The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


October 9, 2013

Council rejects large-item pickup

CLINTON — After weeks of discussion, a verdict has been made, and residents of Clinton will not see a large-item pickup this fall.

The Clinton Committee of the Whole met Tuesday to once again discuss the future of large-item pickup, and because of the lack of a secondary plan, the council decided to move the pickup to the spring to allow for more time and options for the city.

The decision did not come with opposition though, and several council members felt they were betraying a promise they made to citizens by postponing the pickup once again.

“We’ve got to offer it,” Councilwoman Jennifer Graf said. “We can’t just say no one responded so therefore we’re not going to have it. Folks have been hanging, waiting for us to do something since we eliminated spring’s with the promise that we would do one in the fall.”

The concern with time played a big role in Tuesday’s decision. The council felt that if they had prolonged the discussion any further, by the time city is able to complete the fall pickup, crews will be well into the winter months, bringing a whole new set of issues to the table.

“If we’re going to do this, we’re going to have to move fast on this because it’s October,” Councilwoman Bev Hermann said. “We couldn’t possibly get this through until the last meeting in October. That puts it in November and we have had snow and ice in November.”

Councilman Charlie Mulholland also added that the pickup itself requires several weeks to span the entire city, which would move it into December before being completed.

With heavy responsibilities already weighing down Clinton public works crews with winter snow removal preparation, the council had concerns that adding the large-item pickup would be too much to ask of their employees.

Text Only
  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.