The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Camanche

December 31, 2013

Camanche gains new city hall

By Amy Kent

Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — Out with the old and in with the new is how the city of Camanche approached 2013.

Camanche city officials ended the year with the hard work and headaches of the reconstruction of Washington Boulevard behind them after spending approximately $3.5 million on the project only to begin the city’s next major renovation project — replacing city hall.

Discussion on finding a new city hall or renovating the current one began in April, while line painting and resurfacing the boulevard were wrapping up and now, nearly eight months later, the city is finally moving forward with a plan for city hall.

Both the Washington Boulevard project and city hall project have had their fair share of naysayers and grievances between council members, but because of the city’s commitment to honor a list of goals it had set at the beginning of the year, both projects moved along through all of the rough patches.

Because the Washington Boulevard subject caused so many comments from citizens, it gave the council more of a reason to look into renovating city hall.

Several council members reflected on meetings about Washington Boulevard that were heavily attended by residents that many of them were forced to stand just so they could fit into the small council chambers at Camanche City Hall.

It is in part because of those days that Mayor Ken Fahlbeck suggested the council chambers at the new city hall location, purchased in November, have the capacity for 50 people, unlike the current on that houses approximately 40.

As the discussions continue, plans are being tweaked and changed, and city officials are beginning to show excitement toward a new city hall they can be proud of.

As for Washington Boulevard, construction may be completed, but the project could linger on in the future because of a discrepancy between the construction company and the city over a missed pay application for more than $26,000.

City leaders feel it is not their responsibility to rectify a mistake that was made by the construction company, and the company feels they did the work and therefore should be paid.

If the two cannot come to a settlement soon, the city could face a lawsuit that would end up costing them more than the $26,000 and would drag an already more than three year project on even longer.

1
Text Only
Camanche
  • 7-25-14 Football field Football facility receives makeover CAMANCHE — Camanche School District administrators expect updates to the high school football facility to be completed next week.Camanche Superintendent Tom Parker said crews have worked to make sure everything is complete before next week’s Clinton

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dominant image Drying out CAMANCHE — It’s not been ideal summer for Rock Creek Marina and Campground staff members.A constant battle with the Mississipapi River’s flooded waters and the wreckage it has left in its wake has prevented the group from opening the campground to gu

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Camanche schools sharpens skills (with VIDEO)

    CLINTON — The Camanche School Board were educated Monday night on what actions should be taken during an active shooter attack.Clinton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chance Kness, as well as Camanche police officers Cory Determann and Daniel

    July 24, 2014

  • Camanche Days City gears up for annual event CAMANCHE — Planning is well underway for the 35th annual Camanche Days and organizers are expecting yet another successful year.With the bag board tournament, men’s softball tournament, barbecue cook-off and annual car show on the activities list for

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dozens seek Fund B grants CLINTON — More than three dozen applications will be considered for Fund B grants from the Clinton County Development Association.CCDA Secretary Jennifer Rogers reported Wednesday to having received 40 applications, requesting a total of $1.2 million

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-18-14 Fair Queen Lead Art Gorzney named queen (with VIDEO)

    DEWITT — Marie Gorzney said it always caught her attention whenever the notice was put out looking for Clinton County Fair Queen pageant participants. This year, the 2013 Calamus-Wheatland High School graduate decided it was time to go after it.“I’ve

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos 1 Story

  • Sawmill New event cruises into Clinton CLINTON — Three Gateway-area locations are joining together in August for a river heritage event.The event will be held Aug. 3 and will feature a Blue Heron river cruise, a Sawmill Museum tour and a de Immigrant Windmill tour in Fulton, Illinois. The

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 7-18-14 Party in the Park Party in the Park a big hit CAMANCHE — Nearly 300 people joined together Thursday to celebrate their community and all it has to offer to its residents.During the fourth annual Party in the Park, Camanche combined all their forces including city councilmen, business owners and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • deboer.jpg New 911 system planned for county dispatchers (with VIDEO)

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • School officials address CCDA

    CLINTON — Camanche School District members attended this month’s Clinton County Development Association meeting to address a possible misunderstanding from an allocation policy discussion during a June meeting.Superintendent Tom Parker and Board of E

    July 17, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook