Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Something completely different

After all the feisty debate that went on yesterday, I figured we needed a nice non-controversial subject for today's post. What could be less controversial than city-sponsored graffiti/art at our new million dollar skatepark?

This one was my favorite of the completed sections. There were a couple of guys already skating down there at 5:55, so I had to avoid being run over. Actually they were very respectful of this weirdo taking pictures, and I thank them for that.

The one on the left appears to still be in progress, although I do like the Davenport logo at the top. The image on the right isn't really my thing, but different art for different folks. I do like the haunted-looking riverboat.

The Concrete Rodeo that is painted on the image is mentioned in today's QCTimes article about the new paint work. It says:
The Davenport skatepark will host the Concrete Rodeo 2007 Tour today. The tour is hitting 37 cities in 19 states. Prizes will be awarded in eight age groups, and there will be boys and girls divisions. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the tournament begins at 11 a.m. There is a $25 entry fee. The skatepark will be open for public use during the tournament.


Snarky Chick said...

I'm so glad they chose to do managed graffiti instead of some expensive project to try to keep it from happening. There are some decent artists in the area.

Anonymous said...

I personally do not care for the destruction of public/private property, but do feel that this is the best solution. It was stated at the council meeting that it would run $58.00 an hour to sand blast and make the surface usable again. Since this is not going away it will have to be. I am concerned that when the painters made their presentation to the council they said they had special breathing equipment and outfits so paint fumes would not be an issue. However, on the tv and in the newspaper there did not appear to be any protective gear.

Anonymous said...

We were sold a bill of goods. Fence it and charge to use it period.

QuadCityImages said...

We were told that they were building a public skatepark, and they built a public skatepark. Here's an old post that shows the rendering of what it was supposed to look like, and surprise, that's what it looks like!

What "bill of goods" were we sold, and why should we charge for the skatepark but not volleyball pits, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc?

Anonymous said...

Sorry this has take awhile and I apologize for posting it here. More to come.

Who is Quad City Consolidated?

-- "Berger, Bruce" wrote:
Alderman Meyer:

It is currently owned by Quad City Consolidated LLC (with a Bettendorf
PO Box) and Raymond McDevitt (no address listed). Both are listed as
deed holders.

In terms of history, Donna Wessel had owned it at least as far back as
1980. She sold it on contract to Mark and Molly Meyer in September
1996. Then the current owner(s) acquired it in August 2006.

Let me know if you need further info. Thanks.

Bruce Berger
Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager
City of Davenport
226 W. 4th Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
563-328-6714 fax

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Meyer 1012 Marquette 326-0469 [mailto:shabonee@netzero.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 1:46 PM
To: Berger, Bruce
Subject: Re: FW: 1711 Grand

What is the ownership history?

Anonymous said...

Bruce, sorry for taking so long to get back to you and you may have already received an answer to your question.

1711 Grand Av was partially damaged by fire quite some time ago. Since that time, the Community Service Division of the DFD has received numerous neighborhood complaints about weeds, debris, the building being open to unauthorized entry, and the general condition of the house. We are cutting the grass, PW has had to clean the property, and we had to board the building on two separate occasions as the owners have not responded to the City's notices. The property has reached nuisance status and has been deemed such. The DFD met with the owners of the property and we still have seen no attempt by the owners to respond to the Notice and Order to Repair or Demolish.

As a result, 1711 Grand is being advertised as a proposed demolition project. The CSD is trying to attract potential rehabbers at this time. Candice should have received info regarding the posting of this property a couple weeks ago. It was also sent to a list of potential rehabbers, Neighborhood Groups, community organizations, listed on the City's web site, and should be on the City's cable station by now.

It is the responsibility of any interested party to contact and negotiate with the current owner of the property. The City does not own this property. Anybody choosing to repair the structure will have to enter into a Demolition Deferral Agreement.

Future questions regarding City demolition projects can be sent to me.


Anonymous said...


Good job on getting this underway.

A few things:

Please make sure anyone using spray paint with City permission is
properly equipped.

Also, if the Dept. has a schedule for more painting, please share it
with the Council.

Finally, let's see if we can get some temporary lighting and the QCT
sponsored web cam up in short order as the final design and bidding on
the Centennial Park plans continue on their inexorable journey to



-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Meyer 1012 Marquette 326-0469 [mailto:shabonee@netzero.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 8:41 AM
To: Malin, Craig; Sherman, Dan
Subject: skate park

When the managed graffiti proposal was presented to the Council it was
indicated that the painters would be using masks to prevent breathing
air borne paint.

The news coverage of the event indicated otherwise. Am I missing
something here. Isn't this a workplace violation.

Craig you recently conveyed concern about City liability. Don't we have
liability here.

I realize at a young age people often don't see the connection between
behavior and health. I can point you to an individual in my ward with
frozen face features from spray painting without wearing a mask.

It would also have been nice to have known this event was occurring ,
considering I have had numerous conversations about this project. Let
alone ward alderman.

Even though this is the busiest time of the year for me, I would have
cut away for a few minutes to view this. It would seem a simple matter
of notifying Council members. I assume the media was notified.


Anonymous said...

So we had a problem and it was solved with minimal intervention from the city and is being handled by concerned citizens in a timely manner in which the users agree with and quite possibly enhance the the credibility of the park.
What are we supposed to unhappy about?

Anonymous said...

Quad City Consolidated (a.k.a.) Tony Lahood Howard.

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that the property on Grand IS owned by LaHood. Plus, ask Jamie Howard. She has been to the property with him and has spoken to neighbors who have had concerns. Jamie Hoawrd helped Tony get a dumspter placed int he street at one time.

Anonymous said...

I would love someone to find a post by Lahood telling us he is a good landlord, or a post by one of his QCRPA buddies.

Anonymous said...

Alderman Meyer:

The only contact I have had with this LLC is Tony LaHood, though there
may be other partners.


Anonymous said...

Why do the CA and council members continue to support this guy. He has proven time and again how he does'nt want to play by the rules, constantly ignoring and violating the City's codes. The former NEO manager tried to prevent this clown from renting a so-called rehabbed building down on 4th Street that still had violations, only to have Malin and Howard step in and allow occupancy. The NEO manager paid for it with his job and reputation. This guy is bad news and his track record proves it. How much is he going to continue to be allowed to take from the taxpayers? Get rid of council members that find this kind of guy a positive for Davenport.

QuadCityImages said...

I don't know why Jamie Howard would be friends with the guy, since QCRPA ran their autodialers against her in the last election. Lynn I can understand, since they were the ones that got him elected.