The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 7, 2012

Camanche pushes forward with full slate of projects

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — In the last five years, Camanche city officials have pushed forward many projects and have benefitted from Surface Transportation Program funding.

From Washington Boulevard to water and sewer system improvements, the city has made strides to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

“We’ve spent a lot of time trying to get a piece of the pie and it has really paid off,” City Administrator Tom Roth said.

Projects over the last five years also include improvements to the Mississippi River Trail and Ninth Street Bridge replacement. Water system improvements were paid by Chevron and City Corporation funding for a total cost of $4.5 million. Sewer system improvements were paid for by a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant with general obligation borrowing about $1.8 million for a total cost around $2.7 million.

In addition to these projects,  the city has applied for, and received, funding for five STP or STP Enhancement projects. This is money that the city had never received previously, according to Roth.

About three years ago, Camanche officials heard about STP grants and inquired about getting funds for their own projects. They approached the Regional Planning Authority in Dubuque to seek the funding that communities of under 5,000 were left out of.

Bigger communities including Clinton, Clinton County and DeWitt decided to give 10 percent of their STP funding to the smaller communities, including Camanche.

“This is a huge undertaking and we express our gratitude to our neighboring communities for giving us the support needed to get these important projects moved forward,” Roth said.

These STP-funded projects include Washington Boulevard enhancement, Ninth Avenue reconstruction, Ninth Street Recreation Trail, Ninth Avenue overlay and Third Street overlay. Total cost for all the projects is $1,228,878. STP funds accounted for $917,502 of the total along with the city share of $311,376. All the projects are expected to be paid for using road use tax reserves, with the exception of the Washington Boulevard Project, which is being paid for using Washington Boulevard project funds.

In the last few years, the city has been able to tackle many big projects, but it may be time to step back and take a breather.

“We’ve been very successful, but it may be time to step back and catch our breath,” Roth said.