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April 12, 2013

A new look: Finance Dept. shored up with safety features

CLINTON — The finance office at Clinton City Hall has been renovated using a $19,000 federal grant to increase security and make the office ADA compliant.  

The office was restructured so the area is more secure for employees and the money that employees handle daily. The area now has two customer service windows and two workspaces to help with the influx of customers due to monthly solid waste and sewer billing.

Cindy Killean, an accounting assistant who has been with the city for 16 years, said the renovation has made the office more convenient than the previous setup.

“It’s easier for two people to help customers, which allows us to help customers faster,” she said.  

The $19,341 renovation was paid for with a Justice Assistant ARRA grant that the Clinton Police Department had received. Because of the apparent need to make the area more secure, police officials repurposed those funds for the renovation at city hall.  

“The finance department is a potential target due to being an intake point for money and this type of remodel had been identified as a needed security upgrade for a long time,” Interim City Administrator Jessica Kinser said.  

In addition to the upgraded security, the renovation makes the customer area of the finance department ADA compliant.  

“Customers as well as employees are able to distance themselves from irate customers and possible security concerns. We are now ADA compliant as well, which shows that we are trying to serve all customers equally,” Kinser said.

City Hall is also now home to an automated external defibrillator, which came free of charge from the city’s insurance provider, the Iowa Community Assurance Pool. ICAP officials gave away 50 AEDs this year because they identified the need for public facilities to have them, yet not many cities in the pool were able to obtain them.  

Most city hall employees have been trained to use the AED and are CPR certified. The training was conducted by the city’s safety director, Jeff Chapman. City officials are working to get AEDs into all city facilities as well as have all city employees AED and CPR trained.  

“With the AED, residents benefit by having this life-saving resource at City Hall as well as employees trained and able to respond if an event does occur at City Hall,” Kinser said.

 

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