The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 27, 2013

Sewer rate increase on City Council agenda

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — The Clinton City Council will make several decisions related to residents' utility bills during its meeting Tuesday night.  

Clinton City Council members are poised to give final approval to a 9.5 percent sewer rate increase that would bring the cost per unit from $8.18 to $8.96.   

Council members also will vote on an amendment to the sewer ordinance that would suspend a commercial property or business owner’s certificate of occupancy if they have a sewer bill that is delinquent by 120 days or in excess of $2,500.

A proposal to contract Springsted to assemble a request for proposal for private haulers to handle solid waste is also up for consideration. Springsted performed the evaluation of the city's solid waste services and would require another $17,000 to assemble the RFP and also help the city submit its own competitive proposal.  

The council also will move on resolutions supporting a $91,000 to $109,000 bandshell renovation project by the Vision 8 group. Council members will vote to re-designate funds from a Clinton County Development Association grant for the marina Vision Iowa projects to the bandshell renovation.  

Endorsing a Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy grant for the road into the Lincolnway Railport is also on the council agenda.  

The council will hold several public hearings concerning the sale of city-owned property. Four of the properties will be sold to Union Pacific.

During the Committee of the Whole meeting, council members will consider setting a write-off threshold for sewer bills from inactive accounts. During the Internal Operations Committee meeting, members discussed setting the limit at $10 and giving the finance director the ongoing authority to waive bills at or below that amount. Council members will also be asked to consider waiving $11,863 in sewer bills from accounts that have balances of $42.99 or under.  

The discussion of a RISE grant to extend 19th Avenue North running through the Lyons Business and Technology Park to Main Avenue is also on the Committee of the Whole agenda. Council members will discuss updating the urban renewal area for the Lyons Tech Park to facilitate the RISE grant and road extension.  

The Clinton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall. The Committee of the Whole meeting will immediately follow.