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Where Should the Money Go in Davenport?

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Left over money from downtown projects has the Davenport City Council talking.

At Monday's work session, the council talked and approved ways of spending $350,000 in unspent bond money, that they were going to have to start paying interest on.

The money has to stay in the downtown area, where it was first allocated, so council is looking to spend $60,000 or more at the Davenport band shell in LeClaire Park.

The technology there hasn't been updated there since the structure was built nearly 100 years ago.

Now, council members want to bring it into the present. 

"We have some show that can't come because we don't have enough power," says Alderman Bill Edmond. "WE want to see if we can extend power to where the vendors set up."

More money could be spent to pit a shade over the seating area, but right now, the council isn't worried about protect the new investments from flood waters that come into the park nearly every Spring.

In fact, some believe a flood wall may actually detract from the appeal of the area. 

"We've learned how to live with the river and by allowing flooding and by making sure we have our protections in there to take care of property, we think this is really the best way," says Alderman Bill Boom. 

Another thing the council decided not to spend the money on is a request for a carousel and other attraction for Modern Woodmen Park, something that is dividing the council.

"I think we've put enough money into amusements at Modern Woodmen Park," says Boom. "We can't even turn around and there is another request for more amenities. And people are asking me, is this a ballpark or is this an amusement park?"

But others want to reconsider that decision. 

"Quite frankly, I'm going to see if I can change some of my colleagues minds on that," says Edmond. "It's wasn't a whole lot of money, in comparison to the $350,000 we had to spend. It was under $50,000."

Other uses for that money could be going towards the demolition of the former Dock Restaurant on the riverfront.

Mayor Bill Gluba says that could cost upwards of $170,000.

The council is also considering using some of the money to put surveillance cameras in the downtown area.

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