The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 9, 2013

Camanche City Hall in need of improvement


“We’ve shoved it off to the side and here we are today,” Fahlbeck said.

Other issues that came up were the lack of storage, the asbestos in some of the flooring, code issues and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues. Roth felt the committee also had to consider the aesthetics of city hall.

“We don’t have to have Shangri-La, but I don’t think it ought to be something we’re ashamed of and I think this building is getting to that point quite honestly,” Roth said. “If you come in from out of town and this is your first impression of Camanche, you’re not going to leave with a real favorable one, I don’t think.”

Carstensen felt one of the things in favor for the city hall is the location. He did not want to see it moved to the other side of the railroad tracks like the fire and police departments were. Jindrich disagreed, saying many people tell her that they do not know where city hall is. McKenrick pointed out this could be because it does not look like a city hall.

The committee agreed to ask the architect about ways to make the council chambers larger, update the heating and cooling systems, have a more functional layout and address the condition of the exterior walls. They also wanted information on the condition of the roof. Making the building ADA compliant, improving the windows and the entrance and adding a kitchenette and break room were other points to bring to the architect.

The committee is looking into other possible locations. However, everyone agreed that before considering a new location, they need to know if the current building can be renovated to meet the city’s needs for a reasonable cost.

The committee will meet again on May 22 if the architect has all of the information ready at that time.



Text Only
  • David Evers Evers' duck decoy hits auction block

    From just a block out of a basswood tree, David Evers creates award-winning pieces of artwork.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Relay for Life: Stepping toward awareness

    Statistics reveal that cancer continues to remain the second most common cause of death in the United States, claiming one out of four deaths every day.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.