The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

January 23, 2014

Planning for the future

CLINTON — The city of Fulton is looking at potential programs for developing the community.

The Fulton City Council listened to a presentation Monday on a Western Illinois University-based program which has helped Illinois communities develop detailed project plans.

MAPPING Manager Gisele Hamm visited the council Monday, at the request of City Administrator Ed Cannon and Alderman Barb Mask. Mask had heard about the program through her son, who worked with it in Savanna, Ill., where the program has been used in 2003 and 2013.

“Fulton can benefit from a strategic plan and a strategic planning session,” Cannon said Wednesday.

MAPPING, which stands for Management And Planning Programs Involving Non-metropolitan Groups, started in 1991 at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, located at the WIU campus in Macomb, Ill. Supported by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the program is a strategic visioning, planning and doing process where local residents create an action plan “for creating the community they envision.” Since its creation, the program has visited more than 130 communities in more than 60 counties.

MAPPING focuses on volunteers being at the heart of community change, building upon assets rather than focusing on problems and the importance of structured planning. Hamm emphasized the importance of having a diverse group of community volunteers committed to the project and determined to follow it through to the end.

“You don’t just talk about doing things, you get them done,” Hamm said.

Once the program begins in a community, a local steering committee is formed and meetings are held to identify where a community is, where it wants to be, how to get there and making it happen. Once detailed work plans are developed for the projects, it is brought to a town meeting.

“And we will continue to be here for your community as long as you wish,” Hamm said.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-16-14 Braley Visit Local candidates gear up for primary election CLINTON -- The campaign trail is heating up a little early this year for Iowa politicians as the primary election is on the horizon and many challengers await. Three Republican primary races are causing those candidates to get their names and faces o

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • City considers upsizing storm sewer capacity CAMANCHE -- Residential development is a key component to the fortitude of Camanche, according to city leaders so they are taking the steps necessary to keep it an appealing location for future investors. To do so, those leaders are looking to up siz

    April 16, 2014

  • Schools will continue sports-sharing agreements CLINTON -- Students attending Camanche, Central DeWitt, Northeast and Prince of Peace schools still will be able to participate in the athletic programs offered in the Clinton School District. At a meeting Monday, Clinton School Board members approve

    April 16, 2014

  • Sex abuse trial continues CLINTON -- Assistant County Attorney Ross Barlow began his case Tuesday against a man charged with sexual abuse of a 3-year-old girl. Russell McColley, 39, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony carrying as much as 25 years in

    April 16, 2014

  • Cattail Slough closed due to high water FULTON, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that Cattail Slough recreation area south of Fulton has been closed due to high water levels. The recreation area will remain closed until it has dried out sufficie

    April 16, 2014

  • Thefts from farms investigated MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Carroll County Crime Stoppers is asking for help to solve two recent burglaries being investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. A caller could receive a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to an ar

    April 16, 2014

  • MAP: January & February arrests by ward

    The monthly arrest reports for January and February indicate 139 total arrests were made by Clinton police during that time period.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Clinton School Board Meeting UPDATED: School board finalizes new budget, cuts positions

    Job cuts in the Clinton School District were made official this week.

    Clinton School Board members approved 12 job cuts in February to make up a $907,751 deficit in the fiscal year 2014-15 school district budget. On Monday, the board unanimously approved the final budget, which included the cuts.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15-14 jail photo County hears jail proposal

    CLINTON -- A needs assessment study on the Clinton County Jail and communications department is bringing forth more questions on how the city and county will proceed. Former Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission Coordinator Brian McKenrick a

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sex abuse trial under way in Clinton CLINTON -- Prosecutors will present their case today in the trial of a Clinton man accused of sexual abusing a 3-year-old girl. The trial against Russell S. McColley, 39, began late Monday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a c

    April 15, 2014

Clinton Herald photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.