Next steps for Sterilite in Davenport

City leaders can formally support the company, then state approval is needed

DAVENPORT, Iowa. - Davenport's city council is starting public talks about a few issues Wednesday night, including a company that could bring 500 jobs to the Quad Cities.
 
Leaders will discuss formally supporting Sterilite's desire to expand in Davenport.
 
They'll also talk about letting people have chickens in their backyards.
 
It's already being done in Moline and Rock Island...
 
Now, it's Davenport's turn to decide. 
 
Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says it's still early in the game for both.
 
"I think there's ongoing activity that will happen, but this has to happen first, because we really want this to happen here. This is a great addition to our community, great for our community, great for our citizens, and great for the future of Davenport," said Klipsch.
 
City leaders announced yesterday that Sterilite wants to expand their operations with a new plant in Davenport.
 
Mayor frank Klipsch says after formally supporting the company,
 
The state will have to approve Sterilite's application to build in Davenport.
 
"This isn't like we don't have anything in mind, we've got it all worked out. Now, it's a matter of, again, making sure the public is fully aware of it, make sure we read through all the steps, that need to have happen and then ultimately, put it all together and make it public, formalized and signed," said Klipsch. 
 
Third Ward Alderman Bill Boom says bringing Sterilite here is good for local workers.
 
Boom says it could offset hundreds of layoffs coming at Kraft Heinz, when the company transitions to their new building west of the Davenport airport.
 
"The addition of 500 new jobs will kind of replace, the number of people that maybe lost by the change in Kraft Heinz," said Boom. 
 
Boom says there's still a lot of work to do before Sterilite will be cleared to build in Davenport.
 
"There are a number of things that have to happen. We have to expand our economic zone, so that it includes that territory, that dirt, because that's relatively new to the City of Davenport. There's formal economic development plans. There's public hearings. So, we're just getting into that process right now," said Boom. 
 
Backyard chickens is also being discussed publicly in Davenport for the first time.
 
Klipsch says they've been working on an ordinance, but they need to hear what the public thinks.
 
"Some people are very passionate about it, on either side of the issue, and some people, really don't care. I think it's a matter of they want to know that it's not just chickens running all over the place, that there are rules and regulations, and that's what this process is right now," said Klipsch. 
 
It'll take about six weeks before a final decision is made on backyard chickens.
 
The council will vote next week on whether to formally support Sterilite.
 
From there, the state will vote on the company's application on January 20th.
 
 
 

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