The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

November 11, 2013

City officials pleased with large-item pickup

CLINTON — Despite the controversy and debate surrounding large-item pickup in Clinton, city crews have been pleased with how smoothly the process has unfolded.

“Pickup has been lighter than expected due to the 95-gallon container and enforcing the rules,” Grounds and Facilities Superintendent Tom Krogman said. “It’s been working real well actually.”

The pickup began Oct. 21, spanning the length of the city in just four weeks. According to Krogman, aside from the first week, the pick-up crews have only needed a day or two to complete the pickup in each section of the city.

“The first week people didn’t realize it was going on so we had to go back. That took a little longer,” Krogman said. “(Since), we’ve been averaging about a day and a half for pick up.”

City Administrator Jessica Kinser agreed the first week of the pickup displayed the most difficulty for the street crews but since then the process has unfolded relatively smoothly.

“Once we’re in an area we’re not coming back, so people have called about that, (otherwise) we haven’t heard much,” Kinser said. “I think with the limited time to advertise we didn’t have a lot of people participate. It’s gone much smoother than I expected.”

Concerns of whether the city would have the time and manpower to accomplish the large-item pickup haunted the City Council when making the final decision to offer the service, but since the process has started, Krogman said street crews have still been able to handle the daily workload.

“Crews vary by the week but I try to get about six guys out there,” Krogman said. “Since it’s been so light, though, we’ve been kind of able to keep up with some of the regular work.”

Another concern the council battled was whether people would follow the rules and guidelines specifically set to make the process easier or if the city would have trouble trying to enforce those.

“We planned for the worst, that there would be lots of stuff out,” Kinser said.

However, Krogman feels encouraged by what he has seen in the first three weeks of the pickup and said there have been little problems the street crews have had to deal with in that regard.

“Most people have been doing pretty good,” Krogman said. “We’ve only had a couple that we’ve had to tag so, as a whole, people are following the rules.”

The next large-item pickup could take place April 21 pending approval by the City Council, and Krogman is hoping that process will go as smoothly as the current pickup.

“We’ll just see what happens,” Krogman said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades Herald Staff Report Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades

    April 19, 2014

  • Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

    A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.

    State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.

    April 18, 2014

  • More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl

    April 18, 2014

  • Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning

    April 18, 2014

  • Women jailed on meth charges

    CLINTON -- Two Clinton women are currently being held in the Clinton County jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds for methamphetamine charges. Jessica L. Crabtree, 29, 215 10th Ave. North, and Tera A. Riddle, 27, 611 1/2 S. Seventh St., were arrested last

    April 18, 2014

  • Photo exhibit 2 'Hats Off' Art exhibit covers downtown (With Map & Video)

    CLINTON -- A clown. Clinton High wrestlers. An expecting mother. A young Mozart. These faces and more all peered through downtown storefronts Thursday. They're there again today, too. Looking back at them was photographer Jean Black. They are her way

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Fire alarm evacuation at Eagle Heights

    Students of Eagle Heights Elementary School were evacuated Thursday afternoon after staff smelled something being emitted in the first-grade hallway and main office areas.

    According to a press release from the Clinton Community School District, staff noticed the smell at approximately 1:10 p.m. It was then determined the fire department should be notified, and the fire alarm was pulled. The building was evacuated quickly and the Clinton Fire Department responded immediately.

    April 17, 2014

  • UPDATED: McColley found not guilty of sex abuse

    Relief showed on the faces of Russell McColley and his family Thursday as a verdict of not guilty was read in court.
    "Our prayers were answered, that's all I have to say," Tracy Hook, McColley's sister, said.
    McColley was facing a charge of second-degree sexual abuse. If he had been convicted of the class B felony, he could have faced as much as 25 years in prison.

    April 17, 2014

  • Court denies man's appeal in robbery CLINTON -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction of a man who robbed a Clinton pawn shop in 2012. Darrell L. Thomas recently appealed his first-degree robbery conviction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court released its decision Wednes

    April 17, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.