Riverfront District is the Bass Street Landing Project, which will incorporate com- mercial and residential components unique to the Quad City area. Significant public improvements including an open “green” area, a riverfront bike/pedestrian trail, an “active” public plaza that of- fers interactive water features as well as significant improvements to 17th Street and River Drive will enhance and leverage substantial private developments. Three major multi-million dollar de- velopments have been announced as a result of the city’s commitment to its public facilities. They include Riverstation, a 45,000 square foot, three-story building with ground floor restaurant/retail, and second and third floor office space. Stoney Creek Inn and Convention Center, a $10 million themed complex opened recently providing 140 rooms and meeting space for 350 to 500 people. The building has four floors with a ground floor area of approximately 42,000 square feet. A wide range of room types include everything from “standard” hotel rooms and suites to extended stay units. Other amenities in the building include an indoor pool, game room, and a business center. To compliment these two developments, a distinctive riverfront residential development is mov- ing ahead. The same developers of Riverstation have presented a multi-building concept that will be built in phases, many offering a priceless view of the mighty Mississippi River. Total unit count would be approximately 45, depending on size of units and buildings. This project is expected to exceed $14 million. 2006 Briefing Papers Continued support of legislation for innovative programs similar to the HUD Economic Develop- ment Grant Initiative program that offers flexible funding mechanisms and eligibility criteria is cru- cial. These types of programs will encourage business expansion and employment growth, both of which are vital to Moline’s revitalization efforts. The City of Moline also requests financial assistance to design and construct an open truss, single- lane bridge between the City of Moline and Sylvan Island Park. The bridge will be located in Moline near the Rock Island border and serve both cities’ bike trail systems by providing a safe crossing over a Mississippi River backwater known as the Sylvan Island Slough. The bridge will allow the City of Moline to provide a safe pedestrian crossing for park visitors and perform mainte- nance to the 32-acre island and its system of trails and fishing piers. The existing iron-truss bridge serving the island has rusted and deteriorated and is no longer struc- turally adequate. A new bridge is desperately needed to provide a safe pedestrian crossing for the 30,000+ visitors a year from the City’s new Trail Head Park. The new Trail Head Park, located at the border of Moline and Rock Island, represents a Moline capital investment of $350,000 in a con- necting trail system and amenities. The construction of the new bridge will provide access to fish- ing piers and nature trails, as well as provide access for maintenance equipment and contractors during future park improvements. Action Requested The City of Moline requests support for assistance with funding of the following items which are listed in order of local priority: 1. Riverside Park District, property acquisition relocation/ brownfield remediation $ 2,000,000 2. West Gateway District, cultural community center $ 1,500,000 3. Replace Sylvan Island Bridge $ 550,000 4. LeClaire Web District, property acquisition/relocation/ demolition $ 1,000,000 5. Mixed-Use Retail District, riverfront-to-storefront connections $ 1,500,000 6. Riverfront District, civic greenspace enhancements/children’s river history watercourse $ 500,000 2006 Briefing Papers Rock Island Arsenal Development Group The Rock Island Arsenal Development Group (RIADG) was formed in July of 2003. It is a non- profit organization that is a subsidiary of the Quad City Development Group. Its board consists of private and public representatives from the Quad City community. On September 29, 2003 officials from the U.S. Army and QCDG signed an agreement giving RIADG the exclusive right to market underutilized space and capacity on the Rock Island Arsenal. This agreement allows RIADG to market, negotiate, lease, and manage administrative, manufactur- ing, and warehouse space that is currently not being utilized. The intent of this arrangement is to not only reduce overhead for the Arsenal, but also increase its workload and to retain and create jobs for the greater Quad Cities. The Rock Island Arsenal is the second largest employer in the Quad Cities. It has a workforce of approximately 6,400 and injects over $1 billion into the local economy. The US Army through the Arsenal Support Program Initiative (ASPI) has provided $200,000 in funding for 2004 and $100,000 in funding for 2005 for operational costs. The State of Iowa has pledged $200,000 for marketing expenses and the State of Illinois has pledged $200,000 for the same purpose. Both states have provided some of the grant money to RIADG. The Rock Island Arsenal Development Group has hired Jimmy Morgan as Program Director and Tim Frye as Mar- keting Manager. RIADG maintains an office on Arsenal Island. Currently there are 13 ASPI ten- ants on the island with over 50 employees. During 2005 the ASPI program provided over $1 million for renovation of facilities. An adminis- trative area was completed and has a tenant. RIADG is finishing a major renovation project of over $2 million that will bring a tenant to the island that will employ over 65 employees initially and has doubled in size for the last several years. Another renovation project involves administrative area for an Army unit currently located at several sites in Wisconsin. It processes paperwork for sol- diers wounded in action. They want to locate on the island and will eventually bring 65 employees with them. Additional potential projects include renovation of manufacturing and administrative space. The federal funds for 2006 include $5.5 million for ASPI projects at Rock Island Arsenal. 