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Archive for June 22nd, 2009|Daily archive page

Fast change in City Council agenda can’t conceal the thought that University of Iowa business manager ranks as front-runner for City Hall flood-recovery post

In City Hall on June 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm

George Hollins, the University of Iowa’s business manager who has worked on the university’s flood fighting and recovery, appears to be the front-runner to fill a new city of Cedar Rapids post, flood-recovery director.

Late Monday afternoon, City Hall released the weekly City Council agenda with agenda item #39 stating, “Resolution approving the appointment of George Hollins as flood recovery director.”

A short time later, City Hall released an amended agenda showing item #39 crossed out.

Conni Huber, the city’s human resources director, said late Monday afternoon that all four finalist candidates remain candidates for the job.

Thirty-one people applied for the new post, and a nine-member selection committee picked six to interview.

Greg Eyerly, the city’s utilities operations manager, Tom Watson, Palo’s flood-recovery manager, Sara Jones, an emergency management planner in New Jersey, and Hollins are the four who remain in the competition.

This City Hall flood-recovery job is unique for Cedar Rapids because of how it will be financed — the private sector will pay some of the cost — and because it was created at the urging of Rockwell Collins, the city’s largest employer.

Hollins was earning $116,400 in salary at the University of Iowa in the 2008 fiscal year.

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Davenport firm slated to fix Veterans Memorial Building’s flood-damaged Grant Wood stained-glass window

In City Hall, Veterans Memorial Commission on June 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm

A Davenport firm has been selected from among five bidders to repair the flood-damaged, Grant Wood stained-glass window at the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island.

Winning bidder Glass Heritage LLC of Davenport has told the city that the firm will take between 12 and 15 days to remove the window’s 58 glass panels once they begin in July.

The firm will transport the panels to its studio, and it has told the city it will complete the repairs within 34 weeks.

The City Council is slated to approve a contract with the Glass Heritage LLC on Wednesday evening. The contract will pay the Davenport firm up to $147,000 for the work.

The city had private insurance in place on the window that will cover the repair costs, city officials have said.

The other four firms competing for the work came from Fairfax, Iowa, Evanston, Ill., Philadelphia and Raytown, Mo.