The Clinton City Council on Tuesday night took action on three separate loan agreements to pay for items the city needs, from police cars and a fire truck to equipment for city hall and work on the Lyons rec trail.
The first action, which authorized the issuance of not to exceed $200,000 in general obligation capital loan notes, was approved on a 5-2 vote, with Ward 2 Councilman Mike Kearney and Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman voting against it. The money will be used to pay for improvements and equipping city facilities, including city hall and the Lyons Fire Station.
During the public hearing portion prior to the council’s consideration of the second loan agreement, which will include the issuance of $550,000 in general obligation capitol loan notes, Clinton resident Ed O’Neill told the council that bonds are being relied upon too heavily to pay for expendible items. One example he gave was that of a police car, pointing out that the life of the note will be 15 years, far longer than the car will be used.
“Take a little time to think about how you’re spending our money,” he said, adding money should be spent on streets, roads and other large projects.
“This is to the point of being ridiculous,” he said.
City Administrator Jeff Horne said the notes could be taken out for a shorter period of time on the consumable items and he will be looking into that.
He said this method of purchasing items the city needs is favorable considering the recent difficulty of putting a budget together. The council approved that agreement on a 4-3 vote. Those funds will be used to pay costs of improvements and equipping recreational areas, including the Lyons Multi-Use Recreational Trail, trail safety equipment and equipping facilities.
The final resolution was for up to $3 million in general obligation capital loan notes to pay for storm water improvements, including silt removal at Joyce’s Slough, equipping the police and fire departments, street improvements, acquisition and demolition of delapidated buildings structures or properties along Camanche Avenue and city airport improvements, including runway and terminal improvements and hangar design. That resolution was adopted on a 4-3 vote.
Also approved by the council were the adoption of a speed reduction on Main Avenue near Eagle Heights Elementary School, with the limit dropping from 45 miles per hour to 35; the adoption of floodplain regulations; the adoption of an ordinance amending one concerning the use of public sewers, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources required action that limits the amount of metals that can be discharged from a business into the Wastewater Treatment Plant; an ordinance amending the job descriptions of department heads in the city to bring them in line with what they are doing; and the first reading of an ordinance that amends the percentages of actual value-added improvements and removing all of the subdivision known as Mill Creek crossing first addition from eligibility.