2006 Briefing Papers Brownfield Remediation Issue To implement redevelopment of brownfield sites identified and assessed in East Moline. Action Requested East Moline requests alternative or additional grant funding from USEPA and/or IEPA for remedia- tion efforts relating to Lot 2, parcels located in the East Moline Great River Industrial Park (GRIP) and our former municipal maintenance facility. Funding assistance is requested to assist with rede- velopment efforts at the CNH industrial area. This funding will result in new job creation, needed revenue growth, and further development. Former municipal maintenance facility $ 75,000 Lot 2 environmental debris removal for construction $ 350,000 GRIP parcels funds for environmental barrier $ 200,000 CNH industrial area redevelopment efforts $ 500,000 Opportunity Returns Funding for these projects will advance Opportunity Returns Goal 1 expand the manufacturing base, Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets, and Goal 3 help entrepreneurs and small business by re- using centrally located property within our community, near our central business district, the area will experience aesthetic and economic benefits. Background East Moline has been moving forward on preparing potential sites for redevelopment. Having been successful in securing some funding for environmental site assessments and remediation planning, East Moline is looking toward the next step, remediation/clean-up of several identified sites thus making them attractive to redevelopment. Brownfield sites in East Moline are generally located in the older central area of the City and because of historic development patterns, these are often adja- cent to the riverfront. Redevelopment at these locations would benefit residents concentrated in the older area of our city, save money by making use of existing infrastructure, and restore environ- mentally sensitive areas with more appropriate land use. Following is a list of accomplishments and future funding needs of East Moline. East Moline was successful in obtaining a USEPA Demonstration Pilot Project Grant, a $120,000 IL EPA Brownfields Development Grant in 1998, and $120,000 IL EPA Brownfields Development Grant in 2003. Because of these grants, investigation and remediation was performed, NFR letters were issued, and residential development is now underway in one section of The Quarter Project. The Quarter is a former industrial site near the Mississippi River that is being redeveloped into a mixed-use project that will include residential, commercial, and recreational opportunities. In 1998 East Moline was awarded a $200,000 USEPA Brownfields grant for assessment of additional sites in The Quarter, and in 2001 was awarded an additional $150,000. These sites located in the Quarter have now undergone environmental assessment. As a result of this environmental assessment, there exists a need for additional funding for remediation. The City of East Moline requests further funding assistance to conduct additional assessment and remediation of Brownfields property located in its Great River Industrial Park (GRIP). This park, 2006 Briefing Papers located at a former industrial site near East Moline’s Central Business District (CBD), is being re- developed into light industrial and commercial uses that includes a light manufacturer and a bus transfer station. Development of this property will return it to productive reuse and stimulate eco- nomic growth in the neighborhood and CDB. Additionally, as an industrial town, the City of East Moline has lost jobs in this tough market seg- ment. Case New Holland closed its East Moline facility in August 2004. This closure eliminated 900 jobs and directly reduced the City of East Moline’s revenue by more than a half a million dol- lars in user fees. It is estimated the regional economy will be affected by tens of millions of dollars due to the effect on suppliers, service providers, and area wages. This 160-acre industrial property is vital to the future success of East Moline; therefore funding assistance, which will be used to as- sist with redevelopment efforts, is requested. 2006 Briefing Papers Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program Issue Funding for environmental assessment through IEPA’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program is capped at $240,000 per municipality, regardless of the size or age of the community. Asbestos abatement and demolition of structures are not eligible expenses under the current grant program, even though those activities are often crucial to remediation of a contaminated property. Action Requested We respectfully request the municipality cap on the Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program be lifted, and IEPA program dollars be made available for asbestos abatement and demolition of build- ings when demolition is necessary for redevelopment of the site. Opportunity Returns This initiative directly reflects Governor Blagojevich’s emphasis on Brownfield redevelopment as outlined in the Opportunity Returns plan for the Northwest Region. Background Illinois Quad City communities have some of the most active Brownfield redevelopment programs in Illinois. Age, population, and a history of heavy industry have resulted in a concentration of brownfield sites in the Quad Cities, especially in downtowns and on the Mississippi River. Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Carbon Cliff have leveraged nearly $820,000 in IEPA grant funds and $455,000 in funds from USEPA for environmental assessment and clean-up. Nineteen sites totaling 435 acres have been enrolled in IEPA’s Site Remediation Program. To date, six sites have received No Further Remediation Letters. Rock Island is amending its IEPA grant to the maximum award of $240,000. Silvis and East Moline are both nearing their maximum grant awards. IEPA’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program does not fund asbestos abatement and may be used for demolition only to the extent necessary to access contaminated soil. Many communities do not have the resources to fund demolition of dilapidated buildings, so even if soil contaminated is addressed, the property cannot be redeveloped. Environmental cleanup has played an important role in the revitalization of Quad City downtowns and riverfronts. Continued redevelopment will require additional Brownfield assessment, remedia- tion, and demolition. 2006 Briefing Papers Trails and Recreational Projects West Rock River Bridge Trail Connection Issue The Rock River Bridge, currently under construction on the Moline/Rock Island border, carries a paved trail system across the waterway, but does not include trail off ramps or paved access to the Moline or Rock Island trail systems. Connections were not included in the bridge construction con- tract, and the cities are requesting funding support to complete the project. Action Requested The Cities of Moline and Rock Island request $3 million in Transportation Enhancement and Bike- way funding to construct recreational trail connections to the new West Rock River Bridge. Opportunity Returns This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by connecting the paved recreational trail across the new Rock River Bridge with the regional Great River and Hennepin Canal trails and na- tional American Discovery and Mississippi River trails. Background The Illinois Quad Cities is considered a leader in recreational trail development. The National Trails Symposium will be held in the Quad Cities in 2006. Recreational trails are cited as one of the amenities that young professionals seek when choosing a place to live and work. The Great River Trail, a 64-mile path along the Mississippi from Rock Island to Savanna, is not only heavily used by local residents, but because of its length and link to the Grand Illinois Trail, draws visitors from outside the area. The completion of the American Discovery Trail Bridge across the Mississippi, linking this national trail to the local and regional trail systems, will increase the flow of visitors. Although the trail system along the Mississippi River is substantially complete, there are no link- ages to the trail across the new Rock River Bridge or the State’s Hennepin Canal Trail. A proposed link to the Hennepin on the east end of the Quad Cities still leaves a substantial population in Moline, Rock Island, and Milan without trail access. The trail systems and linkage to the Rock River Crossing are supported by the Illinois Quad Cities Comprehensive Greenway Plan, City of Moline 2001 Comprehensive Plan, 2003 Moline Park and Recreation Master Plan, and the 2003 City of Rock Island Community Attitude and Interest Citizen Survey. In that survey, “paved walking and bicycle trails” was the number one survey response (67%) for needed recreation/leisure opportunities. 