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COUNCIL IN DETAIL.
Official Proceedings of the Mu
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THE TWO MESSAGES II FULL
My' ttlllta Wit OcuMi'm Ay.
city Coancil Boom, Rock Island,
Wsy 3. The Coancil met in tegular
ae mi-monthly session t 8 p. m..
Mayor Knox presiding end all the
alderman present. The minute of the
fast regular meeting were read and
approved. Officers reports for the
month of April were read and ordered
placed on file. Also th annual re
port of the City Collector, Bridge
Toll Collector, Park Commissioner of
Garnsey square, ' Superintendent of
Waterworks, City Marshal, City Clerk
and Hearth Commissioner, all of which
were ordered placed on file.
The Clerk presented the tend of T.
J. Med ill, Jr., Mayor, and A. D. Hues
ing, City Clerk, which were accepted.
Alderman Foss, from the Finance
Committee, submitted an ordinance
which was passed by unanimous rote,
allowing bills out of the various funds
' O'Connell $1.50, Geo. Anderson $5.25,
8. O'Connor $12.00, P. A. Heme $2.10,
J. Conway $4.50, Dan Kane $2.85, K.
ItranhT $3.75, Vm. Murrin $3.00, .
McQualde $2.65, J. Jamison $3, C. G.
Holland $2.25, B. Richards $3, J. Luch
Bioger $1.50, B. Huntley 75 cents, Thott.
Slattery $2.10, J. T. Hughes 75 cents,
H. Utke $2.10, Xed Kane $2.10, Thos.
Killala 75 cents, Peter Hedling 73
cents, Jas. Applebee $2.25, F. Peterson
$4.50, Jas. Slater $3.90, Wm. Atkinson
$1, W. II. Karris $1.50,Jno. Gaffey 75
cents, Jno. Haley 75 cents, J. Condon
$1.33, J, Jf. Hun toon $18, Jas. Fox $5.65,
P. Peterson $6.75, C. Brandele $4.85, J.
Schaab $4.10, T. M. McDonald 53, C.
llmck $3, Aug. . Randt $1.10, Wm.
O'ilrian 91.50, G. MoCarroll $2.65, Thos.
Fox $2.65, Ben. Hanson $2.65, Charles
Miller $3, J. Ragan $1.50,' Wm. Voss
labor par roll ....
K. I. Lbr Mfg Co.
It. f. lamp
R. I. Plow Co.
tAbaf pay roll
W. A. Darllns
FOURTH WARD SIDEWALK.
Tabor pay roll ,
W. A. Purlin
. . FIFTH WARD SIDEWALK.
Tabor pay roll
W. A. Darling
ft P. Knox
K. M. Hula
Jnha Halt ........,
II. 8trmnn Ron ,
R. R. MrKowa ,
Haamuaarn Fr ,
Mrpr m Knmnsoo
W. C. Maurkrr ...
J. F. ITndua
I. A. 8nlandr
W. H. Dunkor
Wm. aVkermana ..........
W. It Clin
Ian. J. Ilttroth
R. F. IIHIpaaaUll
l DU. Einar
A. II. Thompaoa
m. Arnai .......
O. W. Aaler
J. II. LMtka
R. KaarJimana ...
M. K. Murrin ....
Jobs hronan ...
Chaa. O. Jrsnstn
H. H. Ctravrland
F. C. Snltavr ....
U R Knock
J. IlanelqnUt ...
II. H. IKwrtng .....
K. H. Harry
O. P. Olaon
Tboa. W. Ilyrnas
Alfred Coyne .....
K. J. Burna
Wm. Qnldenxopf ,
Albart W. Jobnaoo
W. C Horat
lly W. Laflta
H. staubach ,
Ed F. CoBn.lljr ....
M. W. Tramana
mu j. rrick ...
Al Daubrr ...
B. J. Collins ,
Lt A. Collins
Albart Elbl ..
W. H. Wlllla .
T. II. McDonald
S. Anderaow ..
W. M. Schlllii:;,...- .""
Am. C. Peteraon
T. B. Grady
Wm. Roth "
A us. Krvaa
wmTaWfrr ;; :::
Flick KauU I.I.T"
R. I. Brtwln Co. "
. L. BebmM .""
Kmll Tbona "
Harts A Babaaaa Co.
,W. r. Shroader. P. M
F. J. Itodtaa. Park Commlaalonar...
Weyarbavraar at Dcnkmaoa
A. Nelaua a Soa
raopla'a Power Co.
Kat V. L. IfltchaU. dacaaaad . .
Mr. M. Goodroaa
Paopl Powar t'o...
rates Printing Co. ........
Uakta Prlntlns Co.
. SALOON LICENSE.
SECOND WARD SIDEWALK.
.W. A. Irllnc
SIXTH 'WARD SIDEWALK.
.W. A. Darllac
A. T. Kaos
A, D. Hans
Jo. U Haas
Urn II BsilSJBt "...TitrftnlMlfr'.f
S. T. Nelson
C. R. Cbamberlala
A. IX liuealcc
A. B. Carlaoa
Cbaa. H. Moody
Oa. Dambanld -
W. A. Gila
M. P. Archer
Mrs. M. J. Phillip
R. C Benson
Smith a Hana
R. L Btaam Laundry
People's Power Co.
J. D. Collier '.
Ed Johsson ................... ... ....
J. O. Swansoa
Mrs. M. Etaa
R. C Sanson
L. A. Schmld
J. M. Schaab
Smith Hana ,
I. B. Bonder
T. P. Lbflla
People's Power Co.
C. N. Hasting
V. DelsearoUi .
H. Da no
Mrs. M. Repine
R. C. Benson
Corcoran a; Slmoa
People's Power Co.
C. J. Ramsklll
0. W. Newberry
Mrs. B. Paulsen
R. C. Benson
J. M. Schaab
U A. Schmidt
Harts A Babnaen Co,
1. B. Soudera
People's Powar Co,
T. J. Reddia;
W. H. Wise
P. F. McOuckln
C. V. Mining Co. .T.
Warnock A Ralston
Harts A Ullemeyer
Penn Tank Line Co.
C. M. WUherell
E. H. Kellogg at Co.
Tarlock Pks: Co.
Dpdlke A Nicholas
Fourth ward sidewalk account....
Fifth ward sidewalk account
' 3 00
Ramsey Square account
Saloon license account
Second ward sidewalk account .....
Sixth ward sidewalk account
Police account 780 63
Fir department. No. 1
Fire department. No. S ...
Fir department. No. 8....
14 STR K
Waterworks expeni account 021 90
Waterworks construction account.. 16 85
Total S5,91t XI
A bill allowing retiring aldermen a
total of $36 SchrcineT, Tindall and
Fora $12 eaoh, was attached to the
ordinance previous to passage.
Alderman Fons submitted a report
as to auditing the City Clerk's books
anil finding them correct, which was
ordered received and placed on file.
Alderman Sohreiner reported as to
the Commercial alley sewer that the
owners had taken It into their own
hands, and no further action on the
part of the city is necessary.
vMilcrman Tender moved that rote
of thanks be tendered to the retiring
Mayor and aldermen, and to the City
Clerk, a motion that he nnt fend de
A recess of five minntes was then
taken, during which the Mayor-elect.
T. J. Medill, Jr and the new aldermen-
took the seats which were vacated.
On calling to order Uinta Mayor
Knox read his valedictory mi wiiiya
Mayor Ken's BlMaTe.
Gentlemen of the Council:' dur of
ficial relations are now about to term-
mate; my term of office as Mayor of
the city ol Hock Island has expired. In
retiring, I carry with me some pleas
ant recollections and eme not so
pleasant, wmie associated with your
honorable body, and I will at all times
recall with pleasure the honor I have
enjoyed in presiding over your delib
erations. The unpleasant recollections
I refer to are in regard to the storm
drain. I assure yon all that I did ev
erything in my power to have the
work done right and according to
specifications, which I think waa done;
only there were two kinds of cement
used, which waa wrong and this was
not detected until the work was almost
entirely completed and this matter
will have to be left to the new Council
and Mayor, or the court to decide. For
the members of a grand jury to cen
sure Aldermen Dauber and Schreiner
and myself, after attending to the
duties aa a committee on the storm
drain almost daily, I think waa verj
uncalled for, to any the least. , The
two aldermen on this committee al
ways responded wheat called and at
tended to their work while this Twen
ty-fourth street storm drain waa being
built, and should not be censured by
' It is made incumbent upon me by
law, and a very pleasant task it is, to
communicate to your honorable body
a general summary of the items of in
terest that have transpired during my
brief administration. 1 will aak your
indulgence only for a abort time, as
my message will be short
' cmsa ana cnaracter Tr our im
provements in the last two years have
not been very extensive. The paving
oi Etevenui avenue from Seventeenth
to lwcntj-Uird streets; also Thir
tieth street from Fifth io Seventh ave
nues; and also Twelfth sreet after a
long and wearisome fight in the courts,
has been paved from Fourth avenue
to the city, limits, about eleven blocks,
which adds greatly to the improve
ment and beautifying of the city.
