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September 5, 2013

A Visionary View: Clinton residents give input on city planning

CLINTON - Joyce Krogman appreciates a chance to make her voice heard, which led her to the Ericksen Community Center on Wednesday night to vote for the city of Clinton’s guiding principles.

“I think as long as people are interested in knowing what the citizenry thinks, we should tell them,” the Clinton resident said. “I feel like if you don’t contribute, you really can’t complain. I just hope I have a true voice in this.”

Krogman wasn’t the only one who wanted a say on how the city should operate.

Nearly 40 residents, city employees and elected officials attended a dot democracy session Wednesday night to make the selections for the city’s mission, vision and values.

Citizens were given two orange dots to vote for the city’s vision, two yellow dots for the mission and 12 blue dots to vote for values.

Duane McGinty was among those who placed colored dots on posters at the Ericksen Community Center to indicate what he felt the city of Clinton’s guiding principles should be. His decisions were based on specific areas where he feels the city needs to improve.

“This town needs to grow up and act like a town of the size it wants to be,” McGinty said. “It needs to figure out garbage disposal, stop making the people who do pay their sewer bills pay for people who don’t and keep its promises.”

Like Krogman, McGinty left hoping his participation wasn’t for nothing.

“I think this will help a lot if they look at it and actually do something,” he said.

In the end, the vision statement with the most votes was “the city of Clinton endeavors to build and grow a community where the potential and opportunity for citizens, business and industry, and guests and visitors is endless.”

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