2006 Briefing Papers Grand Illinois Trail/Great River Trail ADT Connection Issue Seven miles is all that remains in joining two major national trail networks, the 6300- mile, coast- to-coast, American Discovery Trail (ADT) and the Headwaters-to-the Gulf, Mississippi River Trail (MRT), a National Millennium Trail. The construction of this seven-mile segment will also close a critical gap in the 500-mile Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) and will provide unimpeded and safe access to the 65-mile Great River Trail (GRT). The easterly terminus of this project will be the Hennepin Canal State Parkway, in Colona, where the existing bike path intersects 5th Street on the north side of the canal. Currently 70 miles of Grand Illinois Trail/American Discovery Trail are completed along the canal. The westerly terminus of the project is the Great River Trail/Mississippi River Trail along the Mississippi River in East Moline. The proposed project is to be a combination of separated path (new construction) and shared access right-of-way on low volume streets. The pro- ject joins the communities of East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff, and Colona along a significant and unique linear connection. The American Discovery Trail/Grand Illinois Trail East Moline-Colona Segment received Transportation Enhancement funding from the Illinois DOT; however, drainage, structural and mitigation issues have caused the project to increase in cost. The project participants need $440,000 in additional assistance and have submitted an Enhancement Grant for this money. Action Requested The Village of Carbon Cliff and the Cities of Silvis and East Moline request support for assistance with the funding of the following item: Supplemental Funding for American Discovery Trail/Grand Illinois $440,000 Trail East Moline-Colona Segment. Opportunity Returns This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding the trail network, thus improv- ing the quality of life of the region and our ability to attract and retain jobs and people. 2006 Briefing Papers Recreational Bridge Across the Rock River to SW Rock Island Issue The City of Rock Island intends to expand the current trail system that runs along the east shore of the Mississippi River. The trail is a part of the Great River Trail and the Illinois Hennepin Canal Parkway system. Rock Island also intends to connect these trails to Southwest Rock Island and Mi- lan. Action Requested Assistance in identifying a demonstration, member initiative, or other grant program of $2.5 million to fund a recreational bridge over the headwaters of the Rock River that will connect the Illinois State Hennepin Canal Trail to the Great River Trail. Benefit Provided This connection will provide a crossroads of the North-South and the East-West trails that are in- tended to run coast-to-coast and Boarder-to-Boarder of the Continental United States. On a smaller scale, it provides a connection of the current trail systems to Southwest Rock Island, Milan and the Hennepin Canal. It provides a tourism opportunity with visitors passing through on the trails as well as those who use the system for recreation and alternative transportation. Background This request is part of an overall trail plan that would provide access across the Rock River at the trailhead of the Great River Trail located in Sunset Park to the Hennepin Canal Trail immediately across the Rock River, in addition to continuing South and East along the Rock Island Parkway. The Parkway loops around Southwest Rock Island, connecting to Milan and the new Rock River Bridge, which has a separated Bikeway as a part of its design. This request is specifically for the bridge that crosses the headwaters of the Rock River as it enters the Mississippi River. Design and construction are expected to be approximately $2.5 million. This bikeway/hiking bridge will connect two proposed National Trail systems, one from Minneapolis to New Orleans along the Mississippi River, and another from the East Cost to the West Coast that will cross in Rock Island. 2006 Briefing Papers Indoor Recreation Facility Construction Issue The City of Moline requires financial assistance for the construction of an indoor team sports and recreation facility. To address the decreasing availability of space in school facilities for programs and other identified, unmet recreational needs in the community, the City has developed a plan for a multi-use sports and recreation facility. The project would entail a multi-purpose sports and rec- reation facility with indoor Football/soccer fields, strength training center, gymnasium space, 200- meter running track, concessions, spectator seating, offices, locker rooms, and common use areas encompassing 55,000 square feet at a cost of $3.5 million. The facility would support organized team activities such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, and track and field events. The recreational, sports, fitness, and meeting uses of the building can serve the community as an economic tool. It would provide a number of jobs and revenue similar to that of an average manu- facturing facility. A study prepared by the Quad City Sports Commission indicated a number of events could be held at the facility. Potentially, National Volleyball Association Championships, USA Table Tennis Tournaments, USA/IHSA Wrestling events, USA/IHSA/AAU Track and Field events, Junior Olympics, and others could be held. Economic impact is considerable, as these multi-day events will bring participants and spectators into the community to utilize area hotels, dine at local restaurants, and visit other area attractions. Action Required The City of Moline requests assistance in the identification of programs and/or grants that could help fund the facility construction. Moline, through its partnering plan, has developed an efficient financial operating plan, but cannot project sufficient funds for debt service. Opportunity Returns This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding the recreational and physical fitness opportunities in the region, thus improving the quality of life and our ability to attract and retain jobs and people. 