Originally Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2010, 9:01 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 21, 2010, 9:03 pm

Silvis residents upset about 10th Street condition

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

Residents packed city council chambers to complain about an unpaved portion of 10th Street between Avenue of the Cities and 29th Avenue N.

Residents told the city council Monday they're concerned about the lack of sidewalks, people ignoring speed limits, drainage problems and congestion on the narrow road.

They wanted to know whether they would be informed when construction starts and as it progresses, whether construction would affect school-bus stops, and how much land people would lose to the expansion.

"We're paying a lot of taxes," Thomas Dasso told aldermen. "Being put on the back burner is just not fair."

Mayor Bill Fox told residents the city is seeking a consultant to help develop solutions for how construction will progress. He said the project is expected to cost about $1.6 million, and will be financed with TIF bonds, which must be sold.

City engineer Roger Geiken said TIF 4, where the project is located, is starting to generate the revenue needed to do the project. He said the plan is to start seeking bids next February or March, with work beginning as early as May.

Mr. Geiken said the city will send an informational mailing to all affected residents, which will outline plans.

However, alderman scheduled a town hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the McGehee Center in Schadt Park to better address residents' concerns about the project.