The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 22, 2013

Sewer funding on agenda

By Katie Dahlstrom Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Several measures that could pay for sewer work will be discussed during the Clinton City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings Tuesday.

Council members during their City Council meeting will consider supporting a study on creating a stormwater utility. Property owners would be charged a fee based on the impact individual properties would have on the stormwater management system, which would be evaluated based on the amount of impervious areas on the parcel of property.

The two remaining long-term control plan funding items, which are both ballot language, will be discussed during the Committee of the Whole meeting immediately following the regular council meeting.

The council wants to ask voters to reallocate the portion of local option sales tax that is designated for property tax relief to pay for streets and sewers so the city can continue the pavement management program using LOST funds. Council members will deliberate on the proposed ballot language as well as how to inform voters of the measure’s effects.

Ballot language for the capital improvements tax levy is also up for discussion during Tuesday’s meeting. City staff has recommended the levy add 67.5 cents per every $1,000 of taxable valuation and be in place for a 25 years.

Council members also will consider selling property in the Lincolnway Railport to Nevada Railroad Materials (NRM). NRM was one of two companies that announced this year they would locate in the railport.

During the regular council meeting, the council will hold three public hearings, which will be related to bond issuances and rezoning property at in the 700 block of North 18th Street from residential to commercial.

Granting $15,000 to the Clinton YWCA and requiring a right-of-way excavating permit within the coal tar contamination zone along Second Street also will be discussed.

Library Director Amy Birtell during the Committee of the Whole session will present the results of the needs assessment study conducted on the library’s main branch.

Later, City Administrator Jessica Kinser will update the council on the city’s strategic planning process.

The Clinton City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall with the Committee of the Whole session immediately following.