By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton County Development Association will fund part of a corridor study for the U.S. 30/railport project.
During Wednesday’s meeting, President Tom Fullerton told the CCDA board of a request from the city of Clinton connected with the recent announcement of development at the railport. The Department of Transportation is requiring the city to do a corridor study before it will talk about allowing additional access points off U.S. 30. The DOT will provide half of the $68,000 for the study.
Fullerton said that during a meeting last week with Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich, he was asked if the CCDA could cover the remaining $34,000. Discussion centered around whether the CCDA should be responsible for this amount.
“Well I just think it’s real important that we take our name seriously, that we’re the county development association and this is where development is going to happen is out there on that corridor,” Director Kim Clausen said.
Directors Brigham Tubbs and Jerome Burken were willing to commit the $34,000 now to make sure the project moves forward. Tubbs said the CCDA represents the entire county.
Director Matt Stammeyer said the CCDA should not be responsible for the full amount. He asked if the city had checked to see if Camanche, Low Moor and the county would provide any funding. He felt it was up to the city of Clinton to contact the other municipalities affected by the project for help.
“You do realize we’re setting a precedent for every other city and county to come to us with this same issue, time and time and time again,” Stammeyer said. “We have invested $2 million into this thing, I can’t believe they can’t find $34,000.”
Tubbs responded that he would be willing to set that precedent for a project of this magnitude. After discussion, Burken made a motion to provide $25,000 for the study and encourage the city to try to find the rest from other sources.
If the city could not find the $9,000, it could request this amount from CCDA again. The $25,000 will be taken from the director’s choice funds, which currently has approximately $500,000 available. The motion was approved, with Stammeyer voting no.