Thursday, July 26, 2007

Frink seeks re-election bid as at-large alderman

I have announced intentions to seek a second term on the Davenport City Council this fall. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Davenport. It is my hope that the council is able to build on the progress that has been made and is able to achieve our goals of building a better Davenport.

To read the press release: click here

I will keep future campaign information on my main website ( I'll continue to use this blog for issues that are before the council/other current issues and topics.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Infill in RI Historic Area

I found this article to be interesting in the RI News. It is in regard to two new homes constructed in the Broadway area (see above). It would be nice to see more of these structures around town in our historic areas. The article states that one of the homes will be for a family/children's center, I assume the other is single family. Either way, the design blends well into the neighborhood.

Here's the link:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

100 Homes Program Meeting Set for July 19th

A public meeting for the 100 Homes Program will be held at 7 pm, July 19th, at United Neighbors. The program is modeled after the Neighborhood Finance Corporation in Des Moines. The program offers financing through forgivable loans for individuals, from any income bracket, looking to purchase homes in neighborhoods. Of course, stipulations will be in place to ensure those dollars are used for re-hab purposes. The goal of 100 Homes is to encourage re-investments in neighborhoods and to encourage economic diversity in our older neighborhoods.

The DM program, over 16 years, has led to 2,600 housing unit re-habs and $148-million of investments in 27 neighborhoods.

Let me know your thoughts or stop by the meeting on the 19th.

Information from the city website:

In November 2006, the City held an informal meeting at United Neighbors to talk about a new idea for a housing finance program. Those who attended learned about how the goal of the program is to encourage economic diversity in one or more low income neighborhoods by providing homebuyer assistance. The concept involved inviting neighborhoods to apply for the program. Then, qualifying buyers who purchase homes in the selected neighborhood(s) would be eligible for down payment and rehabilitation assistance.

Since then, the City Council has allocated $300,000 to this program, now called the 100 Homes Program. The name comes from the goal of providing assistance to 100 home buyers in one or more small neighborhoods over a several year period. Further, 11 lenders have committed funding to the program. The City has formed a Design Committee, which has drafted details about the program, including a draft neighborhood application form and draft program flyer.

More information, click here.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

A few items ...

A few items I wanted to pass along:

- I have been asked by a few folks about street sweeping, a map/schedule is on-line: click here.

- Youth Fest is set for July 11th at Fejervary Park, the free event has a great deal of activites scheduled. To learn more, click here.

- Urbanist Jeff Speck will be in town for a speaking engagement at the Figge July 9th. To learn more, click here.

- QC Bicylce Club's Bike to the Ballpark is set for July 8th, 1 pm, Swing game.

Want to spend an afternoon in one of the Midwest's most beautiful ball parks? Want to get there at a relaxed pace, following a scenic trail along the Mighty Mississippi? Join us for Bike to the Ball Park! We've been offered a discount and a secure area to place our bikes inside the park. $6 for general admission; $12 for admission, hot dog, and a soft drink. Free in stadium bike parking.

Call in or e-mail your reservation and roll your bike in through the southwest gate between Noon and 1 pm.(563)328-2000- ticket office;

- The city is seeking input from downtown residents on the new downtown living strategy. To learn more and to take the survey, click here.