CLINTON — The Clinton City Council on Tuesday agreed to sell two pieces of South Clinton property to Archer Daniels Midland.

Included in the transaction are Courtland Young Park and 410 16th Ave. South. The city will receive $250,000 for the park and $20,000 for the other property.

Ward 1 City Councilman Bob Soesbe said it is his hope a portion of the revenue will be spent on the city’s park system. The measure to sell was approved 6-0, with At-large Councilman Ron Mallicoat absent.

In other business during the regular business meeting, the council:

• approved an ordinance amending the process in which the city handles liquor license investigations;

• approved two budget appropriations, one for $300 for the purchase of upgraded Crashzone software at the police department and the other for $320 to pay the balance on a carpeting expense in the planning department;

• approved removing parking on the west side of South Fourth Street from the alley south to Eighth Avenue South to create a right turn lane;

• approved the payment of a partial pay request for expansion and renovation of Riverview Park Aquatic Center. The city will pay $56,685 to Clinton Engineering. The council previously had discussed whether to pay the bill since there were problems with concrete at the pool, but Acting City Administrator Matt Brisch said after a meeting between city officials, Clinton Engineering and other involved parties he feels comfortable with paying Clinton Engineering. He said the warranty on the concrete will be extended by five years; and

• approved an amended development agreement between the city and Valley Bluff Corp. The city agreed to allow a planned Arby’s restaurant to be included in a newly created tax-increment financing district. That property currently is in a TIF district that will be completed in June, but developers Dan Jefferies and Steve Howes wanted to include the building that will house Arby’s in the new TIF district set up for the development of the Mississippi Belle II/Wild Rose casino land-based operations. The developers want to include the Arby’s lot to help bridge the gap created when the assessed value of the area dropped from $25 million to $24 million based on an adjustment to the casino project.

Jefferies said he hopes the Arby’s project will be able to be pulled back out of the TIF in a year or two and said that would happen if some of the 43 other lots in the casino TIF zone are developed.

The council approved the agreement with the stipulation that the Arby’s building — which will be worth about $600,000 — is pulled from the TIF in five years or when the assessed value of the area reaches $25 million. The measure passed unanimously.

Committee of the Whole action

In committee of the whole business on Tuesday, the Clinton City Council:

• heard an update about the Great Places roster of eight projects and how $1 million awarded to the city will be appropriated among them. Three of the projects are considered active, the disc golf course and playground equipment being installed at Eagle Point Park and the bridge arches that will greet motorists coming into town. The City Council will be asked to sign agreements with the state, which is giving final approval on each project.

• unanimously decided to consider the housing inspection code administration plan being used by housing inspector Mike Harmon, who wants the policy to be available to future city workers;

• agreed to place on the next regular meeting agenda a proposal by the Traffic Study Commission to change the speed limit from 25 mph to 30 mph from Second Avenue South to Fourth Avenue North on 11th Street and to change a “merging traffic” sign to a “stop ahead” sign on 11th Street near Fourth Avenue North; and

• voted to place a budget modification request on the next regular business agenda. Water Pollution Control Plant Superintendent Gary Schellhorn has requested an upgrade on a budgeted flusher truck to a combination sewer truck.

A discussion about a conflict of interest/code of ethics was tabled. This discussion was requested by At-large Councilman Ron Mallicoat, who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

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