2006 Briefing Papers Public Infrastructure Projects City of Moline Downtown Fire Station Renovation Project Issue The proposed renovation of the existing 46,150 square foot emergency center will be used exclu- sively as the main station for the Moline Fire Department. Background Fire and EMS operations presently occupy one-third of this facility, but will have access to the en- tire building when the Police Department vacates its 31,000 square feet of space to relocate into the new police headquarters in November, 2006. Planned renovations include the following: • Repair scaling on concrete floor in lower level parking garage • Repair water leaks in vent hood in boiler room • Repair and strengthen corroded reinforcement bar in basement concrete ceilings and beams • Repair or remove vehicle bridge to roof top due to spalled concrete and corroded rein- forcement bars • Improve water drainage around perimeter of the building • Repair water leaks in roof as well as damage to spalled concrete in living quarters and fire bays due to water entering the interior of the building from the roof • Renovate living quarters and install female firefighter’s locker/shower room and rest- room facilities • Replace heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning mechanical units presently serving the building Current Request The projected renovation costs will be $4,500,000. The City of Moline respectfully requests $600,000 to assist with this crucial public safety project. 2006 Briefing Papers City of Moline Public Library Facility Issue The Library Board of Trustees initiated a needs assessment in 2001 to replace its two aging and in- adequate facilities with a central state-of-the art Library. The two existing library buildings have served their purpose but each is the missing half of the other, neither reaching their full potential. Neither existing building is capable of taking on the role of a central library. As a result, land was purchased and a building program was developed. Although it was recommended at the time that a single library be built with the critical mass of resources and staff to meet customer expectations, other factors have entered the picture. The downturn in the economy and the projected cost of the facility forced the Library Board and City to rethink the location of the Library as well as the size and scope of the services that it will offer. After investigating other site opportunities, the City council authorized the Library Board to begin construction, with a reduced building program, on the land that had been purchased in 2001. At the same time, a strong community desire to maintain a “downtown presence” resulted in the recommendation to keep the Downtown Carnegie Library open as a popular library – not one that offers full service. Action Requested Assistance is needed to identify potential programs that will help fund construction for a public li- brary that will meet the needs of its constituents for at least the next fifty years. Support efforts to obtain funding are needed to construct a new public library. Current estimates are $13.1M. The City of Moline has provided $10.0M in funding through the issuance of General Obligation Bonds. The Library Reserves and Trust Fund have provided another $600,000. The remaining $2.5M must be raised by grants and private donations. To date, pledges have been made totaling $1.3M. Background The downtown Carnegie Library built in 1904 and the Southeast Branch built in 1983 no longer meet the needs and demands of the sophisticated public library user that they serve. Both buildings have layout and infrastructure limitations and the buildings themselves are deteriorating. The small size of the facilities, each about 19,000 square feet, make it impossible to provide adequate sized collections, technology, and the public amenities such as program and meeting space that today’s user expects from the public library. Services and collections are segmented and disjointed due to load bearing walls and multiple floor levels. Public computer resources are limited by space and infrastructure. Lighting, power distribution, and data cabling are badly in need of updating. Col- lection storage is at capacity levels. Seating is limited in quantity and variety which discourages residents from using the Library for research and study. Program and meeting space does not meet community demand. In addition, public service desks and workspaces are ineffective and ineffi- cient. Moline Public Library, as part of the Regional Prairie Area Library System and QuadLINC, an area consortium, provides significant access to materials and services to all residents in the Quad City region of Illinois and Iowa. Moline’s Library is considered a leader in library service in the area, a reputation well earned, and one which should be maintained. Its circulation topped 406,000 in FY 2005 and more than 226,000 people used the Library’s services. The new library will increase us- age and provide a needed cultural and educational impetus to Moline and the Quad City Area. 2006 Briefing Papers Schedule 1989 – 1992 Building Plan initiated; building and site consultants hired; architects selected; public Charrettes held 1994 – 1996 Building Plan updated; central site search reinitiated; Peterson Property recommended 1998 – 1999 Building Plan updated; conceptual site plans prepared 2000 - 2001 Peterson Property purchased; First Grant received from State; Needs Assessment prepared; Building Program developed; Public Charrettes held; Building design completed 2002 – 2004 Building Program revised; Building Design revised; City Funds $10M with GO Bonds; Library expected to raise $2.5M in private donations and grants. 2005 Project released for bid; groundbreaking held and construction started in March 2006 Library opens to public in August 2006; Grand Opening September 30, 2006 Prior Federal Funds Received The Library has received no federal funding for this project. It did receive $100,000 from the State’s First Grant in 2001. 