CLINTON — A little less than a month ago, Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm and Public Works Director Gary Shellhorn trekked to Washington, D.C. looking for additional funds for the wastewater treatment plant and combined sewer overflows.

Now, approximately 35 area officials, citizens and business representatives are joining Holm and Shellhorn during this year’s annual trip to the nation’s capitol.

This excursion’s agenda will not only consist of discussions about the state-mandated wastewater treatment plant, but also topics involving education, transportation, renewable fuels and other issues pertaining to Clinton County’s development.

“What we’re looking for initially for the wastewater treatment plant are funds to pay for new pumps and sanitation,” Holm said.

Those pumps and sanitation issues will cost approximately $12 million. The total project involving the wastewater treatment plant will total $30 million.

“The last time it was just Gary and I, and just talked about the wastewater treatment plant and combined sewer overflows,” Holm said. “This is a big agenda this time involving everything from health care to school resource officers’ presentations.”

Representatives will travel today and meet tonight to discuss the agenda. Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the group will meet with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

The rest of the day includes a possible meeting at the White House, discussions with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, and an education conference.

Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Allesee said the group’s presence will keep the area’s needs at the forefront.

“The thing we have to continue to do every year is to keep our projects at the top of the minds of the people in Washington, D.C.,” Allesee said.

“The legislators’ staff will have all the information and we will reiterate our needs and answer any questions regarding our (booklet).”

On Thursday, the group will partake in meetings involving the library, museum and arts funding, transportation, the wastewater treatment plant, economic development and historical tax.

The final part of the agenda will consist of renewable fuels and labor, capitol, Fair Share, collective bargaining and card check.

“Immediately after these trips we get a lot of information on where to look for dollars,” Allesee said. “Over a period of time, we’ve brought back in excess of $55 million. The reason why it’s long term is because it may not happen in the first or second year, but all of sudden, someone might remember (in Washington, D.C.) that we have a project in need of some assistance.”

During the last trip, Holm said he found out about the $1.1 million recently awarded for the 19th Avenue North extension project.

Most of the group will return Friday.