City Council Goal #3
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GOAL #3: REVITALIZATION OF STRATEGIC LOCATIONS
• Increase / expand retail businesses and sales tax revenues
• Work in partnership with neighborhoods, businesses, community organizations, institutions
• Increase private sector investment
• Create a vibrant Downtown – a destination for residents and the region
• Develop Columbia Park
• Enhance College Hill District
|ACTION STEP 1: Support Partnership with Library and YMCA (Seven Votes) 30/31 library will be closing, but a library presence is still important there. The partnership with the YMCA and Library needs to be supported and it needs to move forward.|
Response from Contributors Council expected by the end of July 2019.
- Response from the Contributors Council received late July. Before they will
make a determination, they would like to see a completed feasibility study and
a firm offer for acquiring the building. COMPLETED
Submit CY2020 CIP Request for this project to the Finance Department by July 25, 2019. COMPLETED
- Resubmit Contributors Council packet with the feasibility study results/building
offer by January 2020.
- Present information about the project/answer questions at the October 28,
2019, City Council Study Session if the feasibility study is complete and
indicates positive results. - COMPLETED
- Prepare for the sale of the 30/31 Library:
- Real Estate Appraisal - COMPLETED
- Working with Legal on the process for selling the property - UNDERWAY
- RFP for Mobile Library released in late July. Bid opening is August 7, 2019.
- Investigate placing material return boxes at businesses in the central part of
the City - UNDERWAY
- Last date the 30/31 Library open to the public – Saturday, December 14,
- ENDORSEMENT RECEIVED BY THE CONTRIBUTORS COUNCIL ON
JANUARY 16, 2020
- MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING APPROVAL:
- LIBRARY BOARD APPROVED ON JANUARY 21, 2020
- YMCA BOARDS VOTE ON APPROVAL BY JANUARY 28, 2020
- LIBRARY FOUNDATION VOTES ON APPROVAL BY JANUARY 31, 2020
- CAPITAL CAMPAIGN BY THE YMCA AND LIBRARY FOUNDATION
- ADVANCED GIFTS (SILENT PHASE) MARCH 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER
- MAJOR GIFTS - DECEMBER 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 2021
- SPECIAL GIFTS - MARCH 1 THROUGH MAY 30, 2021
- Once 80% of funds are secured, begin design and construction. (Date TBD)
- Spring/Winter 2021:
- DRAFTING OF OPERATIONAL LEASE DOCUMENTS - NOW THROUGH
- BUILDING PLANNING - DATE TBD
- BUDGET PLANNING - PERPETUAL
- GRAND OPENING - DATE TBE
- LIBRARY BOARD APPROVAL OF LEASE DOCUMENTS - DATE TBD
- TOTAL PROJECT COMPLETION DATE - DECEMBER 2021???
|ACTION STEP 2: Allow Short term Rentals (Six Votes)
Airbnb should be allowed. They should have to register and have a permit. They should have to pay hotel / motel tax and be subject to the same rules as a bed and breakfast.
August 2019 – CED Staff will present at Study Session - COMPLETED
• Rewrite City ordinance
• Review Hotel / Motel ordinance and taxes
• Review of Hotel / Motel taxes paid by all entities in Rock Island
• Revenue stream – yes / no? (tax / permit fee)
• Inspection – yes / no?
• Where allowed – authorized / permitted use
September 2019 – Ordinance to City Council - ORDINANCE CHANGED DEFINING / ALLOWING SHORT TERM RENTALS
|ACTION STEP 3: Manage Vacant and Partially Vacant Buildings (Five Votes) Catalog vacant and partially vacant buildings and reach out to landlords to improve them and reduce rents to make them accessible to businesses. Any that cannot be repaired, must be demolished to make way for new buildings.|
Create clear definition of “Vacant” building vs. “Unoccupied” building
• Is the building being actively marketed?
