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Posted on: February 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - February 10, 2020

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Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Mike Thoms focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Bi-State Regional Commission Kick-Off Meetings – Local officials are working with Bi-State Regional Commission staff to prepare an update of the Quad Cities Long Range Transportation Plan by early 2021. The Commission is conducting two public input open houses to get residents’ comments and opinions on what is needed to achieve progress, innovation and connectivity in the Quad Cities, and to move people and goods safely and efficiently. It will include transportation and economic goals, proposed transportation projects and other infrastructure/development strategies. The Kick-Off Open Houses will take comments on what citizens want planned for transportation in 2050. The first meeting is taking place Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Centre Station located at 1200 River Drive, Moline.  The second meeting is Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Eastern Iowa Community College located at 101 W. Third Street in Davenport. 

Valentine Moonlight Walk and Indoor Music - Join us February 14, 2020 at the Watch Tower Lodge at Black Hawk State Historic Site for an event featuring a stroll outside on a luminary-lit trail. If it’s too cold outside for the walk, come into the Watch Tower Lodge and keep warm by the fire with fresh donuts, juice, cider or hot cocoa. Music will be provided by Just4Fun. Drew Nagle will call the contra-dancing. The event is free and is singles, couples and family friendly. For more information call (309) 788-9536 or visit

Tax preparation assistance - The MLK Center is a drop-in site for United Way’s VITA program.  United Way is offering qualifying individuals and families free tax preparation assistance. Hours are 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Saturdays 9:00 am- noon. This service will be available through April 11, 2020.

Support Your Community - Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census. To apply online visit Positions in Rock Island County are paying $22.00 per hour. 

Housing Needs Assessment Survey - The City of Rock Island is completing a housing needs assessment and is asking residents to complete a survey. The survey can be accessed at For additional information you may call Collen Small-Vollman (309) 732-2904.

Housing Needs Assessment Public Meeting - The City is hosting a Housing Needs Assessment Public Meeting, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:00pm at the Rock Island Township Hall. For more information on that you may contact Collen Small-Vollman (309) 732-2904. We are looking for your input on the housing needs in the Quad Cities.


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