The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 5, 2012

Clinton resident says mayor, most of council should resign

Letter to the Editor

CLINTON — I think it would be in the best interest of the city of Clinton to ask all the city council and the mayor to resign with the exception of John Rowland and Julie Allesee right now with all the turmoil that has the city in debt so deep that it will never get out.

“Why” and “how” did we as citizens allow this to happen? From the EMS lawsuit, the buying of the garbage trucks, the garbage and sewer billing mistakes, lawsuits by former employees, the vote to use social security numbers to collect sewer bills.

Also, how many lawsuits other than the ones I mentioned are there against the city to date?

How much money did the city pay back to the government for not having jobs along Millcreek Parkway? I heard it was quite a bit. Why?

I feel the city has not been promoting what we have to offer in the right way. I feel that it should not revolve around new schools, a police station, or fire station.

I am really tired of hearing how these will bring new businesses in. It should revolve around things like railroads, airports, rivers, trucking and major highways for transporting people and products in and out. There is another big factor why companies will not come to Clinton — high property taxes.

At Paul Gassman’s meeting at the Lyons Depot, (Councilwoman) Bev Hermann made a remark that shocked most of the people that were there. She stated that she votes the way she wants to, not the way the citizens would like her to.

In the Aug. 16 Clinton Herald, it states that Miller Ridge apartments owners owe $382,357 in unpaid sewer bills and housing fees and $453,903 in property taxes. I can’t see how the city let it get that bad. Are they trying to put this on the rest of us?

After all that has happened, I have lost a lot of respect for the city council and I would hope others feel the same way.

I hope people take a stand and say enough is enough.

Resign from your council seats, please. You have put Clinton in an embarrassing position.

Jeff Medinger,