The finances of the city were such
for the last two years that improve
ments of this nature had to be very
limited. X wish we could see the pros
perous time in our city when every
laboring man could be employed ev
ery day and not have to tell men "no
work." I assure yon this has been the.
most wearisome time in any life to not
be able to give the willing workers of
our city constant employment-
The financial condition of the city
is a subject in which all are interested.
We have from all known sources, aside
from the collection of special taxes
and essessmenta, collected the sum of
$126,738.85 and expended through the
various) channels by orders of your
honorable body, the sum of $123,045.28,
which for detailed information I will
refer you to the comprehensive state
ments of our most worthy Ci Clerk..
D The bonded indebtedness of the city
I T i i.ia.j , in nnn .a
funding bonds due September 1, of this
year and $25,000 of 5 per cent water
works bonds due Feb. 1, 1902. This
matter has been brought' before the
people at our last election and the
bonds will be renewed and money ob
tained, so the finances will be in bet
ter shape for my successor in office
and the new Council. The city has
grown ao rapidly in the last four or
five years that it requires a great'
amount of money to run the different
departments and to keep the city in a
clean end wholesome condition.
My predecessor inhra valedictory
message called the attention of the
Council to the great injustice the city
was subjected to by reason of the re
duction of the assessed valuation by
the State Board of Equalization. I de
sire to call your attention to the same
feature. Nothwithsandln g that the
city has increased in population from
about 18,000 to 24,000, with the con
struction of new business houses and
a great number of handsome resi
dences, still the assessed valuation of
property in Rock Island as returned
by the Hoard of Equalization, is $400,
000 less now than in 1895. Is this not
worthy of attention? Is not the as
sessment system at fault for our fiinin
cialilla? The present system is primarily at
fault, bat even under the present sys
tem it is my belief that a great deal of
property is insufficiently taxed "or es
capes taxation altogether, while it is
doubtless true that some property is
over-taxed. If all taxable property
could be made to bear its fair share
there would probably be no occasion
for any general increase in the rate Of
taxation, but merely a more equitable
distribution of the amount raised and
larger and sufficient 'revenue to the
city and perhaps lower taxes. This
tax question is one that must be con-
stanitly discusBed and ultimately solved
if the municipal government is to
keep pace with the demands upon it.
If this were a full grown and finished
city the financial problem and the tax
problem could be i very differently
viewed, but at the present time'i:he
city resembles a poor parent who must
provide for a large family of growing
The city waterworks is in my opin
ion one of the most important matters
the city has to regulate. 'At the pres
ent time we have a small filter plant-
but it needs enlargement and- per
haps new strainers and a general im
proving. We should have a reservoir
on the the bluff in some good place,
and perhaps the removal of the filter
plant to the bluff. This I believe
would filter the water and also lessen
the strain on the pumps and be a very
great saving, and the pumps would
last from five to ten years longer; and
by this method we should also save on
fuel. I think the voice of the people
is, "Let us have good water and get it
by the gallon, not by the yard. You
are all well aware it has not been fit
for use for about eight weeks; this is
the case from year to year and it is
not right to receive the peoples' money
tor water when it is not fit to use for
hardly any purpose.
There have been a great- many
blocks of brick and tile sidewalk
laid during' the last two years, which
has greatly improved our city, and
there ought to be more every year.
would recommend that the aldermen
of the different wards arrange their
sidewalk ordinances so aa to have the
filling and building of sidewalks done
early in the season, not later than
July or September. Then, by winter,
the walks would be in good condition.
I also recommend large brick for
crossings in districts where there is no
Our fire department is at present
well equipped and is a credit to the
city, costing a great amount each year,
and the money is, in my opinion, well
spent. We could have no better pro
tection, unless a new company was es
tablished on the bluff, which I think
is very much needed.
In the matter of health, I would say
we have been extremely fortunate; no
pestilence or epidemic has prevailed in
th city; great care has been taken to
keep tt in a sanitary condition, and the
Health Commissioner's report will.
think, bear me out in that we have
been quite successful. -
To the members of jour honorable
body, both past and present, I am
greatly indebted for ' your kindness
and uniform courtesy; to the heads of
all departments of the municipal gov
ernment and all officers and employes
or the city, I wish to extend my sin
cere thanks for their indulgence and
assistance while associated with them
in the government of this city, and I
can assure yon all that I carry with me
into private life, many pleasant re
membrances of our association, and
wish you ail success in whatever you
may be found doing as good dtisens
of the town. -
To my successor, X earnestly hope
that yon may have a prosperous and
successful administration; that yon
will carry on all the impioeweir1 of
the city in a careful and business-like
manner, and that when yon retire
from office, won can reflect on your
achievements with pride and satisfac
tion, i ,
AttheekKe oTimieh he Introduced his
successor, Mayor MedilL and the Clerk
called the roll of the new Coancil
showing the wards of the city repre
sented and present as follows: '
First YfadConomanoa, Barman.