2006 Briefing Papers Water & Sewer Issue The City of Moline requires financial assistance to study, design, and construct basic utility infra- structures on properties located within the City of Moline, and into unincorporated areas of Rock Island County. The basic services needed by property owners are clean and safe drinking water; sanitary waste systems, which will transport waste to treatment facilities; and storm sewer systems that transport storm water away from buildings, parking lots, streets, and ground accumulations. While certain State requirements allow the use of outdated wells and septic systems, generally property owners are desirous of hooking to existing City infrastructures. Expendable funds do not exist that allow for hooking up random property to existing infrastructures. Background Basic utility services are desperately needed by certain properties located within the City and within unincorporated areas of the County. Many property owners are utilizing personal wells for drinking water, which do not meet State standards for consumption. When these property owners request hook-up to City water, the water main must be extended not only to the specific properties, but also in many cases to whole new neighborhoods. The current condition of the economy has placed the City in a position where funds are not available to expand water into these areas. Likewise, property owners are faced with utilizing out of date and barely functioning septic systems that pollute nearby receiving streams – especially during storm run-off. It is a goal of the City for all present residents to be on the City sanitary sewer system. Per present ordinance, all property owners within 300’ of an existing sewer main must pay to extend the sanitary sewer to their prop- erty. Also, properties outside the corporate limits are in need of water and sewer mains, but because of financial realities continue to utilize unsafe wells and septic systems. Storm water infrastructure is also severely lacking in many areas and with the State of Illinois lead- ing the nation in cases of West Nile disease, storm water abatement is becoming a primary concern. The City has recently adopted a Storm Water Utility to assist in the funding of maintenance of the storm sewers and complying with the unfunded mandate of the Phase II requirements. However, the storm sewer system has had almost no maintenance at all for the last thirty years. With an aged storm sewer system, the new utility cannot accommodate even a small fraction of the maintenance required, not to mention installation of new mains. Action Requested The City of Moline requests financial assistance of $500,000 to extend water, sanitary, and storm sewers to sub-standard areas. 2006 Briefing Papers Temporary Barrier Flood Control System Issue The City of Moline requires financial assistance to help control property loss and valuable City re- sources during periods of flooding. Two major rivers, the Mississippi and the Rock River, flow along the northern and southern boundaries of the City of Moline. Both of these rivers flood on an annual basis. The City is requesting help in purchasing temporary erected floodwalls that will save the loss of property, both public and private, and can be reused from year to year. Background In the years 1993, 2000, and 2001, Moline experienced flooding at the fifty-year levels and beyond. Each of these major events cost numerous hours of sandbagging, earth dikes, and clean up related to flooding aftermath. Along with the costs of materials, thousands of man-hours were utilized in filling the sandbags, placing the sandbags, and then after the flood, removing the sandbags. The sandbags were contaminated and could not be hauled to the landfill, but had to be disposed of ap- propriately. Moline has no permanent erected floodwalls and utilizes traditional techniques in miti- gating flooding. The flood of 2001 was a federally declared disaster and the City spent approxi- mately $107,000 for emergency protective measures alone. Numerous public and private properties along the river required extensive rehabilitation after the flooding. Park property damage, roadway reconstruction, and destruction of homes all were outcomes from the 2001 flood. The City of Moline requests assistance in purchasing a temporary barrier flood control system. Sys- tems like these are temporary, portable, and easily re-used for the next flood. This system would not only eliminate the throw-away costs of purchasing the sand, bags, and disposal, but it would also reduce the man-hours to a fraction of years past. Action Requested The City of Moline requests $750,000 in funding assistance to purchase approximately 1,350 feet of a five-foot tall temporary barrier wall system for flood control protection. This system will be able to be used in a quick, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally correct manner. 2006 Briefing Papers Mississippi River Sluice Gates and Pump Station Issue The project will assist in preventing flooding of Moline’s downtown riverfront. The City of Moline requests assistance in identifying potential programs that will help fund this storm sewer infrastruc- ture improvement. Support efforts to obtain funding needed to construct the storm sewer project. Background What was once industrial factory space in Moline is now a thriving retail and entertainment destina- tion. The success of The MARK of the Quad Cities Civic Center has spurred development of the John Deere Commons, Radisson Hotel, and many other restaurants and retail shops. Underneath this development lies a set of twin, 36” concrete sewer lines that drain storm water run off from as far south as Moline’s Avenue of the Cities to the Mississippi River. When the Missis- sippi River approaches flood stage, the high water backs up into the twin storm sewers and prevents storm water from draining. Water traveling through the pipes is unable to exit to the river and floods the low-lying downtown area. In addition to the obvious loss of business this causes, the ex- isting infrastructure also suffers. The flooding damages and shortens the life spans of streets, roads, buildings, and underground utility infrastructure. The sluice gates will prevent river water from backing into the existing storm sewer at Moline’s 15th Street. The pump station and pipe will pump all flow in the 15th Street lines east to the 16th Street storm sewer line. The 16th Street line is set at a higher elevation and is less susceptible to flood backups. Action Requested The City of Moline requests $50,000 to install a concrete pump station, a set of sluice gates, and approximately 400 feet of 36 foot concrete storm sewer pipe. 2006 Briefing Papers Moline/Rock Island Water System Interconnection Issue The water distribution system interconnections between Moline and Rock Island are not capable of transporting enough water between the cities to provide full emergency service in the event of the failure of one of the water treatment plants or raw water intakes. Action Requested A large diameter water main connecting the hubs of the Rock Island and Moline water distribution systems and a pumping station need to be installed to enhance the system interconnections. The Cities of Moline and Rock Island are seeking $150,000 to pay the cost of an engineering study of a full capacity interconnection between their water systems. Opportunity Returns A full capacity water system interconnection between Moline and Rock Island would significantly enhance the security of each system. Essentially, each system would have a backup raw water source and a backup water treatment plant. A full capacity interconnection will also have secondary benefits for other communities. Rock Is- land has a water distribution system