By: Christine Souders
Plans to cut apart, then rebuild a levy for a new shopping center near Jumers is pitting two Quad City towns against each other.
Things got heated during a public hearing Thursday night between residents of Big Island and the Board of Local Improvements.
But after all was said and done, the Board passed the resolution.
Every person who approached the podium objected to the city of Rock Island building a road across the levy and onto Big Island connecting Illinois 92 and 56 Avenue West.
"The levy is like a stove in the kitchen. It's hot, and your mother keeps telling you not to touch it," said Charles Van De Sampel, a Big Island Resident.
Big Island residents said the city of Rock Island is forcing the Jumer's Crossing project on their neighborhood.
Plus property owners would face a special assessment of 50 dollars a piece: all for a road they don't want.
"Once you realize that you've created other flooding issues because of the new businesses, and the large ponding area that you're proposing you're going to increase my taxes again," said Kathy Marquis, Big Island Resident.
But Rock Island City Leaders said they aren't going to poke holes in to the levy.
"We're not going to hurt their levy in any way shape or form. The Corp would not allow us to do that, and we don't want to do that," said RI Mayor Dennis Pauley.
And have even threatened legal action.
But in a special meeting before the public meeting, the mayor and city administrator of Milan said they will fight back.
"I don't like the idea of lawsuits. I'd rather have things settled otherwise, but maybe that's what's going to come to anyways," said Milan Mayor Duane Dawson.
Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley said they can't do anything without the approval of the Corp of Engineers.
City council plans to vote on the resolution on Monday.