Washington Elementary apartments, sidewalk programs under discussion

CLINTON — The Clinton City Council recently has been focused on sidewalk maintenance and urban development. A public hearing at the May 22 council meeting will be held for a $150,000 amendment to the Washington, LLC agreement for low- to moderate-income senior housing. The council then is anticipated to pass an amendment to the sidewalk ordinance.

Washington, LLC

A public hearing will be held at the next City Council meeting as part of the next steps in the Washington Elementary apartments project — whether the city will fund $150,000 in LMI funds over 10 years. However, some council members are not convinced.

Councilman Sean Connell said questions have gone unanswered and that even a planned meeting with Washington, LLC and the city never happened. He does not support the amendment to the agreement, however still supports the original pact. In April 2017, the city and Chris Ales of Washington, LLC entered into a private agreement for the former school at 751 Second Ave. South, with $68,000 in city grants and a $472,000, 15-year tax rebate from Clinton. In March, Ales requested the council increase its funding for the project.

Councilman Paul Gassman, however, argued that costs are going up on both sides. Ales relayed a $500,000 gap in his $11 million project in March.

Council members Connell, Seth Odor and Cody Seeley were opposed to the resolution for an amendment change.

Sidewalks

The council moved past first consideration of the changes to the sidewalk ordinance. The amendment to Chapter 97.029 and 97.030 adds a line that allows the city to allocate funds when it deems appropriate. As of right now, a specific dollar amount has not been finalized, but the city plans to carry out the long-discussed Sidewalk Maintenance Program.

The Engineering Department finds it crucial to remedy 10-15 percent of the 41 miles of sidewalk it measured to be inadequate. These sidewalks may have a missing panel, a cross slope of over 5 percent, a change in grade over 8 percent between panels, or a tripping or fall hazard. City Engineer Jason Craft estimates fixing the total sidewalk network would cost $8 million.