The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 19, 2013

Wristband issue once again on agenda

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton city council's inability to reach an agreement has brought back an item to the council chambers that has been discussed, at length, on several different occasions.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, the council will revisit the issue of whether 14 local bars that allow patrons younger than 21 inside will have to issue wristbands to their customers ages 21 to 30.

The wristband ordinance has been discussed by the Committee of the Whole and the Rules and Regulations Committee for more than two months and all parties involved are hoping the issue is resolved at Tuesday's meeting.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting Oct. 8, Mayor Pro-tem Paul Gassman issued the vote to recommend the proposed changes to the city's monitoring plan, but with one council member absent, it ended in a 3-3 tie, sending it back to the committee yet again.

Gassman assured the council that the vote Tuesday will be a seven-person vote and a resolution will be made; whether they pass the proposed changes or deny them will be the question.

Also to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting is the possibility of a new cell phone tower on the north side of the 1500 block of 12th Avenue South.

Pete McNally, of Wapsi Wireless, submitted his request for the new tower to the City Plan Commission at a meeting on Oct. 9.

However, because the proposed location is zoned as a District Two Overlay, which is intended to be used if the District One zone is full, or if the tower itself is unable to fit or work in that area, the commission denied the request and did not send a recommendation to the City Council.

Although the recommendation from the City Plan Commission would have given Wapsi Wireless a step in the right direction, it does not mean the request had been denied.

McNally will again present the request, but this time to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, hoping for a different outcome this time around.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council also will receive referrals from City Engineer Jason Craft on a series of traffic studies that have been completed on Buell and Prospect avenues.

A discussion on the city's medical plan designs also will be brought to the council on Tuesday and a proposed Jib Crane replacement at the Ninth Avenue floodgates in Clinton also has been added to the agenda.