interconnection with Milan and Moline maintains a similar in- terconnection with East Moline. In a Milan or East Moline water system emergency, the Moline and Rock Island systems could work together to boost production and push water all the way into the Milan or East Moline distribution systems. Background The Cities of Moline and Rock Island each operate a drinking water utility with its own raw water intake in the Mississippi River and its own water treatment plant. Each water treatment plant can produce twelve million gallons of water per day and the average daily consumption of each city is about five million gallons per day. The water distribution systems of the two cities are interconnected at several places along the bor- der for the purpose of mutual aid in the event that one of the cities experiences a water system fail- ure. Unfortunately, even though each water treatment plant has the capability of meeting the emer- gency needs of both cities, field trials and computer modeling have shown that the delivery capac- ity of these interconnections is inadequate. The interconnection pipelines are too small to transport the required volumes of water. In addition, there is a water pressure differential between the water distribution systems that prevents Moline from being able to fill the Rock Island water towers. The cities have completed some preliminary computer modeling, but the hydraulics of a full capac- ity interconnection are extremely complex. In order to proceed, a comprehensive engineering study needs to be undertaken. 2006 Briefing Papers City of Rock Island Historic Renovation Funding Issue The Rock Island Park and Recreation Department has identified the need to repair and replace the plumbing for the sanitation and heating for the building. The Hauberg Civic Center is the historic family home of Mr. and Mrs. Hauberg (Denkman Family). Action Requested $140,000 in funding is requested for the Hauberg Civic Center to repair and replace plumbing for water and heating of the structure and interior repairs. $400,000 in funding is requested for the renovation of the Jens Jensen Gardens on the property. Background The Hauberg Civic Center is a historic mansion that was given to the City of Rock Island and its citizens for the purpose of cultural, recreational, and civic endeavors. The building has historical significance both from a construction and design point of view, and because of the community standing of the owners in local endeavors. The architect was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s associ- ates and the building includes many of his prairie style design influences. The facility serves as a community center for the town of Rock Island. Numerous groups including the local Women’s Club, Girl Scouts, and Senior Citizen Club have used the center as a regular meeting place. It has also served as a facility for small weddings, family reunions, dinners, and other special events. The Jens Jensen Garden that is in need of revitalization surrounds the facility. Jens Jensen who is best known for his landscape designs in the Chicago area including the Garfield Park Conservatory, designed a woodland entry drive with streams and ponds in addition to a vineyard that has com- pletely overgrown. A phased approach to bring the gardens back over time is considered to be the best way to reclaim the property. It is expected that the cost of this portion of the project is $400,000. The 2003 City of Rock Island Community Attitude and Interest Citizen Survey identified the need to fix-up /repair older park buildings and facilities with 88% showing support for the improve- ments. This was ranked 2nd behind preserve/conserve existing parks with a support percentage of 92%. This is in comparison with new facilities that ranked in the 35%-70% support range. 2006 Briefing Papers 22nd Street Stormwater Management Demonstration Project Issue Lt. Governor Pat Quinn recently presented Rock Island with one of the thirteen 2005 Environmental Hero Awards for the Rain Gardens for Rock Island Program. The Lt. Governor’s media release stated: “The City of Rock Island unveiled the Rain Gardens for Rock Island to encourage local property owners to de- velop rain gardens for at least five years. Dozens of new rain gardens have been planted to prevent flooding and improve water quality.” Rock Island wants to build on this early momentum by constructing the 22nd Street Stormwater Management Demonstration Project. Action Requested The City is seeking $600,000 to construct the 22nd Street Stormwater Management Demonstration Project. All future costs for maintenance of the improvements will be paid with revenues generated by the stormwater util- ity. The City will install and maintain demonstration storm- water best management practices (BMP) such as rain gardens, dry creek beds, bolder falls, and ephemeral pools in an unused section of right-of-way for 22nd Street north of 16th Avenue. The associated landscaping will include a wide variety of native plants available in the area. The BMPs and plants will be labeled so that visi- tors walking along the mulch trail can gather stormwater management ideas suitable for use on their properties. Opportunity Returns In addition to its significant public education value, this project has two spin-off benefits. 1) The unused right-of-way is currently maintained in a rough condition and it is located in close proximity to two historic districts. The rain gardens and other stormwater best man- agement practices will be a major aesthetic improvement to the neighborhood. 2) The elevation of the south end of the project is almost sixty (60) feet higher than the north end of the project. During major rainfalls, stormwater rushes through the project area carry- ing silt and debris into the neighborhood to the north. The stormwater BMP’s will correct this problem. 2006 Briefing Papers Background Traditionally, pollution control and stormwater management are approached on a broad scale. Col- lection systems gather wastewater from all portions of a watershed for treatment at a central waste- water treatment facility. Stormwater systems gather runoff from streets and private properties for discharge into nearby waterways. Municipalities must continue to build and operate centralized wa- ter pollution control facilities, but this approach is not enough. Municipalities must also start man- aging stormwater in a decentralized fashion. This is especially true in mature, fully developed cities such as Rock Island because land is not readily available for the construction of centralized control facilities. The City is in the midst of two separate programs to manage wet weather flows. One program deals with reducing combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and the other focuses on managing storm- water. Both programs share the goals of enhancing the quality of the receiving waters and prevent- ing property damage. Each program comes to its’ solution in a different