• Research what other communities do
• Legal standing / challenges
August 2019 - Discussion with private vendor that provides this service
January 2020 - Study Session with recommendations for 2020 program initiatives .
|ACTION STEP 4: College Hill Redevelopment / Business Development and 30th Street and 14th Avenue (Five Votes)|
• Staff can explore what interest exists amongst business owners to re-
establish the business association
• Explore potential combination of College Hill and Hilltop Business
• CED will continue to engage and survey businesses to better understand
the challenges and opportunities that exist
• January 2020 – Study Session update - DELAYED, PART OF NEW
PARTNERSHIP WITH DARI
|ACTION STEP 5: Execute Downtown Plan (Five Votes)
Continue implementation with timeline identified and downtown streetscape standards included. .
Support: PW, Parks, CM, DARI, Downtown Businesses
• November 2019 – CED staff will present at Study Session on upcoming
efforts for 2020 and 2019 accomplishments
• Quarterly updates to Council
• November, 2020 – CED staff will present to Study Session on upcoming
efforts for 2021 and 2020 accomplishments
|ACTION STEP 6: 11th Street - Short Term Goals (Four Votes)
11th Street vacant lot – what can be done right now to make it usable and to get people to come here? A farmers market, a food truck / tent? Something temporary that will bring people to Rock Island until a permanent solution can be found.
Support: PW, Parks
• Staff is open-minded on short-term solutions for the space. The difficulty lies
in costs / benefits of investing in these events. CED staff will continue to
market the property to developers
• October 2019 – Study Session by CED and Public Works
|ACTION STEP 7: 11th Street Improvements (Four Votes)
11th Street Infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks and retaining walls.
Previous Improvements to 11th Street:
The sidewalk on the west side of 11th Street from 25th Avenue to 42nd Avenue was replaced previously and is ADA accessible with the exception of the Watchtower property frontage. This was omitted during the sidewalk project due to discussions on development.
Existing street light repairs on 11th Street will be completed by November of 2019 from 25th Avenue to 46th Avenue. 87 street lights will be upgraded to LED and new wiring and conduit installed to each street light.
October 2019 Study Session - COMPLETED
• Improvements on east side of 11th Street and what the City is responsible for
due to 11th Street corridor being a state route and state right of way
• Maintenance agreement between the City and IDOT for 11th Street corridor
and what is included in the maintenance agreement
• Improvements to sidewalk on east side and retaining wall improvements and
• PPC 11/DARI update
|ACTION STEP 8: 11th Street Business Development Corridor (Three Votes)|
• February, 2020 – Staff / NPC11 / DARI will give a presentation on 2019
accomplishments on plann2020 efforts in regard to the 11th Street
• November 2020 – Staff will give a presentation on the 2020
accomplishments in regard to the 11th Street business corridor and plans
|ACTION STEP 9: Adopt Massage Parlor Ordinance (Three Votes)
Ordinance should be adopted. While we may not have them here, we do not want them to locate here. Being proactive is better than reactive. It sends a message about the quality of our town. Require license and certification.
October 2019 –Study Session - COMPLETED
• Establish business permit for massage establishments
- Research what other communities are doing
- Communicate with the State of Illinois Regulatory Board to understand we are
in line with their requirements
- Fees – yes / no?
November 2019 – Ordinance presented to Council for approval
- COMPLETED AND APPROVED
|ACTION STEP 10: Enforce / Create Rental Ordinances. (Two votes)
Ordinances regarding rental property and landlords need to be enacted and enforced. If a landlord doesn’t maintain the property, then they should be fined. We need to work with the landlords to monitor rental rates so that they are not excessive. Absentee landlords should not be permitted. If we cannot contact you, then you should not be permitted to rent.
November 2019 – CED Staff will present at Study Session - DELAYED DUE TO STAFF DEPARTURE
• Review of Crime Free Ordinances and Rental Registration programs of other
• Legal review of ordinance changes
May 2020 – New programs in effect