The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

May 15, 2013

State awards railport road with grant

CLINTON — Development for Clinton’s Lincolnway Railport received more financial support Tuesday as state officials approved a grant that will pay for 80 percent of a road into the industrial park.

The Iowa Transportation Commission on Tuesday approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) grant application submitted by the city of Clinton to construct a new road.

The road is expected to cost $343,000, of which the city received an 80 percent match. Up to $274,450 will be made available to assist in the construction of approximately 525 feet of new roadway north from 44th Avenue South into the railport located on the southwest side of town.

The city will be responsible for the remaining $68,000, which will come from the sale proceeds.

This project is anticipated to be completed by September 2013.

Mayor Mark Vulich said the grant was awarded because of the substantial investment the RAIL.ONE project will bring to the area as well as the wage the company will pay. Vulich said the average wage will be $17.79 an hour, which is 114 percent of the average Clinton County wage.

“It’s very exciting,” Vulich said. “This is a fantastic accomplishment for the city of Clinton because very few 80/20 grants are awarded. The momentum is starting to turn for us and we’re going to keep it going.”

The improvements are necessary to provide access to RAIL.ONE USA Corp. and will support the creation of 62 new jobs along with more than $36 million in associated capital investment. RAIL.ONE manufactures concrete, main track and turnout railroad ties.

The road also will serve future development as it will reach two lots adjacent to RAIL.ONE.

Last month, the Clinton City Council approved the sale of approximately 25 acres of land in the railport to RAIL.ONE.

The company will receive a 100 percent tax increment finance rebate from the city for 10 years with the total amount not to exceed $6 million over the course of the decade.

This is not the only recent state support the railport has received. In March, the Iowa Economic Development Board approved a refund of sales tax on construction for RAIL.ONE. The company also will earn an investment tax credit that will be approximately $1.8 million during five years for profits the company earns in the state of Iowa.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • City Blog: Council amenable to tree-saving route

    Pershing or Roosevelt? Councilmembers leaning toward more expensive, but more "green" alternative for force main construction.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man charged in meth case

    A Clinton man has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

    Timothy W. Atkinson, 35, 1419 Honey Lane, was arrested Sunday after Clinton police executed a search warrant at his residence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Judge denies guilty plea withdrawal

    A Clinton County District Court judge has denied a man's attempt at withdrawing a guilty plea.

    Eric R. Hook, 45, 900 S. 10th St., was sentenced last week to no more than five years in prison for willful injury causing bodily injury, a class D felony. He also was given a sentence of no more than two years in prison for domestic abuse assault, second offense, to be served concurrently.

    April 23, 2014

  • Medication drop boxes available

    Although no formal event is planned in Clinton County for Saturday’s nationwide Medication Take Back Day, area officials are reminding residents this week about permanent drop boxes at area law enforcement agencies.
    Unused or expired medications can be disposed of during normal business hours in the lobbies of four police departments in Clinton County — Camanche Police Department, 819 South Washington Blvd.; Clinton County Sheriff’s office, 241 Seventh Ave. North; Clinton Police Department, 116 Sixth Ave. South; DeWitt Police Department, 606 Ninth St.

    April 23, 2014

  • Legal Services photo New legal services agreement proceeds CLINTON - By one vote, the Clinton City Council voted for Lynch Dallas over local firm Frey, Haufe and Current as its next city attorney service. On Tuesday, in a show of solidarity, the council was unanimous, officially hiring the Cedar Rapids group

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Building to feature generator CLINTON -- After more than seven years of planning, the Clinton County Administration building is getting a new 300-kilowatt diesel-powered Caterpillar generator installed on the campus allowing it to become a certified emergency shelter and warming

    April 23, 2014

  • Lancers blank Queens, Kings CLINTON -- Chloe Gottschalk scored a hat trick to lead North Scott past Clinton 7-0 in girls soccer Tuesday night. Gina Matthys added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Gallens and Olivia Schmidt scored once apiece. Abby Nass played all 80 minutes in goa

    April 23, 2014

  • Bandits bang out 11 runs on LumberKings CLINTON -- At least the kids who showed up for the Clinton LumberKings game on Tuesday afternoon had a good time. The home team on the field didn't after dropping the matinee to Quad Cities 11-2. Eddie Campbell got the ball for the LumberKings, but

    April 23, 2014

  • O'Neill presents CBA terms CLINTON - Public support for emergency responders has grown over the two weeks since the Clinton City Council tabled its collective bargaining resolution with city firefighters. The matter was still unresolved by the end of Tuesday's regular council

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Clinton Middle School Forum Photo 2 Leadership Team field concerns from parents CLINTON -- Progress on the new Clinton Middle School continues to move forward and as the deadline for completion draws nearer, school district officials and staff members are interested to know how the community is feeling about the project. What th

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook