Jim “Doc” Davis
Ten Point Plan
Plus Ways of Completing Each
Within 6 Month Time Period
Start of Mayoral Term January, 2008 in the City of Davenport, Iowa
1) Public Safety – CRIME : The number one concern in Davenport AND surrounding areas is: Crime & Violence and How are we going to get a handle on this problem?
a) Increase patrolling of 10 areas of concern in squad cars, on bikes and on foot.
b) Meet with Neighborhood Watch Groups, hear their concerns. Recruit from their neighborhoods volunteers who are considering training in the Guardian Angels so that we can start patrolling there. Guardian Angels train in self defense, CPR, Safety Patrolling and citizen’s rights.
c) The N.E.T.S. Program (Neighborhoods Energized To Succeed) is helping energize residents to take charge of their neighborhoods.
d) Continued promotion of the Guardian Angels, Neighborhood Watch, V.I.P.S., and N.E.T.S. Programs to increase their numbers by referencing the importance of volunteering.
e) Business owners and workers can voice their concerns and ways for safer neighborhoods.
f) Continue the Graffiti Task Force to eliminate offensive gang logos, pictures, scribbling, etc. from structures around town.
2) Bring Businesses and Jobs to Davenport
a.) I will help phone, set up meetings with companies and interest them in locating in Davenport along with Davenport One and others who are interested in more commerce. We will find agreeable terms for both sides and have businesses come to Davenport, our shining Midwestern city, located on the Mississippi River.
b.) Tax incentives help businesses move to Davenport resulting in more jobs and taxes for our city.
c.) Getting a handle on the crime situation, businesses may look more favorably toward Davenport.
3) Health Care in the Work Environment and Home – Promote health in the work place and at home. Healthy habits help promote increase productivity, less down time due to sickness, a calmer atmosphere.
a) Promote on the job exercising several times a day to keep oxygenated blood flowing throughout our body (sitting on the job is very energy draining). Other countries do this; they find it very rewarding, invigorating and helpful in reducing work related injuries and sickness in general. Various health providers – chiropractic, medical, physical therapy, naturopathic and others will enjoy coming to us to “show and tell” healthy habits.
b) Promote the positive reinforcement of knowing the benefits of smoke free work places and home.
c) Help eliminate the “couch potato syndrome” and move to the outdoors by joining one of the neighborhood walk groups or health clubs. You do not know what health is until you get healthy, (“I didn’t realize how out of shape I was” is a common realization).
c) By joining a patrol of your neighborhood that suits your time schedule, you will become healthier by getting outside and by being with like-minded people volunteering for the good of all. There’s a lot to be said about volunteer therapy.
d) Ride with the New Mayor on the Bike Path and City streets. Increase cardiovascular and increase oxygen to all areas of the body. Discover the benefit of increased Energy.
e) Patrol the streets with the New Mayor and improve your health while you are at it.
f) Join the Guardian Angels and have Free Self-Defense Classes weekly (a $45 value, each week). Learn to be safe with some of the experts with knowledge of over 28 years of experience.
4) Citizens of Davenport involvement : I would like to see more people coming to Ward meetings and give their input. I currently go to all the Ward meetings that are held and listen to people’s concerns. I will continue to be present at these Ward meetings as Mayor of Davenport. If you cannot come to City Hall, we will come to a location near you. Tell us how you would solve that problem; as you know, city officials do not have all of the answers. We will bring those concerns and answers to city council meetings at city hall.
5) Gambling – I feel that we should encourage the gaming house to move to the Interstate north and northwest of our city if they choose to even stay here. The River Center, even though we subsidize it, has been linked to Family Events; we can promote more usage of this facility in the coming months and years. To change the River Center to gambling would be like renaming The Mark of The Quad Cities. The gaming business already has its big location in Bettendorf upstream, and Jumers has their location southwest of here, 10 minutes away, on I-280 down stream; triangulate and you get North Davenport on a busy I-80 route; the gaming houses would then draw from the entire metro area and everyone traveling East and West across the United States. If downtown Davenport is more desirable for them, why not build a gambling hotel like they promised some years ago? Why not renovate the Blackhawk Hotel, which is one of their concerns. There are two vacant lots near the River Center- the parking lot east of their Blackhawk Hotel and the other across the street where the former Vale Apartments were located.
6) River Front Development – Let’s continue developing our river front with whatever money we receive for that purpose. The buildup can be over time if we need to slow the developments due to a loss of revenue, just like the rest of us slow down our spending when times get tougher on our billfolds/purses.
7) Our Children – How do we keep our kids in school, all the way through college?
a) Let’s start our “Davenport Promise”, something similar to the “Kalamazoo Promise” which is a great boon to that city. This would help promote continued learning, bring people and businesses to Davenport to take advantage of this offer and reduce the “Brain Drain” that occurs when people move out of Davenport for brighter horizons.
b) Let’s continue having Davenport residents from all professions talk to every one of our students in grade and high schools, encouraging them to stay in school and get that coveted college diploma.
c) As Mayor, I will gladly talk to Our Kids, at the schools about the importance of continuing education.
d) As Mayor, I will be available to attend all (where possible) school functions deemed important having the Mayor in attendance.
8) Skate Park – Skate Park is a skating arena; the kids come to skate and eat and skate some more. We can have installed around the perimeter, 9 tables (or a few more) with concrete slab for each and a 2-pole V-shaped corrugated roof for the much needed shade at this park for a lot less than the $375, 000.00 that is currently being entertained at City Hall (bids would be accepted). Here’s my bid: $25,000.00. We could hook up to the city and have a block and mortar restroom built if need be later. The city can issue a vending license to someone interested in selling dogs, burgers and beverages; keeping our kids safe from crossing River Dr. We can continue having the Port-A-Restrooms on the site. We will install poles for lighting, so that the older kids can skate all night if they wish. I think a large number of skaters would welcome the cameras. It is their park, created by us and given to them to enjoy. We should ask them for their concerns on safety.
9) Efficiency in all departments – I will help find an independent assessor who will charge a very reasonable fee to look at each department and make recommendations for more efficiency. Becoming more efficient, the savings can be applied to other areas.
10) Health Care for everyone – Go to your neighborhood chiropractic doctor, or go to your neighborhood medical doctor and tell them the New Mayor sent you for a Free Spinal/Stress Exam. Hopefully both will do a public service deed, an exam, and you will learn whether you’re stressed or not and maybe learn how you could have a more stress free life. Being that stress is the number one killer, it is wise to learn how to manage it more effectively. – Doc Davis For Mayor
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