way. The CSO program uses a traditional approach where all combined sewage is conveyed to a centralized treatment facil- ity. Rock Island’s stormwater management program includes the non-traditional approach of man- aging stormwater one property at a time. Rock Island encourages its citizens to retain stormwater on their properties to reduce stress on the stormwater system. The Rain Gardens for Rock Island Program offers technical assistance, pro- vides free rain barrels, and pays property owners $4.00 per square foot of rain garden they install. The payment covers the average cost for a do-it-yourself rain garden. In addition, stormwater util- ity charges are reduced for citizens with rain gardens. The public has shown substantial interest in the program. In the program’s first summer (2005), the Public Works Department approved the construction of private rain gardens on twenty-five properties. Fourteen of the approved rain gar- dens covering a total area of almost 13,000 square feet were installed before the end of the growing season and construction of the others will begin as soon as weather permits. The largest rain garden installation to date is almost 5,700 square feet and the smallest is 80 square feet. Total program benefits will depend upon citizen participation. Obviously, one or two rain gardens will not make a measurable difference in the stormwater runoff from a neighborhood. However, the impact of ten, twenty or a hundred gardens will be noticed. The City plans to invest $50,000 (12,500 square feet) a year in private rain garden construction. At this rate, connected impervious- ness equal to the area in three to five city blocks will be removed each year. Since the City is in the business of stormwater management for the long term, the program impact over time will be sig- nificant. The program is cost-effective. Rain gardens store rainwater at a cost of $1 to $4 per gallon, de- pending upon their depth. Rain barrels store water at a cost of $1 per gallon. The technologies are 100% effective at reducing the volume of rainwater entering the stormwater system and removing contaminants, up to their storage capacity. No other technology suitable for urban retrofit situations has a comparable cost-effectiveness ratio. Moreover, no other technology so effectively achieves auxiliary benefits of neighborhood beautification, public education and public participation. For Rock Island, a decentralized approach to stormwater management is a great investment. 2006 Briefing Papers Storm Water Management Issue Communities struggling to comply with federal mandates to monitor water runoff are searching for innovative solutions to contain storm water and reduce runoff into area streams and rivers. Action Requested We respectfully request that additional funding and technical assistance be made available to com- munities and not-for-profit environmental organizations for programs to educate the public on storm water reduction and projects that demonstrate best practices in the field of storm water reten- tion. Opportunity Returns This initiative meets the Opportunity Returns Goal of capitalizing on existing assets. The Missis- sippi and Rock rivers provide the Quad Cities with recreational opportunities and unparalleled scenery for residents and visitors. The Mississippi is the source of drinking water for more than 100,000 local residents. Reducing contamination into the rivers directly and via ditches and streams will enhance the long-term viability of the Quad Cities as a place to live, work and play. Background The City of Rock Island has partnered with River Action, a local not-for-profit, to create demon- stration projects for the environmental organization’s Retain the Rain Program. The mission of Re- tain the Rain is to educate the public on the effects of storm water runoff and to sponsor and dem- onstrate storm water reduction techniques including rain barrels, bio-swales, rain gardens, and per- meable parking lots. In 2004, River Action received a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 for a green roof project in downtown Rock Island. The green roof will be incorporated into the renovation of a former industrial building into commercial space and condominiums. River Action’s recently completed plan of work includes educating builders, developers, and building owners on the advantages of incorporating LEED principles and storm water management systems into local projects. The Cities of Rock Island and Moline have partnered with River Action on two proposed natural areas on the banks of Sylvan Slough, a manmade channel in the Mississippi River. In November 2000, the City of Rock Island received a grant in the amount of $164,000 from the Illinois Depart- ment of Natural Resources toward purchase of their five-acre site. Environmental assessment was accomplished through an IEPA grant and the City received a USEPA grant for remediation of one of the properties. The city will fund demolition of three large and three accessory buildings on the site. Following remediation and clearance, The Sylvan Slough Natural Area will become an open space demonstration area for Retain the Rain, incorporating native plantings, bioswales, a perme- able parking lot, and other initiatives designed to educate the public on reduction of storm water runoff. 2006 Briefing Papers Legislative Issues and Public Policy Municipal Use of Eminent Domain Issue The Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London has generated much discussion and debate around the country regarding the use of eminent domain by local governments. In the court’s opin- ion, the City of New London had a “carefully considered development plan, and it concluded that there was no evidence of an illegitimate purpose in this case.” Due to this ruling, several states including Illinois, are considering legislation to restrict municipali- ties from using eminent domain powers. Soon after the Kelo decision the U.S. House of Represen- tatives approved legislation that would deny certain federal funds from local governments that use eminent domain to transfer property to a for-profit enterprise. The use of eminent domain by local governments under strict guidelines in state law has been a long-standing power. It is very impor- tant that it be maintained: 1. Serving the Public Good The proper use of eminent domain is based on the need for government to serve the interests of the public. Whether it is used for a road, a park, or a redevelop ment project, it can be a vital tool to further the public good. 2. Tool for Redevelopment It is an even more important tool for older cities working to redevelop older blighted areas into new residential, commercial, or industrial projects. Market forces push new development into undeveloped farmland. Land assembly is of ten a barrier for investment in older cities. Restrictions on eminent domain add a further incentive to develop greenfields rather than brownfields. 