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July 4, 2013

Committee looks at creating routes

CLINTON — Trucks registered to carry more than 5 tons may soon have to follow new routes through Clinton.

The Rules and Regulations Committee this week moved forward an ordinance amendment on truck routes. City Attorney Jeffrey Farwell said the current rule allows the trucks to travel on roads on which they are making deliveries.

"What that resulted in of course, is we end up with trucks running down Bluff (Boulevard), which isn't necessarily a good idea," Farwell said. He has also received complaints of them using 13th Avenue North a lot.

The amendment will create a beltway around the city from various marked highways. This would include US 67, Iowa 136, US 30 and Mill Creek Parkway. It also encompasses South Second Street from the intersection of Seventh Avenue South, heading south to 15th Avenue South and then west on 15th Avenue South to South Third Street and then south to 17th Avenue South and ending west on 17th Avenue South.

Farwell said, for example, that drivers will not be able to travel from Mill Creek Parkway down 13th Avenue North all the way to Second Street anymore.

Other streets will be off limits to trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds, unless a delivery location is on that street. These locations include: Harrison Drive from South 14th Street to 21st Street; the Fourth Street viaduct/underpass; Eighth Avenue South from Third Street to South Second Street; 12th Avenue North from 11th Street; 16th Street Northwest; 15th Avenue South from South Third Street to South Fourth Street; Springdale Drive from 13th Avenue North to 19th Avenue North. Farwell pointed out that the city just fixed Springdale and 16th Street Northwest.

The committee also agreed to move forward with amendments concerning the city administrator position. One amendment will allow the council to designate a person to execute the administrator's duties in her absence. The other amendment aligns the administrator's severance salary and benefits with the individual's contract.

Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman also addressed the summer watering credit program. He told the committee about a senior who has not received a real benefit to the program due to the $25 processing fee and asked if there was a way to waive that fee. The committee will revisit the topic after looking into senior programs in other cities.

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