The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 13, 2013

Clinton council approves changes to BNS

CLINTON — Building inspection, nuisance complaints investigation, parking enforcement and a multitude of other duties will now be the responsibility of the Clinton Fire Department.

During a Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday, city leaders approved a reorganization of the Building and Neighborhood Services department to now fit under the umbrella of the fire department, despite some reservations from one council member.

At-Large Councilman John Rowland has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the plan to reorganize, stating that he believed the council was rushing the decision and that he would have liked to review an alternative to the fire department.

“I would just say, I wish I would have had the opportunity to look at other options and have had more time to review the proposal that was presented,” Rowland said. “I’m sure it will end up going down in flames, as far as I’m concerned.”

Rowland’s lone negative vote wasn’t enough to keep the reorganization from happening though, and it passed six to one.

City officials believe that by combining the two departments, which have similar job responsibilities according to City Administrator Jessica Kinser, the city will be able to fix the ongoing issues of the BNS department and possibly save some money in doing so.

According to a letter from Rowland, the city has spent a lot of money trying to fix organizational and management problems with the BNS department and for more than four months, Kinser has been working out alternative options for the city, but Rowland feels more could have been done.

He is unsure what the cost will be to have the fire department take over the BNS services, but said he is sure it will affect the taxpayers of Clinton.

One area the city is sure to save money is with the elimination of a building inspector position. The position is currently vacant, and by eliminating it, the city will save approximately $63,000.

The city also approved on Tuesday to consolidate the BNS, public nuisance and parking budgets, approximately $440,000, into one department for budgeting and accounting purposes in the general fund.



Text Only
  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.