The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 24, 2013

Litigation, jail needs study on council agenda

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss several items, including litigation strategies during a closed session.

Slated to end the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night, council members will enter a closed session related to litigation.

City Attorney Jeff Farwell was not available to comment on the nature of the litigation.  

During the regular City Council meeting, council members will vote on a contract with Shive Hattery to be part of the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission's jail needs assessment. Participation in the study will cost the city $8,760.  

Council members also will consider terminating farm leases with John Tomas and Mary Jean Dodds, who farm on land in the Lincolnway Railport that is being sold to RAIL.ONE and Nevada Railroad Materials.  

Approving an $84,188 contract with Leslie Electric to put a traffic signal at South 14th Street and 11th Avenue South will be up for council approval following a public hearing on the item.  

In other traffic light related action, the council will move on a motion to change the signal in the 300 block of Bluff Boulevard to a flashing yellow beacon.  

Following the regular council meeting, Clinton Public Library Director Amy Birtell and Rob Winters with Gere Dismer Architects will give City Council members an update on the needs assessment study during the Committee of the Whole session.

During a July Committee of the Whole meeting, plans were presented for two renovation options with $7 million and $14 million price tags.

Tuesday, council members will learn about a third option that would cost around $11 million.  

Council members also will deliberate on implementing a cart re-delivery fee for customers who temporarily cancel and restart their solid waste services. City officials could establish a fee or decide customers can't temporarily discontinue service.  

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