Second Ward Johnson, Loose.
Third Ward Winter, Mancker.
Fourth Ward Dauber, Blener.
Fifth Ward 'Wheelan, Pender.
Sixth Ward Kennedy, GalL
Seventh Ward Nelson, S odes-Strom.
stays SMlirs Istsasjatal.
Gentlemen". I now have the pleasure
of introducing to yon, Hon. Thomas J.
MedilL Jr., Mayor of Bock Island, and
I turn over the keys ana other prop
erty of the city with the same good
spirit that his honor gave them to me
just two years ago.
Gentlemen of the City Council: Hav
ing been called again to assume the
duties of Mayor of this city, I desire
to express my aeknowledgement to
the citizens of Rock Island for their
renewal of confidence in elevating me
to this high position. While Idid not
seek a renomination for Mayor I cer
tainly feel highly honored in thus hav
ing been elevated for the second time
to the office of chief executive and re
gard the same as placing me under
special obligation to carry forward the
will of the people and to carefully
watch the interests of the city.
It shall be my endeavor to treat all
with absolute fairness and impartial
ity, and to execute the laws and ordi
nances as I find them. I earnestly
hope to improve the standard of mor
ality and to stamp out and extermin
ate prostitution and other vices where
carried on in connection with public
places. I realize that the moral con
dition of a city should receive our at
tention as well as the feature of im
provements, for we cannot hope to
prosper or to succeed In inducing the
location of strangers who may become
desirable citizens unless we can pre
sent a desirable place to live in.
I congratulate you npon the success
ful issue at the last election of the
proposition to refund the large bond
ed debt which matures on Sept. 1, next,
and am constrained to believe that al
though the bonds to ibe issued will
cany an interest of but 4i per cent
they can readily be sold at a premium
of at least one half of one per centum
per annum which would aggregate
some $15,250. This premium, if in-.
vested at 5 per cent would at the end
of ten years aggregate $24,763 and
would liquidate five-eighths of all the
bonds of this issue that would ma
ture in the next ten years.
I am unable at present to state the
amount of funds we may have to ex
pend in the prosecution of public im
provements for the reason that I am
yet unacquainted with the condition of
the city s finances. As soon as we be
come familiar with our surroundings
we hope to lay before your honorable
body such recommendation for public
improvements as may be most needed
am constrained to think that the
consensus of public opinion is with us
in the continuation of permanent' im
provements, and feel that I do . not
overdraw the line in making the state
ment that by reason of the system in
augurated in the post. Rock Island
has been placed in the front ranks of
the cities of lunois outside of Chica
go. It has been by fortune to have
visited nearly every city of our class
and I assure you that Bock Island has
nothing to fear in a comparison.
In view of some of the improvements
that suggest themselves, I might in a
general way call your attention to the
much needed improvement of First
avenue and the river front. This place
occupies the position of a gateway to
the city from the west. Its condition
is quite deplorable and needs our par
ticular attention. We might increase
the usefulness of some of our paved
avenue s by connecting up with paving
several side streets. In this connection
I would say that we should confine
ourselves to a reasonable amount, as
in most cases on the side streets we
will be obliged to assess propertyhold-
ers on the long side of their lots. It
is not my desire to impose a heavy
burden on an unwilling people.
I desire to see a continuation of the
construction of sidewalks of durable
material throughout the city, and be
lieve that this xeatnre of improvement
not only lessens the liability of the
city in damages accidents but com
mends itself to all citizens.
