CLINTON — The Clinton County Development Association will wait and see before committing any extra funds to the Clinton bandshell project.
The CCDA allocated as much as $145,900 from a grant fund — set up to assist local Vision Iowa projects — for the remodeling of the structure. Since then, the estimated cost of the project has increased to more than $200,000.
Director Les Shields told the CCDA board Wednesday that City Engineer Jason Craft wanted a structural engineer to look at the design because of worries about the towers planned for either side of the stage. The city has applied for a River Enhancement Community Attractional Tourism grant, but will not know the outcome until September.
“But they’re still going forward with it, not knowing what the bids are going to come in at, not knowing what they are going to get at the RECAT grant,” Shields said. “Because as we all know, sometimes grants are not 100 percent funded at what you ask for.”
Shields asked the board if the CCDA would serve as a safety net for the project if enough funds were not realized. Directors Jerome Burken and Alice Schnepel agreed they should wait and see what the city is going to receive. However, Director Jim McGraw had no hesitation with supporting the project, pointing out that the bandshell was originally a part of the $10 million Vision Iowa project.
“I don’t think that vision has changed. I don’t see how we can look at this and say we don’t have a responsibility,” McGraw said.