CLINTON — The Clinton City Council Committee of the Whole has an agenda full of varying topics to discuss tonight following the regular council meeting.

The committee first will hear an appeal regarding a demolition order issued on a residence at 653 Sixth Ave. South. City Building Inspector Mike Harmon will be present to discuss the city’s perspective on the issue.

Clinton Police Chief Brian Guy will offer the council an update on the department’s application for a Community Oriented Policing Services grant.

The Clinton Police Department applied for a COPS grant through the U.S. Department of Justice seeking $17,533 in funding, to be split evenly between the Clinton Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

The police department plans to use the grant money for weapon systems upgrades, including spending $5,400 to equip six patrol cars with .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles and related accessories and $1,376.50 allocated for 5,331 rounds of ammunition. The Clinton Police Department also is seeking $2,000 to cover the cost of overtime for drug-endangered children investigations. The sheriff’s office plans to use the grant funding to cover the cost of nine TASERs with holsters, along with three active cartridges and three training cartridges for each device.

The COW will consider a recommendation to contract with The Building Inspectors, for inspection services related to the Wild Rose Casino project and the Marina Amenities Building, and other projects as they arise. The company provides municipal code enforcement and inspection services to 20 communities in central Iowa.

Next, the council will discuss a request to restructure the Public Works Department. According to a memo from City Administrator Gary Boden to City Council members, the new departmental structure would not be formally established until July 1, 2008, but those involved are seeking passage of a resolution incorporating the new structure so administrative work can be completed to prepare for the changeover.

Then the council will discuss an issue referred from the City Services Committee, a proposal to contract with a consulting engineering firm to perform street and associated infrastructure design services and facility construction management services for the city. A draft Request for Qualifications would be sent out to prospective firms.

Discussion will be held on a request by the Fire Station Facilities Committee seeking authorization to begin talks with the Clinton School District regarding a 28E Agreement that would allow the city to place a fire station next to the new Eagle Heights Elementary School on Main Avenue.

The council also will debate possible restroom upgrades for Chancy Park. Finally, prior to Boden offering the committee his City Administrator’s report, Ward 1 Councilman Bob Soesbe will initiate discussion on two topics including wind energy and banning open burning.

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