The Clinton City Council, CRDC and McClure Engineering met last month for the second Lincolnway Railpark work session at City Hall.

Brenden West/Clinton Herald

CLINTON — McClure Engineering Company could begin a more comprehensive Lincolnway Railpark water study after Tuesday's Clinton City Council meeting.

If the council approves a "Water Service Evaluation Study" with the consultants, a more solidified picture of the best possible utility solution would be presented as early as December.

Railpark coordinators have pointed to this analysis as the crucial step in getting the industrial zone "site certified" by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Current occupants currently utilize a well within RAIL.ONE's site. But if more businesses pick the railpark as its next major venture, a larger "more sustainable" utility solution is needed.

Clinton Regional Development Corporation President Mike Kirchhoff said IEDA certification will drastically enhance the railpark's marketability. The city is under a tight deadline because if no sustainable water plans are made by December, Clinton will have to wait 12 months for the IEDA to reevaluate the railpark's potential.

“The state of Iowa and the IEDA prejudicially market certified sites,” Kirchhoff said during last week's Committee of the Whole meeting. “So when they get leads, they’re first looking at certified sites. This will put us ahead of everybody else in terms of a market perspective. That’s the real advantage.”

Even so, Kirchhoff said getting a plan in place before the deadline is "very optimistic."

McClure already completed an informal analysis of prospective solutions, presented to Clinton in July. The information wasn't extensive enough for city leaders to choose an option, but it gave the council a preliminary snapshot of what needs to happen for the railpark to receive sustainable water.

Options include negotiating with the city of Camanche for a utility extension. At first glance, McClure consultant Terry Lutz said this looks like one of the more viable alternatives. Other options entail an extension agreement with the city of Low Moor and tapping into the nearby Hawkeye Chemical well supply.

Council members unanimously moved the contract agreement forward from last week's Committee of the Whole. If the agreement is approved Tuesday, it will cost roughly $25,340 to conduct the study.

The city council convenes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Also on Tuesday, the council will:

• Hold a public hearing on Sixth Avenue South Sewer Separation project bids. BWC Excavating was the low bid at $123,923.

• Discuss a finalized railpark work plan for 2014 during the Committee of the Whole.

• Hear Community Development Block Grant proposals from candidates Community Housing Initiatives and Dan Dolan Homes. CHI is proposing to restore the former Roosevelt school building on South Fourth Street. Dolan is proposing a multi-family housing project.


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