CAMANCHE — The Camanche City Council will hold a special committee of the whole meeting Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Camanche Fire Station, 720 Ninth Ave.

The council is hoping Camanche residents will attend and engage in public discussion about which option the city should pursue regarding improvements necessary for the waste water treatment plant. The city has the option of upgrading the current treatment plant or joining the city of Clinton in its proposed treatment plant.

At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Lauver addressed the council regarding funding needed for a Camanche Market Enhancement Study. Lauver said many Camanche businesses have contributed to donate $1,000 in funding to complete the study, which will survey Camanche residents and business owners in order to determine the will of the people as to future economic development.

The total cost of the study would not exceed $4,000 and would take six months to complete. Ann Hutchinson, former mayor of Bettendorf and one-time Congressional candidate, would be the project facilitator.

Councilwoman Linda Kramer suggested a public meeting be held to determine if there is community interest in performing the study. She noted that the last public meeting was very successful and said before the council moved forward with approving of the study, members would like to understand if residents believe the study is necessary.

Mayor Jim Robertson said the council would like to hear the opinions of the community before making a decision.

Robertson appointed and swore in a new fire chief at Tuesday’s meeting. Robertson appointed Camanche firefighter David Schutte to the position.

Schutte has been a member of the Camanche Fire Department for 15 years and a member of the Clinton Fire Department for six years.

Schutte will take office effective July 1. Robertson then thanked Assistant Fire Chief Bob Alm for serving as acting fire chief for the last several months. Alm thanked the mayor and the council for the opportunity and said he looks forward to serving as assistant chief under Schutte.

Alm commented that July 4 is right around the corner. He reminded those in attendance that most fireworks are illegal in Iowa. He said fireworks that are legal include caps, sparklers and snakes.

He asked Camanche residents to be safe while enjoying the holiday weekend.

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