3. Illinois has Strict Guidelines Illinois already has strict regulations on the use of eminent domain by munici palities. Cities must establish a redevelopment plan, declare the area targeted for economic development as blighted, and provide property owners with just compensation. Additional state restrictions are not needed. 4. A Tool Rarely Used Eminent domain is used rarely. Local elected officials are reluctant to use this authority. Although there may be considerable public benefit, the eminent do main action will impact a property owner by taking his/her land. This is a deci sion that is not taken lightly. Since there has been little use of eminent domain and no abuse of the power, there is no need to restrict the authority of munici palities. Examples of Use of Eminent Domain An example of the use of eminent domain in the Illinois Quad Cities is a case in Moline, IL. In this circumstance, the City was faced with a seller who refused to get an appraisal from an MAI ap- praiser and wanted an unreasonable amount of money for the property. The City wanted the prop- erty to be used for a police sub-station in a neighborhood of predominately lower income with is- sues of crime. After a long battle, the seller took the final offer at the last minute before a jury trial on the issue was to begin. The neighborhood now has a strong police presence and there is a trust of the police department that was not there before among the residents. All of this would have not 2006 Briefing Papers been possible without the City having the authority to use eminent domain for the public good. A second example also takes place in Moline, IL. This situation involved a property in which pri- vate individuals offered the owner a sum of money that was significantly more that what the prop- erty was actually worth. These individuals did not have the funds that they were promising. The problem became more of an issue when the owner began to think that the property was worth more than it actually was, even though it was dilapidated and a blight to the area. Right before the trail, the owner decided to sell when his own appraiser would not appraise the property at the level he though it should be at. Again in this case, the authority of eminent domain put at the forefront the public good and allowed the city to rid itself of a blighted property. The property now serves as the Trailhead next to Sylvan Island. Action Requested We urge our elected officials to oppose any legislation that would further restrict the authority of municipalities in their use of eminent domain. 2006 Briefing Papers Extension of the Illinois Housing Development Act Issue The Illinois Housing Development Public Act 92-0491 which provides a $.50 tax credit on income tax liability for every $1 in cash, and or property donated for the creation of affordable housing or invested in Employer-Assisted Housing. Action Requested We respectfully request that the Illinois Legislature extend the Illinois Housing Development Act (Public Act 92-0491) due to expire at the end of 2006. Opportunity Returns Collectively the Illinois Housing Development Act has generated over $16,820,000 in housing and economic development in Rock Island. Background Donation tax credits provided through the Illinois Housing Development Act have funded “Live and Work Rock Island” an Employer Assisted Homebuyers Program, multi-family and single fam- ily developments. The tax credit has assisted 31 employees from participating employers to purchase homes in the City of Rock Island generating over $3.1 million dollars in sales. The tax credit helped finance the historic renovation of Sala Flats, a 32-unit mixed income rental development, Clipper Condomini- ums, a mixed use mixed income owner occupied development in downtown Rock Island. In addi- tion, an adaptive reuse of a former warehouse into 35 mixed income rental units known as Voss Brothers Lofts and the historic renovation Murphy Lofts, a 4 unit owner occupied condominium, is scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2005 Extension of the Act is consistent with Governor Blagojevich’s Executive Order 2003-2008 issued in September of 2003,”Building for Success” Illinois’ Comprehensive Housing Plan released Janu- ary 2005, and Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert’s Proclamation issued in November of 2003 proclaiming Rock Island as a “Live & Work Community.” 2006 Briefing Papers State Support for Local Government Issue Cities and other local governments continue to face serious financial pressures. The costs to pro- vide services to citizens are rising faster than local revenues. Cities are experiencing deteriorating water, sewer, and roads. State and federal environmental regulations require major investments. Wages, pensions, and health benefits are rapidly driving costs higher. Utilities and fuel expenses are adding to the burden. Action Requested 1. Maintain the current share of income tax, sales tax, and other revenues provided to municipalities. 2. Oppose further increases in pension benefits for public sector employees. In Rock Island, the City's pension costs have increased 70 percent since 2001. Police and fire pensions now constitute 26 percent of the City's property tax levy. Public pension benefits sur- pass, by far, the benefits that citizens in our community receive. Our citizens cannot con- tinue to afford the rapidly increasing benefits for public employees. 3. Oppose legislation that further restricts municipalities' ability to manage municipal opera- tions. Examples include HB1338, which allows fire fighters to serve as mayor or on the City Council in communities where they work. HB1403 reconstitutes Fire Pension Boards to give fire fighters a controlling share of the vote. HB1368 restricts local control over the management of public safety services by restricting police officers from assist- ing fire fighters. HB1195 is the Fire Fighter Promotion Act, which limits the discretion of the Fire Chief and Fire and Police Commission in making promotions. 2006 Briefing Papers State Support for Approved Projects Issue The State of Illinois made commitments to fund projects in 2001 and 2002 that have not been funded. Illinois should follow through on all such commitments. A joint agreement signed August 27, 2001 between the City of Rock Island and the State of Illinois required the State to fund $75,000 for a traffic signal at 51 Street West and Illinois Route 92. The City constructed the signal and is still waiting for reimbursement. The Quad City Botanical Center received a notice of a grant award (No. 02-120942) as a member initiative project in the amount of $100,000 for an expansion for the Children's Garden Project. The Center signed a grant agreement, but funds were not provided. The application was submitted May 15, 2002. Action Requested The State should follow through on outstanding obligations to the City of Rock Island in the amount of $75,000 and the Quad City Botanical Center in the amount of $100,000.