It's the battle of two cities. Who has the right to start developing? It's leading to a sticky situation between Rock Island and Milan.
Shop, gamble, and eat all in one place...that's what the City of Rock Island is trying to establish with Jumers Crossing near the casino. But that plan means cutting into Milan's and The Big Island River Conservancy's flood levee and it's causing quite the feud.
"It just seems to me like Rock Island doesn't get it."
Milan Mayor, Duane Dawson says it's their levee, so Rock Island has to march to Milan's beat.
But Rock Island Mayor, Dennis Pauley says they've been waiting too long, and Milan hasn't responded.
"Unfortunately they show no signs of willingness to ever submit the plan."
And the reason why: Milan says they need more info, and not the bare minimum required by the Army Corps of Engineers, before cutting into the flood levee.
"If there's any modification there's going to be a great deal of scrutiny and a great deal of concern that it's safe. We have to have all the information before we make a decision."
But Rock Island says, don't worry.
"If we made changes we would make it safer and more reliable than it currently is."
So now Rock Island is taking matters into its own hands, and is taking legal action to take over their part of the levee.
Rock Island will hold a hearing in September to move forward with gaining authority over the levee. Milan says they've been to court over this topic in 2005 and feel the courts will rule in their favor again.
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