Siftings

Lawyering down
Oct
27
Lawyering down
Northeast Davenport has a shortage of parks and the casino project creates both an opening and revenue for bringing one to that corner of our community.  Developer Dan Dolan brings his attorney to the meeting to discuss selling land to the City.  I bring a lawyer too, just because he brought one. ...
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Paving Materials
Oct
24
Paving Materials
Paving Materials 16.  Stamped / Colored Asphalt – lame and useless, should never be used in any public project 15.  Grasscrete – have never seen it work as advertised 14.  Hot Coals – at least better than stamped or colored asphalt 13.  Stamped / Colored Concrete – over used, but has its...
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Dumb interview questions,  #247
Oct
24
Dumb interview questions,  #247
“Are you a hands-on manager?”   Well, there was that time I cut down the barbed wire on the park fence on my way to work…
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Happy hour
Oct
24
Happy hour
Tanisha calls with a question.  I’m at Me and Billy’s (nice place, be sure to stop in) with the Quad Cities Chamber, following a two hour bus tour to familiarize all Chamber staff with the bountiful opportunity that is Davenport.  The bus tour went well, its 4:30 pm and I need something to sooth my...
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Clean up In aisle truth
Oct
23
Clean up In aisle truth
The QC Times reports the City bypassed an ordinance when authorizing construction of a communications tower that will be jointly used by the City and cell phone companies.  The ordinance clearly states the City need not apply to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a special use permit for towers...
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Rithmetic
Oct
22
Rithmetic
The math skills of the customers may be sketchy, but the calculations of the casino industry in Iowa are anything but.  It’s a $1 billion annual industry, employing more than 9,000 people and generating $384 million in taxes on a voluntary for most, but addictive for some, activity.   A handful of...
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Syntax
Oct
21
Syntax
Civil Service regulations demand a process, so we have one.  Forty three years of faithful service, a certain retirement date arriving in 11 months and a “Hire Don” petition signed by the majority of the department last time the Police Chief position was open isn’t “process” enough, so we collect...
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Flyover country
Oct
19
Flyover country
There’s not much to look at climbing the stadium stairs for an hour or more.  The weighted backpack tugs against gravity as the stairs best approximate the mountain incline you’d rather be on.  The mountain would have a clear goal, a bracing view, and a thought clearing immersion in physical toil...
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Vantage point
Oct
18
Vantage point
The bands marched into Brady Street Stadium, full of energy and enthusiasm.  The stands were packed for the day long IHSA Marching Band competition.  Well, half the stands were packed.  The stands facing east were chock full, while the stands facing west were empty. Was it violating some social...
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Turn around
Oct
17
Turn around
“Where you stand depends on where you sit”, Rufus Miles once famously stated, suggesting our perspective is molded by … our perspective.  My corollary to the maxim halves the word count to “Go to the problem”.  It’s the first rule of leadership.  Go to the problem.  Don’t let it be described to you...
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