The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 5, 2013

Council to again discuss large-item pickup

By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer

---- — CLINTON — As city officials continue to ponder the future of large-item pickup for Clinton residents, the topic will once again be the focus of Tuesday's Clinton City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

After a request for proposal (RFP) to local contractors for the large-item pickup bid came up empty, the council will go back to the drawing board to discuss what the future holds.

The RFP suggestion came after the city cut its large-item pickup from two times a year to just one last fall and a proposal to cancel the service altogether raised eyebrows of local residents.

Now, after the Sept. 17 deadline for proposals has proved futile, the city will revisit the issue at Tuesday's meeting, hoping for a better result this time around.

Another item of consideration that has resurfaced for a second time at the Committee of the Whole is the issuing of wristbands at bars and taverns that allow patrons younger than 21 into the establishment.

The subject has been tossed back and forth from the Committee of the Whole and the Rules and Regulations Committee several times and council members hope to make a final decision at Tuesday's meeting.

If the council approves the referral from the Rules and Regulations Committee, 14 local establishments will be required to administer colored wristbands to customers between the ages of 21 and 30.

The topic has come with strong support and strong opposition from both council members and bar owners. A final decision is anticipated to be made at Tuesday's meeting.

Also on Tuesday's agenda: The discussion of a medical plan administration contract, nuisance properties to be demolished in fiscal year 2014, the Riverview Park Bandshell Improvement Project and a professional services contract with Strand Associates, Inc. for a stormwater utility study.