In the interests of good sanitation it
has been apparent for sometime of the
absolute necessity of dividing our city
into sewer districts and the abandon
ment of laying sewers in a baphazzard
way. We should pay attention to the
enforcement of the health ordinances
and the adoption of such ordinances
as may best improve the health of our
1 desire particularly to call the at
tention of your honorable body to the
ondition of the water supply intne city
It will be remembered by many of
yon that in the latter part of our for
mer sdministration, we caused to be
prepared a very exhaustive report of
our water works system. This report
developed the fact that an nntlsual
and flagrant waste of water had been
going on in the city. Comparing our
population and pnmpage of water with
other cities, we were astounded to
learn that Bock Island was using over
two times and in some instances three
times the number of gallons per cap
ita as the cities of Davenport, Quincy,
Bockford, Burlington, Oder Rapids,
and many other places. This unusual
waste in a measure explains the unfiJt-
red ooodftiwa of the cKy water. It
wis, fhs pttmeut system of filters t
peCTorm double th amount of labor
that was intended for them to do. A
a partial remedy for this defect -1
would suggest that a rigid in vestige
tion be made into the cause of this
waste, and that competent persons be
employed to reschedule all water con
sumers, correcting any defect that
may appear and which will increase
the annual revenues of the water de
partment some $5,000 to $8,000. I un
derstand that the retiring administra
tion nas given some attention to the
increase of the filter system. 1 trust
that such information as they may be
possessed of will come before your hon
orable body and that we will be en
abled to arrive at a sensible conclusion.
I have always labored under the
impression that the most feasible plan
was to construct at some suitable
place on the bluff, a large double re
servoir, eonbinin both Alteration nd
storage, giving to the city vniXorm
pressure and reducing the cost of op
erating )be waterworks nearly one
I would recommend for your con
sideration that the police department
be increased by adding two policemen,
and tha a horse be purchased for the
use of patrolmen in the outlying dis
tricts. The city is constantly increas
ing in population and we should in
crease oar police force in proportion.
It was my pleasure two years ago
to turn over the keeping of the city
to our retiring Mayor, the Hon. B. F.
Knox, and I now have the honor of
receiving it back from J him. I take
this occasion of extending to him my
sincere thanks for the .kindness and
courtesy he has shown me.
I earnestly trust that my relations
with vour honorable body will be
pleasant and that we may all vnite
in a common purpose to protect the
city and advance its interests.
Be presented his nominations, which were
acted npon aa follows
For Superintendent of Waterworks,
John A. Murrin Confirmed by unani
For "Superintendent of Streets,
Henry Kinner Confirmed by unani
For Commissioner of Health, D. J.
P. Comegys Confirmed by unanimous
For Bridge Toll Collector, J. B.
Johnson Confirmed, 13 to 1 (Winter.)
For City Weighmaeter, Milton Jones
Confirmed by unanimous rote,
Chief of Fire Department, J. D. Col
lier Confirmed by unanimous vote. .
Assistant Chief of the Fire Depart
ment, Peter Frey Confirmed by nnani
City Marshal, John H. Pender Con
firmed by unanimous vote. '
'Deputy Marshal, Frank Eckard
Confirmed by unanimous rote.
For Collector of Special Taxes, Eu
gene J. Uurns Confirmed oy unani
City Scavenger, J. Barris Confirm
ed by unanimous vote.
For Poor master, J. Henry ladders
Confirmed by unanimous rote.
For Park Commissioner, Spencer
Square, Richard Crampton Confirmed
by unanimous vote.
For Park Commissioner, Garnsey
luare, W. L. Aster Confirmed by
For Patrolmen, O. B. Hanna, M. F.
Archer, David Fitzgerald, Dennis Mc
Carthy, John Ainsworth, John McNeil,
John Ha man, Wm. Byan, E. N. Thomp
son and H. 'A. Iiohse all of which
were confirmed by successive unani
Alderman Maucker offered a resolu
tion rescinding Section 4 of Rule 31,
so that the committee on fire and
light may hereafter consist of three
members instead of seven. Carried.
The Mayor 'announced standing com
mittees of the Council as follows:
Bridges Bleueri Soderstrom, Con
cannon. Claims Kennedy, Dauber, Winter.'
Finance Maucker, Wheelan, Kenne
dy. -Fire and Light Pender, Blener,
Health and Police Wheelan, Bleuer,
License and Markets Lohse, Gall,
Ordinance Nelson, Pender, Mauck
er. Parks Concannon, Johnson, Winter,
Dauber, Wheelan, Kennedy, Kelson.
Printing Johnson, Pender, Lohse.
Sewer Surman, Nelson, Gall.
Street, Alley and Grounds Dauber,
Wheelan, Gall, Surma. Johnson,
Waterworks Winter, Surman; Joan
son. Eepresentatives of the Central Un
ion Telephone Co. were heard in re
lation to the setting of telephone
poles, on motion of Alderman Nelson.
The matter was referred to the Mayor
and Street and Alley Committee with
power to act, on motion of Alderman
Alderman Dauber offered a reatola
tion offering the Board of Supervisors
a site for the Bock Island County
Soldiers' Monument on the City Tri
angle. 'Referred to the Street and
Alley Committee to report at he next
Adjourned to next Monday evening
on motion of Alderman Concannon.
A. D. Huesing, City Clerk.
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