February 20, 2006

Moline Centre Partners wants you

I recently recieved a mailing from Moline Centre Partners, as they describe themselves, a "not-for-profit public-private partnership working to bring about continued revitalization in downtown Moline."

They're encouraging anyone and everyone to join in their efforts to retain and restore the downtown area by retaining and restoring the architectural integrity of downtown buildings (NOW they think of it.) and enhancing the economic, social, and political value of a vibrant downtown.

Among the ways listed to help are:
Register your skills in the volunteer pool
Work at a fundraising event
Help with office work
Donate computer skills
Assist with graphic design
Recruit members and volunteers
Participate in a business workshop
Help gather and analyze data
Offer your expertise
Support businesses by shopping locally
Serve as an ambassador
Provide ideas
Become a supporter

The form on the reverse lists dozens of things to check if you would enjoy doing them, with everything from being on a parking committee to tending flower boxes or hanging posters. There's something for everyone to do as much or as little as they feel like doing.

Their contact info is:
Moline Centre Partners
1506 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309.762.7804
Fax: 309.762.9123
email: lysahegland@msn.com

It sounds like someone has finally figured out that perhaps it might be wise to involve the residents of the city rather than the usual group of connected insiders. And the mere fact that they state that preserving the architechtural aspects of the remaining buildings downtown is a priority is a huge break with the decades long effort, again led by the same group of property owners and speculators, to demolish everything built before 1960 and make parking lots out of them or erect buildings which amount to eyesores which clash violently with their surroundings.

Go see what you could do. This could be a very good idea. Find out more at www.molinecentre.org

Pitching in to help out the town is important, especially in light of the fact that the gang of developers and their enablers in the Republican government of Moline have foolishly given away the farm over decades leaving the city utterly broke. Despite raising taxes and fees, the citizens of Moline will have to finance and help preserve their downtown on their own, as the Republicans have left the city so broke that they don't have the funds to do anything.

It's come to my attention that this year, due to the utter mismanagement of city funds resulting in a huge deficit, the Moline Parks Department is charging Little Leaguers a $3 fee just to play on the city diamonds. (It now costs a cool $83 for a child to play little league.)

Thanks Stan Leach, and thanks Roger Clausen. You guys did a heck of a job.

8 Comments:

At 2/20/2006 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just waitin for that mailer or newspaper ad or letter that will come out that says, "Stan Leach and Roger Claussen were there......"

Whatever being there means?? Running up a deficeit perhaps?? HMMMM

 
At 2/20/2006 1:56 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Maybe they could take the money they spent on the shrine to Leech down in front of the largely unused and unuseable "Bass St. Landing" and use it to pay the fees for kids to be able to play ball?

Certainly the text of the monument should be written in red ink.

 
At 2/21/2006 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The natives are grumbling about higher property taxes and tons of bonding by the Mayor for new buildings that are not as popular as the Mayor insisted that they were during his rotten campaign last year... I smell trouble for Don W soon. He can run but he can't hide from his votes.

 
At 2/21/2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2/22/2006 3:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too recall this sort of thing from Leach at MHS.

He did seem to court jocks, but I didn't have any experience with him encouraging them to pick on "nerds".

Let's not get carried away.

But it does suggest that even then, he had a penchant for sucking up to those who were popular or had status.

He certainly built his political career on his willingness to do just that, and the behavior continued, only this time, it wasn't the popular jocks, it was CEOs and guys with money and the ability to install him as mayor.

He was almost as bad a suck-up to the wealthy and socially prominent as that dreadful Bill Wundrum, who never fails to be dazzled by his "betters".

 
At 2/22/2006 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2/23/2006 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why remove posts about Former Mayor leach? What's up with that? They sounded correct to me.

Is this corporate censorship??

 
At 2/23/2006 7:34 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Naw... just a judgement call. I agreed with the comments too, but felt that some of the allegations shouldn't be thrown out there as they were just heresay.

 

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