The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

April 21, 2014

Work still needed on legal services

CLINTON — During Tuesday’s meeting, the Clinton City Council is expected to finalize its agreement with Cedar Rapids firm Lynch Dallas, officially filling Clinton’s city attorney void that has lasted nearly five months.

The firm’s scope, spelled out in the agreement, encompasses 32 items, among them drafting ordinances, labor and employment litigation, planning and zoning issues.

But the council’s work is only partly done in regard to its attorney search.

Before ex-city attorney Jeff Farwell’s December resignation, the city always employed a full-time staff member to oversee all law-related matters. This didn’t prevent Clinton from contracting with other firms on various cases before, but now that council members have done away with the former attorney format, more discussion is in order.

Throughout the process, City Administrator Jessica Kinser has advised the council will have to change ordinances to “ensure the legal authority for this new arrangement exists.” She is recommending the council define “legal services” through a paragraph in city code, and re-word some of the ordinances to consider the new agreement.

“This insertion of language gives the council the flexibility to again look at an employed position without having to do a complete rewrite of the Code of Ordinances,” Kinser wrote in a memo to Mayor Mark Vulich last week, “if deemed desirable to do so in the future.”

Meanwhile, the duties to be fulfilled by Lynch Dallas pertain to nearly all municipal legal objectives. One task missing from the firm’s scope is prosecuting offenders.

Cities comparable to Clinton employ a city prosecutor who handles courtroom ordinance violations. During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, city leaders will discuss if this is also the route for Clinton. If so, the city will issue another request for proposals.

Kinser has been in touch with Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf over the possibilities, but in another memo, the administrator said this is “no longer an option.”

Text Only
Clinton
  • 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

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged with burglarizing cars CLINTON — A homeless Clinton man is currently held in the Clinton county jail on a $2,000 cash bond, on charges related to the Monday morning burglary of parked cars.Austin W. E. Housley, 20, is charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts o

    July 24, 2014

  • LUMBERKINGS Barbosa uses past as motivation CLINTON — Clinton LumberKings outfielder Aaron Barbosa is just like one of the guys, but his path to Clinton is unlike the others.Barbosa was undrafted after playing his college baseball at Northeastern University, but he had a chance to display his

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, LumberKings pitcher Homestand starts with a victory CLINTON — Eddie Campbell allowed one run in his sixth quality start of the year Wednesday as Clinton opened a six-game homestand against the best two teams from the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 4-2 win against West Michigan at Ashford Uni

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stewart McCaskill photo McCaskill settles into new role at shoe store CLINTON — An Oklahoma boy at heart, Stewart McCaskill is settling into Clinton and Brown’s Shoe Fit.The 35-year-old has worked with the Brown’s Shoe Fit company for seven years. His brother-in-law, who manages a Brown’s in Colorado, brought Stewart i

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council backs down CLINTON – By Tuesday’s end, many were content with the Clinton City Council’s decision. Property owners adjacent to the proposed 13th Avenue North and North 14th Street sidewalk sites are happy they won’t be assessed to build the sidewalks; four of s

    July 24, 2014

  • UPDATED: Arbitrator rules in favor of Clinton firefighters

    Gallagher rules in favor of Union's wages and insurance proposals over the city's.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • At the pool Summer heat may be temporary (wtih VIDEO)

    CLINTON — Just two days past the mid-point of summer, Clinton recorded its first 90 degree day of the season.Though it's not a very common summer trend in the Clinton area, there have actually been several July months over the years that never even r

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook