Legal Fees Mount In Big Island Levee Dispute - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Legal Fees Mount In Big Island Levee Dispute

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:12:08 GMT
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
  • A Look At Central Davenport Violence This Year

    A Look At Central Davenport Violence This Year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:36:38 GMT
    Police responded to reports of shots fired at around 4 PM on the 900 block of W. 6th St. Police are yet to confirm the details, but some neighbors say they heard as many as two shots fired that were spread four minutes apart. Others say they heard one.More >>
    Police responded to reports of shots fired at around 4 PM on the 900 block of W. 6th St. Police are yet to confirm the details, but some neighbors say they heard as many as two shots fired that were spread four minutes apart. Others say they heard one.More >>
  • Mother Who Left Baby In Hot Car Has First Court Appearance

    Mother Who Left Baby In Hot Car Has First Court Appearance

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:19:55 GMT
    A woman charged with leaving her 6 month old baby alone in a hot car made her first appearance in a Rock Island County court today.More >>
    A woman charged with leaving her 6 month old baby alone in a hot car made her first appearance in a Rock Island County court today.More >>

New development versus flood protection.

That's the essence of the fight over the Big Island levee.

Milan and Big Island both say they have the final say over the Big Island Levee.

Rock Island argues it can have the final say after condemning part of it.

All believe they're doing what's best for their taxpayers, but it's taxpayers who are paying for the court fight.

Milan and Big Island want to make sure the levee doesn't lose its accreditation, that would force anyone living behind the levee to buy flood insurance if they have a mortgage.

They're also trying to make sure a process that's been in place since the late 70's doesn't change.

Namely, any changes to the levee have to go through each of them.

Total cost for milan so far- $44,691.

Rock Island wants to be able to modify the levee to build its road, opening up access for a shopping destination.

That would potentially anchor the destination for Jumer's Casino across the interstate, but would also generate millions of dollars of new sales tax money if the developments come in.

Total cost to Rock Island- $141,647

Residents are split on the cost.

Some see it as an investment, some say the money could be better spent now.

"We had a really bad winter, a lot of the snow plows tore up a lot of our streets, so I just feel like instead of them spending the money on a levee they could be spending it fixing up streets, fixing up the community," says Rock Island Resident Tanisha Douglas.

"It is helping the community and if it's helping make things look better for our town then I think it was a good spent," says Rock Island Resident Pam Howe.

The legal expenses may continue to climb as well even after the judge issues a ruling.

There are a couple different paths the case could travel.

Either side can appeal a decision that goes against them.

The case might also find its way into federal court.

The longer it's in the courts, the more money every group has to spend to keep arguing.

It has been 20 days since the court heard the case.

The judge has not said when she'll issue a ruling.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.