ANSWERS: Questions about cars at Westview, sidewalks on State - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

ANSWERS: Questions about cars at Westview, sidewalks on State and city wards

Posted: Updated:
Traffi c moves east and west on State Street in this view looking west toward the intersection of 24th and State. This section of the state-controlled road has no sidewalks. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson) Traffi c moves east and west on State Street in this view looking west toward the intersection of 24th and State. This section of the state-controlled road has no sidewalks. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)

There is a white sedan car that sits in the Westview Golf Course parking lot all winter. Why? Does it belong to the Park District?

The vehicle, a Mercury Mystique, is used daily by Matt Burry, the head professional at Westview. He drives it around town when he's running errands on a daily basis, but he's not allowed to take it home.

"Usually, I just park in where ever there's an open spot in the lot," he said.

The vehicle has M (for municipal government) license plates on it, and it is usually facing east in the parking lot. Many motorists heading north on South 36th Street will slow down, believing that the vehicle is with the city police or county sheriff's department. When asked if he parks the vehicle like that to help curtail the speed of drivers, Burry simply laughed.

The car is one of several owned by the Quincy Park District that are used by employees throughout the business day, according to Mike Bruns, director of program services.

 

Sixty years ago, I was a 13-year-old boy who lived on the corner of 36th and State. To earn spending money, I rode my bicycle down State Street to Quincy Country Club to caddy. There was no sidewalk on State, and I was run off the road more than once. Today, there still is no sidewalk on State Street. When I see school kids and other people walking in the weeds and mud on the side of the road, I get angry. This is a black eye for the city. Why can't this problem be fixed?

It can't be fixed by city officials, because State Street between 24th and 36th Street is a state route. Any changes made along Ill. 96 must be done by the Illinois Department of Transportation. City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp suggests that three people -- Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, or IDOT secretary Ann Schneider -- be contacted if someone believes changes are needed along any state route.

 

I heard that the city wards will change in April. If my ward is changing, which one will I be allowed to vote for in the upcoming election?

Because of the decennial U.S. Census, the city is required to adjust wards to reflect population shifts over the previous 10 years. This is similar to the state setting legislative districts for the Congress and the General Assembly.

The Quincy City Council approved the map for the next 10 years on July 11, 2011. While the map took effect when the City Council approved it, the April 9 election will be the first time that all Quincy voters notice a change. Voters in the 3rd Ward should double check to make sure they still live in the ward if they plan to vote in the Feb. 26 primary to select a Republican candidate.

As part of redistricting, new voter registration cards were sent to Adams County voters updating them on any changes because of redistricting. For example, the city of Quincy was redistricted into the congressional district represented by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, and citizens voted in November in the new 18th Congressional District. However, the area was still represented by former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, until Schock was sworn in last month.

The new city map can be found at http://www.quincyil.gov/Maps/Wards.htm. Polling places can be found at http://www.co.adams.il.us/county_clerk/Forms/pollingplaces.pdf.

 

To clarify the children in school zones issue from last week's column ...

Police Chief Rob Copley wanted to make sure readers knew that the 20 mph speed limit in school zones only is in effect when children are present between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The local legal interpretation of a child being "present" is that he/she must be present at the sidewalk, not just at the school, for a ticket to be written for an offending driver.

 

Curious about anything going on in your community? Just ask. We'll quiz community leaders, business officials, historians, educators ... whoever can tell us what you want to know. Questions and responses are published Saturday.

Submit questions to answers@whig.com or online at whig.com/answers, or mail them to Answers, The Quincy Herald-Whig, P.O. Box 909, Quincy, IL 62301. Provide a name and phone number so we can respond or clarify information. Questions dealing with personal or legal disputes will not be accepted.

 

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Brockmiller new CEO at Quincy Medical Group

    Brockmiller new CEO at Quincy Medical Group

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 6:16 PM EST2014-11-26 23:16:15 GMT
    QUINCY -- Carol Brockmiller is ready for her next challenge. It's one she said she has been preparing for during the past 17 years at Quincy Medical Group. Brockmiller was named chief executive officer at QMG, effective Wednesday.
    QUINCY -- Carol Brockmiller is ready for her next challenge. It's one she said she has been preparing for during the past 17 years at Quincy Medical Group. Brockmiller was named chief executive officer at QMG, effective Wednesday.

  • School Board ponders whether to hire construction manager for building project

    School Board ponders whether to hire construction manager for building project

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 6:43 PM EST2014-11-26 23:43:45 GMT
    The Quincy School Board will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss whether it should seek the services of a construction manager to oversee the district's $89 million building project. The board also will take steps to sell the first $10 million worth of general obligation bonds for the five-year project.
    The Quincy School Board will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss whether it should seek the services of a construction manager to oversee the district's $89 million building project. The board also will take steps to sell the first $10 million worth of general obligation bonds for the five-year project.
  • Former Camp Point resident finding success with Broadway production of 'On the Town'

    Former Camp Point resident finding success with Broadway production of 'On the Town'

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 4:12 PM EST2014-11-26 21:12:28 GMT
    NEW YORK -- Whenever Elizabeth Stanley steps on stage, she remembers how far she has come. A career that started with the former Camp Point resident learning her craft at the Quincy Community Theatre has taken her all the way to New York City and the bright lights of Broadway.
    NEW YORK -- Whenever Elizabeth Stanley steps on stage, she remembers how far she has come. A career that started with the former Camp Point resident learning her craft at the Quincy Community Theatre has taken her all the way to New York City and the bright lights of Broadway.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.