The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

May 22, 2013

Proposal to write off sewer debt moves forward

CLINTON — The city finance director will have the ongoing authority to write off sewer bills from finalled accounts as long as the balance is under $10, members of the Internal Operations Committee decided Tuesday.

City Finance Director and interim City Administrator Jessica Kinser asked committee members to write off the 195 finalled accounts with a balance of $42.99 or less that the city currently has. That threshold was chosen because it is unable to go for collections through the income offset program below $43.

The city is working on pursuing greater bills.

"We've talked about leaving those amounts in there for 18 months and that really gets you through two tax cycles so we have a better chance of collecting. If we wouldn't collect during that time then that's when we would move that amount and send it on to a collections agency," Kinser said.

Altogether the finalled accounts the city currently has with balances of $42.99 or less amount to $11,863 that the city would be writing off.

City officials passed a resolution in 2011 writing off $72.24 in unpaid sewer and solid waste charges that were from finalled accounts with a $5 or less balance. Kinser asked that committee members make recommendations that will go to the full council to write off the $11,863 as well as grant the finance director the authority to waive bills from inactive accounts that have balances of $10 or less.

Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman asked what process Kinser and her staff would go through before writing off the debt. She explained they would make three collection attempts until the amount moves to collections or is written off.

"We're not talking about, at that level, significant amounts," Kinser said. "It's all about cleaning up and trying to collect what we can collect on."

Committee members approved both of Kinser's suggestions, which will now move to the Committee of the Whole.

At-large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf asked also that Kinser report to the committee next month on the status of a request for proposal for the city to find a collections agency.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • 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

  • 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

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook